In the near future, where America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life.
The game is simple - maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.
©1979 Stephen King (P)2009 Penguin Audio
The late Richard Bachman's best work after The Running Man (Rage is sadly out of print, apparently forever now) and finally on Audible. It takes a while to get used to the pitch of Kirkby Heyborne's voice but given the average age of the walkers is around seventeen, it makes sense. Heyborne's range is also accomplished enough to do justice to the voices, particularly those of Stebbins and Barkovitch who are the kind of characters that truly need nuance.
Indeed, the characters make the book so memorable given that there is no real plot, instead reading what amounts to the analogue version of reality television. It works too, having drawn just deep enough into the world to flesh out the walkers. Each is memorable, given their time in both the sun and the rain and you feel for them in the way you'd be hard pressed to feel for any contemporary young adult protagonist.
Yes, it is a cheek to narrate only three out of the four Bachman books and then sell them individually rather than as a full collection. My advice, buy this and The Running Man and write a letter to the publisher telling them how much you hate them. But buy anyway.
I read this book years ago and forgot how good it was. the only negative is the price as these are a collection of short stories from one book. so should be priced accordingly.
the narrator delivers the story well and subtly changes accent for different characters .
I loved it hope you do to
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