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#1 bestselling master of suspense...

King's other half can be even creepier.


They're tearing down Bart Dawes's home, leveling his memories, and destroying his past, all for a new highway extension. Funny what that kind of progress can do to a man. Scary, too.
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published (first published March 1981)
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Costas It's a man, resisting to change, mathematically descending into madness. He makes sense to himself, you sympathise, but he remains a man that can't…moreIt's a man, resisting to change, mathematically descending into madness. He makes sense to himself, you sympathise, but he remains a man that can't take it any more and resorts to violence. There are a few interesting encounters and conversations as he distances himself from his old familiar world, the expected (Chekhov's gun) mescaline trip, but that's it. I didn't find it great, I didn't find it boring though either. Even from a bad book you can learn things off it, and I was able to finish it fast during my vacation. However, I admit it that I mostly did it because I'm sticking to the Chronological Stephen King challenge and I want to read everything he's published. I found it easy to finish because it has short chapters and it felt like a countdown. But if you're struggling with it, go ahead and skip it, you're not missing out much :p(less)

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Dan Schwent
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A new stretch of interstate is being build and Bart Dawes' house is right in its path. He has until January 20th to find a new place for he and his wife to live and also a new location for the Blue Ribbon, the industrial laundry where he has been employed for twenty years. What will happen if he doesn't?

I wasn't very old when the original four Bachman books were released but I can't imagine this one did very well before King outted himself. It doesn't really have a lot going on. Bart Dawes is c
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Johann (jobis89)
"I know something else as well: there's a place in most of us where the rain is pretty much constant, the shadows are always long, and the woods are full of monsters."

Roadwork tells the story of Bart Dawes, a man suffering from grief following the death of his young son. To add to his woes, he is to lose both his workplace and home as a consequence of the extension of a nearby interstate highway.

Let me give you a little background into my history with the Bachman books... before Roadwork, I had
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Ashley Daviau
My feelings are really smack dab in the middle on this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. I thought some parts were interesting but for the most part, I found it quite pointless if I'm being completely honest. It seemed like something that should have been a short story but was stretched needlessly into a full length novel.

Normally I always love King/Bachman's characters but they left a lot to be desired in this story. I had a hard time finding anything to like about any of the
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Becky
Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well then. As much as it pains me to do this, I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and this was an effort in futility on just about all fronts.

Now I know, I know, the Bachman books are depressing and dark and bleak and grim. I know all that. I expected it, and was even looking forward to it. But this... This was almost painfully tedious to get through. It was so pointless. So futile.

I've read all of the Bachman books, and they've all been dark and grim and whatnot... but they've all had a point. I did
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Lyn
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman reminds me of Philip K Dick’s mainstream, non- SF stories. The style and tone of Confessions of a Crap Artist and Humpty Dumpty in Oakland with some scare the freaky deaky out of you is how this comes across.

Actually, I also thought about the 1993 Joel Schumacher film Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas. Both stories center around a good protagonist who has had enough. They thought they were living the American Dream but that dream has a dark underside
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Franco  Santos
So sad.

Creo que estoy a punto de ponerme a gritar. Por las cosas perdidas. Por tu sonrisa, Mary. Perdóname si echo la cabeza hacia atrás y me pongo a gritar por la sonrisa que ya nunca aparece en tu rostro. ¿De acuerdo?

Hacerte viejo es como conducir el coche a través de una capa de nieve que cada vez se hace más y más espesa. A partir de determinado momento uno no hace otra cosa que girar y girar las ruedas, que no cesan de patinar. Eso es la vida. Ningún tractor vendrá a sacarte del atasco. Tu
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Dan
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misoneists and midlife crisis sufferers.
I read this after reading The Long Walk and couldn't get into it at all to begin with. I found it a little bit dull and difficult to relate to. But as the story progressed I became absolutely engrossed in it, it really becomes difficult to put down. It's incredibly sad at times, but can often be humorous and very suspenseful.

This is a straight novel, no supernatural elements a la' king. In short, its a tale of one man standing in the way of progress, clutching onto the remains of the past with w
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Margaret
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King, considered "roadwork" one of his not so good novels. I want to disagree with His majesty . Lots of readers thought that it would have been a fine short story, but it failed as a novel. I object to that. For me, "it" and "the stand" would be better if they were "less" ,but "roadwork" is exactly the right size.Because it is real life. In 300 or so pages, it holds the full extension of human vulnerability and despair, in front of painfull fate ,grievous blows of life and the system's ...more
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by G Valmont Thomas – Dreadful narration.

This is the first audiobook narrated by Thomas that I’ve listened to and it will probably be my last.

His reading voice is beautiful and if he’d stuck to that I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But he didn’t.

His character voices were just awful. It was like watching a puppet show. At least that’s the image that kept popping into my head. I couldn’t finish listening to it.

