Mile 81 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A Stephen King original short story featuring an excerpt from 11.22.63, his latest full-length novel.
With the heart of Stand by Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs.... At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded-up rest stop, a place where high-school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high-school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother heads off to the gravel pit to play ‘paratroopers over the side’. Pete, armed with only the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. That’s why he doesn’t notice a freshly mud-spattered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week), which veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that reads ‘closed, no services’. The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out....
In the bonus story ‘The Dune’, originally published in Granta’s October 2011 horror issue, retired Florida Supreme Court Judge Harvey Beecher tells his lawyer about a mysterious sand dune on an unnamed island a short distance off the Gulf coastline of his family’s property. Harvey first visited the island at the age of 10 in 1932, after his grandfather, a scoundrel and land speculator who’d created the family fortune, told him Blackbeard’s treasure might be buried there. Travelling to the island became a daily addiction for Harvey… and now his lawyer is about to discover the shocking reason why.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 29 minutes|
|Narrator||Thomas Sadoski, Edward Herrmann, Craig Wasson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||22 February 2012|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 92,402 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
10,306 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
12,758 in Military Fantasy (Books)
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To be honest, the story starts off slowly. A group of school aged boys head off to explore the local town boundaries as well as some metaphorical ones, leaving the younger brother of one exposed to the ills of isolation. Following his heart instead of his head, said boy finds himself breaking into a closed down restaurant, drinking some left over alcohol and falling asleep. The chills for the reader arrive when Mr King decides to play on your emotions as well as bring in some delightfully effective tools used in manipulating your brain cells.
Parts two and three of the story are less chilling but we witness the first visitation of hard core horror. We witness Mr King enjoying himself by killing off two (somewhat short lived) cast members in very gruesome and original ways and it is here that the reader begins to wonder how the story will end.
This is a great purchase. Like I have already mentioned, it is gruesome, chilling and only a little violent. Everything is handled in a very sophisticated and intelligent manner. Mr King has been known for decades as the master of the horror novel, and Mile 81 is a fine example at what he can do with the novella, as well.
Four stars from me, and of course highly recommended.
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What is always amazing about Stephen King's writing - and this is no exception - is the way in which he draws the scene so vividly that you can imagine being there with the greatest of ease. Here the atmosphere of the Mile 81 rest area is clear and true.
It IS a short story in every sense, and so there isn't that much that can fit in. I suppose that there is a slight repetition to some of the - erm - incidents, but actually they really underline some interesting points about human nature! Even when there is obvious danger curiosity draws you in further. Even when there is clear information about the danger itself, doubts about information given by children is overridden - and curiosity once again lures people to their deaths.
In some ways I was disappointed with the outcome, but at the end of the day I quite like not being told absolutely everything. Don't expect to be told precisely why this is all happening, and you won't get too upset.
So here we have a simple story, simply told, with a simple ending. It'll take a few hours to read, but then that leaves time for some more. I went on to 'In the Long Grass' next, and that was altogether stranger.
At the price I'm not sure you are going to be too upset with this purchase.