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Ben Richards decide di partecipare alle selezioni per "L'Uomo in fuga", un sadico e famosissimo show televisivo in cui il protagonista, braccato dai cacciatori della Rete e da chiunque lo riconosca, guadagna cento dollari per ogni ora di sopravvivenza e, se è fortunato ed è ancora vivo allo scadere dei trenta giorni concessigli, un miliardo di dollari. Ben, che vuole queiBen Richards decide di partecipare alle selezioni per "L'Uomo in fuga", un sadico e famosissimo show televisivo in cui il protagonista, braccato dai cacciatori della Rete e da chiunque lo riconosca, guadagna cento dollari per ogni ora di sopravvivenza e, se è fortunato ed è ancora vivo allo scadere dei trenta giorni concessigli, un miliardo di dollari. Ben, che vuole quei soldi per curare la figlia malata, supera le selezioni... Stephen King pubblicò questo romanzo, e altri quattro titoli, con lo pseudonimo di Richard Bachman....

Title : L'uomo in fuga
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ISBN : 9788882744496
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Number of Pages : 239 Pages
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L'uomo in fuga Reviews

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-04-01 07:22

    I ended up reading this book in one day! Fast-paced action pack book that will keep you on adrenaline. Would recommend!

  • Carol
    2019-04-20 07:21

    Well now........This was not what I expected. AT. ALL.THE RUNNING MANis not only different from the movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) but has a much deeper storyline and greater sense of desperation and hopelessness among the very interesting characters.THE RUNNING MAN is still a TV Reality Show (broadcast on the Free-Vee) that survives by ratings and is still corrupt in its methods of revealing less than the truth to further incite wrong-doing by the participants and gain a greater audience.THE RUNNING MAN contestant hopefuls, as our Ben Richards are all miserable, hungry and filled with despair knowing the only way left to survive in their dark world is to qualify for the game of death and outrun the hunters for as many days as possible to earn the much needed New Dollars for their families.This intense and suspenseful sci-fi thriller does have a few graphically expressed gross-out moments that are hard to stomach but is filled with "crazy" good non-stop action all the way and worth the read!

  • Matthew
    2019-04-05 12:31

    After The Most Dangerous Game, there was The Running ManBefore The Hunger Games, there was The Running ManAfter 1984, there was The Running ManBefore reality TV, there was The Running ManThis is a disturbing and enthralling cautionary tale predicted by our fore fathers, seen in new dystopian novels, and becoming all too real in this age of political turmoil, social media, and reality overload.One of King’s early novels under his Pseudonym Richard Bachman, he mentions in the foreward that it has a darker tone that he tended to use when writing as Bachman. The foreward is a very interesting addition to the story and was updated from the foreward included in the original Bachman Books (which is where I first read this story).Oh, and that jogs another memory. Not only did I read this in the original Bachman Books, it was the first Stephen King book I ever read! I was probably 12 at the time – likely too young to be reading this, but, hey, I did it anyway! I had seen the move The Running Man, which, while it is not much like the book is, in my opinion, a fantastically campy and entertaining 80s action flick. Some people think it is awful – I think King even believes that – but I am not ashamed to say that I loved it! Anyway, I knew my dad was into Stephen King and had all his books up to that point so I figured that I should give it a go. I was not disappointed at the time and I was not disappointed this time either.If you like cautionary dystopian tales, I think you have to read this. There is just too much going on here for dystopian fans that you do yourself a disservice if you do not read it.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-03 09:32

    When Ben Richard's daughter gets pneumonia, he turns to the Network for help and becomes a contestant on the deadliest of reality shows, The Running Man. Can Richards run long enough to earn the money for his daughter's medicine? And what will he learn as he runs for his life for the amusement of the public watching The Running Man?This is the best book made into a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger I've ever read. Actually, apart from a couple character names, the dystopian setting, and the concept of a reality show where the contestants will likely die, it has very little resemblance to the Arnold flick.Richard Bachman really liked his dystopias, didn't he? This one bears a startling resemblance to our current reality tv situation. Funny, Bachman predicting the rise of reality tv decades before it came to pass.Ben Richards is an unemployed loser with a wife that occasionally turns tricks to make ends meet. In order to make some money, he winds up on The Running Man, running for his life in a polluted world that's falling apart.The suspense in this thing builds and builds as Richards gets deeper into the game. Can he trust anyone? How is the Network tracking him? Will his daughter still be alive when the much needed money gets to her? Things start falling apart for him near the end and the tension is almost unbearable. Richards is a much deeper character than the Arnold version. As his sense of desperation grows, one can't help but imagine him or herself in Richard's situation. Like a lot of people, I think The Running Man is likely one of the parents of the Hunger Games, along with The Long Walk.That's pretty much all I can say. It's a gripping, breezy read, far from the bloated gargantuas of Stephen King's Richard Bachman's later books. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Kay
    2019-03-23 11:24

