Blaze

  • by Richard Bachman, Stephen King
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze in 1973 on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to write Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 (from "cancer of the pseudonym"), but in late 2006, King found the original typescript of Blaze among his papers at the University of Maine's Fogler Library ("How did this get here?!") and decided that, with a little revision, it ought to be published. Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., and of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers. But then George is killed, and Blaze, though haunted by his partner, is on his own. He becomes one of the most sympathetic criminals in all of literature. This is a crime story of surprising strength and sadness, with a suspenseful current sustained by the classic workings of fate and character, as taut and riveting as Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

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What the Critics Say

"This diverting soft-boiled crime novel reflects influences ranging from John Steinbeck to James M. Cain." (Publishers Weekly)

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Worth the wait

I am a huge Stephen King fan but I wasn't sure what to think about this book during the first 30 minutes of my listen. I found it very slow and tedious but I plowed through the beginning and was not disappointed in doing so. I was soon wrapped up in the characters and found myself feeling sympathetic towards Blaze as he struggled to deal with the cards life dealt him. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a glimpse into the master's creative mind of his earlier years.
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- Steve

Bitter sweet listening

Before I go into it further, I loved this book. The narrator brought the characters to life, the story was amazing, and the quality excellent. The experience was bitterweet though.... The story is one heartbreak after another. The story was well written, keeping suspence up throughout, whil still managing tohave flashbacks and story detail without ruining the story.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio