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In the Tall Grass

Written by: Stephen King, Joe Hill
Narrated by: Stephen Lang
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mile 81 meets "N." in this collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill.

As USA Today said of Stephen King's Mile 81: "Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?" In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

©2012 Stephen King and Joseph Hillstrom King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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Well what can I say...

Creepy. Disturbing. Sad. Someone should stop by with a can of gasoline and burn that field down.

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meh.....

was not impressed. Lacking in everyway for me. Felt like the story needed more in every area. wasn't enough to draw me in. maybe I'm just too critical. normally blown away by King

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Classic King!

I have been a King reader right about the time he put his second book out there. His stories never disappoint and always had the hair stand up on my neck! MY favorite of his many titles was Talisman, Wolf had me laughing enough to hurt...when I read something that gets me nervous I don't know why but I laugh! I laugh a lot with his REAĹLY good ones.....Gerald's Game was the first book of his that I HAD to put DOWN!! It scared me bad because it could happen and may very well have happened!! (the movie isn't anywhere as good as my inner movie projector) The books of King are all on my bookshelf...but the audio books? It's a whole new way to enjoy a King novel, I first tried Mr. MERCEDES with a narrator who was just perfect for that book and the 2 that followed and that just elevated this series to the stratosphere!! I LOVE to read (Thanks Mom!) and now to listen.....I am in Literature HEAVEN!! Sidetracked just a bit but this is a King scream treat as well...what's really fantastic is that this is a father/son collaboration as Joe Hill is his son...what a treat to have the son be as good at writing as Dad....that's a FANTASTIC thing for us and our 2 KINGS,

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Drag. Lots of drag.

Feeling generous here. I've never read a King book that was combo'd with another writer before. I clearly have a preference -- it just dragged on, and the momentum was awkward and stumbling after they had entered the grass -- I've never disliked anything King has ever written, and I can't help but feel that the tempo at the beginning, the writing style at the beginning, was fine and dandy-felt wonderfully King except for a portion of the awkward conversation between the characters. Then it felt like King again briefly, but as it went on, I found myself bored and I actually got up and walked away from my PC without thinking about it. I had lost interest completely, and carried on with life. -tisks- Waste of money. Don't bother.

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  • Randall
  • 2019-06-14

Trash

The worst book ever. 2 really sick authors. This book isn’t worth listening to if it were free. Stephen King has turned into a psycho nut job. If I could give this trash less than 1 star I would.

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  • Amanda Whipp
  • 2018-06-29

This was terrible

I usually like Stephen King, but this short story was absolutely awful! It’s too short to really feel anything for the characters, there is no real story, and it doesn’t go anywhere. All of the charm of Stephen King’s stories is nowhere to be found here.

It isn’t worth the money. Don’t bother.

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  • Karen B
  • 2015-06-27

Waste of Money

I usually like to buy the audio to accompany my Kindle book. This one was not worth the money. It's a horrible book Disgusting. No real point to it.

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  • Kemi
  • 2013-03-10

Hated It!

What disappointed you about In the Tall Grass?

I understand it's a short story but I felt the ending was just unsatisfying. It felt rushed and incomplete.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I might check out S.K.'s other short story ... "A Face In the Crowd."

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was ok. I had no problem with his performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Primarily disappointment, some disgust at the vulgarity. I felt it did not enhance the story or even help the reader experience the horror of the character's circumstances.

Any additional comments?

Save you credit/money. This was not worth the $4+ I paid.

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  • Spyros Dimatos
  • 2013-02-08

just plain awful

What would have made In the Tall Grass better?

Its a great concept, just a very poor story. Worst king ever. and im a huge king fan.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Clancey

What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

narration was fine, just a very poor story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

Im shocked that king wrote this. I have read/listened to all of kings works. 11-22-63 is one of my top 5 books of all time. I love the dark tower and many others. this is just poor.

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  • Karen Collins
  • 2012-10-20

Waste of Time

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What a disappointment. Pointless. I was irritated the entire time I was listening...I kept waiting for something to happen, for something to matter. I love Stephen King, but this was awful.

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  • Stephen Rasmussen
  • 2016-05-03

Boring

A lot of other reviewers were shocked by the twist. It's not shocking. It's a parody of itself. Overall it had no value as entertainment, but if your vehicle is loud this makes good white noise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-02-02

yuck

the narration was good but didn't like the story. a story of hopelessness and people who try to help ending get up sorry for it

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  • Carla
  • 2013-05-06

Boo.....

So not worth the $7! Bad even for a short story. Narrator was ok, story was a little gory (which i like) but too predictable and boring.

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  • Blanca M. Shaffer
  • 2018-06-02

Giant Thumbs Down

What a dumb story. I am really disappointed. I expected better with Stephen King and his son Joe. Thumbs Down. Don't even bother

22 of 24 people found this review helpful