The number-one national best seller for Stephen King's rabid fans, Cujo "hits the jugular" (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.
Cujo is a 200-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written.
"A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won't let go" (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man's best friend.
©1981 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio
Good book, good narrator. Ignore Hubert's hypersexist "review". I'm really scared for people that assign gender or masculinity to a book.
That being said, I love King books that are from the pov of kids or animals, he has some empathy with them that makes the writing come out believable and superb. Highly recommended.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
IT WAS AMAZING HOW BAD YOU CAN HURT WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING PHYSICALLY WRONG
Like most King books, the characters are well written and fleshed out. I felt that the horror was minimal, barely even classifying this as a horror novel. The main theme revolved around a main character whose wife cheats on him. We are made to feel his humiliation and his hurt. I felt the hurt so much, that unlike him, I could not forgive his wife. Everything she did made me mad. King empathizes and tries to give a good excuse for her infidelity, but I felt the hurt so much that it did not work for me. Some may ask if I would have felt the hurt so much if it had been the other way around and to be honest I don't know. As a man, if your wife cheats, it makes you question, everything in your life. Most men's lives are so wrapped around masculinity and if they don't have that they have no worth, as a human. That may be right or wrong, but it is what society has made us. WEARING THE HORNS
GARY DIDN'T GIVE A SH IT.
King writes like a fisherman. He hooks you by getting you to care about his characters and than he reels you in by putting them in scary situations. Like most books there is plenty of pop culture from 1981 thrown in. King also seemed to be worried about getting older, as there are several references to it.
I loved the narrator and thought she did a great job. Some others disagree. She was very dramatic, maybe for some, too much so. I know I got real tired of the four year old and his crying, yet it was very realistic of real life.
I liked it very much! nicely narrated and quite an interesting story about rabies highly recommended if you like Stephen King
Suspenseful but slow-ish
My favorite thing was that Cujo had his own point of view. He wasn't a monster at all, really.
I would have replaced her with someone less annoying. Her performance made me have less sympathy for the characters -- she made the main character seem wimpy and irritating and her Tad was a whiny, irritating child.
Cujo - he wanted to be a Good Dog and he WAS, until the rabies ruined his brain. I felt a lot of sympathy for him (more when I read the written version than I did with the audiobook)
It sure would be nice if Stephen King would narrate his own books. I may be picky because I saw that some people really enjoyed this narrator, but I just could not stand her.
This is one of those rare instances where I liked the movie better than the book. This story takes a long time to develop and has far too much backstory. I also didn't care for this narrator at all.
Cujo was one of those books by Stephen King that, even on first reading, I was ambivalent about. Of course it was well told, that is expected, but the subject matter seemed questionable. From my understanding of rabies it seemed that Cujo was a little too focused. I realize that there was left open the possibility that he was not just rabid, but also possessed by whatever was in Tad's closet, but more emphasis should have been placed on that, if we are to believe that it was more than rabies controlling the dog. And then of course there is the fact that I can't stand to read, or hear, or see, any abuse to animals and so Cujo's fate was upsetting, even though his death was inevitable. Interesting that I should have remembered Cujo and hardly anything else about the story. I had completely forgotten about Tad, although this time around that made an impact, too. As for the performance, I thought it was extremely well done. Sometimes it seemed the reader's voice was somewhat elderly, quavering and thin, and not necessarily during portions of the story where a thin, quavering voice would have fit. While sometimes a reader's voice or tone or whatever is annoying to the point that it detracts from the story, in this case it did not. She conveyed the emotions appropriately and I feel her reading enhanced the story.
This has got to be the most heart wrenching book I have ever ever read! Which says something about the story telling, for it to pull such emotions out of me. Horror yes, but in a different way than most of King's novels. I'm so sad for the poor dog, and so sad for the people.
I read this almost 40 years ago, and I loved it -- and I still like it, just not as much as I remember. I love how King creates realistic and fully fleshed-out characters, because that's really what his best books are about: people, not scary things that go bump in the night. While it's about a rabid dog, it's really about the people who are affected by that dog: the abusive father, the bored housewife, the cuckold husband, the small-town neighbours, the dog's young owner, and the innocent victim of circumstances.
The narration was fine, but not particularly good.
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