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Dlouhý pochod — tak se jmenuje nová soutěž pro čím dál otrlejší a náročnější diváky i soutěžící. Sto mladých chlapců se dobrovolně rozhodlo dát vsázku svůj život a vydat se společně na Dlouhý pochod. Soutěž má prostá pravidla: nikdo se nesmí odchýlit z vytyčené trasy a nikdo se nesmí zastavit ani zpomalit chůzi pod určitou rychlost, jinak dostane napomenutí — tři napomenut ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published 2005 by Pavel Dobrovský - BETA (first published 1979)
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Kay
Feb 27, 2012 Kay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those unafriad of raw pain and mindless philosophizing
Recommended to Kay by: my feet will get nightmares
If this book does not make you feel physical pain, I don't know what will.

This isn't a book about killer clowns or haunted hotels. It's not a Hunger Games type of book, despite the "game show" element of the Long Walk, nor is it a world attached to any tower, Dark or not. This book is in-your-face and physical, while simultaneously never losing that dreamy, philosophic quality of existenstial fiction.

The premise of the book is very simple: Every year, 100 boys enter a contest called the Long Wa
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Dan Schwent
Every year, 100 boys take part in a nightmarish pilgrimage called The Long Walk, the winner receiving The Prize and a ton of cash. Ray Garraty is one of the contestants. Will he win The Prize or be one of the ninety-nine dead boys on the road?

Wow. And I thought the six mile hike I went on in October was rough. Imagine walking non-stop, day and night, and getting shot if you stop too long? That's the horror of The Long Walk.

The Long Walk takes place in a slightly different reality, where Germany
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Dan
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long distance walkers, totalitarianists and extreme optimists.
The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read. I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom. But most of all, my feet ached a little more after each page. This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story. I was walking WITH them.The premise is simple and I'm sure if you're reading this review you're aware of what its about. The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to ...more
Jason
The Long Walk is a book by an elusive author named Richard Bachman—whom no one has ever met—about a bunch of kids being slaughtered in a near-future (or alternate reality) dystopian America. Which, been there, done that, right? Can’t unknown authors write about something that wouldn’t be covered again decades later? The lack of foresight here is really disappointing.

There are differences, though, between The Hunger Games and this book, particularly in that the kids in The Long Walk are mowed dow
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Brandon
This tale takes place in the future, I'm not entirely sure when King has this marked for but it sure as hell isn't present day. You've got 100 teens and you tell them that you have to walk at a consistent pace of 4 miles per hour until you just cannot do it any longer. While you're allowed 3 warnings (you’re never quite sure the length allowed before a warning is issued but I can only assume it's about 30 seconds) before you're eliminated, you need to walk for an hour straight to clear your warn ...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I've been going through a kind of mild Stephen King binge at the moment. I've mentioned before that I thought I wasn't a fan of the King and had given up on him for a while, but with my high enjoyment of his Dark Tower series, I've given him a second chance. This was not a bad idea.

The Long Walk intrigued me when I started hearing people say it was like The Hunger Games, but darker. While I can see where this comparison comes from - a televised game of kids competing (view spoiler)
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Trudi
I've re-read this book many times because I love it so much and I get something different out of it every time that I do. I decided to listen to it this time just to experience the story on another level.

This was the first audiobook I ever listened to, and I must say it's a lot different than what I imagined it would be. I was expecting something along the lines of a radio play with different voices for different characters and sound effects in the background, like rain or wind or gunfire. Inst
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Ace
The story starts when a hundred boys from different states of America joined a yearly "Long walk" contest. The participants need to walk without decreasing their speeds and without stopping until they reach the finish line. Each time they fail sustaining their walks is equivalent to a ticket, they can only get three tickets, the next one will be a gunshot in their heads.

What made me buy this book is because it is in my favorite genre, Dystopia. Maybe, I expect too much when I'm about to read thi
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Mara
I was nine years old when I started writing letters to the director requesting that I would, some day, be allowed to participate (though I wouldn't be eligible for the long walk until I was fifteen). After reading this, the first of my King as Richard Bachman books, that sentence sounds pretty sinister.

While there are some pretty crucial differences between what I would, ultimately, do when I was fifteen and what King's Long Walk entails (you know, the whole not being held at gunpoint, completel
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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There’s only two things you need to worry about when taking The Long Walk: picking them up and laying them down.



Outwalk the other 99 contestants in this most twisted of games and you’ll win the grand prize – whatever your heart desires for the rest of your life.

Why the hell did I not know about this book for the past billion years I’ve been alive? I’ve been a King fangirl since the discovery of fire and can’t see how this one slipped
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Damali
Jul 20, 2012 Damali rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like copycats like The Hunger Games and Battle Royale
In this 1979 dystopian classic, 100 boys meet every May 1st to compete in The Long Walk. There’s only one winner. Remarkably, along the way, there’s tons of character development, and we hear a little bit about the world they’re living in. Non-King readers think that King is creepy, and that it’s his supernatural novels like Carrrie, The Shining, and Firestarter that makes him so great, but it’s his characterizations, relationships between characters, and the suspense that really stays with the ...more
Andy
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Becky
I love reading about dystopian societies, but this book left me wanting. I was really unsure of whether I liked it enough to warrant giving it 3 stars or 4 stars, and I'm still not sure, so for the time being, it will be marked as 4, but in my mind its 3.5.

I really felt like the King (or Bachman, if you prefer) who wrote this story was just not the King that I know and love yet. One of the things that I love the most about King is that he creates a world that is tangible and real, and then peop
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Diane
Let's talk about war! That's what this book is about, right? RIGHT.

"The Long Walk" is set in a dystopian America where every year, 100 teenage boys are selected to compete in a competition to the death. The boys are taken to a road at the Canadian-Maine border and told to start walking. If they don't walk fast enough, they're shot to death. Last one alive wins.

Yes, there are comparisons to be made to The Hunger Games, but I'd rather focus on this war metaphor. I recommend reading the book with t
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Priscilla
Definitely left me thinking after reading this book. Disturbing, and fascinating at the same time.

Initial Thoughts:
1. I really liked all the characters. I wanted to figure them out, know more about them, and why they walked. Their stories are quite sad.
2. The rules to the Long Walk are consistent, so the plot really focus' on the characters, and how they change from the beginning to the end. Lot's of discussions among characters, and flashbacks.
3. I really like the symbolism and themes in the st
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Meg ♥

This was just a really great book. It made me think, it made me sad, and it made me wonder why the HELL anyone would choose to sign up for this.


I'll start off by saying I think I'm the only person in the world who isn't a fan of dystopia novels. They have gotten so popular that I read quite a few highly recommended ones just to see what everyone loved so much and simply thought "meh". I knew going into this book that it was a dystopian, but i figured if anyone can make me like one, Mr. King will
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Janie Johnson
One of the things I liked best about this novel was how King was able to become a teenager all over again. He had them pinpointed right down to the wire. This, to me, made them appear so real. Like I could walk out my front door and see this troop of teenage boys walking in front of my house bound with determination.

We learned every little tidbit of information about them. What they were like, how they thought, there overall personality, and then ultimately the price they paid. The boys just see
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Brian
This book wasn’t what I expected. I was thinking along the lines of some kind of satirical message against the government. It is definitely not a book of satire. It is much deeper. It is extremely powerful and there seems to be so much symbolism in it that I could meditate on for days. I was watching the movie, “Stand by Me” one time (it’s based on Stephen King’s “The Body”) and the symbolism seemed to hit me as hard as that train hit Ray Brower. There are these four kids walking on a train trac ...more
sj
Bleak, relentless and beautiful. Mostly the first one, though.

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Easily my favourite thing Stephen King has written (excepting the first three DT books, natch) and I'm now fighting myself to not go troll all the one star reviews.

Fuck the naysayers, read this book.
Shannon
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John Lawless
I actually don't think I can express how I feel about this novel. I read it quite late, but I think that made me appreciate everything it was trying to say more than if I'd read it when I was a horny 14-year-old rather than a horny 29-year-old.