***

Ebook:

Bleak and depressing as the Bachman books tend to be.
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Stratos
Ο μαιτρ του θρίλερ ξέρει να χειρίζεται και να σκιαγραφεί χαρακτήρες της καθημερινότητας μ έναν μοναδικό τρόπο. Σκέψεις και φράσεις μέσα από την ψυχή του απλού ήρωα.
Να σαν αυτή: " Ο πόνος στις πλάτες των γονιών δεν είναι το πιο φρικτό πράγμα. Το πιο φρικτό πράγμα απ όλα είναι είναι η ταχύτητα με την οποία τα παιδιά ξεχνούν αυτές τις ίδιες πλάτες και στρέφονται στις δικές τους υποθέσεις"
Το έγραψε ως ...πιτσιρικάς, πριν περίπου 38 χρόνια, μέσα του όμως κουβαλάει αγωνίες, σκέψεις, σοφίες, πόνο ενός
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Nick Iuppa
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about loss. It’s as simple as that. Bert Dawes lost his son Charlie to a brain tumor. He loved his son very much, so much that his wife, Mary, has to admit that theirs was a special connection. Hell, Burt still talks to the kid and somehow imagines Charlie talks back to him.
Now the city is handing Bert another loss. They want Bert to leave a home jam-packed with memories and mementos, the site of so many happy hours with his wife and son, and a neighborhood equally filled with a
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Yπάρχουν κάποια βιβλία που,πραγματικά,δεν θα συνιστούσαν καμία απώλεια για τη λογοτεχνία,αν δεν είχαν γραφτεί ποτέ. Το "Έργα οδοποιίας" είναι ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο. Ο ίδιος ο King έχει πει πως το θεωρεί το χειρότερο -ίσως- βιβλίο του Bachman και απλά θα έρθω να συμφωνήσω. Πέστε να με φάτε!
Αν επρόκειτο για διήγημα 80 σελίδων μάξιμουμ θα έλεγα ίσως άλλα πράγματα τώρα,αλλά για μυθιστόρημα 300+ σελίδων ούτε για αστείο! Σκυλοβαρέθηκα,και ο μόνος λόγος που το έφτασα μέχρι τέλους είναι γιατί σιχαίνομαι να
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Abbie | ab_reads
1.5 stars. Move aside Rage and Gerald’s Game, new least fave King coming through!

I can’t even be bothered to write a review for this, it was just crap. Main character drew no sympathy from me, he was distasteful and absolutely fixated on vaginas. I swear every other word was ‘vagina’. And it was dull. That’s all you’re getting from me folks.

The reason it’s not a 1 is the possible Dark Tower connection.
Badseedgirl
This one is more like 3.5 stars. A perfect example of psychological horror. There are no monsters in this book except the ones in Bart Dawes own brain. The best part of the book was the way that Mr. King was able to make the highway extension feel like a character.

This story was written in 1981, I'm not sure if it would even have been published in a post 9-11 American society, at least not by a major publisher.
Cody | codysbookshelf
Roadwork - Stephen King, Richard Bachman
It's amazing what a difference a few years can make. When I was first getting into Stephen King's work, I had no idea where to start. I will never forget finding myself in a small used bookstore in Decatur, Alabama, perusing a bookshelf filled with worn King paperbacks and being shocked that a man could write so much. I picked titles at random, trying to remember what books my friend (a huge King fan at the time) had recommended to me days before this trip
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Latasha
I wasn't sure about this one but by the end I did like Bart and over all enjoyed this book. it's kinda heart breaking :(
Thomas Strömquist
Another great surprise in re-reading Stephen King was Roadwork, which I must confess that I did not remember a lot of details about. First: it was a whole lot easier to connect to the pained Barton Dawes now than when I was 19 (even if it was quite a shock discovering that the disillusioned man with crumbling marriage, crumbling physique and crumbling life is 40(!) - I had him at about 60 in my head, but on the other hand, what's the difference between 40 and 60 when you're 19?). Anyway, it's qu ...more
Trey
Sep 18, 2017 added it
2 stars for the story.
One extra, for Bart Dawes.
Sad portrait of a character desperately trying to come to terms with an imposing external reality and slowly losing grip of his internal reality. Throughout the story, I came to like Bart, the main character whose elbowed off the stage of his work and social life like a has-been actor. It's just too bad I had to shove and push my way through over-description to really appreciate him.
I'm sure the suspense in the story had more impact back when it fi
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George K.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Τριακοστό όγδοο βιβλίο του Στίβεν Κινγκ που περνάει στην λίστα με τα διαβασμένα, έβδομο που είναι γραμμένο με το ψευδώνυμο Ρίτσαρντ Μπάκμαν. Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που δεν έχει καμία απολύτως σχέση και σύνδεση με το Φανταστικό, είναι μια άκρως ρεαλιστική ιστορία, που περιγράφει με ιδιαίτερο τρόπο την αντίδραση ενός μεσοαστού άνδρα στην επικείμενη κατεδάφιση του σπιτιού του, απ'όπου θα περάσει ένας νέος μεγάλος δρόμος. Αυτά τα έργα οδοποιίας θα βγάλουν στην επιφάνεια την τρέλα και τα προβλήματα ...more
Robjr73
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Wow. This is a Stephen King (I mean Bachman) story unlike any other. The main character stands out from any character I’ve ever read in a fiction. If you’ve never read Roadwork I can tell you that most likely you will either love it or hate it. You will either care about this character or you won’t and if you don’t...well you’ll probably want to move on quickly and pick up IT or The Shining to get this book out of your memory.

