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The Running Man is set within a dystopian future in which the poor are seen more by the government as worrisome rodents than actual human beings. The protagonist of The Running Man, Ben Richards, is quick to realize this as he watches his daughter, Cathy, grow more sick by the day and tread closer and closer to death. Desperate for money to pay Cathy’s medical bills, Ben e ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Signet (first published May 1st 1982)
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Dan 1.0
When Ben Richard's daughter gets pneumonia, he turns to the Network for help and becomes a contestant on the deadliest of reality shows, The Running Man. Can Richards run long enough to earn the money for his daughter's medicine? And what will he learn as he runs for his life for the amusement of the public watching The Running Man?

This is the best book made into a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger I've ever read. Actually, apart from a couple character names, the dystopian setting, and the c
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Kay
Dec 07, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who expected more action and less contemplation from the Hunger Games
Recommended to Kay by: people who think Surivor should be a little more *real*
WARNING: Do NOT read the author foreward. It totally gives away a climactic ending. Thanks to the GoodReads community for warning me.

I feel like I just ran a marathon with a heart condition. As soon as I opened the book, I was swept up in the story and couldn't stop until the fiery, breathless end. I don't say this often. It takes a while for me to feel comfortable in a new book. I like to feel things out, come to my own conclusions. But Stephen King, in his insidiously masterful way, lured and
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Amr

أكتر حاجة تضايق الواحد لما تكون رواية كويسة وفكرتها شيقة وممتعة وثورية وكاتب زي سيتفن كينج وفى الاخر الرواية متعجبكش وتبقي سيئة جدا بسبب الترجمة..

أسوأ ترجمة قرأتها فى حياتي لرواية , المترجم بيترجم ترجمة حرفية بحتة ده لو بيترجم مقال علمى مش هيترجم كدا, اكتر رواية خدت فيها وقت فى حياتي اربع ايام عشان اخلصها لأني زهقت منها وبقت مملة جدا بسبب الترجمة .

وكمان تفاصيل كتيرة لوصف الاماكن والاشخاص , فطبعا مع ترجمة سيئة هتكون مش طايق نفسك .

تقييمي قليل بسبب الترجمة لكن الرواية والنهاية تستحق اربع نجوم.

أنصح
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Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Kevin Kenerly – Good narration.

My first Kevin Kenerly audiobook and I enjoyed it very much. And no background music!!

***

Ebook:

My second read for this novel and, as for the first time, the protagonist Ben Richards spoiled it for me. While I understand the reason for his anger and bitterness, I couldn’t bring myself to feel any sympathy for him.

“You’ll have to make allowances for Mr. Richards,” Killian said, smiling. “He seems afflicted with an extreme case of the rudes.”

A
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sj
When I was young and not quite so jaded, I still believed that film adaptations were a good idea. I am pretty sure The Running Man was the book/movie that changed my mind about that.

I'd seen the movie more times than I care to admit before I read the book for the first time (my dad was/is a HUGE fan of all things Schwarzenegger [wow, really spellcheck, you recognize that name?]) and I almost DIDN'T read it because I thought the movie was TERRIBLE and that meant the book had to be, too, right?

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Franco  Santos
Este es uno de los libros que más me sorprendieron de Stephen King. No lo tenía pensado leer, ya que no me atraen mucho las novelas de ciencia ficción/futuristas o las llamadas distópicas. Sin embargo, al ver que recibía muy buenas criticas, me decidí por darle una oportunidad.

Fue toda una aventura. No podía soltar el libro en ningún momento. Es soberbiamente adictivo, no te da descanso. Tiene uno de los mejores inicios que tuve el placer de leer, y con respecto al final... por Dios... ¡Qué fina
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Brandon
Feb 12, 2013 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopia, hatred of reality TV, action movie fans
It’s the year 2025 and society is very different then what we know today. Unlike those that claim today the United States is the land of the free and that the ultimate “American Dream” is attainable by anyone, the system is now designed to keep those who are below the poverty line to stay just where they are. However, there is a way out, sign up as a participant in “The Games”. Yes, you can compete on a variety of dangerous game shows in an effort to obtain large cash prizes and get you and your ...more
Rola
Jul 26, 2014 Rola marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paused
Dear Mr. Stephen king,

If you met with this review by some chance/ miracle one day, please make sure to break your contract with "Arab scientific publishers".
If the reading process add more lives to your own, the translation of your books by them actually wastes the only life you will ever have.


