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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  16,312 ratings  ·  399 reviews
They're tearing down Bart Dawes's home, leveling his memories, and destroying his past, all for a new highway extension. Funny what that kind of progress can do to a man. Scary, too.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Signet (first published 1981)
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Dan Schwent
A new stretch of interstate is being build and Bart Dawes' house is right in its path. He has until January 20th to find a new place for he and his wife to live and also a new location for the Blue Ribbon, the industrial laundry where he has been employed for twenty years. What will happen if he doesn't?

I wasn't very old when the original four Bachman books were released but I can't imagine this one did very well before King outted himself. It doesn't really have a lot going on. Bart Dawes is c
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by G Valmont Thomas – Dreadful narration.

This is the first audiobook narrated by Thomas that I’ve listened to and it will probably be my last.

His reading voice is beautiful and if he’d stuck to that I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But he didn’t.

His character voices were just awful. It was like watching a puppet show. At least that’s the image that kept popping into my head. I couldn’t finish listening to it.



Bleak and depressing as the Bachman books tend to be.
Well then. As much as it pains me to do this, I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and this was an effort in futility on just about all fronts.

Now I know, I know, the Bachman books are depressing and dark and bleak and grim. I know all that. I expected it, and was even looking forward to it. But this... This was almost painfully tedious to get through. It was so pointless. So futile.

I've read all of the Bachman books, and they've all been dark and grim and whatnot... but they've all had a point. I did
Franco  Santos
Qué tristeza y desesperanza transmite este libro...

Creo que estoy a punto de ponerme a gritar. Por las cosas perdidas. Por tu sonrisa, Mary. Perdóname si echo la cabeza hacia atrás y me pongo a gritar por la sonrisa que ya nunca aparece en tu rostro. ¿De acuerdo?

King con este relato nos enseña que tenemos que vivir con todo nuestro corazón, que estemos más relajados ante las cosas malas que nos pasen, que no perdamos tiempo con preocupaciones que solo sirven para atormentarnos, que seamos felic
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Misoneists and midlife crisis sufferers.
I read this after reading The Long Walk and couldn't get into it at all to begin with. I found it a little bit dull and difficult to relate to. But as the story progressed I became absolutely engrossed in it, it really becomes difficult to put down. It's incredibly sad at times, but can often be humorous and very suspenseful.

This is a straight novel, no supernatural elements a la' king. In short, its a tale of one man standing in the way of progress, clutching onto the remains of the past with w
Thomas Strömquist
Another great surprise in re-reading Stephen King was Roadwork, which I must confess that I did not remember a lot of details about. First: it was a whole lot easier to connect to the pained Barton Dawes now than when I was 19 (even if it was quite a shock discovering that the disillusioned man with crumbling marriage, crumbling physique and crumbling life is 40(!) - I had him at about 60 in my head, but on the other hand, what's the difference between 40 and 60 when you're 19?). Anyway, it's qu ...more
Roadwork feels more like King than Bachman, especially when you compare it to the rest of the novels that comprised that hefty Bachman Books compendium (all of King's signature writerly tics are on display, here).

I remember skimming this one the last time I read these, and I'm glad I didn't this time. I caught a lot of what feel like referential moments to his other work.

Heather and I agree that if Phil Drake isn't Callahan walking the Todash Highway, then he's his twinner, for suresies.

Janie Johnson

Really this is just a long drawn out tale of a depressed man who pretty much became insane because of a highway being built right through the middle of his house, and his livelihood, a glorified Laundrymat. I dont really think the book could have been anymore depressing, and the main character could not have pitied himself any more than he was already.

I also found the book to be very predictable. I realize that this is a very early novel from King, but
I have slowly been making my way through the Richard Bachman books, and for the most part I have not been that impressed. I like dark and dreary, and thought this book would be so much better than it was. I was wrong.