    WARNING: Do NOT read the author foreward. It totally gives away a climactic ending. Thanks to the GoodReads community for warning me. I feel like I just ran a marathon with a heart condition. As soon as I opened the book, I was swept up in the story and couldn't stop until the fiery, breathless end. I don't say this often. It takes a while for me to feel comfortable in a new book. I like to feel things out, come to my own conclusions. But Stephen King, in his insidiously masterful way, lured and cocooned me from the first page like spider pouncing on a hapless little moth stuck in a web.Plot SummaryOur main character is Ben Richards. He's an average Joe type of guy, eking out a life in a vastly dystopian future US of A. In this version of our future, the disparity between the poor and rich is greater than ever. The wealthy have access to luxury cars, groceries, and top notch medical care. The poor...well, you can imagine when we read Richards' home situation: his wife is a prostitute and the main breadwinner of the family, and his baby girl is bedridden with influenza because they can't afford legitimate medicine. As his daughter's condition worsens, Richards enters himself in a live TV game show called Running Man. For as long as he can survive, Richards will flee across the country and earn 100 New Bucks for every hour he is alive. That is, if he can evade professional Hunters hired to track and kill him, and also disguise himself from the locals who are given money rewards if they report a sighting. This concept should hearken to other familiar works of popular fiction:And even another King novel with a similar concept, There are probably many more that I haven't read or even heard about. But at the same time, THE RUNNING MAN was, even to my Hunger Gamed-out mind, an adrenalin rush. In essence, THE RUNNING MAN is an example of pure action driven storytelling that is done in a compelling way. You don't really get to understand why the world is the way it is, why the people enjoy watching human beings being treadmilled to death or being hunted like rats for a little cash, or why no one can muster up sympathy for children dying from cancer. There's just not enough time to sit back and absorb the people and the environment. When you think you can stop to breathe, someone shoots a gun or sirens blare in the background, and you're off and running again. Granted, the characters Richards meets on the run are an interesting assortment of people. But again, though I sympathized with them, I couldn't bring myself to care for them more than resolving that burning question, what happens next. (view spoiler)[The one exception may be Bradley, but I felt satisfied enough to know he was alive and just on the run. (hide spoiler)]Consequently, Richards doesn't lend himself to deep, solemn questioning of the morality of the government or his own actions. He's a good guy, but he shoots and kills and blows things up because it's what he needs to do to survive and make enough money for his family. He's a likeable character, sure, but he's three dimensional in a flat way. He has motives and moments of moral ambiguity, (view spoiler)[especially when he kidnaps the woman, though even then, he's a supremely decent guy given the situation, (hide spoiler)] but overall he's a wildly functioning cog in the dream machine that is the story. It's the story, I think, that gets the spotlight this time around.Overall, THE RUNNING MAN was a fantastic read that is dark, action-packed, and a little wonky, if you will. The prose is littered with some anachronistic slang. The world building, while physically stark, is thematically hazy because explanations are sparse and far in between. But the story itself is fantastic and definitely well worth the read. 3.5 to 4.0 stars and highly recommended, especially for fans of gritty, dystopian fiction.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jilly
    2019-04-19 15:23

    Let me give you the most important information you need before you read this book:Do not read the forward by Stephen King before you read the story!! He spoils his own book's ending in it!Yeah, that really sucked because I knew what would eventually happen and it was so suspenseful that it would have been awesome to be kept wondering if this poor shlub would actually make it. But, even knowing what I unfortunately knew, I was still on the edge of my seat for the entire book. That Stephen King always gets me. He's the master.Okay, maybe I don't like him THIS much. But, he's damn good.So, this book was written in the 1980's and basically shows that SK was a psychic or something because he predicted reality television shows would rule the world by now. Granted, they are a little more brutal than what we have right now, but within the next few years, when the book is set, I'm sure we'll have advanced to this level of evil entertainment.Here are the names of some of the reality shows that are popular:Swim with CrocodilesFun GunsHow Hot can You Take it?Dig your own Graveand Treadmill to Bucks (you have to have a heart condition to play this one)In some of these shows, you are just maimed or end up in a hospital, but the biggest show, "Running Man", is the most popular. The contestant in that one ends up dead. But, hey, they rack up $100. for every hour they survive for their family, so unless dad is a selfish ass, he will do it for his family.Sometimes you just have to take one for the team.Our MC is on Running Man. His goal is to stay alive as long as possible while there is a nationwide man-hunt for him. He's given money and a head-start, and then there are hunters looking for him. Viewers get $100. if they spot him and call in, and $1,000. if it leads to capture/death. The contestants are always portrayed as horrible criminals, so the public generally wants to see them killed and feel it is justified.The funny thing is that there was a real reality show that had this same premise, but without the killing part. It wasn't very interesting to me. Maybe if they had added in the killing I would have watched. So, in other words, we are totally ready for this. And, with our new president and most-likely entry into our own dystopia, maybe it will be soon.It's either the Hunger Games or the Apes. Maybe we can have another vote on which one we prefer?Or, you can write-in Ants.This book was non-stop action and I really couldn't put it down. You are rooting for him, but he's not likable. You are disgusted by the society, and there is also a feeling of despair and depression. It's not hopeful, but it's hard not to hope that he will somehow topple the powers that be. If I hadn't been spoiled, I'm not really sure how I would have handled the ending, but it was a helluva ending.Trigger warnings: everything. There is so much offensive crap in this book that you might not even want to try it if you are sensitive in any way. There is racism, homophobia, offensive language, and gruesome violence.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-01 13:31

