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Firestarter | [Stephen King]

Firestarter

Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called "Lot Six" while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.
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Publisher's Summary

Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called "Lot Six" while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

©1981 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

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    Bill White Plains, NY, USA 05-17-10
    Bill White Plains, NY, USA 05-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Engrossing and Thoughtful"

    I have read every King book...many of them 2 or 3 or even more times. Just to savor every little nuance. But what I'm finding with the audio books is there almost another level of understanding, of being immersed into the story. It was like reading/hearing it for the first time....again. Firestarter was a great listen.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    matthew payette, ID, United States 05-13-10
    matthew payette, ID, United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "This one rocks!!!"

    This audio book is excelent! No slow spots no fillers good all the way through, and narrated very well.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-22-11
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "This is why one joins Audible"

    As a Stephen King fan I love to listen to his books. Even though I am a member of the Los Angeles Library and can download books for free I cannot find enough of the books I love, like Mr. King. I was not disappointed in this book. This book is a Classic King with a great main character and great Bad guy. The performance was also very good. I believe this is one of his top ten written stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Richardson, TX, United States 12-26-12
    Stephanie Richardson, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Firestarter the most enjoyable?

    Dennis Boutsikaris does a great job narrating this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Firestarter?

    When the Shop catches up with Charlie and Andy at the Manders farm.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dennis Boutsikaris does a good job expressing the emotions of the characters.


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

    While I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting the length makes it difficult unless you are taking a long car ride (or flight).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adam SAINT GEORGE, UTAH, United States 11-06-13
    adam SAINT GEORGE, UTAH, United States 11-06-13
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    "Good story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes I enjoyed the layout of the story and the climax


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that It reminded me just how good King was in his prime.


    Did Dennis Boutsikaris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes just fine


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think it is a movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13
    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Comic Collector

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    "Great story, narrator just good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Firestarter to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Firestarter?

    When Charlie first uses her powers from anger


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris?

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    Any additional comments?

    Great book and still worth a listen. I just found that I liked better when I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karltonwrites 05-31-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hot Stuff"

    King's 1981 novel is better than I remembered. Like most King books, it lends itself to audio very well and Boutsikaris is a good choice as narrator. He gives the novel a tenderness that amplifies the father/daughter relationship over the din of all the carnage Charlie unleashes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 05-28-12
    Jeff 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best audiobooks I've listened to"

    I've listened to a good number of King novels and this is one of the best audiobooks of his. Dennis Boutsikaris does a great job bringing you in and immersing you in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-19-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. Suspenseful, engaging, good creativity"

    But the story stopped too soon, not enough at the end.

    There were some really good parts. I was enjoying this until the end, when I was disappointed that something bad happened to a good guy. I was happy for another good guy, but it could have been better. (Question to author: What is wrong with happy endings?) Technically this was happy, but not happy enough.

    I feel like the author grew tired and stopped too soon. There could have been so much more going into the future. Yes, you could call this an ending, but just barely. It needed more.

    STORY BRIEF:
    Most of the story is either being on the run or being held prisoner by The Shop. The Shop is a secret U.S. government organization doing scientific research - injecting citizens with experimental drugs. The Shop has no problem using hit men. Charlie is seven years old and can throw fire as a weapon using only her mind.

    The narrator Dennis Boutsikaris was very good.

    Genre: sci-fi suspense thriller.
    Ending: Bad for most bad guys.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "slow burn"

    Firestarter had an affect on me, and that was – meh.

    It’s three star, that means ok. and that's what this is- just ok. Steve is a gifted author, and i have a lot of his work, but this felt flat to me. It is kinda dull, kinda drab. I found myself asking for it to hurry up and end already. This is the kind of scenario that would sum up the book for me: someone hearing some thing making a sound in a bedroom dresser and then checking drawer one – its not there; drawer two – its not there; drawer three, drawer four, drawer five, drawer six, drawer seven, drawer eight… ahhhh! Just jump out already...

    there is no depth of dialog or compelling prose that typically separates the books from the movies. This is just a bitchin sci-fi story. I hate to say it but I think this would be a better movie than a book.

    My other King ratings: Firestarter- 3; insomnia- 3; gunslinger (dark tower 1)- 5; dark tower two- 4, dark tower three- 4; the regulators- 5; desperation- 4; UR- 3 (barely); just after sunset- 3 (overall, but there were a couple of exceptions for the better); cell- 4/5; graveyard shift- 4; grey matter- 4; LT’s theory- 3 (barely); breathing method-3; I shudder at your touch (one story in collection of shorts)- 5; Mcsweeny’s Mammoth… (one story in collection of shorts)- 3.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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