The Long Walk

Written by:
Stephen King
Narrated by:
Kirby Heyborne

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
11 hours 0 minutes
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.

“I give my congratulations to the winner among your number, and my acknowledgements of valor to the losers.”

Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping...with the winner being awarded “The Prize”—anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line—the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you’re given a warning. Three warnings and you’re out of the game—permanently....
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Christine P.

A great read! The narrator did an awesome job! I noticed that in many parts of the story it cut off. It sounded like someone pressed pause before the word was spoken in full. Many times I thought I lost the signal and the app stopped working. Then the narrator would continue on. It was a great story but hard to listen to.

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It was ok I read better

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Greg S.

Little letdown with the ending, but a good story overall

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Tiffany P.

Considering King wrote this book as an undergraduate, I was really impressed. Often a bit wordy, however taking the location of the story into account, all you can do is overly describe details and situations to keep the reader interested. Which I was. I felt clostrophobic at times, which was a welcomed feeling as I've never experienced that from a book before. The only reason for the three star rating was the ending. So much build up only to be left with a self-diagnosed ending. All that said, I did enjoy it.

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Ben M.

You’ll feel just as tired as the boys. Amazing voice work by Kirby, he was so good I thought I was running out of breath!

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Richard S.

Nice dystopian concept and I really appreciated the nod to “The Lottery.” Overall a very entertaining book but as is common with King novels the ending was lacking and seemed like he just got tired of writing. Narration was excellent.

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Chris B.

It was a great story. Ending was...

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Marcus Johnson

As my first book under King's "Bachman" stories, I didn't know what to expect. It is not your typical King book and should not be approached as such. I may give it another chance somewhere down the line now knowing the storytelling differences between King and his "Bachman" narrative. But off the first listen, it was just alright. The story seemed like it could have been wrapped up a lot quicker but its the tedious length of this book combined with the context of the story that make this one worth finishing. You feel like you are right there with the main character as they walk for their life. It's not a scary story, nor is it thrilling, but the story is good and the narration is fitting. If you read or listen to this book, try to forget King wrote it and you may get more enjoyment out of it than I did.

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Aron D

Pretty good through most of it but I found the ending to lacking.

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dungus d

was so excited for this book until stephen king literally spoiled the ending during his intro

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Loren Ashby

Enjoyed The Bachman Books. This is just 1 of the good stories.

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