    Relentless.Stephen King’s 1982 novel, published under the pen name of his darker alter ego Richard Bachman, describes a feral dystopian landscape where over population, under employment, financial segregation of society along cultural and class lines and woefully deficient in fundamental healthcare has led to an almost Roman decadence of survival games and cheap entertainment for the pitiful masses. King’s malnourished and desperate Ben Richards is nothing like the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 Paul Michael Glaser film. King’s protagonist signs up for the games to get money to assist his family when pneumonia threatens the life of his infant child.Told with an inevitable countdown to the brutal end, King portrays Richard’s plight as he is a contestant on The Running Man, a nationally viewed show where the hunted has to stay alive as long as possible to earn more money. All the while he is pursued by professional hunters and his whereabouts are televised in a surreal man hunt, carnivalesque in it's absurdity.Published 26 years before Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, there is no flash or Hollywood style heroism, King depicts an ugly, frantic fight to live in a world made brutal and dreadfully harsh.

  • Luca Ambrosino
    2019-04-21 15:25

    English (The Running Man) / ItalianoWhile I am enjoying the sci-fi / dystopia of acclaimed TV series such as "Black Mirror" or "The Handmaid's Tale", the novel "The Running Man" falls into my lap. The fact is that this novel inspired the 1987 movie of the same name. And the fact is that I am one of the few that loved that movie. Therefore, I immediately buy the novel. Stephen King wrote it in his "Bachman" phase, maybe it's a minor novel. No matter, I bought it... and thank God!The concept of reality shows is exacerbated, and actual life live turns into death live in the future that King presents us. Future in which there are sadistic TV prize contests, such as "Treadmill to Bucks", where the unfortunate individuals (usually with cardiac disease) must answer some questions as they run on a rotating cylinder. But the crown jewel of the prize contests on live TV is the "The Running Man", a manhunt that practically pushes you against everyone, against the world. Need to hide. Prestigious hotels, decadent motels, sewer. One place as good as the next, the important thing is that you never stop in the same place for more than one day. Otherwise you're fucked.Hell of a ending, direct, essential, minimal. Hell of a future.Vote: 8Mentre mi entusiasmo per la fantascienza / distopia di acclamate serie TV quali "Black Mirror" o "The Handmaid's Tale", mi ritrovo per le mani "L'uomo in fuga", che scopro aver ispirato il film "L'implacabile". Il fatto è che io sono probabilmente uno dei pochi fan di questo film del 1987. Quindi compro immediatamente il libro. Stephen King lo ha scritto in fase "Bachman", forse si tratta di un libro minore. Non importa, lo compro. E meno male: minore il caspito!!L'idea dei reality show viene esasperata, e la vita in diretta del nostro presente diventa morte in diretta nel futuro che ci presenta King. Futuro in cui vi sono sadiche trasmissioni TV a premi, come "Il macinadollari", dove i malcapitati (tendenzialmente cardiopatici) devono rispondere a delle domande mentre corrono su di un cilindro rotante. Ma la vera punta di diamante dei concorsi a premi in diretta TV è "L'uomo in fuga", una caccia ai concorrenti che praticamente ti mette contro tutti, contro il mondo intero. Bisogna nascondersi. Alberghi, motel decadenti, fogne. Un posto vale l'altro, l'importante è non fermarsi mai nello stesso luogo per più di qualche giorno. Altrimenti sei fottuto.Gran bel finale, diretto, essenziale, minimale. Gran bel futuro.Voto: 8

  • Kostas Papadatos
    2019-03-29 09:25

    Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε μια παρηκμασμένη Αμερική το 2025. Ο ήρωας μας (ο Ρίτσαρντ) ο οποίος είναι πιο φτωχός και απο τον Βασιλάκη Καΐλα έχει μια κόρη η οποία έχει πνευμονία! Ο τύπος δεν έχει χρήματα να πάρει φάρμακα.. Ε και τι σκέφτηκε νομίζετε ο σατανάς ..Να λάβει συμμετοχή σ΄ενα τηλεπαιχνίδι όπου το έπαθλο του νικητή είναι αρκετές χιλιάδες δολλάρια.Το παιχνίδι δεν είναι του τύπου Big brother και the Wall με τον Κλεάνθη και τη Ρούλα, αλλά ένα ριάλιτι, το οποίο είναι του στύλ σου αφήνω ένα μικρό περιθώριο να κρυφτείς και μετά θα σε ψάχνει μια ολόκληρη χώρα να σε σκοτώσει. Φίλε Ρίτσαρντ σου έχω νέα, υπάρχει κάτι που ονομάζεται ΔΟΥΛΕΙΑ, θες να μου πεις οτι δεν είχες άλλες επιλογές? Προτίμησες να σκοτώσεις τη μισή Νέα Υόρκη να τραμπουκίσεις την άλλη μισή για μια AUGMENTIN των πεντακοσίων και σου φταίει η κοινωνία και ο άτιμος ντουνιάς? Γιατί είσαι μέσα στη λέζα και μου κλαίγεσαι όοολη την ώρα? Μόνος σου δε δήλωσες συμμετοχή ρε Βασιλάκη Καΐλα? Τράβα κλέψε κανένα φαρμακείο αφού είχες τόση ανάγκη, έπρεπε να χαθεί το μισό Μανχάταν?Μεγάλο λάθος αυτό το βιβλίο. Δε μπορώ να καταλάβω πιο το νόημα του.Το θέμα ήταν καλό αλλά η πλοκή ότι να΄ναι.Οι ήρωες μας? Εξαιρετικά αντιπαθητικοί. Όταν τελείωσα την ανάγνωση του -Δρομέα- έιχα ένα βλέμμα γεμάτο απορία. Πολύ κακό για King.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-18 09:47

