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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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Irredeemably Vile. Epic Fail.

Read my reviews, I like horror stories. I am a great fan of both Steven King and his son Joe Hill. They are amazingly creative and, at their best, they build our terror as they build their tales.

At their best. This is not their best. This is not in the same zip code as their best. This is a cheap, ugly story with none of the nuance or suspense we can usually expect from both King and Hill.

I will admit that the first half of the book builds interest. Knowing these great writers, we are certain that they will redeem this introduction masterfully. And we are wrong. At some point, after wading through the grotesque muck of the last several chapters, we find ourselves asking "Is this it? Is this all they've got?" And then we take a shower.

This is the work of juvenile hacks. There is nothing here other than an apparent quest to find the most vile imagery. The plot lines are broadly derivative of other works (Children of the Corn, Blair Witch Project). The thrills do not build to a climax but are one-offs, relying for their power on the gross.

Don't waste your credit. Don't waste your cash. Don't waste your time. This is trash.

Still tempted? Well (Spoiler Alert) ... how anxious are you to spend a couple hours following a pregnant girl and her brother as they are lured into a Kansas field and become lost; as she confronts a supernaturally tainted madman who beats her into miscarriage; as her brother is similarly turned mad and feeds her the fresh corpse of her baby; and as she too is lost to madness and joins in luring others into the field? If this appeals, you deserve the experience.



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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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MAN IS MEAT AND WE HAVE TO EAT

This was an excellent scary story. It was gory, which just made it that more scary. In Kansas they don't have woods, so stories about getting lost in he woods does not scare anyone. In Kansas they do have tall grass, wheat, sunflower fields, corn, etc. It was good from start to finish, first half and second half.

I like Stephen King, I like Joe Hill and I like King and Hill together. I don't know what else to say.

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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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Gross.

I did not like this book. If you want something that will haunt you because it's gross, then read it.

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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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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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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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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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IT CAN'T BE THIS BAD...

I THINK THIS IS A DOUBLE TAKE,I NEED TO START OVER. THE TALL GRASS MADE NO SINCE..THE ONLY GOOD THING IT'S A SHORT BOOK.I JUST KNOW KING IS'NT THAT BAD.I'LL LET YOU JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.THE NEXT TIME I LISTEN AND I THINK IT'S BETTER I'LL CHANGE THE REVIEW..

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