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The Running Man

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  62,966 Ratings  ·  1,796 Reviews
This is an Alternate Cover Edition of ISBN 0450056422
Paperback, 241 pages
Published by New English Library (first published May 1st 1982)
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Thomas J Jameson Very good book! Read it in one go! Тhe action takes place relatively quickly and your interest is confined till the last page!
Joshua Peters Its nothing Like the movie, the movie is horrible! This story its full of conspiracy and suspense!
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Well now........This was not what I expected. AT. ALL.

THE RUNNING MANis not only different from the movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) but has a much deeper storyline and greater sense of desperation and hopelessness among the very interesting characters.

THE RUNNING MAN is still a TV Reality Show (broadcast on the Free-Vee) that survives by ratings and is still corrupt in its methods of revealing less than the truth to further incite wrong-doing by the participants and gain a greater audience.


Dan Schwent
Dec 09, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Jan 22, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  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
Kostas Papadatos
Dec 12, 2015 Kostas Papadatos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε μια παρηκμασμένη Αμερική το 2025. Ο ήρωας μας (ο Ρίτσαρντ) ο οποίος είναι πιο φτωχός και απο τον Βασιλάκη Καΐλα έχει μια κόρη η οποία έχει πνευμονία! Ο τύπος δεν έχει χρήματα να πάρει φάρμακα.. Ε και τι σκέφτηκε νομίζετε ο σατανάς ..Να λάβει συμμετοχή σενα τηλεπαιχνίδι όπου το έπαθλο του νικητή είναι αρκετές χιλιάδες δολλάρια.Το παιχνίδι δεν είναι του τύπου Big brother και the Wall με τον Κλεάνθη και τη Ρούλα, αλλά ένα ριάλιτι, το οποίο είναι του στύλ σου αφήνω ένα μικρ ...more
With rumours of real Hunger Games being played out in Siberia, I found this sickeningly scary in its implications.

Beware of governments who will make it compulsory to watch dystopian TV

BBC report 6/12/2017

Description: 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
Amr Mohamed

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.

Apr 11, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Running Man completes my read of the four early Bachman Books. What a fine way to go out. We’ve all seen the movie (well, maybe only us older GR folk). Schwarzenegger uses some wit and the muscles to survive the death match game show that is The Running Man. Once again, the movie is the reason I never bothered to read the book, and once again I made a mistake by not doing so. Hint: They changed the story.

Some aspects of the book found their way into the movie. A bit of the persona that is Be
Halt! If you have yet to read this Stephen King as Richard Bachman book, let it be known that the introduction should be cordoned off with ‘spoiler warning’ tape…but it's not. I would chalk it up to King's beef with the outing of Bachman (which I totally respect), but the same thing happened to me with Pet Sematary, so that theory's a bust. (Shoutout to Richard for attempting to save me from myself after that first debacle.)

Wasn't my favorite King or Bachman adventure, perhaps because
Franco  Santos
Jun 08, 2014 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
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
Vicki Willis
Sep 25, 2016 Vicki Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king, z-2016
I loved this book. I know I saw the movie years ago, but I don't know if I ever read the book. It was a fast paced book full of action. I was feeling tense for the main character the whole time. The futuristic setting and societal make up was interesting to me. The ending was a surprise for me and it was a perfect end to the book. A 5 star read for me!
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?

Victor Almeida
Vamos começar dizendo que eu amei a premissa desse livro. Amei o universo onde ele acontece. Todos os elementos distópicos e a mistura com uma periferia futurista são muito bacanas. Já o protagonista é ok, enquanto todos os outros personagens acabaram sendo apenas "cenário" pra mim.

Acredito que a escrita tenha sido o meu ponto fraco nesse livro. Simplesmente não consegui ceder. Não consegui visualizar muita coisa, tive dificuldades em me situar em algumas cenas de ação, e algumas descrições em e
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Kevin Kenerly – Good narration.

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



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.”

Mar 16, 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،
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
Feb 25, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  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
Thomas Edmund
Mar 21, 2011 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Leigh
Jan 31, 2008 Laura Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 13, 2015 Lammoth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
شاهدث الفيلم منذ زمن بعيد وتصورت أن تكون الرواية مشابهة له،لكن تفاجأت برواية مميزة حقا..
فلم يحمل الفيلم من الرواية سوي الفكرة الرئيسية فقط،ولم افهم لم وافق ستيفن كينج علي أن يكون الفيلم بهذا الشكل..
رواية من نوعية الديستوبيا،في عالم مرعب تعيش به الأغلبية علي هامش الحياة في حين تتمتع النخبة بكل متع الحياة..
للدرجة التي جعلت من حياة هؤلاء قد تساوي رهان علي تلفزيون الواقع للحصول علي المال..
احداث سريعة ومتلاحقة وترقب مستمر للنهاية..
في الوقت الذي يضحي فيه المتسابق بحياته علي أمل الحصول علي المال اذا نج
Sep 21, 2016 Latasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
I read this with a group. we are reading all of King's works and we are up to this one. going in, I knew this wasn't my cup of tea. well, it was ok. I didn't hate it but thank goodness I got it from the library. lol :p
Apr 28, 2015 Hanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
These early books of King, written as Richard Bachman are dark, stark, and show humanity at its lowest points. They are amazing reads. Anyone who has only ever seen the 1987 Movie by the same name is doing themselves a huge disservice by not reading The Running Man.
Sep 18, 2014 José rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Movie Trailer Voice* In the year 2025 the world economy has collapsed. Lots of unemployed people live in misery and their only hope of getting money is participating on extremely violent reality shows like The Crocodile Bath or The Gun Race. Ben Richards's daughter is sick an in desperate need of medication, his only hope of saving his little girl's life is to participate on a show that nobody has survived. Chuck Norris Ben Richards is: The Running Ma
 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
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-
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
Mar 14, 2009 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
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
Mar 03, 2008 Abdullah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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