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Road Rage unites Richard Matheson's classic "Duel" and the contemporary work it inspired--two power-packed short stories by three of the genre's most acclaimed authors. "Duel," an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg's acclaimed first film of the same name. "Throttle," by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a d...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by HarperAudio
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Lou
Matheson immerses us in a case of Road rage in Duel a short story. He really places you in the thick of the tension. We all know what it's like driving on the freeway those big trucks they own the road due to their size. He takes this tool of terror a Truck coupled with an anonymous driver who is rampant on causing fear and terror to our likable protagonist.
The main protagonist is a salesman on business trip it will be a trip three days of motels and restaurant eating. It all picks up on a Thurs
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Becky
I read Richard Matheson's story, Duel, (in the collection of the same title) last year and remember being slightly underwhelmed by the whole collection. Not that the stories weren't good - they were - but more that it's just not what I thought they'd be. I had wanted horror, and I got a lot of sci-fi instead. But I digress. The title story was (very) straight-forward suspense, and though (very) dated, it was a good story and I quite enjoyed it.

Let me pause here and add a little side note, which...more
Michael
My four star rating is an average of my rating for the two novellas included in this audio collection.

Duel by Richard Matheson -- Five Stars
One of the good things about the Will Smith version of "I Am Legend" hitting the big-screen is that it brought a lot of harder to find work of Richard Matheson back into print, introducing a new generation of fans to him. "Legend" is one of his strongest offerings, but it seems the man could really do no wrong and he was an absolute master of the short story...more
Chris
This audio-only book is actually two stories. "Duel" by Richard Matheson was written I believe sometime in the early 70's and features a salesman trying to get to San Francisco on business who is accosted by an oil rig driver with an unhealthy grudge. The second story, a modern composition called "Throttle", written by Stephen King and Joe Hill was inspired by Matheson's entry. The King/Hill tale revolves around a group of bikers who run across a similar threat and must battle for their lives on...more
Chris
This set of two stories was a nice diversion while driving down I-75 for a couple of hours this afternoon.

Then again, it had me looking in my mirror a few times whenever I got close to a trucker...

But very enjoyable and Stephen Lang does a good job reading them. The first story was one that I was familiar with, "Duel" by Richard Matheson. I'd seen the movie done by Spielberg so pretty much knew how this went. Still, I was pleased with Matheson's style here, though much of the suspense was lost s...more
Kandice
I can see why these two stories were packaged together even though they were written decades apart. They are both about semi-trucks on seemingly unexplainable rampages. The reader, Stephen Lang, also read Heart-Shaped Box by Hill and was perfect for these stories. His voice is a bit rough, he sounds incredibly "manly" and his words flow flawlessly. He reads with feeling, but not so much that you are forced to see things his way. In case you are wondering, he plays Colonel Quaritch in Avatar. The...more
John Wiswell
This was always going to get five stars, even before I picked it up, because although it only has two stories, one is Richard Matheson’s “Duel.” The narrator would have had to mess it horribly, and he certainly didn’t.

“Duel” is one of my favorite short stories, being the purest form of a conflict drama, a salesman on the highway pursued by an enigmatic and increasingly violent tanker truck. It’s so strong that the fifth time I read it, sitting on an Amtrak train, after a few pages I unconsciousl...more
Kate
Road Rage contains two novellas: Duel by Richard Matheson, and Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King. I listened to this on audio, and it seemed like the perfect subject to be listening to while driving in the car.

In "Duel," billed as a classic that inspired "Throttle," the main character, Man, is driving to a sales meeting when he passes a truck. Then the truck passes him. As this battle goes on, Man wavers from thinking he's reading too much into things to becoming convinced that the trucker i...more
Connie
There were 2 stories in this audio. The first book of Road Rage was about this business man was driving on a two lane highway trying to get to San Francisco for a business trip when for some unknown reason, this trucker starts stalking him on the highway. The trucker did everything imaginable besides actually ramming into the business man's car to make him crash. It was insane! I was holding my breath in some parts and calling the business man stupid in other parts because nothing, especially th...more
Adam Wilson
Road Rage is an all-to short novella "collection" by Stephen King, his son Joe Hill, and Richard Matheson. To me, and to you if you are a horror fan, this should sound like a gift from...well whoever delivers wonderous things upon us. I guess that would be the authors of this great audio experience. I must say though that putting Duel by Matheson (one of the best short stories I've ever read) next to Hill and King's Throttle is a bit like putting a well-dressed and highly professional mathematic...more
Anthony
As the press release says, this collection of two "novelettes" (I'm not sure when that became an official publishing term, but I've seen it three times now in the past two months) brings together one of Richard Matheson's classic short stories and a new Stephen King / Joe Hill (father and son, if you didn't know) collaboration. The stories share the title theme, yes, but even more specifically they share an antagonist: a lumbering truck on a lonely stretch of highway.

Not the same truck, of cours...more
David
Audiobook collection of two novellas, one classic and one current about killers behind large trucks. Both are superbly narrated by Stephen Lang. The first novella is the classic "Duel" by Richard Matheson. The classic Spielberg film is based on this equally good short story. Actually, the main character (called Mann) is a less annoying and more sympathetic character than the film. This is a sheer brilliant hour of narrated terror.