    With rumours of real Hunger Games being played out in Siberia, I found this sickeningly scary in its implications. Beware of governments who will make it compulsory to watch dystopian TVBBC report 6/12/2017Description: The Running Man is set within a dystopian future in which the poor are seen more by the government as worrisome rodents than actual human beings. The protagonist of The Running Man, Ben Richards, is quick to realize this as he watches his daughter, Cathy, grow more sick by the day and tread closer and closer to death. Desperate for money to pay Cathy’s medical bills, Ben enlists himself in a true reality style game show where the objective is to merely stay alive.

  • Amr Mohamed
    2019-04-09 09:20

    أكتر حاجة تضايق الواحد لما تكون رواية كويسة وفكرتها شيقة وممتعة وثورية وكاتب زي سيتفن كينج وفى الاخر الرواية متعجبكش وتبقي سيئة جدا بسبب الترجمة..أسوأ ترجمة قرأتها فى حياتي لرواية , المترجم بيترجم ترجمة حرفية بحتة ده لو بيترجم مقال علمى مش هيترجم كدا, اكتر رواية خدت فيها وقت فى حياتي اربع ايام عشان اخلصها لأني زهقت منها وبقت مملة جدا بسبب الترجمة .وكمان تفاصيل كتيرة لوصف الاماكن والاشخاص , فطبعا مع ترجمة سيئة هتكون مش طايق نفسك .تقييمي قليل بسبب الترجمة لكن الرواية والنهاية تستحق اربع نجوم.أنصح بها لكن بأي ترجمة تانية او باللغة الأصلية , ومع ان فكرة اليوتوبيا والديستوبيا ممكن مبتعجبنيش اوي لكن كينج ابدع فيها الصراحة فى الرواية ده .اول قراءة لكينج ولن تكون الأخيرة ..

  • Ron
    2019-04-15 12:27

    The Running Man completes my read of the four early Bachman Books. What a fine way to go out. We’ve all seen the movie (well, maybe only us older GR folk). Schwarzenegger uses some wit and the muscles to survive the death match game show that is The Running Man. Once again, the movie is the reason I never bothered to read the book, and once again I made a mistake by not doing so. Hint: They changed the story.Some aspects of the book found their way into the movie. A bit of the persona that is Ben Richards; His wry humor with a forbidding undertone; The Network and a version of Free-Vee (great term by the way); and finally a near-constantly moving plot in a dystopian future. Aside from that, the book is very different. King’s original version has more to offer because beneath the run there is a pensive story. It’s one man risking his life for his family because nothing else remains. Along the way he reveals a dividing line between the haves and the have-nots in this future place where a game show and the Free-Vee are devices used to advantage by the rich and a totalitarian government. While reading, I was surprised to find that this novel brought about an emotional response. Not in an overwhelming way. It is still an action ride more than a book about feelings, but the emotion is there.Released in 1982, this may be the closest King has come to writing a pure Science-Fiction story. King described himself in 1971, when he wrote the The Running Man, as "a young man who was angry, energetic, and infatuated with the art and the craft of writing". In The Bachman Books, he says that the book was written during a period of 72 hours and published with virtually no changes. What?! it safe to say, “He was in the zone”? I'm pretty sure it took me 71 hours to write my last review. :) One last tidbit: At one point, Ben Richards crosses through Derry, Maine! I couldn’t believe my eyes. This is Stephen King’s famous, yet quite fictional town included in books like IT and Insomnia. That strikes me as a big red flag for the Bachman identity, but so very cool to see in print.

  • Abbie | ab_reads
    2019-04-10 10:21

    Richard Bachman and I are not friends.

  • Mara
    2019-04-14 07:39

    Halt! If you have yet to read this Stephen King as Richard Bachman book, let it be known that the introduction should be cordoned off with ‘spoiler warning’ tape…but it's not. I would chalk it up to King's beef with the outing of Bachman (which I totally respect), but the same thing happened to me with Pet Sematary, so that theory's a bust. (Shoutout to Richard for attempting to save me from myself after that first debacle.)Wasn't my favorite King or Bachman adventure, perhaps because these “dystopias” are starting to feel all too familiar (and, an argument could kind of be made that we're already there). Nevertheless, like all of Uncle Stevie's work, it's well-worth the read. And, just in case you have yet to figure out that the story doesn't center on the early-90s dance move, I'll leave you with this little hint.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-04-07 11:44

    Este es uno de los libros que más me sorprendieron de Stephen King. No lo tenía pensado leer, ya que no me atraen mucho las novelas de ciencia ficción/futuristas o las llamadas distópicas. Sin embargo, al ver que recibía muy buenas criticas, me decidí por darle una oportunidad.Fue toda una aventura. No podía soltar el libro en ningún momento. Es soberbiamente adictivo, no te da descanso. Tiene uno de los mejores inicios que tuve el placer de leer, y con respecto al final... por Dios... ¡Qué final!Ya terminando, les digo que es una novela muy rápida y que tengan mucho cuidado, porque uno de los efectos secundarios de involucrarte en esta historia es una adicción irrefrenable.

