Stephen King's ultimate evil vehicle of terror, Christine: the frightening story of a nerdy teenager who falls in love with his vintage Plymouth Fury. It was love at first sight, but this car is no lady.
Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and young Arnold Cunningham, who buys it. Along with Arnold's girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder attempts to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: From murder to suicide, there's a peculiar feeling that surrounds Christine - she gets revenge on anyone standing in her path. Can Dennis save Arnold from the wrath of Christine?
This number-one national best seller is "Vintage Stephen King...breathtaking...awesome. Carries such momentum the listener must force himself to slow down" (The New York Times Book Review).
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Unlike some stiff, regal or cold narrators, the guy who reads Christine conveys a lot of humanity. Christine was written during the golden years of King's career when everything he wrote was a classic, and it feels cut from the same cloth as It in particular. One note: The audiobook production itself is surprisingly rough, cutting off the end of words here and there where they stopped the tape recorder, but that's more odd than truly bothersome. It's just that normally the audiobooks are so seamless you never notice the splices.
Obviously a great story by Stephen King but the narrator really brings this story to life. Tone of voice, nuances, everything to bring the teenagers involved to life.
Christine is just classic King and is an awesome read/listen. Holter Graham does a great job. He doesn't try too hard to affect the voices of the characters he is reading but still gives each of them their own voice. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a 10 out of 10 is that the audio seems to skip frequently. It will just skip over finishing a word or sentence. Not to the point where you are missing any of the story but enough to be annoying that you paid for being incomplete and choppy. Fix that and it's perfect.
I saw the movie first and even had a car that spontaneously caught fire in my dad's garage. The ordeal almost killed him. I painted the lettering from the movie cover on the charred hood before the tow truck took the carcass away. The tow truck driver almost refused to take it. I told him to make sure it was crushed. Now that I've read the book, I love the story even more.
The narration is great. My only complaint is that several times, there are words cut off in the recording and the listener is left scrambling to infer the missing words while continuing with the story.
This was a great story which should be no surprise because even at his worst Stephen King is great. This is a fun, scary and emotional story at times without being long winded like IT and would be an amazing introduction to King if you are not already a fan.
But the performance by the reader absolutely annoying during many parts. He did great until he had to do a voice which always ended up being whiny and gravelly regardless of which character was speaking. Arnie a main character was the worst because he sounded like a characature of a typical nerd and croaked and really strained my patience at times. Any woman's voice was always whining and shrill making them annoying and weak sounding even when they aren't supposed to be. Basically if you can listen to the sample and it doesn't bother you then absolutely buy this but if you find the voice work annoying understand that it's consistent for the duration of the book.
I've never been interested in this book because I thought the antagonist sounded silly--a car? However, this was a wonderfully spooky read and I finished it in just over a week! I listened mostly during my commute, but found myself cooking dinner to it, walking around school with it in my ears and even just sitting down in my living room. Great narrator as well!
This having been one of the few Stephen King novels that I had not read, but had only seen the movie, really made me glad that I finally read the book. The guy doing the reading did an excellent job at giving life to the voices without overdoing it. Very well done, And made up for over 25 years since I last saw the movie and thinking that it was a dumb ridiculous story.
I have the over all 4 stars because whomever edited the recording cut off the end of a lot of words you can easily tell what they are it's just mildly annoying through out the book the narratoris amazing with the voices he does for Arnie loved every other aspect of it except the cut offs
A word of advice. Read or listen to Christine. The original story that was written is best. The movie changed the whole story around. The reader of this book evoked all the right emotions. He truly captured the essence of the characters, and the terror.
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