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Firestarter

Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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Summary

"You're a firestarter honey.... just one big zippo lighter." A year ago, he was an upstanding instructor of English at Harrison State College. Now Andy is on the run with his daughter, a pigtailed girl named Charlie. A girl with an unimaginably terrifying gift. A gift which could be useful to corrupt authorities. Soon Charlie will be caught up in the menace of a fateful drug experiment and a sinister government ploy….

Let the listener beware: Firestarter is Stephen King at his most mesmerising…. and menacing.

©1980 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep." ( Sunday Express)

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A little slow to start with.

But once it got going another great story from the master. Not his best but still enjoyable, on par with Rose Madder and Finders Keepers but not in the same league as The Stand or Duma Key.

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Great

This is a great book. The narrator reads well and helps to bring the story to life. It gets exciting in parts and overall is an interesting concept for a novel. It didn't grab me as quickly as some of his novels do, but we'll with reading.

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Exciting, edge of the seat stuff!

If you could sum up Firestarter in three words, what would they be?

Hot and enjoyable!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charley is my favourite character. She's plucky but has a tough time controlling her afflection.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where she returns to Irv and Nora on the farm.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is quite an emotional read and made me both laugh and cry.

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Enjoyable read

Really enjoyable read. It's a typical SK thing but no dragging of plot and kid is likeable (2 things which sometimes let him down). love the concept and the ideas running through the book, good twists and turns, would love a sequel!

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Fab

This was one of the very first SK books I read 34 years ago. Forgot how good it was. Well narrated, full of twists and turns.

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Gripping

Great story, great narrator. I think it's one of my favourite Stephen King stories - and there are so many good ones.

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This should fire your interest in Kings World

I've read and reread this book many times over the years I can do this and still enjoy books(it's a blessing and a curse). This Audiobook also lives up to my high expectations! This is helped by the excellent choice of voice actor to read the book. Well worth a listen, again and again.

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Carrie Jr

A young girl and her father are on the run from the mysterious "Shop", a secret government agency. After participating in a college experiment, the dad has gained special powers, which appear tenfold in the daughter, who can will things to combust.

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Lost count how many times I have enjoyed this story

The first Stephen King tale I ever read. I still enjoy revisiting what is a simple but thoroughly enjoyable story

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Another excellent Stephen King novel

No one writes small town America like King. Every one of his novels starts like getting into a warm comforting bath. This one heated up! Not a horror story, but an intriguing thriller with a satisfying resolution.
Great performance from the reader too.