  • Vicki Willis
    2019-04-12 14:36

    I loved this book. I know I saw the movie years ago, but I don't know if I ever read the book. It was a fast paced book full of action. I was feeling tense for the main character the whole time. The futuristic setting and societal make up was interesting to me. The ending was a surprise for me and it was a perfect end to the book. A 5 star read for me!

  • sj
    2019-04-18 09:39

    When I was young and not quite so jaded, I still believed that film adaptations were a good idea.  I am pretty sure The Running Man was the book/movie that changed my mind about that.I'd seen the movie more times than I care to admit before I read the book for the first time (my dad was/is a HUGE fan of all things Schwarzenegger [wow, really spellcheck, you recognize that name?]) and I almost DIDN'T read it because I thought the movie was TERRIBLE and that meant the book had to be, too, right?Wrong.I think it's funny that the wikipedia page for the movie admits that it's only "loosely based" on the book of the same name (thankfully, they also include that caveat on the page for Blade Runner, or I'd be smacking some heads together), because they took the names and then twisted everything else to make a movie that almost (but not quite) completely effs up the entire story.If you've not read the book yet, but seen the movie - throw all of your preconceptions out the window.The Running Man is super bleak and doesn't have any of the faux-Hollywood-Happy-Ending you'll find in the movie.Ben Richards is unemployed with a sick daughter and a wife that's willing to turn tricks to buy the groceries.  In an attempt to earn enough money to buy the medicine his daughter needs (and to keep his wife off her back), he heads down to the Games Commission one day to see if he can make it onto one of the Free-Vee shows that all the poor saps watch to see the other poor saps humiliate themselves.He passes all of the tests with flying colours and finds himself the newest contestant on The Running Man (dur), a show where he will attempt to evade professional hunters for 30 days.  He (or his family, because no one actually makes it the full 30 days) will be paid in New Dollars for every hour he manages to keep from being killed/caught/turned in (capture and being turned in will both result in death, though, so it all amounts to the same thing).Richards proves to be the most resourceful contestant the Games Commission has ever seen, and while this book isn't the best I've ever read - the ending makes up for whatever other flaws it may have (and it has them).Really, you could just read the first few chapters and then skim til the end, but even then it'd still be a four star book.  Is it an excellent waste of time?  No.  But it's more than decent.  And the last page will have you pumping your fist and shouting "Fuck.  Yes."So there's that.

  • Jason
    2019-04-21 10:43

    This was thumping good fun!This is probably the fastest I've ever paged through a King novel. King said this is also the fastest he's ever written a novel. He wrote it in the space of a week-long vacation. Impressive.I'd say The Running Man veers slightly away from the typical King novel. Most King novels are fleshed out, the characters really developed over time, and the novels themselves quite lengthy. But The Running Man is fast paced right from the beginning. Yet, even with that in mind, you still somehow get a good sense of the man Ben Richards (MC). King has that uncanny ability of giving you information about the characters without your realising he's done it. The thing I loved most about this novel is that I found the scenes incredibly vivid. While reading, I felt like I was watching down from a cloud above, hovering slightly above the action the entire way. It was like I was a silent observer. I could see the grungy, dark back alleys in which the very poor hustled. I could smell the smells. It was interesting to me that King wrote this so many decades ago, for a few reasons. First, it was eerily reminiscent of The Hunger Games in many respects (the hunting of humans for sport, with a grand prize for the soul survivor and promise of a better life; the Games being played out on television for viewing; the totalitarian dystopia setting, etc). Second, it was oddly prescient, in hindsight. It shows us a world where the rich get richer and the poor are left to suffer at the expense of the rich. Sound familiar?Something else of interest to me was the writing style. It isn't surprising to me that people caught on fairly quickly that King was the actual author of the Bachman novel. King has a few stylistic traits that pop up often that would have given it away for me. One thing King says often, regarding the telling of time is "It was quarter of nine" rather than "it was quarter to nine." Small, almost imperceptible, but something I notice he often does. Another thing, "Maggot" seems to appear in many of his novels, something King likes to use as a cursory name. There were others, but you get the point. Ultimately, this novel was big ol' metaphor. Aren't we all the Running Man? Aren't we all running under the false pretence that, if we just try hard enough, push a little further, we will achieve great riches and freedom...? Doesn't the government already suppress the poor for the benefit of the wealthy? Yet, the reality is that the cards are stacked against us, just as the odds were always stacked against Ben Richards in The Running Man. I know, that's a morbid and depressing view of life, but it is our current reality. If this book says one thing, it says that we can defeat the powers that seek to suppress our voices. It just takes enough courage.This was a true page turner, and a fun book you can take with you to demolish on a long flight or perhaps a warm day on the beach.