I was immediately drawn into this character’s misery and paranoia. It
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Tobin Elliott
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
In my rereading of King's work, this, along with Eyes of the Dragon and The Tommyknockers, was one of the novels I was kind of dreading, because, though I remembered very little of the novel, I distinctly remember being somewhat bored with it and flat out not liking it much.

Yeah, well, that was the young me. The unmarried me. The me that hadn't been a father. The me that had been too young to, on occasion, look back on his life and wonder what it all meant.

This time, this novel resonated quite s
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Scott
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**The Stephen King Goodreads Discussion Group is doing a re-read of his works from the beginning to the end. It’s been a long time since I have really immersed myself in Uncle Stevie’s world, but a rate of a book a month, I am all in. My goal is to read and review each one with as much honesty and reflection that I can give. **

Background – “Roadwork” was originally published as a paperback original in 1981 under Stephen King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman. It is a shorter length book. My paperbac
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The Cow
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dierdra McGill
I have only read one other of the Bachman novels, The long walk and I remember really enjoying it so when I came across Roadwork I was excited to read it. The Bachman novels are not really so much horror as Kings novels are and the difference is nice. I find it sad King had to stop writing as Bachman personally.
Roadwork is about a man who loses his place of employment and his house because the city is building a highway through both. He doesn't want to lose either and doesn't take it well at al
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Luzbeth De Lenfent
No lo he comenzado con mucha expectativa debido a que no me parecía muy atrapante la sinopsis. Sin embargo no esperaba menos que un personaje principal interesante siendo una obra de Stephen King, y creo que verdaderamente la psiquis de Bart que desde el principio se muestra trastornada hace que se sostenga un climax paradojicamente inestable, ya que oscila entre la indecisión y el desconocimiento de las causas de sus decisiones. El respaldo del desequilibro mental de Bart es loable: es una pers ...more
Sinn
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte eines Mannes, der langsam aber sicher jede Rationalität hinter sich lässt, ist genau das, was Stephen King und Richard Bachman voneinander unterscheidet. Ich meine ... ernsthaft. Wie lange hat es ersterer je geschafft nicht irgendwelchen Fantasie-Wesen die Schuld für den Wahnsinn in den Köpfen der Menschen zu geben? Eben. Sogar in seinen jüngeren, an Krimis orientierten Werken ist das so.

Aber unter dem Synonym "Richard Bachman" schrieb der wohl bekannteste Horror-Autor der Welt au
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Matt Tandy
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was at least my fourth time reading Roadwork, and previously I hadn't enjoyed it. I felt it was too stark and dark, not offering any real hope. This time around, I read it immediately after the breakdown of my own marriage, and had a very different perspective on Bart Dawes and the stand he takes. Roadwork is a brilliant exploration of the breaking point of people and how they react to it. Bart is almost never rational in his decisions, but his journey is truthful (though sometimes farfetch ...more
Luke Kondor
Bart Dawes has an appetite for self-destruction. It took me back to certain periods of my life, looking into the bottom of my pint glass, ruining relationships and opportunities and unable to say exactly why other than feeling the need to break things for myself. Whatever that is -- that spiritual cancer -- this book nails it.

But it is way too long and this copy had a surprising amount of typos and it really doesn't have that narrative pull that you need for a book this length. It could have be
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Gerardo.V
Nunca pensé que iba a demorar tanto en leer un libro inferior a cuatrocientas páginas, y encima de King. Se me hizo tedioso por el simple hecho de que es una novela muy lineal. No hay giros abruptos, y no sorprende en ningún momento. Además, nunca pude empatizar con Barton Dawes.
Lo positivo podría ser lo de siempre, a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados el autor; la estructura psicológica de los personajes y sus claras motivaciones.
En definitiva, debe ser lo más flojo que he leído de King. Lo sient
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Beth
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not one of my faves. I really did not want to reread this one in my opinion this is my least favourite Bachman book. I will say though it wasn't as painful as the first time. Reading Roadwork the first time through for me was long and pointless to me. I felt like I wasted my time. This time it still seemed long and drawn out for a predictable ending. This time (maybe just a little bit) I can relate to Bart's angst and frustration. Which made the story smoother but just really not a st ...more
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This is a Stephen King pseudonym.

At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signe
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“All places are the same unless your mind changes. There’s no magic place to get your mind right. If you feel like shit, everything you see looks like shit.” 17 likes
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