Posted: May 31, 2006
Ron McLarty. What can I say? The man in a genius when it comes to narrating books. His voice is made for narrating books.
I have listen to him narrate both Salem’s Lot, parts of Faithful and now also Stationary Bike and as I said, his voice is made for narrating books. It’s dark but still very smooth to listen to. A joy for the ear!
Stationary Bike is about Richard Sifkitz who is told by his doctor that his cholesterol is way to high and that he has to start exercise if he wants to stay alive. To make Sifkitz understand, the doctor paints him an image of having a work crew inside of him that takes care of all the junk he eats. At this point the crew is very tired and to hard driven.
The problem is that Sifkitz, being an illustrator with very vivid imagination, takes this very seriously. He starts exercise (where is the problem with that I hear you ask…) and he even draws a painting with the crew and starts giving the four men in the crew names and backgrounds. They become very real to him, maybe too real…
To get his exercise he sets up a stationary bike in the basement and as times passes he goes from overweight to being in the best shape he has ever been in… BUT what happen to the work crew when they aren’t needed any more? What happens if they are laid of and don’t get their pay checks any more? What happens if they take matters into their own hands?
Stationary Bike is on two CDs and about 1½ hour so it’s a fast listen but non the less a very pleasant listen. It’s a very good story with an unexpected ending that hasn’t until now been released as a King book. It has earlier only been published in the anthology Borderlands 5, here you have it with King’s name on the cover.
Lilja's final words about Stationary Bike
So, when this CD is released on June 6 make sure you get a copy ASAP…and until then, check out this clip.
Oh, and Simon & Schuster Audio, please let Ron narrate more books for you!