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From a Buick 8

Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

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.

Critic reviews

"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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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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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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An overlooked treasure.

One of Kings best books. Short but has all of the ingredients. Horror, mystery and terrible suspense. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Not bad. Missed opportunity?

Interesting story line that I kind of enjoyed. I felt sure the car would exhibit behaviour patterns that the PSP crew would piece together, that the Buick would become some kind of conduit to a parallel world with Ned being reunited with his Dad. So I was a little disappointed that avenue and opportunity was missed. This is Stephen King. after all...

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Ooer

Didn't quite feel like a King Novel. Still enjoyed it, but found it really good, then a bit lacking, then good again. Never experienced his writing like this before. Overall it's definitely worth listening to. :)

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Loved it!

Really loved this story, became completely immersed in it. Glad I came across it and definitely recommend it x

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Brilliant

I’m not a fan of book to film adaptions but I really do hope that one day they’ll do this. With the right director and actors this could be amazing.
Fantastic read and even better listen.

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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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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
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 26-11-13

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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  • Doug in syd
  • 22-02-13

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