السيد المحترم / ستيفن كينج
إن صادفت يوما هذه المراجعة بالصدفة البحتة أو المعجزة الفريدة، فضلا تأكد من فسخ عقد ترجمة مؤلفاتك مع " الدار العربية للعلوم" - ناشرون ؛ فإن كانت القراءة تضيف للفرد أعمارا فوق عمره،
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Laura Leigh
Jan 31, 2008 Laura Leigh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura Leigh by: Steven Matthews
The biggest problem with this book is that I decided to read Stephen King's introduction first -- where he gave away the ending. Bah! Still, it was a good journey to see how the protagonist got there, though the end was anti-climactic for me. For a writer just learning his chops when this was written, it's pretty damn good.
T. Edmund
I was pretty surprised to see this book lurking around a second-hand store. You see, I've been familar with the film since growing up. If you'd asked me prior to seeing this document I would have bet on that movie NOT even beeing based on a book, let alone a book by the famous S. King

My second surprise was of course that the book was good. I probably shouldn't have been so naive as to think the book would be anything like the spandex rubbish that the movie was, but whatever.

Running man depicts a
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Becky
This was a pretty good story, but quite different from what I'd expected. Of course I knew it was a dystopia, and centered around a game-show, but other than that, I didn't have much idea about the story. I've never seen the movie - and looking at IMDB right now, that's probably a good thing - so I didn't even have those misconceptions to deal with. Ben Richards is not an ex-cop who was wrongfully accused of anything. He was born into the wrong economic situation and grew bitter because of it. W ...more
Amar
Nakon The Long Walk , ovo je drugi roman od Bachmana u kojem bolesne igre vladaju u budućnosti, u kojoj je ljudima jedina zabava gledati smrt drugih. Razlika između ovih romana je u tome što su u Long Walk šanse da preživite 1:100 dok je ovdje ta šansa 1:1000000000.

I u ovom romanu se glavni lik uključuje u igru , koju teško da može pobjedi . The Running man . Pravila igre su jednostavna: BJEŽI!! Glavni lik dobija prednost od 12 sati , i nakon toga ga traže stražari po cijelom futurističnom SAD-
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Simply one of the best dystopian stories from Stephen King or any other writer. Dont judge it by the movie.

When Benjamin Richards baby girl gets emphysema from the shitty environment they live in his only hope of making some real money is to participate in the Federal Games. A variety of television shows with various risks and rewards and played 24 hours a day through the Free-vee, a television that can not be turned off, but ensures the propaganda of those in charge is spread far and wide. The
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Hanna
So.

There's me.
There's the book.
And there's a huge, enormous barrier between us.

That's what I felt while reading The Running Man

The blurb says that Richards joined a Game for the sake of his one year old daughter to try saving her from the illness. And what do I get from that? My two favourite genres. Dystopia and family love. Plus, it's a Stephen King book and so far I liked his books, so it didn't really matter if he wrote this book as Richard Bachman or not.

Big mistake.

The book starts off by
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Theresa
I don't even like Stephen King, but this was recommended on a blog for people who really liked The Hunger Games so I thought I would give it a shot.

It reads very quickly and is highly addictive. The gist of the story is that in the year 2025, Ben Richards is out of work. His 18 month old daughter is sick with the flu and neither Ben nor his wife can afford to take her to a real doctor. Ben is from the poor side of town and decides the only way to save his daughter is to become a contestant on on
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Kelli Lee
Unputdownable, gritty, depressingly dystopic, bleak, fast-paced, action-y, the story revolves around a highly popular televised game show, The Running Man. Its vast viewership is comprised of desensitized sheeple, their eyes glued nightly to this reality show of sorts. The Running Man premise involves a man running for his very life, with the ephemeral hope of survival, Hunters hot on his heels. If he happens to win, a substantial cash prize his reward, he and his family can live like royalty fo ...more
Veeral
Good dystopian thriller that keeps you reading right till the end. I just read 'The Long Walk' so I thought that this might be a good book to read next by Stephen King. I browsed the shops, Goodreads and amazon half expecting to come across 'The Jogging Men' and was relieved as well as a bit disappointed to know that there isn't any.

