Mile 81

Stephen King, read by Thomas Sadoski and Edward Herrmann. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, two CDs, 2.5 hrs., $14.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-4913-1
In King’s short story, just off the highway in Maine a mud-covered car sits quietly at an abandoned rest stop where a young boy named Pete Simmons is exploring a boarded-up burger joint. But his innocent excursion becomes a nightmare when the car reveals itself to be an unearthly predator, luring unsuspecting passersby to a hideous fate. Thomas Sadoski provides smooth, matter-of-fact narration that acts as a counterpoint to the chilling and unnerving story line. In the bonus story, “The Dune,” former judge Harvey Beecher is addicted to visiting a certain sand dune located on a small island just off the coast of his old family estate on Pelican Point, Fla. Knowing his time is short, the 90-year-old reveals to his lawyer the preternatural messages he finds written in the sand during his visits. Edward Herrmann brings Beecher to life in what is essentially a monologue with a soft, craggy, Southern accent that acknowledges the character’s age, but shows an underlying strength fitting for a former judge. And that voice is a perfect match for the story’s spine-tingling conclusion. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 03/26/2012
Release date: 01/01/2012
Hardcover - 389 pages - 978-1-4091-1440-6
Paperback - 389 pages - 978-1-4091-1828-2
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Paperback - 485 pages - 978-1-4091-1829-9
Hardcover - 389 pages - 978-0-316-06948-9
Ebook - 978-0-316-06946-5
Hardcover - 608 pages - 978-0-316-06945-8
Compact Disc - 10 pages - 978-1-60024-725-5
Paperback - 485 pages - 978-1-4091-1830-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-60788-648-8
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60788-995-3
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