This is not SK's worst book(Rose Madder was worse) but close. I am a huge Stephen King fan but this was just plain boring. Nothing really happens through most of the book and when it does its not that interesting. Listen to the Dark Tower series instead.
Retired Army, avid listener
I was looking forward to this book as the last two I listened to from King were very good. I usually listen to my books while working out in the gym- this book was not worth the price, it did help pass the time on the treadmill... Most of King's books drive you towards a strong conclusion- this one wandered towards the ending, and I was disappointed. In short- it was a boring book. Since I usually find his books great, and the movie renditions poor in comparison, maybe this time the movie will be good...
How nice to always be pleased by S. King, to always be taken along for the ride. Being in an audio format really allows the listener to put themselves into the book so much more. Good story line, very different, and a pleasure to experience.
You look at a King book and think that this story looks totally unbelievable so I wont enjoy it. But you pick it up and start to read and your hooked ... again. In "Buick 8" King is at his best in caracter development and painting a scene so it comes alive. You cant help but get involved with Ned or any of the troopers or the Buick for that matter. However; If your looking for an ending that leaves you feeling good you need to find another author, but the ending is, how shall I say it... appropriate.
From a Buick 8 was a bit of a disappointment for me. Not nearly as suspenseful as other S. King novels I've experienced. Low on action, long on chatter. Multiple readers detracted from the experience for me also.
This novel seems to me more of a sci-fi book instead of a horror novel.
It would be better to call this more of a fictional novel about life at the local State Trooper barracks with bits of horror/sci-fi thrown in.
If your looking for an action oriented horror look elsewhere.
This is about learning of how the characters lives change when they come across the "Buick 8" and where it leads them.
I am a faithful King fan and I listened faithfully to this book. It is interesting in parts but there is no real story. It sounds like this book didn't really ever take off. Can't advise purchasing this book.
We were worried that it might be...but this is it's own story. It is not a story about a bad car. Moreso this is a story mostly about a police barracks and a little about human nature.
I like King so much better on audiobook than in print. He tells a story well. You've got the likeable good guys, the bad guy that we're not sure about, the twist, the turn, the heart-tug, and the ending we can all learn to live with.
The reader was good (there were some guest readers in there briefly, which was perhaps unecessary). Characters all had their own inflections and accents, and you could always tell who was who.
Let me preface this by saying I am a huge Stephen King fan. However, this book is pure trash. It's slow, the characters are uninspiring, and worst of all nothing ever happens. You wait, and wait, and wait for something exciting to happen, but the only thing that does is you finally finish the book and can move on to something worth listening to. Even at free, that's too much to pay for this book.