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)
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.
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.
Great story! I really loved the narration. Holter Graham does a great job. Book is WAYYYYY better than the movie (of course).
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.
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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.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Stephen King knows how to spin a tale. He jumps right in, and keeps you captivated. What he does with your attention, though, is rarely worth the time.
This book is, of course, a classic, and one of King's better stories, in the sense that he ending isn't a huge let down (I'm looking at you, "The Stand").
That being said, this book suffers from the stupidity that is absolutely married to books about the supernatural. This book has possession, and evil cars, and unexplained magic. How anyone other than a child can be excited about that stuff is beyond me. Any joy I got from the novel was in spite of the childish spooky ghost stuff.
And there is plenty to like, with interesting characters and masterfully crafted suspense.
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."
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!
probably in the top ten and I've listened to well over one hundred.
taking care of buddy and his gang.
there are a lot of good scenes in the story.
i rarely listen to a book in one sitting. the shear length and my schedule do not permit.
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.
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