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The Long Walk

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

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

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good story but poor ending. end felt very rushed

felt like he suddenly got bored of writing the long walk and gave up. The ending was pretty much non existent. more like the book just stopped rather than ended.

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Excellent

This book is so wonderfully narrated, it is a whole new experience listening to it as opposed to reading it. Kirby Heyborne really brings it to life and does the voices of all the poor boys so well. One of the best narrations,I have listened to. This book lends itself perfectly to an audio version. A sad tale really but captivating. You really feel every mile of hard road.

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Captivating

brilliant storyline, captivating, couldn't put it down, Stephen King at his best. would totally recommended

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should be taught along side Shakespeare...

there's so many layers to this story. literally king at his best! he grasps the depth of youth but encapsulates the moral struggles we all face in one beautiful, heart wrenching, debasing story 👌

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finally on audible

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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Better than the brand name version

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.

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Amazing.

Very grim. Got through it in couple days very gripping. Well narrated, once you start couldn't stop thinking about it until I was finished.

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Endurance of epic proportions

A classic King / Bachman book. The Bachman books always seem to include a measure of endurance, a story of people against adversity. Like thinner, the long walk describes the sheer horror of the endurance in great detail.

The narration was an absolute delight. The many participants of the long walk all had their own voices and their own personality.

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Brilliant

I’ve loved Stephen King for years but I’d some how never got round to the Bachman books
It didn’t disappoint the simplicity of the storyline is brilliant and becomes totally engrossing
The slightly different style to the way it’s written
Makes it feel like the brilliance of Stephen King with a slightly new edge and gives him the freedom to write a story that isn’t normal King horror
Well worth the listen I was absorbed by this book
And the ending is totally and utterly brilliant

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Possibly Bachmans best

Richard Bachman agajn dips his toes in Dystopia, along with The Running Man Bachman paints a grim but ever more possible looming future society.

As the long walk begins 100 hopefuls set out in search of 'The prize', every wish granted with one catch...you must walk until all other 99 walkers are dead.

Along the way we meet the motley crew of 'Musketeers', Garrity, McVries, Baker, Scram and Abraham all out to help each other stay alive as long as possible despite knowing this will prolong their own agony.

Set apart from the main players is Stebbins an unlikeable but strangely informed walker.

Who will make it to the end and how far must they walk to reach 'The Prize'....you'll have to listen to find out.

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  • Cecelia Payn
  • 09-01-19

Riveting in its ghastlyness.

The combination of the narrator and the story was truly remarkably terribly effective. I was riveted once again even though I had read it before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-17

So good

Another great book by the great Stephen king, would recommend this book for sure, I'm hoping there is another to this one