• 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.


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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Customer Reviews

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I am giggling...

A long time "dear reader" of Stephen King's (and his alter ego's) books, I've found, unfortunatley, more and more, his latest books (written or published) to be unfortunate affairs. Carrie, The Stand (original), Different Seasons, Christine, Dead Zone--they all shine. Even some of his new ones have moments. BUT "Blaze" should have been kept in the box (as Stephen King himself has wondered, in the preface). And what is truly horrifying about this book is that what he feared the most has come true. I giggled uncontrollably throughout the entire book...I understand he is a prolific writer, but not everything he writes--as much as he may enjoy writing and reading them--needs an audience.
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- Kenji

Waste of time

This book was recommended by a podcast I listen to. In the introduction, King recalled thinking that when he first wrote Blaze it was really bad. Even after updating it to remove some dated references I wish King had stuck with his original opinion and never published this book. The book was awful, but I forced myself to listen to the whole thing just so I could write an honest review. Save yourself some time and money and skip Blaze. King is a great author and if you're a fan there are much better books to choose from.
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- Gary

Book Details

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