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The Long Walk

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Read by Kirby Heyborne

Every year, on the first day of May, one hundred teenage boys meet for an event known throughout the country as the “Long Walk.” Among this year’s chosen crop is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty. He knows the rules: Warnings are issued if you fall under speed, stumble, sit down. After three warnings, you get your ticket. An

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Published April 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published July 1979)
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Clab The usual Ray walking towards death and/or going mad ideas do all fit nicely, but I always thought it was also a little reference to Randall Flagg. He…moreThe usual Ray walking towards death and/or going mad ideas do all fit nicely, but I always thought it was also a little reference to Randall Flagg. He pops up in a bunch of King's works and is often referred to as "The man in black" or "The dark man". Remember, he was writing as Richard Bachman at the time so he wouldn't have wanted to go in to any more detail, and it still lets the reader interpret it as they wish. I'd consider it as more of an easter egg rather than it really being Flagg standing there in front of Ray. The kind of thing you notice years later and think, oh yeah, that's cool.

I read this book after we all knew it was written by King, and after reading most of the others he appears in (he has a big part in the Dark Tower series) so the average reader that just picks it up probably won't even know who he is. He reminds me of Hoid from Brandon Sanderson's books, he also appears with small roles in different books.

Whoever you want it to be, but imo a small nod to Randall Flagg.(less)
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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
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
Dan 1.0
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
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
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
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)
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
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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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
Ruth Turner

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.



Every time I read The Long Walk I'm amazed again that this is the first book that King wrote. I'm with the characters every step of the way and by the e
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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The Long Walk napisan pod pseudominom Richard Bachman , svrstavam među najboljim djelom koji je SK napisao!
Priča u kojoj glavni lik učestvuje u svakogodišnjem maršu ,gdje se takmiče 17 godišnjaci ,da bi osvojili takozvanu "nagradu". Priča u kojoj se i sprijatelji sa momcima s kojim trči , i gleda ih kako mu novostečeni prijatelji umiru..jedan za drugim.Jako se brzo čita , i brzo zavoite neke likove (nemojte , požait će te :) ) a neke ne .

I ponovo je King bio bezobrazan na kraju, gdje nam je osta
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
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
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
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
Franco  Santos
Un muy buen libro de mi querido Stephen. Para mí, en éste demuestra que el potencial de su imaginación es inconmensurable. O sea... Unos chicos tienen que caminar porque si no los matan; toda la novela transcurre así: chicos caminando, y de esos chicos sólo dialogan, no sé, 10, ¿quizás? A pesar de ello es increíble que el relato nunca decaiga. King con ese simple escenario nos hizo 350 páginas.

Muchos dicen que es el libro más cruel del autor. Sí, es cruel, también muy intenso y triste, pero hay
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
While this is not my favorite Stephen King novel, it is my first SK writing as Richard Bachman and was for me quite deserving of the 4 star rating. It is a thought provoking story with deeply emotional interaction between the teenage boys as they endure the hardships of "The Long Walk", become friends and learn the value of life. (view spoiler) ...more
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
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
Thomas Strömquist
This was a much tougher read than I remembered and I was glad that it is as short as it is. The horrifyingly claustrophobic story of 100 teenage boys walking until one remains really puts the reader in the protagonists disintegrating shoes. The realization, despair, hopelessness and the search for a way out are all very tangible and there are times when you just want to put the book down for a break (and fortunately, you are allowed to do that).

One of the strongest parts I think is the horrible
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.
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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
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
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
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
Какво да кажа? Кинг си е Кинг - моята книжна любов!
"Дългата разходка" е мъчителна книга и същевременно върви толкова лесно и бързо. Искаш да настигнеш героите, да съпреживееш с тях всяка крачка от пътя, но не можеш - не, защото той е отреден само за тях. И ако забавят крачка или излязат от него - следва червен картон. Червен картон, който се изразява в куршум в главата. Няма прошка за тези, които не издържат, които не знаят защо са там, които клинчат от правилата.
"Дългата разходка" наистина е "д
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