The Long Walk

The Long Walk

eBook - 2016
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In this #1 national bestseller, "master storyteller" (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.
In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out—permanently.

A "psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication" (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman."
Publisher: Scribner


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LPL_LeahN Feb 11, 2020

If I could make everyone read one Stephen King book, it would be The Long Walk. There isn't a finer psychological horror book in existence, and it's also one of his strongest works prose wise, in my opinion. Metaphors like whoa. He brings a situation most of us would never conceive of in even our darkest nightmares to vivid life through top notch storytelling and an uncanny understanding of the physical, mental, and emotional toll a Long Walk would have on a group of young people. It's deeply disturbing in its realness, but weirdly beautiful too.

Nov 15, 2018

it inspired all kinds of films including the Hunger Games, like the other one was pulp fiction as R. Bachman.....held back nothing and got very personal...good read

Jun 27, 2018

An intense and focused work, grueling in its storyline. It's somewhere between Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and The Hunger Games. But it's very intriguing because, unlike most novels by King and others, it has only one continuous plot. There are no subplots or jumping around in time. It's hard to put down, you get absorbed in the story, as uncomfortable as it is.

Feb 27, 2018

My feet hurt reading this, but I couldn't put it down.

Oct 13, 2017

Felt the pain with each step the guys took. Just a tad bit to long for me.

Aug 31, 2016

The power of the mind is stronger than one's feet. It was a powerful book of endurance from beginning to end.

Aug 27, 2015

Loved this story.

May 27, 2015

Thrilling. A beautiful masterpiece from the master himself. First off, I must say this is criminally underrated. This is brilliant and twisted. A disturbing look on the world's future. Ive never been so disturbed sine George Orwell's 1984. This is a must read. Trust me. You'll laugh, cry, scream. Your emotions will be jumping. And the mind blowing twist ending! Just brilliant. This is a flawed book in parts, but is so powerful. Outstanding work by the King of Horror and just about every other genre. Must read. You won't regret it. Disturbing, refreshing and heart pounding. Amazing. Writing is very good to. Beautiful work.

HoneyLeeLovesToRead Oct 26, 2013

I enjoyed many of his stories but this is the worst one. I always like to finish books no matter how boring it may be....when I finally finished this book (in 1 day) I threw the book down. What a waste of time....................the book was boring and the ending was lame.

calico98 Apr 20, 2012

This was also the first Stephen king book ive read. I enjoyed the book very much. Very twisted.

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Oct 04, 2019

bluish_cat5 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Elafi Dec 08, 2015

Elafi thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Sexual Content: 100 boys between 13 and 18. There is a lot of vulgar sex talk. Explicit references. Looking at girls. Lust. Some very vulgar conversations. I recommend to mature 15 year old and older.

May 27, 2015

Coarse Language: Strong language throughout. These are 100 teenage boys here. There is many uses of F***, S***, Many vulgar swears such as c***. Swearing is strong, vulgar, and aggressive.

May 27, 2015

Violence: Strong gory violence. Boys are shot and brains splatter everywhere. Very strong and intense. There are fights guns and knives. violent murders and much more.


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Elafi Dec 08, 2015

"Did you see Olson's...did you see his hair? Before he bought it?"

"What about his hair?" Baker asked.

"It was going gray."

"No, that's crazy," McVries said, but he suddenly sounded very scared. "No, it was dust or something."

"It was gray," Garraty said. "It seems like we've been on this road forever. It was Olson's hair getting...getting that way that made me think of it first, but...maybe this is some crazy kind of immortality."


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