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3.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 5 3.03 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: G. Valmont Thomas Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217329
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Barton Dawes’ unremarkable but comfortable existence suddenly takes a turn for the worst. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works—and right over his home. Dawes isn’t the sort of man who will take an insult of this magnitude lying down. His steadfast determination to fight the inevitable course of progress drives his wife and friends away while he tries to face down the uncaring bureaucracy that has destroyed his life.

Now with an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With its James M. Cain[-esque] attention to occupational detail during mental derailment, this is [a] restrained, thoughtful, nicely observed novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Seaton | 2/10/2014

    " This was one of the few books I have ever read that disturbed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isreal Regardie | 1/23/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I usually don't care for King, but this is one of the few novels which are touching and ghost free... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Buechler | 1/22/2014

    " There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and respected, but overall the story was dull and ultimately didn't go anywhere. Too bad as I generally adore King and Bachman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glasgowgal | 1/15/2014

    " Good book as usual from Uncle Stevie, but I thought there were a number of very sad moments. Kind of choked me up at times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jones | 1/8/2014

    " I liked this, but it's not any where near the top of King's works. I think this story tries a little too hard versus his best works where it just kind of flowed. Not a bad read, but nothing special either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/5/2014

    " This Bachman book was nowhere near as enticing as the first two. Okay, so the main character went a little cucko because they were going to tear down his house and his laundry business, and he ruins his marriage and loses all his friends. So he decides to just blow everything up, seems like the perfect solution. Sounds pretty intriguing, doesn't it? Wasn't too impressed with it this time around, maybe next time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 City_of_lud Millington | 1/1/2014

    " reminded me of humpty dumpty in oakland by Philip K. Dick. Just a pissed off old-school dude, trying to stand up for what he believes in. nice, short novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Gillespie | 12/26/2013

    " Not your typical Stephen King horror story, but still compelling and intense. My least favorite of the Bachmann books thus far, but I haven't read Running Man or Thinner yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/2/2013

    " Somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed the journey to the ending. The main character was likeable and you could empathize with his troubles. Looking forward to reading The Running Man in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Hershberger | 6/14/2013

    " Not even close to King's best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Leanne | 2/22/2013

    " Just a little slip into insanity. Fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noria | 2/13/2013

    " I haven't read that much of Stephen King, so far, and never one of the books he published under a pseudonym. But I liked this one. The insight into Barton George Dawes' mind and the way the events unfold was very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Bigelow | 11/25/2012

    " For me, this book was 300 pages of monotony. That's the best way to put it. Now that I've finished it I will never open it again. Why did the publisher spend money to print this? I can usually find something good to say about a book and with this one I can't. I'm just glad it's over with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Pratum | 10/2/2012

    " If you like Stephen King, it's a fine book. It's engaging, but like a lot of his books, I feel the end really lacked some punch. As a result, I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are really into King books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alondra | 7/19/2012

    " Talking about living with a purpose... gee whiz. He lived for that one vengeful day; I almost patted him on the back. Many plans/plots end in failure; that jerk deserved that... Of course I say this because it was just a character in a book, and yet.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 7/2/2012

    " This isn't one of my favorites. It's very slow and drags quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 4/4/2012

    " I still remember so much of this story, even though I haven't read it in a while. It's a fave. Not cheerful, but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luke | 7/6/2011

    " Not terrible but certainly not great. This is pretty much straight fiction and the psychological aspects fell kinda flat for me. The story just wasn't up to par and the writing was typical for King/Bachman in this time period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanne Tarrants | 5/26/2011

    " Having trouble getting into this. It's kind of depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 4/1/2011

    " Wasn't the greatest. It was suspenseful, but didn't give me that bang I was looking for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill W | 3/17/2011

    " classic King "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 3/16/2011

    " Read this on my iPhone and I loved it. The main character is a little nuts, but the world around him has lost all purpose so he's just gonna do a little Roadwork. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaz.parks | 12/11/2010

    " Me gusta el trabajo de SK como Richard Batchman. Me gustó muuucho (por eso las 5/5 estrellas). Me lo leí en dos días!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael "Mick Dawg" Joseph | 11/29/2010

    " An interesting trip through the mind of a guy who completely loses his shit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/15/2010

    " It was way too long & way too much details and info for not much to actually happen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 City_of_lud | 9/14/2010

    " reminded me of humpty dumpty in oakland by Philip K. Dick. Just a pissed off old-school dude, trying to stand up for what he believes in. nice, short novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 8/21/2010

    " There is an over abundance of the usual Steven King words put together the usual Steven King way to tell an unmemorable story about one man’s war with eminent domain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryse | 5/15/2010

    " The Bachmann books are really quite brilliant--prescient of contemporary obsessions with/concerns about technology, privacy, big business, alienation, the breakdown of communities, even reality television. There's more to King than monsters and bloodies prom queens, and Roadwork proves it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snowcat028 | 4/11/2010

    " Kind of depressing, but a good story nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 3/23/2010

    " This one wasn't as good as the Long Walk. Kind of predictable and not very suspenseful at all. Moving on to the Running Man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 2/22/2010

    " I've enjoyed several King writing as Bachman Books, but this was just disappointing. I knew exactly what would happen from the start. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

G. Valmont Thomas, a longtime member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has also been a faculty member at the Johnny Carson School of Film and Television at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His voice may also be heard in a number of video games and in advertisements for radio and television.