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Christine | [Stephen King]

Christine

It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.
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Publisher's Summary

It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

©1983 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Truly gripping...some of the best writing King has ever done." (Publishers Weekly)

"Vintage King...breathtaking...awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down." (New York Times Book Review)

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    marvin tucker, GA, United States 02-12-11
    marvin tucker, GA, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent novel made better by great narrator"

    thisis one of my favorite SK novels, glad to see that if finally made it to audobook.
    And I hope everyone takes notice of Holter Grahams fine narration. To me he is the best since Frank Muller, and may even surpass him. He gives great inflection and change of tone to each voice and he not only reads, he performs. His voice changes subtlely throughout the book as arnie becomes more and more possessed. Each scene he acts out, giving his own interpretation as if acting it out among differnt characters, but its just himself.
    This is the finest performance by a narrator I think I have ever listened to.
    highly recommended

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 06-21-10
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Listen"

    I have to say, this is one of my favorite Stephen King stories that I have read in a long time. I have always been a fan of the Dark Tower books and all the other books that have Dark Tower leanings. This book did not and it was almost a refreshing change. I was just a really good, really scary story with lots of really cool creatures that kept you interested all the way through. Holter Graham did a wonderful job of reading the book. It was very well produced and a joy to listen to. I watched the movie on Netflix right after I read it. That was OK but the book was sooo much better.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kate los angeles, CA, United States 08-29-10
    Kate los angeles, CA, United States 08-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun Read"

    Great story! I really loved the narration. Holter Graham does a great job. Book is WAYYYYY better than the movie (of course).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-15-14
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "ONE OF KING'S BEST!!!"

    I loved this movie when i was little I went to bed scared to death even now it's still good.The only thing i can say is the book is better.. WOW THE BOOK IS BETTER!!! How? The book goes into the first owner Roland D Lebay and how his child and wife both died in the 1958 Plymouth Fury. Then one day Dennis and Arnie Cunningham see Christine in a yard for sale and it's all down hill from their. Arnie becomes a changed man with his new old car and possessed by the gost of Lebay. Arnie will turn away his new girlfriend Leigh and his best friend Dennis but only them two can save Arnie and everyone in Christine's path.Christine and Lebay will try to kill everybody that has done Arnie wrong, then a police detective named Rudy Junkins is hot on Arnie's case the only thing wrong is Arnie has a airtight alibi and only Dennis and Leigh knows its Lebay's vengeful spirt committing these murders and after every kill Christine repairs herself and waits for Arnie to return.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ricketsj 05-11-14
    ricketsj 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly plausible."

    I read Christine when I was in junior high, and I really enjoyed listening to it again after more than twenty years. For me, Christine was always one of Stephen King's most far-fetched plots- a haunted car that drives itself and kills people? It sounds ridiculous. Yet the story actually does work, and for the same reason that King novels are always so engaging: the on-the-nose characters who pull you into caring what happens to them. What I remember liking about Christine when I first read it was that the teen-aged characters really rang true, and the initial problems Arnie has to deal with (horrible acne, thug bullies, a domineering mother) really capture how a perfectly decent person's life can be made miserable during adolescence through factors out of his control. It's an engaging story.

    One thing I did notice was that it has some weird perspective shifting- it starts off in the first person from Dennis's POV, but a large part of the story is told in third person from various points of view. This is a little odd, because the framing device is that Dennis is writing this down four years after the fact so it really shouldn't include parts of the story that he couldn't have known about. There are even a couple parts told in the third person from Dennis's point of view. It's surprising that this didn't get corrected by an editor, but it ultimately wasn't too disruptive. I liked the first person narration, which King doesn't do too often, but there would have been a huge hole in the story for the part in which Dennis was in the hospital if it had been handled strictly in the first person.

    I thought that the narrator's performance was essentially very good; one stylistic thing that bothered me a little was that he did the character of Arnie Cunningham in the first part of the book with a constantly cracking voice, which was sort of annoying to listen to. It's not that it was unrealistic for a teen, but it was like nails on a blackboard for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 11-18-13
    Betty 11-18-13 Member Since 2011

    diverduck

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    "The car everyone hated"
    Any additional comments?

    Christine is a long yet captive audio book. The story flows nicely and builds up the tension to "her" kills with skill. I'm stuck to it like fly paper listening to find out what happens next (even though it's the tenth plus time reading.) Holter Graham does an excellent job with the characters and perfect pacing. One of Stephen King's greatest "hits."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    spyman7 Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-25-13
    spyman7 Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Christine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    probably in the top ten and I've listened to well over one hundred.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christine?

    taking care of buddy and his gang.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there are a lot of good scenes in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i rarely listen to a book in one sitting. the shear length and my schedule do not permit.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Skaneateles, NY, United States 11-22-11
    Catherine Skaneateles, NY, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Christine: All the scare without all the blood"

    I've always loved the early Stephen King books. Christine is scary and eerie without all the in-your-face blood and gore of so many of today's "horror" stories. If Edgar Allen Poe had lived in the age of the automobile he might have written Christine.
    King's is a "horror" story on two levels. It is not just the tale of a haunted car, but a look at how the experiences of our youth can change our lives....and those of others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 11-24-14
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 11-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable trip back in time"

    This is classic Stephen King and quite an enjoyable listen overall. I heard King interviewed once where he said something like he writes very much in the time of the story. Meaning there are lots and lots of "contemporary" cultural references from 1978 that are wonderful in and of themselves. Growing up as a teen in the '70's wasn't all that easy (being a former '70's teen myself) and King does a masterful job of describing the detail in just the right way. Some of the dialog seems slightly unnatural for teens, but since he wrote the book in 1983 he probably got it pretty right.

    And of course, since this is set in the late 70's, our heroes have to try to solve the mystery/stop the evil without the use of the internet, cell phones, etc. The spend a a fair bit of time getting change for the phone booth and even have to do research in a public library - go figure! As a small example I really loved the descriptions of the typical middle-class food choices of our teen age heroes - Wonder Bread, Twinkies, and everything.

    Yes, the story is fairly scary and I think King did as good a job as anyone possibly good with the story of a possessed car, but there is only so much that one can do with that one plot device (especially as it is revealed early on) and I thought the story bogged down halfway through since the eventual confrontation seemed inevitable one third of the way in. This isn't a short book and the plot could have been resolved in 12 hours vs 19.5 hours, but King's writing is so smooth it is quite OK.

    But at the end of the day, I think it is reasonably easy to hide from a car, so it doesn't rise to the top-tier of King's books, but still worth a listen. Of course throughout the book I kept thinking of all the self-driving cars being tested right now from Google and all the others. My, how time flies!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 11-18-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 11-18-14 Member Since 2014

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "Obsession Becomes Possession"
    Where does Christine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the best audio books I have listened to in a very long time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I probably would change the length, even though it was a little shorter then a usual King novel it could have been trimmed down a little.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Holter Graham changed Artys voice as he went to show his decent into the abyss.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely not, being a 20 hour book it is quite an experience though I didnt have trouble finding times to start listening again after I stopped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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