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3.0000742280285 out of 53.0000742280285 out of 53.0000742280285 out of 53.0000742280285 out of 53.0000742280285 out of 5 3.00 (26,944 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Becky Ann Baker, Peter Gerety, James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, Stephen Tobolowsky, Fred Sanders, A Full Cast Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9780743563338
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The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous.

Curt's avid curiosity took the lead, and they investigated as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years, the troop absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8 sitting out there like a still-life painting that breathes -- inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of what world it came from.

In the fall of 2001, a few months after Curt Wilcox is killed in a gruesome auto accident, his eightee-year-old boy, Ned, starts coming by the barracks. Sandy Dearborn, Sergeant Commanding, knows it's the boy's way of holding onto his father, and Ned is allowed to become part of the Troop D family. One day he looks in the window of Shed B and discovers family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers...

From a Buick 8 is an audiobook about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s still a horror novel, but it’s one that gnaws away at the very premises of the horror novel. It knows what you want and expect from it, but it deftly gives you something else instead, something equally worth having and all the more pleasing for being a surprise.” 

    New York Times

  • “King’s still on fire when it comes to creating breathing characters and evocative settings. His own zest for storytelling suggests…that he’s got plenty left.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Will surely keep you turning pages…Whether this novel’s quasi-postmodern current of ambiguity and skepticism signals a new direction in King’s work remains to be seen, but the greatest pop writer of them all is back behind the wheel.” 

    Salon

  • “One of King’s best, mostly tightly focused novels since The Green Mile. With great narrative economy, it encompasses 25 years in the interconnected lives of a diverse group of characters, and its unmistakable, deeply familiar voice is as haunting and engaging as ever…King continues to command the hypnotic power that has made him one of the dominant figures in modern popular culture.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2002Bram Stoker Award Nominee
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2002International Horror Guild Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BJ | 2/11/2014

    " Form some reason, this book had a difficult time holding my attention. It took me months to read it. It was ok, but in my opinion, not one of King's best efforts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiesha Runion | 1/31/2014

    " my first stephen king read. loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Potatoez | 1/26/2014

    " One of those portal to another world books, done quite well in fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joani | 1/11/2014

    " I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I expected this to be a Christine rehash and it was nothing like the earlier novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica shaw | 12/31/2013

    " Good, but not great. For my first Stephen King book I guess my expectations were probably too high. He is a known as best-selling author though; I think I'll give him another chance. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose | 12/26/2013

    " I couldn't even get thru this book. Last SK book I ever picked up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace Klenk | 12/25/2013

    " A strange book to read! LOL!!! Stephen King is the master at unrequited endings! This book would be a fine example of that. Sometimes things just happen in his books and there is no explanation or nothing really resolved at the end! If that doesn't bother you, then this will be a fantastic book. If it DOES bother you, then you will probably just find this a "Good Book" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 12/21/2013

    " Harder to follow than some of his work, I think b/c so much of it was written in the style of a campfire story. Or perhaps just not as engaging as some of his other stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeleona | 12/17/2013

    " It is a story divided into dialogues instead of chapters, so for some this would be difficult to understand, but otherwise it is a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/5/2013

    " I actually completely loved this book...it's the magic of Stephen King. Not recommended for those who can't suspend belief...but I can do that at the drop of a hat. Such a fun, old-time King read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Mollenauer | 10/15/2013

    " The buildup was a little slow for me, but by about half way through, I was hooked. And, by the end, I wanted more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Jones | 9/14/2013

    " Awesome book - looking for it in a hard cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/31/2013

    " One of his better stories I thought. I also liked the authors note at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Fryman | 7/26/2013

    " Fun and fast read. A very unusual way to write a story, at least I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 7/11/2013

    " B; not the best King, but okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Block | 5/24/2013

    " A new, more mature spin on Christine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 4/3/2013

    " Stephen King is definitely a good storyteller. I can appreciate this particular one based on an understanding that not everything can be explained. You have to accept that premise in order to be satisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Getto | 3/1/2013