The book didn’t have much of a description, but knowing the type of writing I have come to expect from Stephen King I was hopeful. Between the story being about a guy who is loosing his house for a highway project, and King’s talent for writing deep, memorable characters, I though t
Dierdra Byrd
I have only read one other of the Bachman novels, The long walk and I remember really enjoying it so when I came across Roadwork I was excited to read it. The Bachman novels are not really so much horror as Kings novels are and the difference is nice. I find it sad King had to stop writing as Bachman personally.
Roadwork is about a man who loses his place of employment and his house because the city is building a highway through both. He doesn't want to lose either and doesn't take it well at al
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Whoa... Don't push certain people to their breaking point. I dont know how I feel about these Bachman books but I'm enjoying them so far. You can tell they are his earlier works, I can at least.
I really liked this story. It is definitely unique for King. It seems more of a literary type read, and each paragraph seems packed with detail. The story gave me some anxiety. It scared me in a different way, the way dreams sometimes scare to prepare us for reality. It reminded me of a bad path I was on, up until I was about 18. It brought back the guilt I still feel, a memory of calling my family on my sixteenth birthday. They had a cake and presents ready for me, but I called my Mom and told ...more
Paul Eric
Voy a hacer una confesión que apareció con ésta novela como testigo: en mi trabajo se me es permitido leer. Llevo dos meses y medio y ya he leído seis libros, dos de ellos de Stephen King. El anterior fue Maleficio. Éste , Carretera Maldita, fue un viaje sin respiro. En tres noches lo terminé. Fue escrito con el famoso nick de Bachman, y concluyo siempre que el antiguo King fue el mejor. El más abierto a las ideas y a impresionar por la soltura... en definitiva, el autor que escribía drogado, eb ...more
Paul Eckert
Stephen King must be one of the best writers at taking an ordinary situation and making an interesting story out of it. Give the guy a person and a problem and he will just run with it. He's often typecast as the king of horror, but I think some of his best stories don't involve the supernatural.

In the case of Roadwork, Barton Dawes is a regular Joe Suburbanite, just another guy trying to make an honest living when he gets notice that the city will be invoking eminent domain and tearing down his
Jason P
Want to read a good revenge story? One where the protagonist gets beaten down like a dog, then finds odd ball ways to get back at the "the man", only to get thrown in one hell of a fire fight? Well, if that's what you want, then look no further because Roadwork is that book! I listened to the audio edition of Roadwork which was narrated by G. Valmont Thomas, and what a great job he did! Every step of the story was sold so well, and he made it so the listener (me) was on the edge of my seat. Love ...more
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Ally Atherton
King is Bachman and Bachman is King.

This is my latest read of Richard Bachman otherwise known as Stephen King. This book is in many ways very different from most King books but the writing is unmistakable.

Written inbetween Salem's Lot and the Shining, Roadwork is a non-horror that focuses on one man's determination to stop a new major road from being built in an unnamed city in the mid west of America. It doesn't sound too exciting does it ?
Well maybe the story isn't the most exciting thing sinc
I tend not to like Stephen King's Richard Bachman persona. That grouping of works always tends to be more pessimistic, more nihilistic that the rest of SK's books. It seems like he uses Bachman as a way to scrub out his darker thoughts and impulses.

Roadwork is about a man facing the destruction of his house and work due to a highway building project. Instead of moving, he decides to stay exactly where he is, then decides to sabotage the project... and in the process loses his job, his wife and
Gitte Winneche
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Most fun I've had reading a King novel since Needful Things. It's one of Stephen King's few "straight" novels where there is not a trace of the supernatural. And when you finish it, you wish King wrote more in a similar vein.

This is a funny, sad, and compelling character study. The characters are strong, they jump off the pages and make you feel like you're in the room with them. It's nearly unputdownable. One of the best King novels, and certainly the best Bachman book I've read so far (Rage w
When you're reading this book it seems slow and pointless. Then you get to the end and you realize that's exactly what it is and that's the point. Sometimes there is no point and no reason to look for one. I like the way Dawe's was "hoping to Got he had said nothing...that can be misconstrued as profound." I think that somes it up well.