Well of course, the protagonist here does not participate in a running contest but instead is running and hiding from the hunters and the privileged population of th
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Abdullah
من أسوأ الروايات التي قرأتها على الإطلاق !
الأسلوب سيئ جدًا .. الأحداث مملة .. الترجمة ركيكة
كانت سعادتي لاتوصف حينما أنهيت قرائتها ...
حتى الفيلم الذي تم انتاجه بناء على الرواية كان سيئ لأبعد الحدود
مع أن الفكرة أعجبتني وشدني العنوان لكني صُدمت تمامًا حال انتهائي من قرائتها
★ Jess
Jan 07, 2011 ★ Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of 'The Hunger Games' who dont mind course language
This book was made of awesome: I devoured it in less then 24 hours, with time to spare for sleeping, socializing and spending the afternoon at the beach.
I am a sucker for Dystopians, and I am also a giant-mega-large-obsessive Stephan King fan, so this book was right up my alley.
It first came to my attention in a book talk about the bestselling trilogy The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Somebody mentioned both novels were similar, because they were both Dystopians about murderous reality TV s
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Lammoth
Неведнъж съм казвал, че четирите ранни романа на Стивън Кинг, излезли под псевдонима Ричард Бакман - "Бягащият мъж", "Гняв", "Дългата разходка" и "Пътна мрежа", са сред моите най-любими произведения на Краля. Той си е позволил да си направи експеримент, целящ да противопостави таланта срещу популярността. Резултатът е повече от интересен - като за пример може да вземем романа "Проклятието", който продава 28 000 копия, когато излиза от печат с марка Ричард Бакман, но по-късно се продават десет пъ ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Yet another great Bachman book, in which I hope never comes true. Excellent story line and great imaginative details.
Jade
After loving the book Rage, I felt like a bit more of that great Stephen King anger directed at the man. This book gave me what I needed.

Completely different from the Arnie film, yet in all the right ways. It's more true to life and follows the emotional turmoil and survival instincts of a man who has nothing to lose, after paying for his families survival with his own life.

In reading through I was constantly annoyed at the bourgeoise separation, with no attempt made to connect with the poorer
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Brina
Dystopien hatten es bei mir noch nie sonderlich leicht, dementsprechend skeptisch war ich daher bzgl. "Menschenjagd" und habe das Buch zunächst eher zögerlich aufgeschlagen. Je mehr ich jedoch in die Geschichte eingetaucht bin, je begeisterter war ich, denn "Menschenjagd" besitzt alles, was ich mir bei einem Buch wünsche: Ein packender Schreibstil, Spannung, interessante Figuren und eine oftmals unvorhersehbare Handlung.

Stephen King hat es erneut geschafft, mich mit seinem phänomenalen Schreibst
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Shell
The Running Man had been sitting on my bookshelf for well over a year by the time I finally picked it up. Why did I wait so long?!

It's hard to believe that King (as Bachman) wrote this story back in 1982, his foresight was incredible. I quickly fell in love with the character of Ben Richards. Living in a society that has become almost completely desensitised - treating the poor like rodents and a man's life like a reality contest - Ben's desperation, determination, attitude and fight for surviva
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Brian
If anyone has read my reviews, you would know I'm crazy about Stephen King. He's great! I always made a secret vow to myself that I would never rate any of his books lower than four stars. He has been such a blessing to me, has brought me through some terrible and painful times with his works. It's strange how he makes me feel like he is talking just to me, like I'm his best friend. Does anyone else feel like that? He's the best.

However, the four star rule I made for myself would be dishonest,
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Kinksrock
Adventure set in a dystopian future in which a man, desperate for money to save his sick child and keep his wife from having to sell her body on the street, becomes a contestant on America's favorite game show. As a contestant, he must try to stay alive for 30 days while professional hunters try to assassinate him. Stephen King's novel foresees the shock entertainment provided by reality programming. I wouldn't put this at the top of King's novels, but if you are looking for something more fast- ...more
Христо Блажев
Бягащият човек е истинският човек: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/b...

“Бягащият човек” досега ми убягваше, макар други от Бакмановите книги да си ми от любимите – “Гняв”, “Дългата разходка” и “Пътна мрежа”. И дори да чета бързо всичко ново от Стивън Кинг – “Джойленд”, “Мистър Мерцедес”, “Доктор Сън”, – все пак старите му романи ми носят повече удоволствие по начин, който ми е трудно да обясня; мисля си, че това, от една страна, си е обичайното идеализиране на младите години, което така чест
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Flannery
Sep 20, 2010 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult fans of the Hunger Games series, those who enjoyed The Long Walk
Set in a dystopian America, Ben Richards signs up to participate in a network television show--though which one he gets assigned to is unknown to him until after he passes several exams--in order to provide for his family. His show, The Running Man (This is no spoiler. Just look at the title of this book)is basically a mixture of The Most Dangerous Game and the Hunger Games...though this book obviously preceded the latter by about two decades. Richards is given a short head start and then is hun ...more
Chuck
May 26, 2013 Chuck rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chuck by: Tim Hocevar
I don't know what to say, other than I was wrong. I had read a few Stephen King novels years ago and wrote them off as fantasy and just not my cup of tea. Between my son's recommendation and the availability of this novel I ressurected the author from the depths of my library and gave this fairy tale a try. I have not read a book in recent years that I could not put down like this one. It touched every emotion that this old man has left including disgust, anger, affection, sympathy, humor, viole ...more
Paula
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Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When S
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“In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. . . .” 60 likes
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