The Running Man

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Kevin Kenerly
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A desperate man attempts to win a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive in this number-one national best seller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman.
It was the ultimate death game in a nightmare future America. The year is 2025 and reality TV has grown to the point where people are willing to wager their lives for a chance at a billion-dollar jackpot. Ben Richards is desperate - he needs money to treat his daughter's illness. His last chance is entering a game show called The Running Man where the goal is to avoid capture by Hunters who are employed to kill him. Surviving this month-long chase is another issue when everyone else on the planet is watching - and willing to turn him in for the reward.
With an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".

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GET STUFFED MAGGOT

HE REMOVED HIS UNVALUABLE, VALUABLES
With the exception of The Long Walk, I believe this is the only King book, which is written in the future. I have read a lot of King, but not all, so I could be wrong. If like me, when you read, The Long Walk, you wanted to know more about the society, the story took place in. This might be it. It is a Dystopia, with people starving and lacking medical care. At one point a wife tells her husband on the phone "BEN, I TURNED TWO TRICKS THIS MORNING" and he does not even flinch. She did it to get medicine for their baby girl. Air pollution is killing people and the government is covering it up. RICH FOLKS SMOKE DOKES. Pot is legal. The better off, show off by showing off, their healthy well fed bodies, NICE T!TS. THANK YOU. The poor smoke cigarettes with the brand name of BLANDS. In this future the blacks speak like the blacks of the sixties and there is lots of racism. I'D PUT THEM ALL IN CAGES. The N word is used often, along with other racist slang. Most people are referred to by the police as MAGGOTS. The PIGS are also corrupt and like killing. The government practices DOUBLE THINK. The TV networks seem to run the country with the help of game shows. Game shows like Survivor, except when you lose, you die.

IT SEEMED LIKE HE WAS JUST LET OUT OF PRISON
Book and Movie are not much alike. Both are good. I like the book better.

HE'LL MAKE YOU SH#T IN YOUR BOOT AND EAT IT.
Language throughout is very foul.

HIS VOICE WAS AS COLD AS DEEP SPACE BETWEEN PLANETS.
Narrator is great.

I have listened to this book several times, this is even my second audible review of it. If you like Dystopia novels, this is for you.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

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If you haven't read/heard the story before, skip the Stephen King introduction as it contains spoilers.
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- Jball359

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio