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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  157,496 Ratings  ·  2,563 Reviews
Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole - a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inexorably drawing in all the people around him makes for one of the most heart-stopping ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Plaza y Janés (first published September 8th 1981)
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Mariana Schneider No, Cujo is a very sweet dog until he becomes "bad" and it shows throughout the book. There are several parts narrated on his point of view that will…moreNo, Cujo is a very sweet dog until he becomes "bad" and it shows throughout the book. There are several parts narrated on his point of view that will make you feel sorry for him instead of hate. Makes me want to hug my dog.(less)
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Dan Schwent
Nov 23, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-books
When a two hundred pound St. Bernard goes rabid, no one is safe! Who will fall to Cujo before the disease he carries finishes him off?

I'm just going to come out and say it. Most of this book feels like filler to me. I think King took what was potentially an award winning tale of terror and jammed as much padding into it as he could until it was one of his shorter novels. Basically, it's a fantastic short story wrapped in a soap opera I couldn't give two shits about.

That being said, Cujo is a rea
Edward Lorn
Nov 17, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
Cujo is a hard book to read. It's a short book, but there are certain scenes that just gut me. And all those sections occur in the last 25 pages of the book. The first half of this book goes by rather quickly. Then Donna and Tad get stuck out at Camber's place and I simply do not want to continue reading. The first time I read this book was after having watched the movie. Cool enough flick. Slasher film with a dog instead of a masked killer. Survivor is the woman and her son. Rock on. I don't li ...more
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog owners and claustrophobics.
I'm guessing that many of you own or have owned a dog at some point in your life. And, i'm also guessing that you'd consider said dog to be loyal to you and part of your family. So, I ask you, can you possibly imagine what you'd do if your dog went rabid?

Pooch would lose his appetite. Start to become easily confused. Tired. His brain would melt and with that he'd forget about you. Forget the loyalty and love he held for you.

He'd feel intense pain.

In his eyes YOU would become the reason that he f
Oct 25, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who need to remember to love on their big dogs!
4.5* New movie version currently in production!

This book was so well written, the characters completely fleshed out, that it's very hard to believe King wrote this book so drunk that he doesn't even remember writing it! Wow! And to then win the British Fantasy Award...and (two!) movies. All I ever seemed to do when I was drunk was trash the house....and worse--hurt those who loved me closest (which is why, like King, I gave the stuff up over a year ago).

What a complete page turner--very hard to
Feb 18, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
Writing a review about Cujo is a little like reminiscing about being a teenager and listening to Black Sabbath.

Trying to describe it, and to put the experience in words, reveals the cartoonish elements in stark relief. But while being read, the novel is rich with storytelling and more complex than would seem on it's surface.

Yes, it's about a town that gets eaten by a big, rabid dog, but King is able, and with some credibility, to tell a tale of modern paranoia and suspense, with elements of ho
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Even though I don't think it will spoil your reading experience, I have to warn you that there are mild spoilers ahead.

I wrote in my review of The Shining that it was the scariest book that I ever read. Well, that may be, but there the horror ended when I closed the book.

With Cujo, it started then...


Every child is afraid of the monster that creeps upon him when the lights are out in the bedroom and mom and dad are safely ensconced in their
Aug 30, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-terror
Te dije que se irían, Tad, le susurró. Siempre lo hacen al final. Y entonces yo puedo volver. Me gusta volver. Tú me gustas, Tad. Ahora volveré todas las noches, creo, y todas las noches me acercaré un poco más a tu cama... y un poco más... hasta que una noche, antes de que puedas llamarles a gritos, oirás algo rugiendo, algo rugiendo justo a tu lado, Tad, y seré yo y me abalanzaré sobre ti y entonces te comeré y estarás en mí.

Alguien me puede decir ¿qué era lo que había en el armario de Tad?
Jul 12, 2016 Kandice rated it it was amazing
This book is terrifying. More so because the important events in the story could all actually happen. They are real possibilities. This story would not work in today’s age of cell phones and constant communication, but for anyone with a memory of the way things used to be, it reads as all too possible. On a personal note, I have always kept a small box of water bottles and snacks in my car since learning to drive because of THIS book.

Any true King fan knows how he loves to tie his novels togethe
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 05, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror

I thought about just leaving that one word as my review. Or maybe adding "'nuff said" as they used to say in Marvel Comics when I was "younger". I thought maybe though you'd like more.

