Road Rage

  • by Joe Hill, Stephen King, Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by Stephen Lang
  • 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Road Rage unites Richard Matheson's classic Duel and the contemporary work it inspired...two power-packed short stories by three of the genre's most acclaimed authors. Duel, an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg's acclaimed first film of the same name. Throttle, by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on 20 miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you're up against is slowing down.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This collection features Richard Matheson's story, "The Duel," and the first collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill, "Throttle," a tribute to Matheson. Both stories follow the desperate fortunes of characters who are targeted by anyone's highway nightmare - a crazy truck driver hell-bent on revenge. Stephen Lang narrates with an intensity faithful to the stories' mood. When the grille of the eighteen-wheeler fills the characters' rearview mirrors, he's breathless and angry. When the truck driver backs off, Lang brings across the characters' hope for an unlikely resolution to the madness. By the end of their ordeal, even these gritty road warriors seem sympathetic.

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No Doz for your Road Trip

I downloaded a copy of "Road Rage" (2009) to listen to on a trip from Southern California to Arizona. If you want to make sure that you'll be hyper vigilant for semis and motorcycles, and in no danger of falling asleep on a long and lonely stretch of I-40 or 89A, this Audible will do it for you.

"Road Rage" is a themed collection of two novellas. The first story is Richard Matheson's "Duel" (1971), which pits a salesman with an appointment to keep against an ancient tanker truck with a mysterious driver. The salesman duels across the desert with a tanker driver intent on killing him. When I Googled "Duel" to get the original publication date, I learned it had been adapted into a 1971 Emmy award winning television movie - directed by Steven Speilberg. I plan to find it on line and watch.

"Throttle" (2012) by Stephen King and Joe Hill clearly was inspired by, and a tribute to Matheson's "Duel". It begins with, "They rode west from the slaughter, through the Painted Desert . . ." "They" are "The Tribe", a motorcycle gang of military veterans who handle a failed illegal business venture terribly. A vengeful semi with a wronged driver is involved in this story, too.

Stephen Lang's narration sounded gravelly, roughened by too many cigarettes, not enough sleep, and a tough day driving. He was an excellent choice for this listen.

I wanted to mention that when I researched "Duel", I found out Richard Matheson died on June 23, 2013. Audible, how about a featured obit for this influential writer?

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Nice work

Both stories are great. The collaboration between father and son was enjoyable and I liked their twist on the original story. This is worth a listen. I enjoyed the narrator in Heart Shaped Box and these stories.
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- MonteGss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio