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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217350
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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.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers…getting hooked is easy.”

    Frances Fyfield, bestselling author

  • “An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote’s, is so fluid that you often forget that you’re reading.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Merely by tickling the keys of his word-processor King can make the flesh creep half a world away.”

    Times (London)

  • “The action is…fast paced and, though the novel differs from much of King’s other work, the sardonic social commentary reveals a pleasing glimmer of King’s characteristically twisted sense of humor.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brett James | 2/14/2014

    " Not hard to believe Stephen King's claim that he wrote this book in a week. It was later adapted to a far smarter Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. "

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

    " Great story that led to a good movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha Snyder | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book and so did my husband. I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading it, it's so short. It's more concise than Stephen King usually is, and it's such a page turner that you can't put it down. It unexpectedly had a lot of social commentary in it, and it leaves you wondering what happens to the society that remains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Macpherson | 1/21/2014

    " POW. Read this. It is awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Abney | 1/4/2014

    " Thank you for telling me how the book ended in the preface, Stephen King. You are a jerk.... Completely ruined the book for me before I'd even started reading, which is sad because other than the complete lack of suspense I really like The Running Man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rsoeffker | 1/2/2014

    " If you saw this movie, I'm sorry. The book was great and had this thing called "Emotion" that the movie refused to produce. The ending is WAY better too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Solim Civoreb | 12/21/2013

    " What can I say? Stephen King as Richard Bachman books never disappoint. This book is a fast paces thriller and suspense type of book that will keep you on edge. Short chapters give you a perspective of the main character plus the people after him. Set in the future where the only way to support your family is to go on a life and death game show. I finished the book in 4 hours or so and it is my 2nd favorite SK book after Blaze. If you're looking for a fast read to kill some time, or a thrill ride in general, this book works as both and will not disappoint. 4.5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/18/2013

    " I loved this book. There's nothing better than an average guy sticking it to the man. SK imagination blows me away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 12/3/2013

    " Way better than the movie (although Richard Dawson is very good). "Only in the reruns, Ben!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi Sherbon | 12/2/2013

    " Greatest Unexpected Ending i could Have Ever Hoped For. Take NOTHING From the Movie. they Are COMPLETELY Different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manda Danyele | 11/18/2013

    " This is def. another one of my favorite Stephen King books. It was alot different compared to some of his and not really "horror" but more of a thriller. I recommend this to anyone who likes Stephen King and has not read "The Running Man" yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 10/17/2013

    " MEH. Love love love the movie (but they're not really comparable). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Fleming | 9/10/2013

    " Hard to say if this is cooler than the movie but it's definitely darker and more serious. The movie is really just loosely based on the concept. Most of Kings best stuff is in these kind of short stories he wrote early in his career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Kite | 9/3/2013

    " Powerful,but definitely better under Bachman pseudoonym. NOT as good as book on time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 4/10/2013

    " Felt I had to go back to a Stephen King novel again. Was better than the movie, darker anyways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 3/21/2013

    " my 12 y/o son wanted to read this book so i decided to read it again to make sure it was ok. i really enjoyed to story and got a kick out of how SK thought 2025 would be - pay phones, polaroids, no gps???? LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton | 2/19/2013

    " a quick but fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 8/11/2012

    " This book will make you afraid of game shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora Baker | 8/8/2012

    " The really scary part about a book written in 1982- is how close we are now with the sickening reality shows of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley Peek | 4/5/2012

    " It was a really great, quick read, although I think Stephen King had a lot of sexual thoughts while writing it...and the ending confused me. Other than that it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailelou | 11/12/2011

    " A really good movie however other ratings only gave it a 3.5 but it is good reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/23/2011

    " So much better than the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pavel | 8/9/2011

    " i don't know if many people notice that but some parts of 9\11 plot was predicted in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lidija Paradinovic | 7/13/2011

    " dark but lovely. hard core sf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thejoshua | 5/3/2011

    " The Running Man is a fun fast read. It is a well written, high action, survival thriller. The suspense flows well from chapter to chapter making it difficult to put down once started. I am a fan of dystopian novels and this one did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/30/2011

    " Awesome short novel. Bears no resemblance to the movie, so I'm glad that I saw that first. Probably would've hated the movie if I had read this first and then expected it to live up to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/23/2011

    " Interesting and promising beginning. I lost interest as the story progressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/5/2011

    " A bit different, ie more dark and realistic, than the film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/21/2011

    " Very very different from the Arnie movie. Both are very good. The book is grittier, far less comic book in style, quite hard hitting and dark. DOn't expect a hollywood happy ever after ending but nonetheless very satisfying. "

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

    " Still waiting to see how this panned out in a film; however, the story unfolds amazingly. It enthralls and terrifies while making you root for the final vengeance. "

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

    " Non ho trovato il titolo in italiano... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 3/11/2011

    " This one had a good pace, though I am sad to say, sometimes a fast-pace is a good thing for a book that seems to be going nowhere. The ending did not disappoint me, I am glad to say. "

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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

Kevin Kenerly is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He earned a BA at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in fifteen seasons, playing dozens of roles.