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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.

Critic Reviews

"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." (

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  • jn
  • New York
  • 06-18-04


LOVE STEPHEN KING! Hated this book. Could not finish.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 07-13-03

not so bad

I cant believe how many bad reviews this audio book is getting. It is not the best S. King book I have ever read, but it is pretty good. He takes the time to draw the characters really well, The story is told at a measured pace that takes its own time to develop and just when it seems there will not be a satifactory ending it comes to a very satisfying climax. Over all the story is kind of sad, but I am glad I read it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Picayune, MS, USA
  • 05-14-03

Curious, intriguing! Could NOT put it down!

Life-like characters immersed in an everyday setting with a twisted mystery (but NOT an ordinary mystery)! Impossible, but so believable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Steven King - Buick 8

Rate this on as a fairly good King novel. Not vintage like Stand or Shining but better than Bag of Bones. Story is compelling and moves well. Excellent discription, a King halmark. A keeper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Review of From a Buick 8

The appeal of Stephen King, to me, has always been his characters more than his stories. While this isn't the most action-packed story he's ever written, once again, I fell in love with the people in the story and stayed engrossed until the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • 12-21-02

Dreadfully boring...

Having recently listened to and thoroughly enjoyed The Talisman (Unabridged), Dreamcatcher (Unabridged), and Everything's Eventual (Unabridged), I was really excited for this Audible book. I've always thought Bruce Davison is a great actor (and he is) but, after an hour of his droning (and after starting the book over six times), I've given up! I'm fairly tenacious, but I've relegated this to the archives for the next time I'm bedridden and without any form of entertainment...

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Bobbie
  • Oviedo, FL, USA
  • 06-03-03

From a reader dismayed

As a fan of both King and audiobooks I have throughly enjoyed many of his offerings here on Audible. Perhaps that is why my expectations were set too high for this title. The writing style in and of itself is King all over, but the pace, plot (Subplots) and context leave one wondering "Where is this going?"
Not unlike wandering the dusty backroads of a country lane with a map written a century prior, this book left me turning in circles. Where was I going...and...why?
I could not get involved with any of the characters, except perhaps the unfortunate Mr Dillon. Overall had I known the book was going to have this overall feel and drag I would not likely have bought it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Keith
  • Glenwood, IA, USA
  • 01-03-03


Like a sandwhich with good bread and nothing in the middle. Save yourself time and skip the middle 1/2. Was Mr. King compensated by the word?

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Wilmington, DE, USA
  • 11-18-03

I never read a bad Stephen King book

To me, Stephen King is either good or amazing. In this book, he is good. Some parts really dig into you, other parts don't. If you liked, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon", I think you'll like this as well.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Henderson, NV, USA
  • 04-24-03

Slow...But what color!

I agree with other reviews I read. This book is slow, but man, the characterizations. The story revolves around this very small state police barracks somewhere back east where the staties where the silliest county mounty outfits you've ever seen. The book was a bit odd at times, curious, and just on the fringe of scary. Tons of unanswered questions, but, if you liked Stand By Me, this is much more of the same. Tales of life, nice and long. I felt the actors did a great job. Not a book I'd care to re-read, but my life is fuller for having read it...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful