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For 20 years the officers in the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks have kept a secret in Shed B: a vintage Buick which lures the troopers to come and take a look. Young Ned Wilcox, son of the recently deceased officer Curt, has started hanging around the barracks. One day he can't resist peeking through the windows. And it's time to share the secret. The veteran troopers sit Ned down on the smoking bench and tell him every skin-curdling detail - from the Buick's arrival to the terrifying light-shows and what it sucks in and breathes out. For the Buick is a conduit to another world. As King puts it, 'when we confront the deep and authentic unknown, we glimpse that place where our familiar universe stops.'

©2002 Stephen King (P)2008 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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"One of his freshest and most original books... a beautiful excursion into new narrative territory, showing an accomplished storyteller... a portal into King's incredible imagination." (Independent on Sunday)

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Yummy sc-fi

If your a king fan then of course you must listen to buick 8 its so much his style. a reasonable yarn told well and of course a little wierd . If you have'nt read king before its a good way to start not to complicated

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  • MsRanPan
  • 12-29-12

I hate thinking up review titles

I really enjoyed this, I enjoyed the characters and their relationships the most to be honest. The car was kinda scary but tbh it felt like it couldn't go anywhere... It did progress, there was a nasty ending and it was better than I thought it could be. So good all round.

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  • chelynnah
  • 07-23-16

Works much better as an audiobook

I've read several reviews of the book (not audio) where people were disappointed because it just dragged, and didn't really connect to the story within a story format.

Listening to the book as an audio performance, with 'characters' doing the storytelling you really do get the feel for what the author was aiming for. Personally I was riveted. I generally only listen in the car and found myself looking for ways to get out and drive, eventually just finishing the book at home while doing some work.

The performance and characterisations were perfect. And the story drew me in as any fireside chat would. It evolves in a very natural way.

While the style might not be everyone's cup of tea I personally loved it, but perhaps may have felt differently if I'd read it rather than listened to it.

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  • Ms. G. Sinclair
  • 11-13-17

Narrated by how many??

This is supposed to be narrated by various. It sounds to me like it is narrated by one person and a VERY bored person at that. I loved the Kindle book and in my wisdom thought what a good idea to buy the audio - big mistake, huge! Keep trying to plow my wat through this piece of audio vomit but its torture. DONOT WASTE YOUR CREDIT ON THIS PIECE OF CRAP

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  • Craigie
  • 06-16-17

Another Christine? Or is it??

Another gem from the seemingly inexhaustible vault of Stephen King's dark mind.
This tells the story of events surrounding a mysterious car left by a mysterious man in mysterious circumstances told from various characters who are caretakers of what at first seems to be a cat but soon becomes evident it is much more than that.
Really enjoyed listening to this one.
For all of you TOWER fans - I'm thinking this may be a vehicle belonging to the Low men in Yellow Coats....

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  • Eduardo
  • 04-01-15

Not his best

Narration excellent but pace slow. It feels lazy. Loose ends and no real plot. I've never read a bad story by this author, but this is as close as it gets.

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  • Mrs
  • 11-26-13

Enjoyed From a Buick 8 Muchly

This was an interesting listen, I wasn't sure which way it was going to go at all and the result was very pleasing. I enjoyed the different performances too, having different narrators for different characters added to the experience. It also made me reflect on the role of cops in the States and the note that policing situations can be very much more life and death than in here in the UK where guns aren't carried as commonly by cops or crims... Tricksey in any country, but a bit more stressful when guns are involved?

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  • Katie
  • 07-24-17

Just no

What disappointed you about From a Buick 8?

It was so boring, drawn out, and had very little in the way of "excitement".<br/>I felt like I was watching paint dry.<br/><br/>Mind you, if you like the constant flashbacks, and dislike straightforward storylines (with or without twists and turns), then you'd probably love this book.<br/><br/>Must say, this book re-enforced my dislike of Stephen King novels (I used to collect his books, but they all just drag out so much that they became droll and boring)

What will your next listen be?

I'm currently listening to Alien Covenant, as I love books that are movies.<br/>Wish there were more Dean Koontz novels to choose from, the older ones, as I would love to listen to some of them.

What character would you cut from From a Buick 8?

OMG I'd cut them all.

Any additional comments?

Like I said - if you like how Stephen King writes - mega loads of flashbacks, lots of pieces of information that are obviously just filler because they have no impact on the storyline at all, then go ahead and listen to this book....

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  • Brian
  • 10-23-14

I liked it

I didn't realise that this was going to be narrated by a different reader for each characters viewpoint, but then have each reader try and give accents to the other characters. Can be a bit confusing and a few were annoying to listen to.

I enjoyed the story though, I prefer this type of harder sci fi from S.K., even when a little far fetched.