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From a Buick 8 Audiobook

From a Buick 8

Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.
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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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    Eric B. MO, USA 07-13-09
    Eric B. MO, USA 07-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth a listen"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charger Crosby, TX, United States 06-07-08
    Charger Crosby, TX, United States 06-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "From a Buick 8"

    Excellent story. If I put down a book to go to work and then wonder what the characters are doing all day I know it is a good read.
    Very entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 11-28-05
    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 11-28-05
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    "Good idea, but boor-ring!"

    It's any given chapter over and over again. If you have to read it, listen for a few minutes and then skip ahead. You won't miss a beat. To make matters worse, the narrators take this slow story and make it even slower. If you were going to download this, save the money and go out for a decent dinner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles sarasota, FL, USA 10-16-05
    Charles sarasota, FL, USA 10-16-05
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    "A real bomb"

    I have to agree with the other one star raters. This book was simply lackluster. The characters are boring and lifeless and stay that way thruout the book. The only reason I bothered to finish it was that I had paid good money for it. In most of King's books there are character's that you love, ones you hate but in this book, I could care less. Can we say B-O-R-I-N-G. The "Great Storyteller" can and should do much better. Reading this book is comparable to watching paint dry. I have better things to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Apollo Beach, FL, USA 10-04-05
    Dale Apollo Beach, FL, USA 10-04-05
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    "Come on S. King, you can do a lot better"

    I'm a S.K. fan and I love just about everything he's written. Perhaps he should have only written one book about cars (Christine) because while there are "moments" worth reflecting; on the whole, it isn't a very good book at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Kenosha, WI, USA 06-06-05
    Alice Kenosha, WI, USA 06-06-05
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    "Better than I thought it would be"

    A friend recommended this book, but I was put off by the title. I decided to try it anyway because I like Stephen King. I liked the fact that it was read by several different people rather than one person trying to speak in male/female voices. If you liked Insomnia and the Tommyknockers this will appeal to you. It is not horror, but an indulgence in "realistic fantasy" if there is such a thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Columbia, SC, USA 01-06-05
    Gregory Columbia, SC, USA 01-06-05 Member Since 2006
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    "This has got to be the worst book"

    this book is so boring that it is sad. I am a fan of Stephen King but this book is bad. It took me a month to suffer throught it to the end. it just drags on with nothing really happening a wasted 12hrs of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Woods Cross, UT, United States 10-25-04
    Anthony Woods Cross, UT, United States 10-25-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Not his worst, but close"

    This is not SK's worst book(Rose Madder was worse) but close. I am a huge Stephen King fan but this was just plain boring. Nothing really happens through most of the book and when it does its not that interesting. Listen to the Dark Tower series instead.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 05-31-03
    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 05-31-03 Member Since 2013

    Retired Army, avid listener

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    "I finished it- reluctantly"

    I was looking forward to this book as the last two I listened to from King were very good. I usually listen to my books while working out in the gym- this book was not worth the price, it did help pass the time on the treadmill... Most of King's books drive you towards a strong conclusion- this one wandered towards the ending, and I was disappointed. In short- it was a boring book. Since I usually find his books great, and the movie renditions poor in comparison, maybe this time the movie will be good...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States 04-29-03
    Linda FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA, United States 04-29-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Another King book, another pleaser..."

    How nice to always be pleased by S. King, to always be taken along for the ride. Being in an audio format really allows the listener to put themselves into the book so much more. Good story line, very different, and a pleasure to experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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