That was a horribly-structured sentence. I apologise. You see what this novel does to me?

When you read The Long Walk you'll have some idea of real pain. Never has walking induced so much horror and peril in a set of characters. And while I mention the char
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F.R.
I’ve read most of the other Bachman novels (‘Rage’, ‘The Running Man’, ‘Thinner’, even ‘The Regulators’ – though the less said about that last one the better), but I’ve never found them particularly essential. They were perfectly fine, but weren’t compulsive, must read King. (I am perfectly aware though that there are plenty of Stephen King books with his own name on the cover which are also not compulsive or must read). However I drop down on my knees in praise to ‘The Long Walk’. This is a won ...more
Hayden
Jun 22, 2012 Hayden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Hayden by: A friend
Shelves: favorites
The Long Walk by Stephen King tells the story of an alternate, totalitarianistic America in which one hundred teenaged boys line up on a desolate Maine highway. At nine o’clock in the morning, ‘The Long Walk’ begins. In this alternate universe, ‘The Long Walk’ is a sort of sporting event that is carried out by the military. It is fully embraced by the American people, in a way that is reminescent of the Olympics. The idea is that the contestants are to begin walking down the highway without stop ...more
Nikki
I didn't like Stephen King back when he was pretending he wasn't Richard Bachman, so I don't know if I'd have recognised his writing if I'd read this then, but I think I probably would've. There's something about it. The main difference is the theme -- it's horribly human, much less supernatural. He always has something of the human in his books, I've found, something true, something that'll make sense to your ordinary sceptical reader, no matter who they are -- something about family bonds, or ...more
Bill
I've been reading Stephen King since I was introduced to The Stand in 1982 or so. He continues to be my favorite author because even with the novels I'm not overly keen on, his storytelling abilities are second to none.
I am at the point now where I have read all of his best. Now, as I wait patiently for Doctor Sleep to be released, every now and then when I want to read him again I have to delve back into his earlier works and pick up the ones I missed on the first pass.

This one seemed a fine on
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Mike Salzman
This is one of a few books I have that can I pick up and re-read when I have nothing else to read or am just too lazy to run to the bookstore. Does anyone else have books that they've read half a dozen times which are just good 'filler' books (for lack of a better word)?

100 teenage boys voluntarily line up on a Maine road in mid spring. When the clock strikes 9, the long walk begins. 4 MPH is the minimum speed that must be maintained. If the limit is breached, a warning is issued. If, an hour af
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Dave
Due to my vivid and roaming imagination this one left me wondering so many things. What happened to America that it is apparantly a military-controlled society? What's the purpose of the long walk? What prize did the winner eventually select (no name to avoid spoiling)?

Even with those questions, and many more, I still enjoyed this book. The dialogue between the boys was very believable. Even with a limited backstory I empathized, and hated, some of the characters. It did surprise me; how can a b
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Ruth Turner

May/June 2014

Audiobook - Narrated by Kirby Heyborne - Excellent Narration.

For those who like audiobooks, Kirby Heyborne does an excellent job. He gives each of these unforgettable characters their own voice as they move from feelings of optimism during the first hours of the walk, to the despair of knowing there's every likelihood they won't survive.

Enjoyed it immensely.

Veeral
This novel was better than what I had expected. One thing I liked about this story was the rawness with which it was handled. No flashy gadgets, no mind-boggling futuristic technology to keep track of the Walkers. Nothing. Just some soldiers following the Walkers in a military vehicle with chronometer in one hand and a rifle in the other one. Really, what else do you need?

One question that kept nagging at my mind at all the times while reading this was that WHAT actually happened to the world th
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Daniel Lomax
The Long Walk is my 24th read by Stephen King. It's set in a dystopian future America, with a radically different culture to anywhere in modern day, and it takes place entirely on a road sectioned off from anything resembling civilisation, so, unusually for a Stephen King book, cultural references are absent and they'd be redundant anyway.

What I'm trying to get at is this: The Long Walk could have been set anywhere in the world, at no extra difficulty to the author. But can you guess where it wa
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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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