A short and sweet ghost story that Stephen still excels at. As the calendar turned into the 1990s, it's no secret that his novels became more and more bloated. That doesn't mean that I don't enjoy them. I simply happen to miss the days where he did more with less and I think that's why I like Riding the Bullet. While the story might not be original,mI'm positive we've all heard some variation at summer camp when we were kids, it's King's delivery that makes it so good. Throw in a moral dilemma that we all might struggle with if put to the challenge and you start to see why this story works.
Alan Parker is a college student that learns that his mom has had a stroke and is in a hospital. His car is broken down and being no stranger to hitchhiking, Alan uses his thumb to get to the hospital. Along the way, he gets a ride from a ghostly visitor that puts him to the test. Choose to save your mother or yourself. The story is all about choices and you constantly ask yourself "What would I do if I was in this situation?" and the dreadful feeling of choosing wrong.
We all know who Stephen King is, He is the King of Horror or used to be.
I listened to this story Narrated by Josh Hamilton, who seems to be King's chosen Narrator. This is a short 2 cd set about a college student who hitch hikes about 100 miles to go see his mother in the hospital. Set in Maine, so some of the characters get the Yankee accent.
Despite Kings earlier career of being a horror writer, I really think this audio was worth the time. I did not find it to be horrific, or horrible. I actually found it to be quiet profound. I loved the last line, but I cant tell you what it is or it would ruin it for you. So yes, read this or listen to this and enjoy the ride.