I'm always amazed at the stark difference in King books and Bachman books. I wish they would still market the Bachman books under that name instead of emblazoning
At first I couldn't get hold of this one. It was a ranting guy, with a personality disorder.
But if I cut out the ranting and the useless bits; there is a very sad story behind roadwork. A story of a broken father that can't give away the only memories of his only son. If I where in Bart's shoes I'd most probably done the exact same thing, and screw what people think!

I keep thinking that I like Richard more than Stephen sometimes - I like dark; I like the 'not nick's guys.

Roadwork is not King's
Troy Blackford
One of my very favorites and highly underrated, Stephen King himself is dissatisfied with this book as he felt pressured to write a 'serious' novel by the critics. Well, I didn't know that when I read it and I was really touched, moved, and caught up in this amazing story.

I'm sure that it is only his memories of what was going on in his life that colored his opinions of this one.
Thomas Strömquist
Thinking of this book my mind always invokes an image of Arthur Dent lying in mud in front of the bulldozer about to knock down his house. This is not fair at all, since this story is nothing to laugh about.

Nothing to laugh about. In fact it's downright depressing. Nothing good can come out of the premises and nothing does.
Nilanjan Guin
This is the third novel I read where the protagonist (or antagonist, if one sees from the point of the view of the rest of the world) has a warped view of a warped world (which makes one think, maybe the two warps cancel each other out and you get what may be a straight insight into life), the other two being Rage by Bachman and The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson. Though I liked Rage a lot - Roadwork wrung my heart just a little bit tighter. The breakdown of the facade that people like to live ...more

Non tutte le ciambelle riescono con il buco, di conseguenza, non sempre i libri di Stephen King riescono bene. Il fatto che USCITA PER L'INFERNO abbia ottenuto grande successo per le innumerevoli vendite è da attribuirsi al nome dell'autore, riconosciuto anche sotto lo pseudonimo di Richard Bachman.
Al centro della storia, c'è George Dawes, un uomo che ha perso l’unico figlio, Charles Fred, in tenera età per un tumore cerebrale. Con la moglie Mary ha tentato di tornare ad una vita normale, ma, qu
Jenn Lc
Mmmm... puedo decir que las últimas 20 páginas me parecieron increiblemente interesantea y no podia despegarme del libro, pero, para llegar a ellas,tuve que pasar por 350 páginas de un hombre con un rechazo al cambio y que esta medio loco, un hombre que en realidad me desespero un poco y que queria golpear en ocasiones.

Este libro me pareció pesado, mas que nada por la divina expectativa, si comienzo un libro que se llama Carretera Maldita minimo esperaba coches diabolicos o curvas mortales y no.
Jack Gattanella
"That's what we are. The March of Time, Freddy. That what it is. Forty waiting for fifty waiting for sixty. Waiting for a nice hospital bed and a nice nurse to stick a nice catheter inside you. Freddy, forty is the end of being young. Well, actually thirty's the end of being young, forty is where you stop fooling yourself. I don't want to grow old in a strange place."

This was a tremendous read, though if you hear what it's about on the surface your first reaction will likely be 'Well, why would
Mohammad Ali Abedi
It’s a shame that Stephen King was forced to put away his alter-ego Richard Bachman, because some of Bachman’s books are really darker and grittier. With “Roadworks”, there are no supernatural horror elements and no sci-fi alternative worlds, it is just a book about a man’s nervous breakdown, and King/Bachman writes with such anger, that I was following Dawes into his descend into a breakdown.

A new road is being built and houses that are in the way have to be destroyed. The government pays for t
3.0 stars.

Like The Long Walk and The Running Man, King/Bachman’s Roadwork’s structure progresses through a “ticking” timeline. Unlike The Long Walk and The Running Man, King/Bachman’s Roadwork takes place in a present rather than a future.

The novel, in many ways, represents King/Bachman’s most realistic, and most mundane, novel. And while it shows up a variety of social points and criticisms, empathy and/or sympathy for the protagonist, Barton G., (George), Dawes becomes difficult—despite explan
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