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Cujo

Narrated by: Lorna Raver
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.... He was not a werewolf, a vampire, a ghoul, or an unnameable creature from the enchanted forest or snow wastes; he was only a cop....

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole. Except it isn't a rabbit warren anymore. It is a cave inhabited by rabid bats. And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him....

©1981 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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  • K.
  • 10-21-16

Difficult read

Not the best King, but classic King all the same. I say it's difficult to read not because of the writing or the narration (although the narration leaves something to be desired) but because it's a pretty traumatic story. I finished it in two listens, and while it's probably one of my least favourite King audiobooks it's still pretty damn good.

Lorna Raver was serviceable, she did a great job with her Maine accent (Ayuh!) but the majority of her male voices either sounded like someone who was extremely creepy or just sounded like a monster. Some characters this worked for but for others it was very distracting.

7/10 altogether.

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  • Danielle
  • 10-12-17

Narration spoiled it for me.

I just couldn’t get along with the narration. I know and love this story, but the performance was strained, more so during dramatic elements, like running out of breath but trying to finish the sentence anyway. Seemed to have more emphasis on enunciation and diction than emotion and character.

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  • somersethedge
  • 01-19-17

Not one of Stephen King best books

Not one of Stephen King best books. Quite slow in places and one does not really engage with the characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-19

Brutal and Brilliant

Simple, compelling and brutal story. Heart wrenching finale. Totally enjoyable and will listen too again.

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  • Mrs Chizoma Okaro
  • 08-06-18

No disappointment

Such a sad story. Very tense moments. One would almost hope it would end differently.

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  • The Glamizon
  • 05-30-18

My favourite so far.

Great story, told by a very gifted narrator who takes it to another level x

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  • arran
  • 01-14-18

Good book, not keen on the narrator

Good book, not keen on the narrator especially the voices for the children very irritating

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-17

Classic Stephen

An enjoyable book and the characters felt fleshed out. A relatively short King novel. Felt it's a great book but not his best in my opinion. Although The Stand and It and Misery are tall pillars to compare

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  • Peter
  • 09-29-16

Decent King story

Pretty decent Stephen King but I found the narrator to be very shrill and cringed on several occasions.

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  • Louise
  • 09-16-19

Classic King - never gets old

A Stephen King classic which has not dated at all. A harrowing story. I was terrified of the dog but I pitied the dog - the story from Cujo’s perspective wrenched my heart. I love how King is able to blend horror with intimate studies of the psychology of his characters. You can see how, many years later, this style led to such dizzying heights of genius as 11.22.63.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-19

brilliant

very engaging, and hard to stop when started. i felt like i was in the car with the characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

batter then I thought

after the classics I did not know what totals from here but it's great .

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  • Kylie
  • 02-03-19

Loved it

This was a brilliant Stephen King classic, very engaging and dramatic. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-18

Forgettable

This is not one of Kings best efforts, the circumstances are petty but believable and filled with lessons of morality; what came happen when a chain of events collide through the characterd sins.

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  • Mick Fleay
  • 03-01-18

Classic King

Do yourself a favour and listen to this classic fight for survival. You will not be disappointed!