Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Ron McLarty

Date: June 2006

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes


New on audio from Stephen King...an unabridged novella'as artful as anything he has ever written.' (Booklist)

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.


  • Anonymous

    Vintage Stephen King. Creative with some great lines.....don't be expected to be "scared" by this one though. In this piece, King takes a small, mundane situation (man being told he is overweight by his doc) and expands it into something else entirely.

  • jcorbett

    Not King's best work, but not as bad as the other readers would have you believe. Besides, King's work deserves at least the hour and a half it takes to listen to, if you've enjoyed any of his work previously.

  • Mickey Way

    I'd recommend listening to this story. Not a real riveting story, quite forgetable...I had to go through it twice. The part where the doctor is addressing the cholesterol issue was actually more informative than my own doctor had described.

  • Heather Stevens

    hated it. was so boring. i could not finish it. very disappointed in king.

  • Lynn Smoak

    This was a good book, not necessarily Stephen King horror, but still an interesting story. It was interesting and kept you guessing. Like all his books, not really possible, but he makes you believe it is.

  • Victoria Jones

    A great little story! Only King can get away with it.

  • Alayne Koller

    I am a life-long Stephen King fan but had never read this one. While I would have enjoyed it more had King narrated it himself, this was a great example of him being brief, which he is so rarely! I found it easy to identify with the main character and was an interesting insight into a mind which is capable of going over the edge. You will enjoy this little story.

  • Peter Neibert

    I was not thrilled. I had difficulty maintaining attention to the story line while riding my stationary bike.

  • Anonymous

    Very boring. I would not recommend this title at all.

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