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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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    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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    Joseph Blauser Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-27-15
    Joseph Blauser Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2012

    Woof woof, bark. Woof grrrr, bark!

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    "Great narrator meets great story"

    The book had good pacing and a handful of good characters. While not the usual stable of odd folk that usually inhabit Kings works, the small cast lent a tight focus to a story well delivered by Dennis B. Recommended!

    0 of 0 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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    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 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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