  • Ruth Turner
    2019-03-23 14:23

    Audiobook – Narrated by Kevin Kenerly – Good narration.My first Kevin Kenerly audiobook and I enjoyed it very much. And no background music!!***Ebook:My second read for this novel and, as for the first time, the protagonist Ben Richards spoiled it for me. While I understand the reason for his anger and bitterness, I couldn’t bring myself to feel any sympathy for him.“You’ll have to make allowances for Mr. Richards,” Killian said, smiling. “He seems afflicted with an extreme case of the rudes.” And that about says it all.***CONNECTIONS:Derry - The Voight Airfield Jetport is located in Derry. Derry’s first appearance was in the 1981 short story called The Bird and The Album. This was an excerpt from the then unpublished novel IT.Co-op City (Dark Tower 3 - The Wastelands)

  • Rola
    2019-04-14 07:28

    Dear Mr. Stephen king,If you met with this review by some chance/ miracle one day, please make sure to break your contract with "Arab scientific publishers".If the reading process add more lives to your own, the translation of your books by them actually wastes the only life you will ever have.السيد المحترم / ستيفن كينجإن صادفت يوما هذه المراجعة بالصدفة البحتة أو المعجزة الفريدة، فضلا تأكد من فسخ عقد ترجمة مؤلفاتك مع " الدار العربية للعلوم" - ناشرون ؛ فإن كانت القراءة تضيف للفرد أعمارا فوق عمره، فتحمل مثل تلك الترجمة قد تضيع أياما و أياما من العمر هباء.

  • Becky
    2019-03-25 13:42

    This was a pretty good story, but quite different from what I'd expected. Of course I knew it was a dystopia, and centered around a game-show, but other than that, I didn't have much idea about the story. I've never seen the movie - and looking at IMDB right now, that's probably a good thing - so I didn't even have those misconceptions to deal with. Ben Richards is not an ex-cop who was wrongfully accused of anything. He was born into the wrong economic situation and grew bitter because of it. Working in a factory known to cause sterility at best, he quit in order to try to have a child... and makes the mistake of telling the truth about why he quit, which blackballs him from finding any other steady work. He and his wife finally succeed in conceiving, but there's still no work to be had, so they have no food, no medicine, barely a place to live, thanks to Ben's wife who prostitutes herself out to try to make ends meet. When the baby gets pneumonia, Ben gets desperate, and signs up with the Network to appear on a game show for money. The one he makes it on is The Running Man. Here's the deal: 1 man tries to last a full 30 days with a team of hunters chasing him, and the Network setting the citizens against him. If a citizen turns him in and he is killed, that person gets a reward. If he makes it, the contestant gets $1 billion New Dollars. For every hour he remains alive, the contestant (or his family when he's killed) will receive $100 ND. He only has to film 2 10-minute tapes and mail them to the Network every day, or defaults and wins nothing... but is still hunted. So this is what Bitter Ben signs up for. But he's smart, and his game show experience turns out to be like no other. This was kind of brutal, but being a Bachman book, that's to be expected. But there was also a kind of 'skim' feel to the story. Things didn't really delve all that deep, like with the pollution and corruption, etc, but it doesn't really NEED to. The context is enough to get it, but it would add a lot if it just had that extra something. I found myself wondering about the Network. The cynical part of me kept wondering how people could trust their promises to pay and not rig the game. Desperation, I guess. But then I got to thinking about how the Network goes out of its way to demonize the contestants participating in The Running Man, turning everyday citizens into blood-thirsty vigilantes who think that they are working towards a greater good in ridding their country of criminals... and I started thinking, "OK, so, if a contestant makes it the full 30 days, and suppose the Network does stand by its promise to call off their dogs and pay out -- who is to call off the citizens? Those people who've been lied to and manipulated and think that the contestant really is as bad as they've been told? THEY won't stop thinking that the contestant is a criminal just because they were smart and wily enough to evade the hunters for a month... if anything that would reinforce their suspicions that they play by their own rules. It's a losing game all the way through. Ben definitely plays by his own rules, and the way things work out was not at all what I expected. I thought it was a good ending. I will say that there were a couple things that I found kind of distracting though. First, King's depiction of the future was a little off, mainly in terms of money. I know he's no fortune teller, but I couldn't help but think that he was using 1970s pricing in the story, and then just labeling it "New Dollars" to make it more futuristic sounding. Things like buying a baby crib mobile for 10 cents. Or getting narcotics for $3. I'd have found it much more believable if he had made the prices of things so ridiculous that a billion dollar prize would have seemed reasonable. Secondly, as the main hunter, Evan McCone was really disappointing. This guy is supposed to be the most ruthless, the most fearless, the most resourceful and clever killer out there. His job consists of hunting down Running Man contestants and killing them on national TV. But I thought he was pretty... average. *sigh*Overall, I liked the story, but I can't say that it's a favorite. Definitely worth a read though.

