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
"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)
Unpopular pimply faced high school senior Arnie falls in love at first sight with a used car. He buys it. It’s obsessive love. There are supernatural elements to this car. Arnie has one good friend Dennis who narrates the story.
A lot of the story is depicting high school and family life with interesting and engaging characters, dialogue, and events. The other part is the car and the supernatural. I love revenge stories, and the car got some really good revenge against some bad guys. I liked that. But later the car’s evil showed when it killed good people. The ending is not happy for everyone, but happy enough. I was satisfied, and I’m a fanatic at wanting happy endings. Although, my thoughts at the end were why did they only do two things to the car? If I were in the story, I would have done a couple other things. This car was so evil, it needed every possible thing to try to stop it.
The narrator Holter Graham was very good speaking as a high school teen. But parts were a problem. He spoke Arnie (a main character) and a couple other characters as follows. Think of a guy who’s constipated, sitting on the toilet, straining, and speaking without breathing. Unpleasant. Also, his voice for the girl Lee was a little odd.
Genre: horror fiction.
This book was amazing, one of the first books I hated to push pause when I needed to do something... It could not have better narration than what Holter Graham brought to the story.
I have to admit that although I have been a King fan for many years (30+) and I have never read Christine! It came out in the theatre and I saw it there but never really was impressed. But this summer I decided to finally sit down and have a listen, and boy was I surprised! The book was fresh and unmarred by time! I listened to it at least an hour a day and I was so sad when it finally ended! :( Holter Graham did a wonderful job and I hope to hear more of him. Next will be Carrie, narrated by Sissy Spacek, which I haven't read either but did here an interesting interview with Mr. King about his idea for the story.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
I was extremely surprised by this book. Having seen the movie back in my youth (and being underwhelmed by it), I wasn't expecting the excellent ghost story elements present in the novel. The film came off as a Shining clone, where instead of a haunted hotel driving someone mad, we find a haunted car driving someone mad. The novel dug so much deeper into the car's previous owner's story, which was much more satisfying (and creepy).
Holter Graham is an excellent narrator, and captures Arnie's descent perfectly. I highly recommend this book to King fans who haven't enjoyed it yet!
Holter graham was wonderful. Im not much of a horror fan per say but this one got me. Excellently performed, the nuances of the characters that king so expertly develops are brought to life and the story itself is fantastic. Highly recommend especially if you appreciate the detail king gives the reader to totally immerse themself in the experience.
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