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.
"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)
OldDogEyes in CO
One of SK's least enjoyable stories in a long time. Very disappointed. Tough story to follow, not a good book for the audio book format. Skip this one.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
Loved it! First chapter a little difficult to decipher, but over all another great read from King. More suspense and mystery than his usual delivery of horror and supernatural. Multiple narratives from each character, as they recalled the event from their memory and interpretation.
The narrators often try to put too much emphasis on phrases and then add pauses, again, for emphasis. It sometimes drags because they perform so slowly. I bumped up the app on my Android to read 25% faster (a so nice option) and it was much better.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Let's be honest. Stephen King has wrote some real pieces of crap in the last dozen years or so. If you don't believe me just listen to "Lisey's Story" or "Hearts in Atlantis" or "Duma Key"... From a Buick 8 is actually good. It's a strange tale that's more about the people than the strangeness. I liked it... but I wasn't expecting much going into it.
Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.
Not what I would consider in King's "top tier" but a very good book all the same. The narrators were excellent, and the story was steady if not sensational. King's horror is toned down in this one, but that is not a bad thing.
I've been an audible member for almost 10 years, and so I have a rather large collection. This is the only audiobook I've listened to more than twice. It is just fantastic. The performances are outstanding, and the story just gets inside your head and will not let go. If you are anything like me, your obsession with the story grow like the characters' obsession with the mysterious Buick Roadmaster.
This book is a slower-paced meditation on some interesting ideas about how people deal with the past, with horror, with the basic, essential mystery of how and why bad things happen to people and how we try to rationalize or understand these things. Also frankly, its got a few things to say about how a younger generation deals with these things as they're handed down from the older one. Its not a pulse-pounding narrative, but it does get you thinking and has some unique threads in it.
I have read many of Kings books and by far this is the worst one I have come across! listening to this book is 13 hours of your life you can never get back! If you want a really good read then get IT, The Shining, Tommyknockers, Bag of Bones, Duma Key, anything but this. After reaading at least 30 of his books books I have trouble beleiving that he even wrote this. There is no feeling for the characters and personally hard to even relate to. Unfortunately, I read this book but at the very least I can hopefully save someone from making the same mistake.
Though not among King's best work its worth a listen thanks to great narration. The concept behind the story is intriguing, and will keep you wondering where its going
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