The Long Walk

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On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as 'The Long Walk.' If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as 'The Long Walk.' If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

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Overview

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as 'The Long Walk.' If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as 'The Long Walk.' If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

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Ray Garraty--along with 99 other teen boys--has entered the Long Walk, a grueling march at four miles per hour that continues until only one person is standing. The losers receive bullets to the head. As the march progresses, the numbers dwindle, the challenges of continued marching increase, and the senselessness wears on the participants' state of mind. King (writing as his alter ego, Richard Bachman) delivers another psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment that is still poignant decades after its original publication. Kirby Heyborne's skills shine in the narrative passages, which he executes with a good mixture of rhythm and emphasis. Heyborne's light and youthful-sounding voice exudes the needed attitude of the mostly male adolescent characters. However, some of his character voices for the teens feel created just for the sole purpose of clearly distinguishing them, rather than matching voice organically to personality. His female voices lack substance, but since there are so few of them, listeners will not be too distracted. A Signet paperback. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451196712
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 54,903
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Unbelievable!

    The Long Walk is the story of 100 boys who must complete an unimaginable long walk to obtain a prize; a prize that everyone desires. This book is a masterpiece. Stephen King does such a great job relating the characters with the reader. Whenever a likable character or friend to Garraty (protagonist) dies, you feel as if you have lost a good friend. King's creativness is really hit home in this book. From the very beginning, you do not want to stop reading because you want to know many answers. Throughout the book, King reveals those answers and sometimes they're a bit shocking. The end is great. This book is wonderful and any Stephen King fan will love it. The only flaw with the book is the language. You cannot read a page without curse words. This isn't too big of a deal and doesn't take away from the book. If you are looking for a thrilling and exciting read, this is the one.

    34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    FELT ROBBED OF MY TIME

    Now this book I admit was good reading. I kept reading and reading and reading. Pretty predictible. Then it seems like the writer got tired and just did not feel like closing the story. POW!!! Just dropped you. I ended up with a cheated feeling and angry that I wasted my time reading.

    15 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Sticks with you...

    This is the first Stephen King novel I've read, but not the last if the rest are as good as this one. I actually cried when two of the boys died--that is how deeply you get involved in this story. The characters are well developed and the story is unique. This is a must-read for any book enthusiast. It's heartbreaking, touching and sometimes painful to read, but well worth the time and discomfort. I still haven't gotten this story out of my mind. Definitely one of my favorites....

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    The longest ethical walk

    The Long walk by Stephen King, is a disturbing report of a contest, in which the losers pay with their lives. The Long Walk consists of one hundred walkers. Only the elite of those who registered, were entered into the contest. The prize being literally anything that the winner would ever desire, plus a monetary prize of millions of dollars. Throughout the story the reader watches the main character develop mentally, while he watches those around him die. Unlike most authors, King develops his characters through their experiences, as opposed to just describing them. This gives the reader a better feel of the personality of the individuals in the novel. This kind of understanding of characters makes the story much more enjoyable. The morbidity of this story evolves even the reader. A new understanding of the brutality transpiring within the military is reached through the novel. King¿s depiction of this military sponsored escapade, showed his respect for military obedience, and lack of respect for their morals. He shows them to be robots to the commands of the `beloved general.¿ Of course the soldiers were respected, until peers started dying. Most people respect the authority of the military. The military has an excess of power, and lacks the ethics to back the authority, implies King through this book. The only alternate novel by King that is as thought provoking as this is The Rage. It is another shorter novel, This novel is remarkably illuminating. Never had I imagined that my life could be changed by a book. This book convinced me that my previous beliefs were wrong. This fiction forced me to revise all of my moral beliefs, for it makes one realize all of the death and destruction going on in the world. I would instantly reccomend this book to anyone wishing for something different, and eye opening.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Do not waste your time.

    I know Stephen King is out there with his story lines but this was a horrible book. I read it and was waiting for the plot line to become clear and it didnt. I read the last chapter twice to see if I missed something but NOPE....I re-read the last page over and over, and kept pushing the next page button on my NOOK, to see if there was some more, but NOPE....it was one of the worst SK. books I have ever read. This will also be my last SK, book I ever buy or read. All done, all set with nonsense. There was no plot to this book what so ever. Thanks, Linda T PS. wish there was a space for -minus stars....

