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The Long Walk Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jun 2016

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (28 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501143824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501143823
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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A master storyteller. ("Houston Chronicle") An illusionist extraordinaire. ("Publishers Weekly")

"A master storyteller." - Houston Chronicle
"An illusionist extraordinaire." - Publishers Weekly

"A master storyteller." - Houston Chronicle
"An illusionist extraordinaire." - Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy--Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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Enjoyed this story years ago,thought it was out of print but no, found it again on Amazan
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Good read , with an understandable ending
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I read The Long Walk under Kings' other name; Richard Bachman when I was just 14. 10 years on and King is still taking up all the room on my bookcase. The way he takes such a simple plot and turns it into a mind gripping psychological thriller every time amazes me. This is such a simple yet brilliant story that all die-hard King fans should read.
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This is NOT a horror story but set in the future when a bunch of young guys compete in a VERY competitive long walk which takes place in New England on an annual basis. Those that fall by the wayside are promptly shot by the soldiers who follow them. Each "walker" can receive THREE warnings within a certain time frame if their pace slackens before the fatal shot. Well written by Mr King as you would expect and quite a tragic story as you get to know some of the individuals involved. The prize for the winner? ANYTHING they want!! HHGH.
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Marvellous story from the master!
Previously published in Stephen King's "The Bachman Books" which also contained "The Running Man" amongst others.
However, one cannot have too much of a good thing!
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The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read. I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom. But most of all, my feet ached a little more after each page. This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story. I was walking WITH them.The premise is simple and I'm sure if you're reading this review you're aware of what its about. The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to become deeper on so many different levels.

At the end of the book I found myself questioning everything, not because the ending left me unfulfilled but because it made me realise so much about life.

The Long Walk is depressing, exhausting and brutal. But ultimately it is a beautiful story that makes you aware how great it is to be alive.

At this time of writing this review (1st August 2007), the rights to making a film have been bought by Frank Darabont, director of the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I read The Long Walk as part of the Richard Bachman compilation of 4 novels, Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man.
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What a story!!For such a simple plot,King builds up characters you can really identify with and feel for.The reader can feel the fear and pain along with his or her favourite character.With the advent of reality T.V.,one feels this tale is not set in too distant a future,and that scares me as much as the guards in the book,and the punishments for walking slower than 3 miles per hour.The cameraderie built up between the walkers is admirable,and displays King,s faith in the human creature.There are similarities between this and Mr.King,s "Running Man" but I do not see this as a fault,just a need to re-tell a fantastic story.This does not have the speedy action of "Running Man" or the out and out horror of "Carrie",but I found it really creepy in a disturbing my sense of right and wrong way.One feels for the "heroes"of the walk,but surely greed was their motivation to start the walk,so one cannot help but think "well you asked for it".A great read
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An avid Stephen King reader, this one threw me. It was truly riveting, though unlike the King norm (no supernatural happenings and no monsters!) Although it did bring to mind "The Running Man" at certain points. The evil is man himself, and his love of the morbid, especially when it is socially acceptable.
The basic plot is 100 young and fit men (teenagers, mostly), walking. Sounds pretty boring, but it gets better. When a walker breaks a rule, such as stopping to tie his shoe, he gets a "ticket." The last boy walking wins "the prize." The mystery of what these terms mean is part of the plot, and their definitions are truly terrifying.
King spins a yarn, and reveals horribly gruesome facts about the walk as the story goes on. He pulls you in further and further until the shocking end and the bitter realization that winning always comes with a price-and sometimes that price is your very sanity.
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