  • Victor Almeida
    2019-04-21 14:30

    Vamos começar dizendo que eu amei a premissa desse livro. Amei o universo onde ele acontece. Todos os elementos distópicos e a mistura com uma periferia futurista são muito bacanas. Já o protagonista é ok, enquanto todos os outros personagens acabaram sendo apenas "cenário" pra mim.Acredito que a escrita tenha sido o meu ponto fraco nesse livro. Simplesmente não consegui ceder. Não consegui visualizar muita coisa, tive dificuldades em me situar em algumas cenas de ação, e algumas descrições em excesso me deixaram entediado. Achei uma escrita pesada e confusa. No geral, não gostei de como a premissa foi executada. Claro, eu entendo toda a mensagem por trás das entrelinhas da história e a correlação com a sociedade de hoje. Blá blá blá. Muito bonito... Mas o ritmo lento e a narrativa maçante me deixaram desinteressado ao longo da leitura.Eu gostei DEMAIS das primeiras partes do livro, enquanto acompanhamos o processo de seleção dos candidatos aos Jogos. Criação de mundo talvez seja o que mais me pega, e nesse momento eu estava com os olhos grudados nas páginas. Mas, no fim, me decepcionei com o desenrolar que veio depois disso. Morri de tédio, tá bom? Pronto, falei. Achei o grande miolo entre o início e fim repetitivo e sem muitos eventos que me fizessem ficar aflito de verdade pelo protagonista.O final foi um choque, e eu achei bem inteligente. Apesar de agridoce, acho que gostei de como tudo terminou. A última cena do livro será a que mais ficará marcada na minha cabeça — confesso que aquilo foi legal. Posso ser suspeito em relação a tudo o que disse aqui, visto que muitos amigos meus gostaram do livro. Vale a pena a leitura pra cada um tirar a sua própria conclusão. Eu não curti muito não, mas aquele ditado né... vamo faze o que?

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-04-14 13:36

    I was pretty surprised to see this book lurking around a second-hand store. You see, I've been familar with the film since growing up. If you'd asked me prior to seeing this document I would have bet on that movie NOT even beeing based on a book, let alone a book by the famous S. KingMy second surprise was of course that the book was good. I probably shouldn't have been so naive as to think the book would be anything like the spandex rubbish that the movie was, but whatever.Running man depicts a future where the underclass are controlled by television, whether being glued to the screen at home, or being part of the show. All the while pollution, corruption and elitism run rampant. Our main man, decides to take part in the Running Man, a reality show where contestants earn money per hour of avoiding death or capture by pretty much anyone in the communinty who cares to take a shot.the book is much more politcal than the movie, and doesn't quite have the same ending, the other major difference being: where the movie depicts a world obsessed with ridiculous 'superhero' characters, the book shows us a decrepit wasteland of America populated with scumbags and ruffians, who will do anything for a 'new dollar'Definately recommended, at around 200 pages reading Running Man will probably take the same amount of time taken to watch the movie...

  • Dagio_maya
    2019-04-07 11:42

    si legge col fiatone...Beh, ogni tanto bisogna concedersi qualche "americanata" come svago mentale.Non per altro da questo libro hanno tratto un film ("L'implacabile") con protagonista il muscoloso Schwarzenegger.Pubblicato con lo pseudonimo di Richard Bachman ne "L'uomo in fuga" ci s'immagina un futuro 2025(per noi ormai prossimo!!!) in cui il dominio di vizi e perversioni di ogni sorta è diventato normalità.(view spoiler)[ La società è prigioniera della Tri-tivù dove 24 ore su 24 vengono trasmessi agghiaccianti reality show in cui i disperati si prestano ad essere carne da macello. Il protagonista, Ben Richards, è uno di loro e partecipa, per necessità economica, al programma "Uomo in fuga" dove sarà la preda di spietati cacciatori. Se. Inizialmente, decide di sacrificarsi per salvare la sua famiglia ben presto il suo ruolo diventa quello dell’eroe che si ribella ad una società che ha oltrepassato i limiti della civiltà.(hide spoiler)]Letto in un giorno e mezzo. Pant..pant…

  • Aviones de papel
    2019-04-23 11:25

    4,5Para mí, una obra imprescindible del genial Stephen King, de esos libros que te mantienen enganchado desde el principio hasta el final.Lo mejor sin duda ha sido la manera en la la que King construye el escenario en el que se desarrolla esta distopía, se refleja perfectamente una división de clases brutal, en las barrios bajos, a los pobres los mata el hambre, la enfermedad y la contaminación, y la descripción de sus calles es completamente apocalíptica, mientras que los ricos nadan en la opulencia, y se pueden permitir verdaderos aparatos para defenderse de la contaminación. Me ha parecido muy fuerte, que esta novela fue publicada en 1982, y hasta ahora ha previsto con bastante acierto muchos de los peligros que la contaminación iba a causar en el siglo 21, por ejemplo, pone que ya en el año 2012 muchos japoneses tendrían que usar mascarilla para salir a la calle. A todo esto, hay que sumarle un gobierno que controla a todo el pueblo mediante la ignorancia, la manipulación informativa, y calma la mente ociosa de las masas con programas extremadamente violentos y con gore real. Todo esto me parece tan extrapolable..., creo que es posiblemente la distopía más realista que he leído en este aspecto.Por el lado de los personajes, por supuesto, creo que el que mejor hecho está es Richards, el protagonista, no solo tiene una historia bastante triste y profunda que te ayuda a empatizar con él, también tiene una personalidad con muchos matices, y un descenso progresivo hacia la oscuridad, hacia la locura y hacia el lado más miserable del ser humano, conforme se va desarrollando todo este juego macabro, que me ha parecido enorme. También me han gustado bastante Bradley y Elton, son dos estudiantes con afán revolucionario, que ayudan a Richards en su huida sin conocerlo realmente de nada y poniendo en riesgo sus propias vidas.El desarrollo de la novela, en general es bastante trepidante, y desde el principio te engancha, no es de las novelas más sangrientas ni con más acción de este autor, pero sabe mantener perfectamente la tensión de la huida casi todo el tiempo. Ahora vamos con el motivo por el cual le voy a dar 4,5 estrellas y no 5, aunque el final me ha parecido bastante grandioso y arriesgado, creo que todo el rodeo que da para llegar hasta ahí es demasiado largo, y bien analizado creo que no muy convincente, es la pega que le pongo a esta novela.Creo que del estilo de este hombre hay poco que no se haya dicho ya, solo decir que es Stephen King en su más pura esencia, utilizando un lenguaje bastante vulgar y soez en general, es capaz de crear una prosa de gran belleza y esteticidad.