    " Just finished reading it, he has written better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Ellis | 12/25/2012

    " I really got into this book. I'm still not sure how I liked the ending though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 8/4/2012

    " Not a fan. I hadn't read King in awhile when I picked this one up, very disappointed. I didn't read another King book after this until The Dome, and the jury is still out on that one.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 6/21/2012

    " Another tie into the Dark Tower series. A great stand alone read and nothing at all like "Christine". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 3/2/2012

    " this was weird. Things coming out of cars??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Williams | 2/16/2012

    " To be honest this is the first Stephen King novel I have read, and I picked this book up because there were no other choices. I can see why he is such a popular author- by the time I finished reading this I felt like I had just finished watching a really great movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 8/22/2011

    " I actually listened to this on tape. I tried reading the book and couldn't get into it. Listening to it in the car, though, was really good. I could hear the story without trying to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy victoria | 7/15/2011

    " i really liked this though it took me a while to get into it, it wasn't as scary as some of the other stephen king books but it was well written and i really enjoyed it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 5/20/2011

    " OK read but not as rewarding as some other King books. Not one I would highly recommend. The narrative is OK but I never really cared about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/13/2011

    " Typical Stephen King book, nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonycorvelli | 4/1/2011

    " Got this in a used bookstore and was afraid it would be similar to Christene. However, it was not like Christene and I thought not as good as Christene but he has great development of characters in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 3/16/2011

    " I am a huge King fan so I hated to give this book only 2 stars, but I really just could not get into this book. I did have to finish it though...one of those crazies that once I start a book, I have to finish it, even if I hate it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 3/15/2011

    " Excellent writing style - very descriptive; however this story is a bit outrageous, even for this genre... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/9/2011

    " One of my favs. Along the lines of Christine buy not. Any cop or car enthusiast will love this one. Can't go wrong with a Stephen King!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 3/7/2011

    " The very best (aside from Dead Zone) thing King ever wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurence | 3/3/2011

    " Well, Stephen doesn't disappoint. Not exactly terror, but the main idea of this book, a car not from earth....well, with all the things that car does....the implications are scary..Rather enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/13/2011

    " What can I say? Stephen King is his own genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarallyn | 2/13/2011

    " First Stephen King book that I'm going to say was just ok for me. Interesting, semi-plausible, nerve-wracking at times, but on the whole just a sort of unsatisfying story. "

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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 Narrators

Becky Ann Baker, narrator and actress, has received critics’ praise for her readings of books by such authors as Stephen King, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, and Karin Slaughter. She has performed in numerous roles on Broadway, starring in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Her many television credits include Girls, Smash, and Nurse Jackie, and her film credits include Spider-Man 3, The Discoverers, and Hope Springs.

James Rebhorn is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 television shows, feature films, and plays. He is best known for his movie roles in Independence Day, Meet the Parents, and The Game. He also has had roles in many television movies and series, including Homeland, White Collar, and Big Lake, and he has performed in seven Broadway productions. An MFA graduate of Columbia University, he lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Bruce Davison, narrator, received critics’ praise for his reading of On the Waterfront, an adaptation that was named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2004. As an actor, he has enjoyed an over four-decade career including everything from Shakespeare to Seinfeld. On Broadway, he starred in The Elephant Man and earned numerous other strong theatrical roles, winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in Streamers in 1977. In film, he’s won a Golden Globe, a NSFC Award, and other awards for best supporting actor. His numerous television credits include General Hospital and Knight Rider. He has also occasionally served as a writer, producer, and director. He lives with his family in the Los Angeles area.

Stephen Tobolowsky is an American actor, storyteller, and writer. He is a prolific character actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows, including Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, and Glee. He also has classical theater training and a Tony Award nomination for best featured actor in a play for Morning’s at Seven. As a storyteller and writer, he has earned a devoted fan base for his original stories told in front of live audiences, in a popular podcast, and now collected and published in book form. He lives in Los Angeles.

Fred Sanders, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction and memoir to fiction and mystery and suspense.