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Now a Lifetime original movie, Stephen King's haunting story about an author of a series of mystery novels who tries to reconcile her old life with her life after a horrific attack and the one thing that can save her: Revenge.

Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Advised to take a shortcut at the suggestion of the event’s planner, Tess sets out for home, well after dark. On a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, and when a man in a pick up stops, it is not to help her, but to repeatedly assault her and leave her for dead. Tess survives, and she plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself, capable of gruesome violence

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Annoyed with Audible, but excellent Stephen King-

This is Stephen King gold, even though the subject matter is heinous. But my complaint is simply that Audible should list in the details when a story is part of a collection from another book. A few paragraphs in, I realized that I already owned this story, as part of the collection "Full Dark, No Stars". I've read the entire King bibliography, & this is a great listen. But I'd rather have saved this $ to put towards a story I didn't already own. Still, a great story.

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Fantastic story with great twists

First, if you picked this book up on Audible, do not be fooled by the blurb! It is only the Big Driver story, not the anthology of 4 stories it advertises in the details. This was a touch disappointing, but not the book's fault.

I loved this story! Being a huge reader and fan of cozy mysteries, it was great having an author as the lead character. The whole narrative comes from her POV, and is delightful to read. Her perspective is a progressions, from carefree to traumatized. You know where the story is headed but can't help but want to stick with her on the journey.

The attack is very well handled and care is given to keep it from being too devastatingly detailed for the reader. What you do get is her thoughts after. All that she goes through and must consider in her response to this terrible thing that has happened. The storytelling here was beautifully crafted. It will be interesting to see how it translate on camera, there was so much going on internally.

Mr King always has a gift for setting the scene and throwing twists at the reader. His novels are a bit much for me, too wordy at times. However, the short stories and novellas are just the right fit. He has a way of condensing things down to the essentials, while keeping the beauty or the written word intact. The touch or irony is always appreciated. He is right up there with one of my classic favorites, Guy de Maupassant.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jessica Hecht, who is wonderful! I loved her tone and the emotions she infused into the read. She is quite a swift reader, usually I love this, but this time i slowed it down to really enjoy the prose. Her voices were distinct and consistent throughout the read. It was always clear when she was talking in her head or imagining a voice, this is key for the story. I will definitely be looking for more of her work!

This was such a great little read, I was sad to see it end. Now I am looking forward to the Lifetime movie. Maria Bella will be perfect for this character. While I enjoyed the narrator, it would have been a fabulous tie in to have had Maria Bella read the audiobook. Who knows that might happen later!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Scarey

A classic justice and revenge story. The main character, Tess, is assaulted and left for dead. She arrives at a plan that carries the book through to the end. In the meantime, the GPS and the cat become integral characters in the revenge plot. It's a tense story and worth the short read.

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Great Story/Stephen King...They Always Go Together


Stephen King doesn't captivate his readers, he captures them. "Big Driver" is no exception, and is just another great King story among many.

There is an issue with narrator selection. Jessica Hecht, who is well recognized and professionally accomplished, narrates this story. I am unclear what the reasoning was behind this choice. She is like listening to Leave It To Beaver's mom. King and Hecht are an odd combo.

Even considering the author/narrator dynamics, the story is well worth your time... it's Stephen King.

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 11-28-17

Woman is raped and plots revenge.

I didn’t want to stop reading.

I love revenge stories and this is good. In typical S King fashion there are some unexpected things. I want happy endings and/or justice for the good guys and the ending met my needs.

For those sensitive about rape scenes: the rape is not explicitly described. There is mention of him punching her more than once.

I usually avoid short stories, but this was worth it. Really good.

The audiobook narrator Jessica Hecht did a fine job.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Short story in the anthology: “Full Dark, No Stars.” Swearing language: I don’t remember, there may have been some. Setting: current day New England area, U.S. Book copyright: 2009. Genre: suspense thriller.

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LOVED IT!!!LOVED IT!!!LOVED IT!!!!

this book was so good. i first saw the movie on lifetime and loved the movie so much i wanted to check it out. I really enjoyed this book. and i am getting ready to read it again. i suggest anyone that likes a good thriller, read this book

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wonderfully written and read!

I truly love king books and audio is even better. King is as u a ual awesome!

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disturbing and riveting

Stephen King hasn't lost the ability to creep a reader out. Rape, murder, abandonment, revenge, mistaken identities - if it's horrible, this story has it. And a protagonist to root for, which is necessary to hold my interest. I was hoping for a bit more from the ending, but otherwise this is quite a satisfying listen.

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  • Maryann
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 11-11-14

It's OK

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Short but not a gripping or involving book. Narration was too weak to draw interest beyond mild curiosity.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Of course, I'm a King fan. Just not this particular book

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Stephen King... amazing story!

I’ll start by saying I’m a huge King fan. Love his work! His imagination and artistry with words never ceases to amaze me. This is a short story but it will grab your attention from the very beginning all the way to the last words.

Now, for the narrator... not a fan. This book is about a woman who is victimized and finds the strength to DO something about it. But the narrator missed the mark. I’ve never understood why narrators (especially female narrators) feel the need to portray female characters using weak and/or whiny voices. As though all women are shy, subdued and frightened. The primary character, Tess, is not weak, but her voice definitely makes you think she’s scared of her own shadow! It was very distracting. The Tess character (the primary and lead figure) was done a major disservice by this narrator. As it happens, I read another review that remarked on her inability to use inflection correctly, and while I don’t disagree, I think it’s mostly her inability to relate to the character. Bottom line: She read as though she were sitting in a library reading to a bunch of elementary aged kids during story time... and this is definitely NOT a story-time for kids kind of book!

Overall, a GREAT story that DESERVED a great narrator.