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Road Rage: Two Novellas (Duel & Road Rage)

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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
Audio CD, Unabridged, 3 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperAudio
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kings of suspense joined together with a classic tale and a new tale of anger on the asphalt. These two novellas were a nice little palette cleansing getaway.

First, there was Matheson's Duel, which was the inspiration for the classic Spielberg movie. Let's just say, I was listening to this on the highway on the way to work and was very wary of the semis all around me.

Then, there was the newer story, Throttle, by King and son (Hill) and it was done very much in the same vein as Duel. In fact, I
Noah Nichols
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories like these always make me happy. I remember seeing Spielberg's adaptation of Duel back when I was a little boy in the late 80s, and it definitely made a great first impression on me. In this two-piece offering, the iconic Stephen King teams up with his son Joe (Hill) for a short but sweet tribute to the trucker-gone-wild classic. I had never read a Richard Matheson tale before...I had only watched his work on the screen—whether it was adapted into an episode of The Twilight Zone or if it ...more
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
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
I actually listened to this in my car! Talk about paranoia!
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was perusing Hoopla's selection of audios because I like to listen to them on my commute or when I'm cooking/cleaning, and I saw that Matheson's short story "Duel" is available as s two-fer with Stephen King and Joe Hill's contemporary version of anonymous man vs. everyman in a duel to the finish on the highway.

"Duel" - I first knew about this story back in the seventies when I was a kid and watched the made-for-TV movie starring Dennis Weaver. This was before Steven Spielberg hit it big with
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Two short psychologically-twisted stories, from masters of horror. Both stories are about 1 hour and 20 minutes and focus on road rage/crazy truckers. I preferred Matheson’s story, it felt more classic horror, with taut tension throughout. An interesting enough listen on a drive home.
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
John Wiswell
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Obrigewitsch
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
This contains two utterly ridiculous novellas, about crazed Semi-Truck drivers that can miraculously outmaneuver, out accelerate and out drive people on motorcycles and in cars, while pulling full trailers behind them.

The only thing that saves this from being a complete train wreck was Stephan Kings ability to write good characters.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Duel - 3.75 stars
Throttle - 2.75 stars

The suspense, angst and thriller aspects of these two novellas are beyond intense. I was definitely sitting on the edge of my seat. Especially with Duel, I almost had anxiety overload.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
A couple of road rage short stories that go pretty much as one might expect. Only in this day and age, they are more frequent. 5 of 10 stars
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
This was an entertaining one/two punch. "Duel" by Richard Matheson is a classic. Matheson wrote a lot of "Twilight Zone" episodes and was always great at literary twists and turns. "Duel" is short and simple: A business man (literally his name is Mann) is driving across a lonesome stretch of road when we begins being terrorized by a truck driver. We never see the driver's face and we don't know the motivations and that makes it all the more scary. The ending is visceral and impactful.

"Road Rage"
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Linda Munro
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Joshua Jorgensen
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Both Richard Matheson and Stephen and Joe's novellas are compelling, bite-sized morsels of suspense and high-speed action.
As usual, King doesn't disappoint me. His ability to tell a story is unmatched, and teaming up with Joe, a gifted storyteller in his own right, really was beautiful.
Both stories are amazing, and it is awesome to see Matheson, a huge influence on King, get paid a tribute.
I listened to this book via AUDIO, and it was even more satisfying hearing the story aloud than if I had
"Duel" was an excellent short story and worth reading on its own. Great tension and paranoia.

"Throttle" didn't really do it for me though. There were more developed characters but I didn't get the same excitement or interest that I did from "Duel" probably because I felt they had it coming.

4 stars is definitely for "Duel" though.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great short stories.
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Two novellas. Duel by Richard Matheson and Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Nothing special. Short and entertaining. Chock full of unappealing men!
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
Adam Wilson
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorty-mcshorts
Duel: I've not read much Matheson, but I do seem to like what I have read by him so I'll probably read more. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, especially when coupled with "Throttle," which was the larger draw for me. However, this was more psychological than I expected (always a good thing), and I wondered through much of the story if Mann was just crazy and this poor trucker had the bad luck of driving the road with him. Nice use of tension and pacing—I actually sped up the audi ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audiobooks
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
Peter Wright
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was excited about this audio book because I've always loved Spielberg's Duel and had wanted to read the short story upon which it was based. I'm also a Stephen King fan, so this was really a no-brainer.

Duel is a chilling story about a sadistic trucker and a fellow basically just known as "man." As the story builds, so does the tension until the destructive conclusion.

Throttle is the collaboration between Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. They take the concept from Duel and add a back story an
I would have liked this better if it wasn't an audiobook. I did not love the narrator.
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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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