Christine was eating into his mind, burrowing into his unconscious. Christine, blood red, fat, and finned, was 20. Her promise lay all in her past. Greedy and big, she was Arnie's obsession, a '58 Plymouth Fury. Broken down but not finished.
There was still power in her - a frightening power that leaked like sump oil, staining and corrupting. A malign power that corroded the mind and turned ownership into possession.
©1983 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio
This is one of my favourite King novels and Holter Graham did not disappoint as the narrator. The character's were fully realized and just as I imagined them to be. Very impressed
It's interesting to see how many ideas King would later much better develop appear in Christine, not just in the more immediately familiar Castle Rock tales, but the more intimate narratives of Lisey's Story and Bag Of Bones. And of course From A Buick 8 that arguably exists as a second stab at portraying a demonic car, this time with subtlety instead of clanging mallets.
But this is a clumsy novel, most especially highlighted by the central act's jarring switch from first to third person. It's also a really quite remarkably misogynistic story, with women either helpless maidens or screeching maniacs, betraying a narrow view that thankfully King has (mostly) shaken today.
Despite that, Christine is bursting with King's unrivalled ability to bring characters to relatable life, even in one of his sillier stories.
Wow. Everything about this audiobook completely exceeded my expectations. Christine is definitely a household names and is constantly parodied by the likes of Futurama etc and it has definitely become an icon of the eighties. And now I completely understand why King is called "The Master of Horror"
While for the most part I would argue that King shouldn't be solely classed as a horror author, the man definitely knows what he's doing. Surely the idea of a killer car is silly right? Right. But not King's execution of said silly idea. I was genuinely unsettled for all of this book and downright scared at times, and for a book to do that to me is high praise.
The performance was brilliant, Holter Grahams subtle voice changes were very clever and extremely well done, I doubt I'll get his voice out of my head any time soon.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this sooner rather than later.
This is a must for any Stephen King fan! It's a brilliant story and very well read
I enjoyed the brilliant film by Carpenter. So I am glad to have heard the original story by King. It is more ghostly and gives more details that would have been difficult for the film to portray.
I am a fan of the movie Christine and now the audio book is available on Audible.co.uk I jumped at the chance to get it. I've read several King novels and have been impressed by every one and so looked forward to this with relish. There is a general truth that states that the book is always better by far than the movie adaptation and with this truism in mind I began reading in Ernest. King's style is one where vivid and diverse characters are drawn and set in an equally well painted landscape. Christine follows this pattern but I am afraid to say that King failed to capture me in the same way as with other books of his I've read. What jumps right out at me is the feeling while reading the book even before finishing it that the plot is drawn out far too much and that the book could've been half the pages it was and still given us a great story. King seems to waste untold pages in long rambling conversations that do very little in most cases to move the narrative along and maintain good pace. It's almost as if the book is written in a rather moment by moment way littered with lengthy dialogue. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a "slow burner" but all the same the pace and content must still keep rolling along. Christine falls short in this regard and despite my love of the film, I found myself losing focus on the story as the verbose prose rambled along at a snails pace for great swathes of this book. I like the detail King puts into his novels but Christine is just too long and meandering. For example, it's not until we reach chapter 30 that the first killing by Christine occurs. What has happened in all those chapters beforehand you might ask. Well, not that much to be honest. Sure, the book provides more detail than the movie does but I have to say that in this rarest of cases that the John Carpenter screen version is done better. The movie adaptation is paced perfectly and gives us all the important elements and flavour of the book and is done so very well. OK, all the key killings are different in the movie to the book but I believe the movie version does them just as well. I particularly think that vision of a burning Christine rolling down the highway in the movie is far more effective than the corresponding killing in the book. To be fair, there were horror elements in the book the movie lacked with regard to the skeletal Lubay character but I can forgive the movie for deleting this element because it was otherwise done so well.In short, I loved the film and was rather disappointed in the book overall. The scenes where Christine murdered its victims was written superbly and during these sparsely scattered events in the book the pace picked right up and really captivated the imagination. Unfortunately, it was the other 90% which just rambled on far too much.If you've seen the film and feel you have to read this book then I will not suggest you skip it as the book does offer added detail and story elements but if you're like me expecting the book to be miles better than the movie then, in this case, I think you will be disappointed.Having said all that .... I still want me a 58 Plymouth Fury!
The shining, as I loved that book also
I found it neither, I did find it scary!
I read this book for the first time when I was about sixteen. It was my first Stephen king. I loved it. I've 're read it a few times over the years, and most of Stephen kings other books, and in my opinion it is one of his best. His earlier books had a strong continuity and commitment that I think some of his later books lacked. This is the first time I've listened to Christine as an audio book, the narrator is excellent in every way. His voice has a youth full yet wise tone, he was a perfect choice. His voices were so good especially Arnie who's voice changes, subtlety at first. I'm now much much older than sixteen and this audio book stood the test of time for me
This story has been one of my favourite every since I first saw the movie. The movie is fantastic, the book is amazing and now the audio book is mind blowing. Great job
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