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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Bachman Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 2/14/2014

    " Great book...classic Stephen King! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert Sagirs | 2/12/2014

    " King says this is one of his trunk novels from the early 70's. That's exactly where it should have stayed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli | 2/11/2014

    " Rawsome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 2/10/2014

    " I did this one on audiobook, and it probably earned closer to 2.5 stars. The story and characters weren't exactly compelling, but interesting enough to hold my attention throughout. The ending was predictable, as was much of the book; but Blaze's character was sufficiently endearing, and Stephen King a sufficiently good storyteller, that (if nothing else) it was an easy "read." Not a favorite, but likable enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/7/2014

    " A nod to Of Mice and Men, and a pretty fast paced read. One of the better new King books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean liapis | 2/5/2014

    " Excellent. Great stuff what i have come to expect from the bachman pen name. Emotional believable characters that you actually care about, thank god he released this and duma key to turn around his horrific (in a bad way) writing lately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodie | 1/20/2014

    " Even at King's most boring he still gets you invested in the characters. This was a freakishly depressing book, he knows exactly how to catalogue the myriad of indignities and horrors that people experience in their life times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 1/5/2014

    " This book was so boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jam | 12/17/2013

    " I'm not a good reviewer, honestly I don't comment or do this. But I think this book is one of the best book I've ever read in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Anningson | 11/16/2013

    " This was an excellent story. I was not sure what I was going to feel about it going in, but it held my attention in a big way. Bachman/King can write like no one's business... it might not be fancy, it might not be perfect, but it is engrossing..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desislava | 11/14/2013

    " I enjoy Steven King and movies done by his books. This book I didnt like at all. Boring. But I had to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 10/4/2013

    " Great story; a departure from the typical Stephen King story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliann | 7/10/2013

    " Sad, sad book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/2/2013

    " After reading King's foreword I thought I wouldn't like it, but it ended up being one of my favorite of his .. or Richard's ;) Enjoyed it and kept my interest from the beginning. I miss Blaze already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 3/16/2013

    " Pretty good so far, it's always sad to read about a bright kid being abused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 3/14/2013

    " Really liked this....kept me guessing, quite frankly, about one of the central characters up to the end. Illustrates King's ability to create sympathy/likeability for a character that isn't necessarily a good person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Letti | 10/18/2012

    " It was a really amazing book, I couldn't put it down. It was impossible not to like Blaze. If only he could have had a chance.. a real one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi Jorgensen | 9/13/2012

    " sad story, but very good, very well written. he is just as good as bachman as himself (well, almost) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rohan Stewart | 9/10/2012

    " This was a good story. This was well written. It was a book that when you finished, you went "meh". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlton | 8/12/2012

    " This "Bachman book" was a lot of fun - and it fits in with the other early King works pretty well. Sure, it's derivative of "Of Mice and Men" but watching King progress as a writer is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Dilbert | 1/27/2012

    " The prose is pretty clunky at times and you might skip a paragraph or two, but the plot moves with delightful anxiety at times and involves an actual kid being kidnapped which is surprisingly rare given the name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magic | 11/1/2011

    " This is a decent book, but a "trunk" novel. One that King came across from the 70s when he was still writing as Bachman. It's an interesting enough story, and you can see where characters have evolved and appeared in other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AJ | 10/15/2011

    " I loved this book. Started out a little rough to follow and is a total departure from the usual King stories. I put it away in 2 weeks, for myself that's a big deal. I don't read very fast. Mostly before bed and in spots on the weekends. I'd likely to re-read on a road or plane trip again soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/18/2011

    " When I heard about this unpublished book in the Stephen King Companion in 1989, I PRAYED that someday I'd get a chance to read it. Shoulda left it unpublished, dude. On the plus side, it killed a Tampa - Baltimore flight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/28/2011

    " This book has two stories in it, one set in the present and the other the past of the main character. Both are very simple tales beautifully told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/22/2011

    " This was a bit predictable, but I did like it. Poor Blaze - everytime he got a break in life, it got messed up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Col2910 | 4/21/2011

    " okay - it had it's moments,

    didn't enjoy it as much as the blurbs on the back led me to believe I would,

    might be a long while before I read King again as the last one I read - Cell didn't rock me either "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/21/2011

    " Not that interesting story but worth reading. All about kidnapping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desislava | 4/18/2011

    " I enjoy Steven King and movies done by his books. This book I didnt like at all. Boring. But I had to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 4/12/2011

    " A fast read and a good, engrossing Stephen King story. I'd like to give it another 1/2 star (3 1/2) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodie | 4/10/2011

    " Even at King's most boring he still gets you invested in the characters. This was a freakishly depressing book, he knows exactly how to catalogue the myriad of indignities and horrors that people experience in their life times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/8/2011

    " I read this a few years ago. Blaze is a small time criminal with a sad past whose partner isn't with him anymore and he's struggling to get along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 4/6/2011

    " I loved this book!!A super touching story with a main character I couldn't help adoring.He made me sympathize with him to a point I forgot about the ethical parts of the story.Totally amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 4/2/2011

    " I loved this book, what a change from the normal writings of S.K. A heartwarming story yet it will still break your heart at the same time. Read it in one day, i just couldn't put it down. One of my all time favorite reads!! "

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