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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 2012
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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.

    22 of 22 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 2015
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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.

    8 of 8 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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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 08-31-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Confusuion"

    I write of Stephen King's mastery of American fictional genres. Like all brilliant artists, King has shaped his works based on the marble of perhaps a dozen arbitrary categorizations such as horror, science fiction, westerns, detective, suspense, etc.

    He has transcended any categorization as is evidenced in The Firestarter. It contains elements of all the proceedings examples in the proceeding paragraph.

    The joy of listening to one of his novels is as simple as admiring the song of a bird or the deepest darkness shining forth stars. I have read over twenty of his novels and have found them consistently delightful. King is truly a national treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Monahans, TX, United States 08-23-15
    David Monahans, TX, United States 08-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Firestarter in three words, what would they be?

    Good Stephen King


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Firestarter?

    Fire


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Return to the Farm


    If you could rename Firestarter, what would you call it?

    No Change


    Any additional comments?

    Not quit what I remember from reading it years ago but a lot has changed and I understand I can't call BS because I (and SK) know better Now.
    Would love to see it rewritten with modern time knowledge.

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    Jack 07-17-15
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    "one of my favorites"

    Absolutely worth your time, especially for those who enjoy the Bachman books. I've read this one at least five times, and I've only had it for about a year. The book does lack the sort of poetic style I find prevalent (and enjoyable) in the Bachman books, it more than makes up for it by presenting a believable, gritty, and a more or less unforgiving world.

    This constantly underlines how high the stakes are in this story, it tells you with utter certainty that the protagonists may not succeed, that the entire point of the story, as is the case with many of the Bachman books, may be that sometimes the bad guys win.

    If you're a King, or just interested in his work, this one, as well as Salem's Lot would be an excellent place to start.

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    Jenn 06-28-15
    Jenn 06-28-15
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    "Loved it"

    I have loved this book since I was a teenager. The reader did a great job! I've always been fascinated by books about mental powers.

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    Kalla 06-05-15
    Kalla 06-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Whoa."

    One of Stephen king's best works. I was totally blown away by the amazing story told about a girl and the close relationship she has with her father. Narrater's overall tone was totally on point. In every way possible, this amazing story will fail to disappoint. What are you waiting for? Purchase it already.

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    James 01-31-15
    James 01-31-15
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    "Love"

    I did love this book, the love a father for his little girl and her love for him is told very well. They are all they have. And the vulnerability of a child who has had everything taken from her, is told very well. You see it, there in the dark. Although she is smart and has good instincts she is still just a lonely little girl. But even after that she is strong enough to trust again.
    I always smile when a name comes up that has been in another of Stephen Kings other books, I like it best when it's a character I like, but either way I like to catch that and tell myself who that was and what book that character is from. Patric Hocksteader from It. I didn't like him in that book either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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