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Cujo | [Stephen King]

Cujo

A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.
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Publisher's Summary

A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

©1982 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"He builds up the suspense, holds back the dynamite until you're screaming for it, and then lets you have it." (Minneapolis Tribune)
"It grabs you and holds you and won't let go...excruciating suspense...a genuine page-turner." (Chattanooga Times)
"Just when your blood pressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again." (Kansas City Star)

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    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-22-13
    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad dog, Cujo!"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Lorna Raver?

    Stephen King, yes, Lorna Raver, maybe.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have shaved a hundred or more pages off the story (typical for him). The editing was poor, and the character arcs didn't match the intensity that King was trying to achieve. The entire thing seemed to fall apart about three quarters of the way through and it wasn't that good to begin with.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorna Raver’s performances?

    Depends on the book. She did poorly on some characters, but her narrative voice was solid throughout. I think she was the wrong person for the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book had parts that kind of kept interest, but it was very scattered. I understand why he said he didn't remember writing much of the story, I would want to forget it too. He had to be drunk to come up with something like Cujo.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    wendla United States 10-08-12
    wendla United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Physician and busy mom of three in Northern California.

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    "Tension building classic Stephen King"
    Where does Cujo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Slow build. A bit talky at times but so classic King. So many details required to result in the tragic and terrible conclusion


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Probably Cujo


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It is sickening, sad, tragic twisted. All King's standard stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like King, you gotta read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-26-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "i very scary book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes but only for those who can take extreme tension and who like scary books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cujo?

    memorable is not a word i would use for cujo. scary is a better word. the scariest moment for me was when cujo got donna's leg and stomach. also when the dog killed the policeman, gary, and joe (whom i found unlikable--but no one deserves what happened to him)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    favorite? another inappropriate word. the book is plain scary. maybe when chaity bought joe the chain pull (or what ever you call it) and then made the deal so she could visit her sister.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cujo and why?

    i know donna should be. but that mean guy joe comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    it was pretty hard to read it was so tense. i had to read another book at the same time to break up the book. i wanted to hear the whole book...every word but i know i would not have been able to if i had not broken the tension once in a while.

    seen the movie and read the book. i do know when i read the book i often skipped pages when it got too scary.

    it was a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ozzie rock springs, WY, United States 03-19-12
    Ozzie rock springs, WY, United States 03-19-12

    S.K. fanatic

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    "Bleak, Bloody ... AWESOME !"

    This is yet another wonderfully gruesome tale from King. Blood guts ... and dog drool, got to love that. The story was told well and with good emotion but the the narrator (Lorna Raver) made some strange choices in the voices which she gave to the characters . Everyone sounded very old . All in all though , good stuff!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Athol, NY, United States 10-16-11
    Kathy Athol, NY, United States 10-16-11

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    "Stating the obvious, but Stephen King is Awesome!!"

    This book was great, I don't want to give any spoilers to this book, so I am limited on what to write. I just wanted to say that I loved this book, and Stephen King rocks!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnie North Port, FL, United States 04-22-12
    Arnie North Port, FL, United States 04-22-12
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    "Don't hesitate purchasing this audio book ..."
    Where does Cujo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Along with Christine, Cujo is my favorite Stephen King audio book. Christine though is a fun read, while Cujo deals with real life monsters and therefore can be taken more seriously.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of it. Sin (adultery, drunkeness, carelessness, lack of communication) leads ultimately to the creation of a monster (a closet monster) that cannot be dealt with, with monster words. Dracula really cannot be beaten by wearing a cross, superficial religion that does not actually deal with sin - cannot save.

    As a pastor I appreciate that Stephen King seems to deal with total depravity and its very real monstrous impact on our world - theological accuracy!


    Have you listened to any of Lorna Raver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I almost did not purchase this audiobook because of so many negative reviews of Raver's performance. Yet, in my opinion she was outstanding. I was pleasantly suprised with how she handled even the male voices and because the book does include prominent female voices I believe she was a good choice to narrate.

    I guess it is a matter of taste but in my opinion Raver's narration of this book compares favorably with any other narration of any book by any narrator I have heard.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cujo and why?

    Gary Pervier is my favorite. His soft heart toward Cujo endears you to him in spite of his many faults. Raver does a great job with his voice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fort Mitchell, AL, United States 03-18-12
    Amazon Customer Fort Mitchell, AL, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Why did I waste a Credit?"
    What disappointed you about Cujo?

    The whole thing. I remember reading this as a teen, but i don't remember it being so awful. That goes to show you teens have poor judgement. There was so much written in this novel that was completely unnecessary. If all that was removed, it would have been a very clever short story. King could have written less about the things that didn't add to the story line and more about things that would, and then It could have made a good novel. But in the end, the part about the dog was good and the only god part of the book.


    Has Cujo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. not at all. I love these types of books, I just need to be more selective with Stephen King's novels.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was wonderful given what she was reading. I'm suprised she didn't sound as bored as I was hearing it. I think that speaks very well to her performance.


    What character would you cut from Cujo?

    All of those sales and advertising exects. And the bloody vomit cereal. I mean really?


    Any additional comments?

    You must really LOVE Steven King to get this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-01-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't see a problem with the narrator."

    Cujo is one of the early King books that got me hooked on his style. King is not just the master of horror, but a true master of story telling. Cujo takes one of the most lovable dogs known to man and turns it into a true monster. I will not look at a Saint Bernard in the same way again. Glad this book finally made it to audio book on Audible.

    Now about the narrator. I have listened to many hundreds of audio books and I have heard some bad narrators before, but come on.....she is not that bad at all! (I think it was State of Fear where I could hear the narrators rumbling stomach throughout the entire reading :)She is no Frank Muller, but who is? Her reading of the final action scene is very well done and pulls you into the action. Not sure why the other reviewers dog piled on her, but please don't let those reviews stop you from enjoying a great book from a good reader.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Armand Hudson, Florida, United States 04-18-13
    Armand Hudson, Florida, United States 04-18-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Story Only Works If You're a Liberal"
    What would have made Cujo better?

    Had Donna and/or her husband had the common sense to have some defense training, she would have removed the Lady Smith from her purse and shot Cujo through the window thereby avoiding much heartbreak and misery. Of course King would then not have had this unrealistic novel to write. Of course, King would never arm any of his characters because it is better for them to die from stupidity than live because they were able to defend themselves.


    Has Cujo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Only books contribed by agenda driven authors.


    Did Lorna Raver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did the best she could with the material at hand.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cujo?

    Everything after Donna shoots the rabid killer dog Cujo, and the family goes on their way.


    Any additional comments?

    Cujo is an example of how a politically agendized writer can twist what would be an easily remedied situation into a hellish nightmare for the politically correct who would allow their family to suffer rather than take reasonable steps to protect themselves. This also holds true for those who travel into the wilderness to pet grizzly bears (with no protection) in the belief that their liberal love for all deadly creatures (animal and human) will be rewarded by being spared from the killer instincts that nature has instilled within those creatures, after which some sad book or movie is written detailing the removal of life and/or limb.Other than that I don't have much of an opinion. (smile)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael T. Schrader 03-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen! The narrarator is great too!"

    Don't buy into the haters of Lorna Raver, I've heard so much worse. At least there is no god forsaken music inserted (like so many other King listens). A classic! Loved it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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