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Road Rage by Richard Matheson
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Mar 27, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, age-adult, horror, audiobooks
Read from March 20 to 26, 2012

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 is a psycho set on his destruction. With the side of the truck reading "Keller" which Man misreads as "Killer," he finds himself driving for his life...

The narrator for this novel sounded so much like Vincent Price that I found myself giggling when he snarled such lines as, "You son of a bitch." I did not have the same issue with the narrator for the King/Hill story, so it was clearly Matheson's writing style that did it for me. Matheson is also the author of "I Am Legend" which was made into the movie "The Last Man on Earth" starring Vincent Price...

In "Throttle," a tribe of bikers on the run from a murder that occurred during some kind of meth deal gone bad arrive at a truck stop and argue about it near a truck that says "Laughlin" on it. The leader, Vince, misreads it as "Slaughterin." The truck pulls away, and later the bikers "catch up" to the truck... only a short time later realizing that the trucker has been waiting for them so he can run them over from behind one by one...

I'm a huge fan of both Stephen King and Joe Hill, but I had a hard time really getting into this story. I never quite got a handle on what kind of deal was happening to cause the murder. I did enjoy the parallels to Vietnam and the complicated relationship between Vince and his son Race. The narrator sounded more natural reading this story although some of the voices he uses for various bikers got really low-pitched and difficult to understand.

Overall this was a short book (2 discs) that was fun to listen to while driving... you'll never look at truckers the same way!
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