It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.
©1983 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin
"Truly gripping...some of the best writing King has ever done." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vintage King...breathtaking...awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down." (New York Times Book Review)
thisis one of my favorite SK novels, glad to see that if finally made it to audobook.
And I hope everyone takes notice of Holter Grahams fine narration. To me he is the best since Frank Muller, and may even surpass him. He gives great inflection and change of tone to each voice and he not only reads, he performs. His voice changes subtlely throughout the book as arnie becomes more and more possessed. Each scene he acts out, giving his own interpretation as if acting it out among differnt characters, but its just himself.
This is the finest performance by a narrator I think I have ever listened to.
I have to say, this is one of my favorite Stephen King stories that I have read in a long time. I have always been a fan of the Dark Tower books and all the other books that have Dark Tower leanings. This book did not and it was almost a refreshing change. I was just a really good, really scary story with lots of really cool creatures that kept you interested all the way through. Holter Graham did a wonderful job of reading the book. It was very well produced and a joy to listen to. I watched the movie on Netflix right after I read it. That was OK but the book was sooo much better.
Great story! I really loved the narration. Holter Graham does a great job. Book is WAYYYYY better than the movie (of course).
I've always loved the early Stephen King books. Christine is scary and eerie without all the in-your-face blood and gore of so many of today's "horror" stories. If Edgar Allen Poe had lived in the age of the automobile he might have written Christine.
King's is a "horror" story on two levels. It is not just the tale of a haunted car, but a look at how the experiences of our youth can change our lives....and those of others.
probably in the top ten and I've listened to well over one hundred.
taking care of buddy and his gang.
there are a lot of good scenes in the story.
i rarely listen to a book in one sitting. the shear length and my schedule do not permit.
i never read the print version. i have seen the movie. i can't read print books but if i could i think i would never have finished it. so the audio version (as usual) is better.
any book by king i have either read physically in the past or seen the movie. so i know what i am getting *except rose madder. it is the least favorite but i like stephen king (if i choose the book carefully--i don't like all his stuff). i give the book a 7 on the scale of 1-10.
then would be green mile and thinner (as king writing as richard bachman).
i liked the scenes where arnie interacted with his family and dennis. i think the ending would have been scarier if it did not go on for so long.
men love cars but sometimes cars love men
seems to me that part two and the ending were way too long. but the movie did not go into the relationship with lebay that well. i found that interesting.
Unpopular pimply faced high school senior Arnie falls in love at first sight with a used car. He buys it. It’s obsessive love. There are supernatural elements to this car. Arnie has one good friend Dennis who narrates the story.
A lot of the story is depicting high school and family life with interesting and engaging characters, dialogue, and events. The other part is the car and the supernatural. I love revenge stories, and the car got some really good revenge against some bad guys. I liked that. But later the car’s evil showed when it killed good people. The ending is not happy for everyone, but happy enough. I was satisfied, and I’m a fanatic at wanting happy endings. Although, my thoughts at the end were why did they only do two things to the car? If I were in the story, I would have done a couple other things. This car was so evil, it needed every possible thing to try to stop it.
The narrator Holter Graham was very good speaking as a high school teen. But parts were a problem. He spoke Arnie (a main character) and a couple other characters as follows. Think of a guy who’s constipated, sitting on the toilet, straining, and speaking without breathing. Unpleasant. Also, his voice for the girl Lee was a little odd.
Genre: horror fiction.
This book was amazing, one of the first books I hated to push pause when I needed to do something... It could not have better narration than what Holter Graham brought to the story.
I have to admit that although I have been a King fan for many years (30+) and I have never read Christine! It came out in the theatre and I saw it there but never really was impressed. But this summer I decided to finally sit down and have a listen, and boy was I surprised! The book was fresh and unmarred by time! I listened to it at least an hour a day and I was so sad when it finally ended! :( Holter Graham did a wonderful job and I hope to hear more of him. Next will be Carrie, narrated by Sissy Spacek, which I haven't read either but did here an interesting interview with Mr. King about his idea for the story.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
I was extremely surprised by this book. Having seen the movie back in my youth (and being underwhelmed by it), I wasn't expecting the excellent ghost story elements present in the novel. The film came off as a Shining clone, where instead of a haunted hotel driving someone mad, we find a haunted car driving someone mad. The novel dug so much deeper into the car's previous owner's story, which was much more satisfying (and creepy).
Holter Graham is an excellent narrator, and captures Arnie's descent perfectly. I highly recommend this book to King fans who haven't enjoyed it yet!
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