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

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.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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