  • Brandon
    2019-04-10 08:28

    It’s the year 2025 and society is very different then what we know today. Unlike those that claim today the United States is the land of the free and that the ultimate “American Dream” is attainable by anyone, the system is now designed to keep those who are below the poverty line to stay just where they are. However, there is a way out, sign up as a participant in “The Games”. Yes, you can compete on a variety of dangerous game shows in an effort to obtain large cash prizes and get you and your family out of the gutter.The novel follows Ben Richards, a man whose daughter has recently become quite sick. Without the means to hire a doctor to help her regain her health and tired of his wife having to turn to prostitution as an income, Ben signs up as a contestant. The only problem is that Ben has been cast in the most dangerous show of all, “The Running Man”. In the competition, you need to stay alive for a period of 30 days. Sound easy? Oh yeah, you need to hide from “The Hunters”, people whose job it is to find you and cut your time on the show short. You also need to avoid exposure to the masses as people can receive cash awards if spotting and reporting you. If that report leads to your death, they are eligible for an even higher cash reward.Constantly on the move, Ben travels all around the United States in search for a place to hide, if only for a little while. He limits his stay for only a day or two at a time, fearful that his spot will be exposed as he mails in the required tapes day to day. Attempting to stay on the run for as long as possible, the final prize of $1 billion dollars is quite alluring. While he does receive some help from a few disgruntled members of society, it does little to help as he has to fight his own paranoia in resisting the urge to distrust everyone.I know you need to suspend your disbelief for someone else’s vision of the future, especially when you’ve past a lot of the eras in which King has pinpointed specific events (i.e. a major outbreak in 2005) to occur. However, there really are no specifics into how society degenerated so rapidly in the 90s and the early part of the 2000s, which I dislike. Maybe it’s the crime fiction fan in me that needs to know so much in regards to details (thanks a lot, John Connolly) but I find myself craving that – especially in a dystopian society. I NEED TO KNOW WHY. *Overall, I enjoyed the novel – not quite to the extent that I enjoyed other King books but it was entertaining nonetheless. As I said earlier, my need to know how society had changed to what it was sort of ruined my enjoyment. Obviously, that’s no fault of King’s as he clearly intended it to be that way. Supposedly, the man wrote it in a week so detail was not something he was going to dwell on.I will say this - the ending (the very final chapter) was awesome. I'm not sure if I've giving anything away but it's the ultimate act of rebellion. I actually laughed out loud. I'm not sure if that's supposed to be a good thing or not, either way, it was outstanding.*** Reviewers Note *** Yes, I’m aware that I still loved “A Long Walk” despite its lack of details surrounding society’s turn towards “The Long Walk” itself. I felt that this book suffered more considering society appears to be in far, far worse shape.Also posted at Every Read Thing

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-04-05 10:33

    "In the year 2025, the best men don't run for President, they run for their lives..."The Running Man is a story set in a dystopian United States in the year 2025. In order to obtain money to cover his sick daughter's health costs, Ben Richards takes part in a game show called The Running Man, wherein the contestant is allowed to run anywhere as a pack of "Hunters" chase them and try to kill them within a certain time frame.The Running Man is the first Bachman novel I've read and I felt like I could definitely see a difference with regards to King's usual style of writing. It felt more blunt, more raw. Hard to put my finger on exactly...but I look forward to reading more Bachman books. In terms of the book itself, it was a fun, quick read. Well, as fun as a dystopian universe can be where you're being hunted to your death for entertainment purposes...I didn't expect the last 60 pages or so of the book. Nice twists and turns...I really couldn't tell how it was going to finish, but I greatly enjoyed the ending. The main character wasn't particularly likeable, however I did feel myself rooting for him.A solid book!

  • Laura Leigh
    2019-04-10 11:36

    The biggest problem with this book is that I decided to read Stephen King's introduction first -- where he gave away the ending. Bah! Still, it was a good journey to see how the protagonist got there, though the end was anti-climactic for me. For a writer just learning his chops when this was written, it's pretty damn good.

  • Stepheny
    2019-04-22 15:21

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the first time. I haven't decided if it's the story, the age I read it(both times) or the narrator for this go-round. Let me think about this and then I'll write a review. ;)

  • Doreen Petersen
    2019-04-17 07:34

    I really really enjoyed this book. Little different from King's usual but riveting nevertheless. Was a little disappointed with the ending but I would still highly recommend this one.