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Stationary Bike - Stephen King


Title: Stationary Bike

Author: Stephen King

Read By: Ron McLarty

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio

Genre: Horror

Number of Cd’s and/or Total running time: 2 CD’s (~1 hour and 30 minutes)

ISBN-13: 978-1442353343

Link to the Author’s and/or Publisher’s Website: WEBSITE LINK

Link to for purchase (if applicable): Stationary Bike – Stephen King

Release Date (if applicable): June 5, 2012

Brief Summary:

“Climb aboard Stationary Bike — a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist.

When commercial artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he’d been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously high, he does what so many thirty-something, junk food-eating couch potatoes have done before him: he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride it regularly.

Unlike many a mid-life exercise convert, however, Richard actually starts to ride his new stationary bike. A lot. Soon he’s spending so much time on his bike that he decides to put his artistic talents to use and paint a mural on the wall opposite his stationary bike. But it turns out that Richard’s mural is no ordinary picture — and soon his stationary bike is taking him places he doesn’t want to go…and can’t stay away from.

A riveting riff on artistic frustration, midlife mortality, and hard-won redemption, Stationary Bike is a thrill ride that could come only from the mind of Stephen King.” – From Simon and Schuster website.

Personal Review:


My first comment is the music that starts this CD sounds like it came from a porn. Very bad Porn Music….
From what I have heard, erm…read on the internet.

Ron McLarty does an excellent job bringing the words off of the pages. His storytelling with a gruff voice and inflection at all the right places let me formulate the story in my mind instead of trying to figure out why he said something a certain way.

The story itself is a quick tale about cholesterol. Yes, Stephen King can take any subject and turn it into horror.

King weaves artistry into this piece which is a familiar place for him to take characters, but the setting was surprising as in the character travels from Poughkeepsie, New York to Herkimer, New York and then into Canada, instead of the mainstay of Maine.

The concept of cholesterol, which can be discussed dryly and scientifically every day by the medical profession takes on a life of its own. If it wasn’t for the horror aspect King builds throughout the hour and a half delightful listening experience, I would have thought this was an actual way to explain cholesterol to patients.

For a shorter story, I quite enjoyed this audiobook. Finished in one day.

Rating: Excellent



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