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Publisher's 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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Not bad

An interesting look at the experiences of the officers of a highway patrol unit as they deal with the influences of an otherworldly Buick 8.

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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.

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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".
I felt like I was watching paint dry.

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.

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.
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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  • Doug in syd
  • 22-02-2013

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
  • 29-12-2012

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
  • 23-07-2016

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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  • Vivien Mary Williams
  • 20-11-2020

just put my laptop on to listen to From a Buick 8

Bloody doesn't work. Not good. Says buffering then try again later. Not impressed with Audible!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2020

Confused but hopeful.

A great book that's just a twist away from being amazing. When it was finished I was confused why it ended where it did but after letting it swirl round in my head I think the story is about hope in the end.

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  • Jenny Mulhall
  • 13-07-2020

A quietly perfect story

I’m going to admit that this has been in my ‘attempted’ list for yonks. I could never seem to get past the first bit; a problem I also have with the ‘Dark Tower’ books. However, the happy coincidence of a mountain of data entry and nothing better to do brought me back, and I’m so glad it did. It’s a story within a story. On the outside, an eerie Buick, standing menacingly for decades whilst Pennsylvania State Troopers keep uneasy watch. On the inside, a tender and quite beautiful tale of the relationships men form, with one another and with themselves. About family, about loyalty and about growing up being more about knowing there are no answers than being years under your belt. That’s the story that will remain with me. It’s a slow and languorous tale; like the first part of ‘Bag of Bones’, but it’s very, very worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2020

Captivating story!

I've read this book twice before, but this is the first time I've listened to it in audio form. I've been listening to it while playing video games, and it's so captivating, and the narration is really well executed, and you get sucked right in, much like the -- no, I'll let you read the book and figure it out yourself. All in all, a great story, great narration, and great entertainment.

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  • cath hudman
  • 02-10-2019

excellent story

a truly gripping and wonderful story from the master of horror, beautifully narrated, great cast.

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  • Roo
  • 18-06-2019

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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  • Andy F
  • 10-06-2019

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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  • Chris Hunt
  • 15-03-2019

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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