    9 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    To those who did not get the end.

    The psychological roller-coaster not withsranding nor the character development and twisted plot. I think most of the responses on here are absurd. This book is fantastic. No action? It's a book. If there is not enough action for you, you either- have no imagination or, need to stick to your xbox and, leave the reading to someone else.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    What a shocker!!!!

    In general the book was fantastic. It was full of suspense, humor, and a little scary but the ending gets u really pissed off..... i knew that the ending was not great before i read it but the book was really good.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Has stayed with me. I reccomend.

    I normally write reviews a few days after i have read the book, so i know what has stuck with me, and if it even warrants a review. Now, looking back three or so days later, i can trully tell you that this is a good one!

    King wrote this as Bachman, which i've come to notoce is his "cloudy day" type of personality. This book is dark in its own way, and scary in that you hate to watch characters die even though its self explanitory that only one muat live at the end.

    This book has really impactd me. I find muself womdering if im walking four miles an hour (the mandatory speed for which i really hope you read about) and analyzing the paims in my feet to see how much longer i could walk.

    In conclusion, i really hope you read this. Its very well written, and im quite sure you will ne thinking about it long after you have finished reading. After all, isnt that what a book is for? To take you away from this world?

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    Excellent book

    The Long Walk is an excellent book. It has got a very simple story line, but very descriptive. I don't recommend it to the youngen's because it has got descriptive violence and sexual content, but i do recommend it to many adults. It is definitely a suspensful book, and don't read it if you plan to put it down

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    True Stephen King

    This book is the best book i got so far and will always stay with me it just kept pulling me in

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Ger Great book

    Couldn't put it down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Ending+Disappoints

    Great+story%2C+but+the+ending+was+so+disappointing+it+overshadowed+all+that+was+so+fantastic+about+the+rest.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Great Book, a must read for anyone any age!!!

    This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. You know everything and nothing at the same time. King/Bachman had me laughing, gagging, and crying all at the same time. The only downside is the end, a little confusing and disappointhing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Great

    The Long Walk is an incredibly good book. Once I started reading I couldn't stop.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

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    This is my favorite Stephen King book. I've read it four times n

    This is my favorite Stephen King book. I've read it four times now and there is no other book I've read more than twice. It's set in a futuristic world. 100 boys are in a contest where there is one winner, the boy who can walk the furthest. Each boy is given a warning each time he goes below 4 MPH. After three warnings, he's out of the contest in a very ferocious manner. It's not just about the contest, though. The book is extremely existential. You get to see what different boys go through when facing almost certain death. Some will die at peace. Some will die scared or angry. Some will die out of their mind. I recently found out this was the first book King wrote (not published, but wrote). It's has a sort of raw quality to it that a lot  of his books don't have. That's not to say he's not great afterward, because he obviously is. This one just seems to come more from the heart.. I'll probably read it several more times before I die.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    '' The Long Walk" is a action packed and thrilling novel wr

    '' The Long Walk" is a action packed and thrilling novel written by Stephen King. The book is about a marathon that is in the future and is completely unnormal then ordinary marathons. The marathon is a race to the death, were everyone needs to walk in order to survive, anyone who doesn't walk gets shot and killed and it will all get narrowed down to one winner who will have the gift of a wish. I really liked this book because it was action packed and yet thrilling. Every page was filled with dialogue and action. The main character of this book is Ray Garraty. Ray and everyone else competing in the walk were incredibly Stupid to compete in the walk. They were basically walking into there own grave. If i was Ray i would rather sit at home and deal with my life. But the prize is pretty good. A wish of anything you wanted. This book is good for people who like thrillers and action books. But be careful , it contains alot of curse word so it isn't recomended for young children. The lesson in this story i think is that you can achieve anything as long as you try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    JP

    First stephen King book I ever read. This book made me a King fan, and I have never turned back. Worth every penny awesome book. This book should be more expensive It's pure gold

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Awesome!

    This is typical King. The title hides nothing it is about a long walk. I got so into this book that i could almost feel what the Characters were feeling. I loved it! Definitely recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Horribe

    Should round up sll copieds and make the terrorists in gitmo read this. Holy crap! His worst book everr

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Terrible

    A waste of time and money on this one. King was really reaching to write something.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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