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The Running Man (The Bachman Books) by [Richard Bachman, Stephen King]
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Set in a dystopian future America, THE RUNNING MAN makes for grim but compelling listening. The bleakness is somewhat mitigated by Kevin Kenerly's carefully measured, almost-soothing delivery. The listener is immediately hooked as desperate father Ben Richards is forced to enter a reality TV show in order to raise money to buy medicine for his sick baby. Kenerly's voice is perfect for the determinedly resourceful Richards, who must remain at liberty for 30 days while "hunters" track him. If he fails, they'll kill him. Stephen King originally wrote the book under the name Richard Bachman, and it was made into a film with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Richards. Thank goodness we audiobook listeners have Kevin Kenerly. C.A.T. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Amazon.com Review

Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) crafted The Running Man early in his career, though after such mega-hits as Carrie and The Shining. A bit of a departure from the supernatural horror that is most frequently associated with his work, the novel describes a science fiction dystopia where market capitalism and television game shows have spiraled out of control, and the separation between the haves and the have-nots has been formalized with separate currencies. King establishes characters quickly, creating sympathy in the first few pages for Ben Richards--whose 18-month-old baby girl is suffering from a horrible cough, perhaps pneumonia. Not able to afford medicine, Richards enters himself in the last-chance money-making scheme of the Free-Vee games. The games include Treadmill to Bucks, in which heart-attack prone contestants struggle to outlast a progressively demanding treadmill, or the accurately named Swim the Crocodiles. After a rigorous battery of physical and mental examinations, Richards is assigned "Elevator Six"--the path of a chosen few--that leads to The Running Man game. In this game, the stakes and the prizes are raised. Success means a life of luxury. Failure means death. Unfortunately, few ever win the game; in fact, as the producer tells Richards, in six years no one has survived.

The Running Man is a short book, tightly written to be read and enjoyed quickly. The future world it depicts is vividly captured with a few essential details. The action is also fast paced and, though the novel differs from much of King's other work, the sardonic social commentary reveals a pleasing glimmer of King's characteristically twisted sense of humor. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


Product details

  • File Size : 352 KB
  • Print Length : 417 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Publication Date : March 11, 2010
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (March 11, 2010)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • ASIN : B003BVFZ4G
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763 ratings

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Cat Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A dystopian novel that rivals 1984
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical quality work from King
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Running Away From This Dystopia
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
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