I hate it. This is one of those books I can't say enough about...enough bad that is. You like being depressed? You like looking for the worst? Your real life doesn't have enough CRAP happening in it so you want to add more??? Well, then you've found it. If you are the kind of person who says that novels should
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I guess I'll stick with my original 3-star rating. This almost feels like it should have been a novella. There isn't quite enough meat here for a full-length novel. By the end, I just wanted it over and stopped caring about the switches back and forth between town members who weren't even in town during Cujo's rabid attacks (but are partially indirectly responsible).

However, Stephen King is really good about keeping you interested in various types of gray characters. Some of them are just cut an
Mar 19, 2014 Stepheny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King never lets me down. Everything he writes just works for me. Cujo was no different. This book scared the bejesus out of me, mostly due to the chances of it happening. Granted, in today’s world with smart phones and nosy neighbors and everyone living on top of one another, it is less likely for it to happen… but it could happen…

Every single character in this book is a victim. Every. One. How does that happen? How is no one the hero? Or the winner? Everyone lost in this book. Even Cujo
Ruth Turner
Jan 24, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing

Audiobook – Narrated by Lorna Raver – Average narration.

This is my first experience with Lorna Raver and I didn’t particularly like it.

I don’t often enjoy female narrators, and Raver was no exception. I found her pacing to be slightly off and her character voices grating. I didn’t finish it.



The formatting in the ebook I have is horrendous. Incorrect words, missing letters, an absolute nightmare!

This is only the second time I’ve read this book, and that’s one time too many. After the fi
Dec 13, 2007 Zack rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Oh I don't know
Damn this is not what everyone said it would be! I appreciate good suspense, but trust me, after 50 pages in that frickin' car, you get pretty bored.
It started out awesomely, with Cujo getting bit and going slowly rabid. He kills a few, and then I said, "Yes! Here comes the good part!" but that was the end of the good part. It became such a boring book, it was hard to get through.
The sideplots were lacking, especially the cereal crap. I was sick of business. Where's the suspense? I could've pick
Jessica Phillip
Nov 28, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
Shelves: horror
Cujo slept.
He lay on the verge of grass by the porch, his mangled snout on his forepaws. His dreams were confused, lunatic things. It was dark, and the sky was dark with wheeling red-eyed bats. He leaped at them again and again, and each time he leaped he brought one down, teeth clamped on a leathery, twitching wing. But the bats kept biting his tender face with their sharp little rat-teeth. That was where the pain came from. That was where all the hurt came from. But he would kill them all. He
Jun 20, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
Cujo gets bitten by a rabid bat and the big friendly lovable Saint Bernard turns into a murderous beast. I really enjoyed this one a lot. I loved that Cujo's point of view was included. I couldn't help but feel for Cujo with all that happened to him due to circumstances beyond his control. I liked the small town setting of Castle Rock, Maine. The story was very atmospheric with an underlying tone of dread and apprehension throughout. Exciting, engrossing, bleak, sad, and very enjoyable.
Kevin Cambronero
Aug 14, 2016 Kevin Cambronero rated it really liked it
Shelves: terror, stephen-king
Otra gran obra de King.
Jan 09, 2017 Raha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از اون دسته کتاب هایی بود که موقع خوندنش کلی آدرنالین ترشح می کنید. در کل کتاب خوبی بود....حاشیه زیاد داشت ولی انقدری نبود که حوصله تون رو سر ببره بلکه بیشتر مشتاقتون می کرد که ببینید قراره بعدش چه اتفاقی بیوفته. توصیه میکنم که اگر مثل من یه مقدار ترسو و خیالاتی هستین این کتاب رو قبل از خواب مطالعه نکنید که بعدش تا صبح 20 بار از خواب بپرید و به خودتون و نویسنده ی کتاب لعنت بفرستید :دی
Martin Rondina
Jul 18, 2016 Martin Rondina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cujo...Cujo... mi tan subestimado Cujo!

Cuando empecé a leer esta novela, leí mas criticas negativas que positivas. Hacía rato que quería comenzar a leerlo, pero no me animaba por los comentarios de los lectores (grave error). ¿Qué decir de esta novela? bajo mi punto de vista, solo una palabra la define: "EXCELENTE". Un libro que va más allá de una trama lineal, nuevamente nos encontramos en el maravilloso Castle Rock, Maine, creado por Stephen King. Acá no conoceremos la historia de un perro rab
Aug 17, 2016 Latasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is about so much more than a rabid dog. I really liked it. I like that frank dodd from the dead zone is now the town boogeyman!
Dec 19, 2016 Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Of Stephen King's novels, this is probably the most difficult one for me to read. It's well-written, don't get me wrong -- the prose here is absolutely gorgeous, among King's most direct and poetic -- but it is so bleak. There is nary a light in the tunnel. Instead, this novel is King's way of shrugging his shoulders and saying "stuff happens." Like Roadwork before it, Cujo's gritty realism can yield fascinating results, but the journey is absolutely gut-wrenching.

