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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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    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13
    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

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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?

    I


    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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    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 2014
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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 2015
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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 5 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

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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-12-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2010

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    "The movie is better"

    I like Stephen King and I loved this movie as a child and I really do like this book and what this book is about but overall, the audio version just isn't that good. Why waste 15 hours listening to this when you could just watch the movie in less than 2?

    0 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy APO AE, NY, USA 06-21-10
    Cindy APO AE, NY, USA 06-21-10
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    "Firestarter"

    very disappointed with this book. It as full of foul language. I could not even listen to it. Glad that it was a free trial. I will stick to books I can hold in my hand and flip through at a bookstore or library. If I could give it no stars, I would, but I had to give it at least one for the page to process.

    1 of 75 people found this review helpful

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