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The Long Walk

by Stephen King
Other Richard Bachman

Signet | March 6, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Long Walk is rated 4.3125 out of 5 by 16.
On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Signet

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451196716

ISBN - 13: 9780451196712

Found in: Horror, Horror

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book was excellent. I had no idea what to expect when it starts out with a bunch of people walking...it gets crazy!!!
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost 400 pages of kids walking? Yep 400 pages of kids walking... and King makes it so that you can't put the book down! Great story!
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I expected While the writing was fantastic as we have come to expect from King (in whatever incarnation), the story left me a little flat. The ending, specifically, was hugely lacking. There seemed to be no climax either. It just went along, then ended. It was interesting and easy to read but I didn't come away from it with any greater insight into anything. I would have also liked to know more about the world and how it got to the state that would produce things such as The Long Walk. Why? It suggested only that there was a great deal of Government suppression, but that was all. I was too curious about the social commentary that we've come to expect from King (Think, Under the Dome) and it simply wasn't there in a book where social commentary quite obviously belonged. Arguably, for being one of his earlier works I shouldn't have had expectations that it would live up to his more refined work. Mind you, there isn't a King book I've read that didn't have an impact on me, one way or the other, until this one. It really didn't. I gave it three stars because I read it all the way to the end, it was well written, and the characters were very well done, but the two final stars are not there because it failed to deliver, well, anything substantial in the way of theme or plot by the time I'd reached the last page. He could have done so much with it, but it wasn't there. The kids walked, they died, nothing happened that you wouldn't have expected to happen. I wouldn't put it at the top of your list.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite of the Original Bachman Books Reason for Reading: I'm in the process of of re/reading all of Stephen King's works in chronological order. This was the next book in line. I originally read "The Long Walk" when King released his omnibus of "The Bachman Books" in 1985. Of the four novels "The Long Walk" and "The Running Man" were my favourites and I was looking forward to this re-read. Initially, the book struck a chord with me because even back in the eighties I could imagine a world where game shows had turned to life or death. Of course, now, in the 21st century, with reality shows that embarrass, degrade, hurt and sometimes seriously injure participants physically and/or emotionally; the life and death scenario is not so hard to imagine in today's death culture and in fact has already been done with the mock abortion reality show "Bump". In "The Long Walk" we are in a future America, which has a dictator and a military presence, we know only that some event happened in the past for things to turn out this way. Boys from the age of 14 to 17 are allowed to enter the annual Long Walk, from which 100 contestants are chosen. The event is a national spectacle and parts of it are aired on TV and millions of dollars are exchanged in bets on who will be the winner. The book focuses on the race from one participant's point of view and we experience the physical, emotional and mental hardships and breakdowns that these boys suffer. Penalty for slipping below 4 miles per hour during the walk results in a warning every thirty seconds, after the 3rd warning, their is a 30 second countdown and the loser is shot dead and carried away. The game ends when one contestant remains alive. I really appreciated the psychological insight into the Walkers as a whole group and as individuals; the dynamics as they broke down into small groups, pairs and loners; and the examination of the varying effects that the psychological and physical torture had on different individuals. Probably my favourite of all the Bachman books, but I'll have to reread them all before I make a definite decision. A reread that lived up to my expectations.
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sad but good This book was very intense! It's basically about a test of endurance. At some parts its actually very depressing, but still a very good read. 100 teenage boys sign up for the long walk. The last guy standing will become rich, famous and respected. Through out the book you will get to know most of the characters fairly well and begin to feel their pain every mile they walk. Not only do you understand the physical pain of walking for days non stop, but the emotional pain that goes with it. Many of the boys become confused with who they are and why they are walking. One boy even begins to write a book about it. You find many of them signed on to this competition for different reasons. The other 99 boy who stop walking will be sentenced to death in an extremely humiliating way. The characters in this book are very well done. At the beginning I automatically decided what characters I liked and who I didnt. By the end of the book I start to understand why the characters act the way they do. If you like happy endings I wouldn't recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talk About Empathy This book physically scarred me. I would get stomach aches just reading about the some of the gore Bachman once again would describe. Ray Garraty is 2 years younger than I am but had 30x the willpower and blind determination. Amazing book. I'm still a little queezy when I think about some of the harsh things the teens have to go through. Classic ending leaving the reader dumb-founded and perhaps confused or disappointed. But in the end, he leaves it up to us what happens... or, if you will, Bachman hints about what happens next.