What makes Cujo so fascinating
In many ways, Cujo is the animal equivalent of The Shining. In The Shining, it's Jack Torrance going mad and inflicting reign of terror upon victims in an isolated location. In Cujo, it's a 200 pound St. Bernard, bitten by a bat and gone slowly mad due to rabies infection who becomes a killing machine and inflicts a reign of terror upon victims in an isolated location.

And while most of Stephen King fans will agree that The Shining is the better novel, I think a lot of King fans are too quick to
Oct 15, 2011 Jon rated it it was amazing
Visceral, raw. In this 1981 novel, King reaches for the reader's jugular and never lets go. You have a cheating wife, a workaholic husband, a fearsome child who believes a monster lies waiting in his closet, a raging mad sex-fiend who vows to tear a family apart, an abusive and alcoholic husband, an emotionally and physically tortured wife, a confused little boy...and then you have Cujo, a friendly, gently, hulking St. Bernard who's been the victim of a nasty bat-bite. Before long, all of these ...more
‘It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY, had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.’

Cujo is a seemingly simple story minus all the supernatural thrill
Apr 30, 2015 R.a. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-gen, fic-horror
4.25 stars.

Note of Caution: If dogs endear you, you will find such pain and sadness with this novel. Fair warning.

The Richard Bachman novel writing appears to have affected, consciously or unconsciously, the Stephen King novel writing as King writes less “horror” story here and more social commentary. And, as Firestarter explored father-daughter relationships, Cujo marks a return, (The Dead Zone) to explore mother-son relationships.

Shedding larger governmental plots and Machiavellian schemes, Ki
Heena Rathore P.
Aug 15, 2014 Heena Rathore P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the King's fans and the respective genre lovers.
Being a Stephen King's fan, I knew even before starting the book that I'm in for another horrific journey. And believe me when I say I wasn't disappointed! King is one of the best authors I've ever read and this book is yet another masterpiece. The characters were very well built and so was each and everyone's background story. I loved Tad, Vic and Brett and of-course Cujo (just as an individual character and not personally.) The story establishes and takes direction slowly and steadily and prep ...more
2.0 stars. I have three general categories of Stephen King books. One is the truly exceptional (e.g., the Dark Tower series, the Stand and Night Shift). A second group is a large category that includes the solid to excellent books that were definitely worth reading (e.g., Firestarter, the Dead Zone, It and the Shining). The final group includes those books ranging from the not so good and sub-par to the "C'mon, Steve what were you thinking when you wrote this" which includes such examples as Dre ...more
Ah, old S.K. never fails to entertain and unsettle!

CUJO had been one of the elusive King novels for me, not sure why. I think it was because I'd heard somewhere that Stephen King was really messed up on drugs and booze when he wrote this, to the point of not even remembering writing it later. I guess I thought it might be crap because of that.

Well, you'd never know it! I found this novel scarier than his usual fare in a different way because it's about a dog that contracts rabies and does what
Jason P

I'm a pretty new animal/pet lover, I got my first dog last year around September, and after reading this book I felt for poor Cuje.
I remember watching the movie when I was a kid, being scared of ugly, mangy ol' Cujo, always waiting for him to jump out and get another victim.

But this time around, not so much. I not only felt bad for poor ol' Cuje but I actually wanted him to come out on top in the end (inside I knew he wouldn't but you can't blame a guy for wishing). Towards the end of the book I
Thomas Strömquist
There is plenty in King's Cujo to place a good sized lump of lead somewhere deep in the abdomen of the reader and a lot of these things have nothing at all to do with a lethally dangerous dog. The desperate and ugly extramarital affair of Donna and it's aftermath, the claustrphobic and abusive situation of Charity Cambers, who is constantly ravaged by worry for her son and torn between fear and loathing for her husband and at the same time bad conscience and a feeling of loyalty towards him. And ...more
Stefan Yates
Apr 30, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
I enjoyed Cujo more upon re-reading it than I remembered. I think that the first time that I read it, I was too young at the time to really have a solid understanding of just how screwed up the Trenton's life is becoming before their dealings with a rabid dog.

Cujo is maybe not the most action-packed King novel, I think only four people die in the entire novel. Most of the horror is derived in the tension and frustration involved in the situations that the characters are thrust into. Cujo is a tr
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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