Following this is a collaboration between Stephen King and his son...more
Alice
This was a decent way to pass a couple of hours on the road.

Road Rage is two novellas: Richard Matheson's "Duel," which inspired a movie of the same name by Steven Spielberg, as well as "Throttle," a short story written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill.

Matheson is probably best known by modern readers for I Am Legend, which has spawned several movies, but he also wrote some of the most intriguing and memorable Twilight Zone episodes. "Duel" is about an ordinary salesman taking a back road,...more
Lex
I enjoyed Richard Matheson's short story, Duel, because of 2 reasons. I could greatly relate with David Mann. I get the usual road rage and accompanying paranoia, when I drive alone. I felt the anger, the fear, and all the dastardly and horrific (even vengeful and murderous) thoughts that his mind kept playing during the chase scenes. But then again, even those thoughts and feelings when he wasn't behind the wheel...that's the second reason. I could relate. Richard Matheson easily, and vividly w...more
Lindsay
"Duel" by Richard Matheson
God bless Richard Matheson, who gave us "I Am Legend" and all the good episodes of "The Twilight Zone." "Duel" chronicles one man's frantic attempt to out-drive and outwit a maniac in a giant tanker truck. What makes "Duel" truly, terribly effective as a horror story is that it's so random; in real life, one's actions aren't always neatly mapped out and carefully explained. Sometimes, there is no motive or explanation for a senseless act; writers of books, television, a...more
Hayley Knighten
Duel is a classic and Throttle is an incredible tribute and yet is original and compelling in its own right- sort of a cross between Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad. I saw that a couple reviewers thought Throttle was racist. To that I say, don't confuse the character with the author. These are some ugly characters. There are no heroes in Throttle and that is essentially the point. You shouldn't like these characters or cheer them on, but they are likely to stay with you. Vince says in this stor...more
William Thomas
I can remember when it seemed like WPWR channel 50 and WGN channel 9 would play Duel as their Sunday movie of the week what seemed like every week. I can't for the life of me see how the film version could have competently captured the tension of Mann's internal dialogue. I can't see as it could have built up the fear without having a second person in the car as there is no dialogue. I just can't see this movie version being any good.

Suffice it to say, I never watched it. Had probably hundreds...more
Ashley Farley
Both of these novellas were very well written and as I listened to this as an audiobook it just added to the eeriness of the stories. Stephen King has a gift when it comes writing novellas.
Dean Anderson
The three stars is an average, four for Matheson's work and two for Hill and King's.
Linda Munro
I actually picked this up in audiobook format to listen to on my trips back and forth to the doctor and physical therapist. If I would have read this, it probably would have received a lesser rating; however, when listening to this audiobook, with two novellas concerning maniac semi drivers killing people on the highway for sport while driving on the thruway surrounded by semis was a bit freaky to say the least.

My recommendation...if you want to experience this book, get an audio copy, head to...more
Eva
Apr 10, 2014 Eva rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Excellent short stories. Gripping. Didn't want them to end.
Kristal Cooper
Not for everyone, but definitely a good choice for a short road trip! "Throttle" is the better of the two, just because we expect more detail and drama from our thrillers in this day and age. The banter in the diner cracked me up and the violence made me cringe. Best part though? The whole time, they're headed to Show Low, Arizona -- just 7 miles up the road from my home town! (Though clearly King and Hill have never been there because they make the mistake of assuming there are saguaro nearby!...more
Noah Soudrette
This audio contains the classic Richard Matheson novella Duel, and the Stephen King/Joe Hill sequel-in-style-only, Throttle. Duel is an undeniable classic and a great example of a perfect piece of thriller writing. In comparison then, Throttle doesn't quite live up to the original, but then that's not the point. Hill and King take some elements from the original and craft a story all their own, and while I didn't find the ending to be truly satisfying, the story is well written and entertaining....more
Brandon
Pretty good, but no Locke and Key.
Martin
The second story, by King and Hill, was better. Ultimately the end of the story didn't do it for me. Duel was OK, but not as good as the version with Dennis Weaver as Mann.

The reader was good.
Teena
"Duel" was great, although I wonder how much I would have liked it had I not been basically replaying the movie in my head while I read. "Throttle" was not nearly as good. I found it fairly disappointing, as I thought a story by both Stephen King and Joe Hill would have to be amazing. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high.
Jessi
Two great stories by two of my favorite authors, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, and Joe Hill (who is Stephen King's son), who I am just now "getting to know." The stories were short, edge-of-your-seat, OMFG, wide-eyed misadventures of road raging truck drivers. Good stuff!
Tom Mueller
WOOTWOOTWOOT!!
Stephen King and son Joe Hill's [named after THE Joe Hill:] nod to Matheson is most excellent. Bikers, rather than Matheson's salesman, give us a less subtle - but very effective - message. The irony in the ending is twistier than both deadly roads combined.
Sandi
Special audio only version with Matheson's classic story "Duel" (which was made into a TV movie by Stephen Spielberg) and "Throttle" by Joe Hill and Stephen King. Both stories were very good though "Duel" was a bit less graphic. Read by Stephen Lang.
Steven
Duel by Matheson is a classic short story that was the basis for Steven Speilberg's first movie. King and his son Hill take their own shot at the same plot with Throttle. The contrast is amazing. What a neat writing exercise.
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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w...more
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