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From a Buick 8 Audiobook

From a Buick 8

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Publisher's Summary

The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous.

Curt's avid curiosity took the lead, and they investigated as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years, the troop absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8 sitting out there like a still-life painting that breathes - inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of whatever world it came from.

In the fall of 2001, a few months after Curt Wilcox is killed in a gruesome auto accident, his 18-year-old boy, Ned, starts coming by the barracks. Sandy Dearborn, Sergeant Commanding, knows it's the boy's way of holding onto his father, and Ned is allowed to become part of the Troop D family. One day he looks in the window of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers...

From a Buick 8 is an audiobook about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable.

©2002 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"A wonderful example of how much King's plotting skills and literary finesse have matured over his long career. And, most of all, it's a darn creepy book." (Amazon.com)

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    Daniel N. Lionsden Torrance, CA USA 11-11-04
    Daniel N. Lionsden Torrance, CA USA 11-11-04 Member Since 2004
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    "King's Klunker 8"

    One book I wished had finished 200 pages earlier. The story was told through the eyes of talking-head characters of an extra-dimensional car that ate people or whatever and spit them out in another time and place, or vomited gross things into the garage.

    The characters were forgettable. Their job was to tell a young boy everything weird that happened since the Buick 8 was stored in the Sheriff?s garage. This muted any sense of action or progress in the story, making it dull. There was never a sense of urgency, no drama, no plot complications, and no problem to solve. The boy passively listened to the recollections of the deputies and workers who saw things happen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 12-03-14
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    "From A Buick 8"


    "From a Buick 8" is written in my favorite King style... nostalgic, capturing from page one, and with a story line that has not been done before.

    As always, the reader will be in the Stephen King vacuum just minutes after the story begins, and quickly sucked up into his character's world.

    I often have read great books, and am sorry when they end. This novel made me wish I hadn't started it yet.

    I passed this one by somehow a long time ago. So glad I found my way back to it.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 06-12-14
    Ruth Bain 06-12-14

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    "Top notch narration"
    Where does From a Buick 8 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story was good, Stephen King really is a good writer, but it was the narration that made this a compelling book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Just right for the story. I thought it ended the way it should


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

    This is a long story, not one to rush through.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Stephen King + great narrators = compelling entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 10-31-11
    Jacob 10-31-11
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    "Absolutely top notch."

    This is one of the most satisfying audio books from S. King I have listened to to date. The voice acting was absolutely spot on.

    I loved the story from when I read it, so I'm biased there. If you're a fan of stories that are inexplicable, strange, and not always resolved completely, this is a great one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JasonK 07-13-11
    JasonK 07-13-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good story and Great Presentation"

    This was among my first audiobooks ever and is by far my favorite. While the story by itself is good, the presentation of this book is what makes it great. Having multiple narrators is what gives this story life. For me there was a real sense of several people, PA State Troopers in this case, relating their own accounts of events and not somebody reading a book. Perhaps the narrators were able to focus on their respective character(s) better than if there was a single person behind the voices, but they related the emotions and events in a manner unlike any other book I have heard so far.

    I think Stephen King has a way of creating fictional locations within real places that is different than many authors, to me it always seems like you could go find them if you could only find the right exit off the highway. Troop D's barracks and shed B in rural Pennsylvania are no exceptions; it has to be there, doesn't it?! The standard SK surreal events, mangled eye, and horrifying ways to die are all present and accounted for. Which isn't to say that this is a below average book. This author's one of a kind ideas about monsters and aliens is what makes this one so fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger webster, TX, United States 03-15-10
    Roger webster, TX, United States 03-15-10
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    "Very good Book."

    Well this was a very good Stephen King book. If you like Stephen King you will love this one.

    Roger

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Joppa, MD, USA 03-07-07
    Victoria Joppa, MD, USA 03-07-07
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    "Back to the Stephen King I Knew & Loved"

    After having a series of "strange" even for King like "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," and "Rose Madder," which I didn't like too well, I was growing discontent with King's stories and didn't know what to expect from this one. When I was listening to "On Writing," he talked about how he got the idea to write this book, and I was intruiged.

    This book didn't disappoint. It was back to the old-style of Stephen King - spooky, creepy...made me want to keep hearing more and more. I enjoyed it so much I passed it along to my 13 year old son, who couldn't stop listening to it either.

    I enjoyed getting lost in the characters and the storyline, and was glad Stephen King came back to what he was a master at doing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Commerce Twp., MI, USA 05-27-06
    Rick Commerce Twp., MI, USA 05-27-06
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    "Colorful writing, pointless plot"

    King still knows how to turn a phrase like few authors, but Buick 8 was by far one of his most boring and pointless books. I kept waiting for something meaningful to happen, and it never did. Avoid this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 11-16-04
    John 11-16-04
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    "Terrible"

    I'm an avid Steven King fan. I never miss one of his books. But this one was awful. It lacked the horror normally associated with his style of writing. It put me to sleep. I was inclined to simply stop listening but I bought it so I saw it to the end. I can't imagine that the abridged version is much more than 50 pages. This one is not recommended for anyone shopping for a Steven King novel. I should have paid attention to the other critics and saved my money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jn New York 06-18-04
    jn New York 06-18-04 Member Since 2014

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    "Unreadable!"

    LOVE STEPHEN KING! Hated this book. Could not finish.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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