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sike! I thought this was great! This is a story about 100 young men who enter a contest with the odds stacked against them 99 to 1. With only one winner, even your best friend is your worst enemy. This is a bare bones story that held me in awe the entire time. It really is a page-turner. You hate to put it down even for a minute or two. But then, you've got to get up from your seat once in awhile... wouldn't want your feet to fall asleep! BRAAWWW-HAAA-HAAA-HAAAA!
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Long Walk Amazing, you can't put it down. You have to read it to find out Why? but in the end there is no WHY at least its not provided by the book you just have come up with your own WHY. In the end it leaves you wanting more. You have to remember that it's not Stephen King writing this book but Richare Bachman when you read this book you'll understand that
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Long Walk From the moment I first began to read this book I could not put it down. I anticipated the coming of every new page. This book will really put you out of your seat with excitement. You get to know so many vivid characters, this book is thrilling yet frightning at times , it's definitely not your every day Stephen King but that is a good thing, after you've read this book walking will never be the same again.
Date published: 2003-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Praise for this Book Although this book veers away from the horror style that King is famous for it definitely ranks up there with his best. Don't pick up the book expecting the fast paced thrill that he usually provides, and you will be pleasantly surprised. The depth of the characters was so well written that you don't want the book to end but you can't wait to see what happens. Absolutely a joy to read.
Date published: 2001-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long Walk good read From page one this story caught my interest, with the characters being developed, the story evolving into a suspenseful, thrilling, shocking, and intriguing plot. At certain points you were worrying for people, as long as cheering for others. The way that the walk was organized shocked and appalled me. The Long Walk was definitely a long walk, but the story didn't drag on. Couldn't put the book down. It brings you right into the book. You feel like you're in the walk. Stephen King working his magic once again... Andrew Marshall (age 13)
Date published: 2000-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ouch I read this book a long while ago and picked it up again recently. I still got the same feeling, my feet were hurting just reading about it. I kept moving my toes in my shoes making sure everything was still there...... very scary..... very chilling..... very good.
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff from the master! I can't put into words the terror you will feel as you place yourself in this young mans shoes. To have half the guts and strength of this character, wow, I could never attain it and perhaps am thankful. Very good, very scary, highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read! One of Stephen King's most basic and entertaining novels. It shows how far a person can push themselves when death is on their heels. Not only chilling, but this inspiring novel will remove the word "quit" from your vocabulary!
Date published: 1999-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read! One of Stephen King's most basic and entertaining novels. It shows how far a person can push themselves when death is on their heels. Not only chilling, but this inspiring novel will remove the word "quit" from your vocabulary!
Date published: 1999-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Richie!! Totally unbelievable, but like much of King's work quite gripping. Once you start it you cant put it down!
Date published: 1999-05-06

– More About This Product –

The Long Walk

by Stephen King
Other Richard Bachman

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Signet

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451196716

ISBN - 13: 9780451196712

From the Publisher

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as ?The Long Walk.? If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

About the Author

Stephen King, the world''s bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

From Our Editors

Available for the first time in a single volume, this chilling novel follows the a young boy who has been selected to take the Long Walk, a lethal contest of determination and endurance in whcih each tortured step becomes a harrowing struggle for survival. Reprint.

Editorial Reviews

"A master storyteller." - Houston Chronicle
"An illusionist extraordinaire." - Publishers Weekly
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