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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217053
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Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as the Shop. One year later, they marry. Two years after that their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire by simply staring at it.

Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn’t start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything—toys, clothes, even people—aflame.

But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed “ultimate weapon.” Shop agents set out to hunt down Charlie and her father in a ruthless chase that traverses the streets of New York to the backwoods of Vermont.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie D | 2/20/2014

    " Absolutely loved it. I will admit I saw the movie first. but i thought that both were really great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara McKinney | 2/19/2014

    " This was so good. I had read about 10 or more years ago. So I'm reading it again!----- it was excellence although I'm unhappy how the end was left unfinished "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/18/2014

    " This book taught me that maybe it's not such a good idea for me to read Stephen King. He's such a fabulous writer that I was dreaming the ending to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 2/7/2014

    " I liked this book, although it dragged too much in some parts for me, and like many King books, I felt the ending was a bit rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/23/2014

    " One of the good ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hwee Yee | 1/12/2014

    " Read this book when I was 13 and right after I finished the book, I jumped of the bed and went straight to my dad to ask him if there are really people who can set fire with their mind! It was truly intriguing. Love every bit of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 1/11/2014

    " Good with a solid ending. Not particularly suspenseful or horrific, but excels in telling a story in which not much happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Burzycki | 1/11/2014

    " I read this book as a kid and it was one of my favorites. Even now (23 years later) I remember everything about this book and love it. The book is MUCH better than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/9/2014

    " eerie and powerful in that I am in the little girls head as she is hearing the voices, one of my favorite King books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meen | 12/16/2013

    " I think this was ruined for me b/c I had seen the Drew Barrymore movie before I read it. Bleh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Taylor | 12/4/2013

    " Amazing book, such a sad but happy ending didn't see it coming to be honest and almost made me tear up. Stephen King is a wonderful author and this book is just the tip of the iceberg of his wonderful selection of books to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scartowner | 11/18/2013

    " Dramatic story with a chilling effect (even if it is about fire's power). Another great Stephen King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tay | 10/6/2013

    " I borrowed this from a friend. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/8/2013

    " Not a fan of secret government project books, but King gives us a pretty good one here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Webb | 4/15/2013

    " First Stephen King book I ever read, and it was SO good! Unbelievable, but easy to believe once you read from his sick mind! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plop246 | 3/31/2013

    " I've read this book many times, it's always a fun and well told story. Like all Stephen King, it's pretty much "brain candy," delicious, quickly devoured "brain candy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 11/11/2012

    " I was not a reader as a kid. I do remember reading this in junior high school during any free time in classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 3/26/2012

    " I loved this one and it was back in the days when Stephen King's books were all the rage. This was made into a film too starring Drew Barrymore, I think, but I've not seen it myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jay | 2/20/2012

    " One of the finest books ever. The story is so believable and you feel like wanting to protect Charlie from the baddies. Recommend highly. Read it several times too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 White | 9/10/2011

    " Not the best of King's circumstantial genius, maybe even a little cliche but it still is a masterpiece of description and characterization. Though it isn't his best, it didn't come near to breaking my Stephen King magnetisim during this era in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 9/3/2011

    " A little sad for me, but another great King novel. This was a very fast-paced one, though I think I took my time reading it....perhaps to enjoy it all the more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia dreuning | 8/14/2011

    " goed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loralie | 7/4/2011

    " second time through. still great!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 6/1/2011

    " It's the only classic King I hadn't read, so it was nice re-visiting the "old" King. This book is amazing and written in such a way that it's almost impossible to date it. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 5/27/2011

    " Not a huge fan of King's, but a big fan of Koontz, this books seems more like Koontz' work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. I followed up and watched the TV movie series on SyFy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lasha | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rp | 5/21/2011

    " I am not huge fan of Stephen Kings' writing but this one is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " I read this for the first time when I was 10. It's on my shelf to read at least once a year, I love it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " Not as instantly readable as some of King's other books, but well worth the time to stick to it. Unfortunately, the made for tv movie ruined some of this book for me, so perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this book several times. I love the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " The first half of the book is revetting; however, the ending is a real disappointment. There is a great build up for nothing. I actually expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that I have ever truly enjoyed. I do like a bit of Science Fiction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

    " This was the first Stephen King I read. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Great book, except the very end. This is something that Stephen King does quite a bit, unfortunately. He tells a great story and uses a contrivance to finish it. It doesn't mean I stop reading; it's just a bit jarring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " King absolutely knows how to tell a story. I love the allegorical nature of the book, pitting good against evil. I'm not a person that loves post-apocalyptic stories, but King makes me want to love this genre. One of the best reads I've had in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2011

    " This was the first Steven King book I ever read. I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in a day. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.