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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  126,982 ratings  ·  1,421 reviews
Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury and the teenage boy, Arnold Cunningham, who buys it from the strange Roland LeBay.

Helped by Arnold's girlfriend Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder embarks to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: from murder, to suicide, and a strange feeling that
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Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 13th 2001 by LGF (first published 1983)
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I think they are all good. Some are horror, some are epic. Some are kinda everyday with a twist. For a range without getting into…more
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I think they are all good. Some are horror, some are epic. Some are kinda everyday with a twist. For a range without getting into the epics; Pet Cemetery, Salem's Lot, The Eyes of the Dragon, Lisie's Story. For a big one, try Under the Dome. He has 4 or 5 collections of short stories out, that's a good way to start also. They can get pretty deep. Over 20 of his books have connections to his Dark Tower series. His two latest are both good without being horror; Revival and Mr. Mercedes. None of the movies based on his books have done the books justice, so if you've watched a movie don't let that keep you from reading the book.(less)
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Kerstin
I have a real guilty-pleasure, love/love realtionship with Stephen King books. I don't care how literarily unhip that is. Christine was the first big-girl book I ever read--I was in the fourth grade and we'd just moved to California. I didn't have any friends or anywhere to go yet, so I spent my days poking around in the library, like any good nerd. I'd heard somewhere that Stephen King books contained scandalous curse words, so I picked it out of the library's King collection because the title ...more
Kemper
You never forget your first time, and the memories of my initial encounter with Stephen King when he lured me into the back of a 1958 Plymouth Fury and had his way with me are still clear over 30 years later.

For the record, he wasn’t gentle.

I was a wee lad of 13 when this came out, and Stephen King had established his reputation as America’s boogeyman after his breakout in the ‘70s. I wasn’t much of a horror fan and despite my increasing interest in ‘grown-up’ fiction had no interest in the King
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Dirk Grobbelaar
If I admitted that I probably enjoyed this more than The Shining – would that amount to sacrilege?

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There isn’t much I didn’t particularly enjoy about the novel, except perhaps for one or two pacing issues. Then again, the book is only about 500 pages, which is a lot less than some of those other King books. It is incredibly creepy at times, which I found surprising, since the idea of a “haunted car” might seem a bit, well, corny. It’s everything but. In fac
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Dan 1.0
Misfit Arnie Cunningham buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and it's love at first sight. As he fixes the car and his obsession with it grows, his life spins out of control.

11/5/2013 I'm putting Christine in park for now since it's not revving my engine. It's as slow as a Plymouth Fury with the emergency brake on. Hopefully I'll pick it back up in a few weeks and it'll get my motor running.
Jason P
My re-telling of the story "Christine" to my sixty-five year old immigrant mother, enjoy:

Me: "Mom?....are you listening? The story is about a haunted car"

Mom: "a what?"

Me: "a car, mom - the story is about a haunted, evil car that can drive by itself, and it kills people. Because it's haunted."

Mom: "a car can't do that...tell me a car can do that! You'd be lying."

Me: "No, mom, I know a car can't do that, but this one can, and its killed a ton of people already. There's these two main characters,
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Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Holter Graham – Excellent narration

As always, Holter Graham narrates this story beautifully. The only criticism I have is that the Epilogue was at the beginning of the book! o.O

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Excerpt from The Great Stephen King Reread by Grady Hendrix...

“Christine wasn’t just unusual for its location or the terms of its contract, it was also unusual because it was the first book in which King became everything people accused him of being. Cujo may be famous as the book Stephen
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Stefan Yates
Christine is not one of Stephen King's greatest works by any means, but it is still a good story with moments of real suspense and terror. I feel that one of King's biggest short-comings with this novel was having the tale told by a future Dennis. To me, this takes away a lot of suspense from some of the most tense scenes in the book because the reader is being told the tale by a character who is involved in a near-death experience, therefore revealing that the narrator survived his experience. ...more
Sara
Finished this book last night. This was my first real attempt at a Stephen King novel. The Mist had me warmed up to King and I figured I'd snag an other good ol' book of his from my library. Unlike the mist, this finally had an ending (which I'm glad about because after over 500 pages, I would have screamed if it left it with no closure). Sure, it wasn't exactly the happiest and there were still a few things left open ended but it was sufficient. My only question now is:
Does Stephen King have ra
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Edward Lorn
First off, I'm a King fanboy, but I'm a little different from other fanboys. Here's what I think: When King's good, he's the best in the business. When he sucks, he's still readable, but it pisses me the fuck off because I know what he's capable of. Being readable even when he's off his game is how he's maintained my fandom while Koontz and Saul eventually lost my monetary involvement. I will still read the latter, but only through NetGallery and library borrows. With every King release, I purch ...more
Becky
This is one of the few King stories that I had never read. I don't know why I'd never read it, but it just seemed to me like reading about a car wasn't really my thing. I'm not a car girl. I drive one, but I don't dream about them, or get excited by them. I guess I was afraid that this book would be a few hundred pages of specs and details and owner's manual stuff, mixed in with a maniacal car tormenting stupid car-kids that would annoy me rather than making me hope they make it to the last page ...more
Justin
One of the better Stephen King books I've read in a while. I read this right after reading Salem's Lot and noticed a similar formula in King's writing. Like Salem's Lot, the first half of the book is devoted to character development and drawing you into the setting. There are some dark elements mixed in early on to keep you interested, and then the second half of the book really takes off and things go crazy.

This time we're in Libertyville, PA (which is an awesome name for a fictional town). Ag
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Stephen
3.5 stars. I remember really liking this when I was younger. I think this is one that belongs in that large category of good, solid stories from Stephen King. Not one of his best but worth the read.
John
Ever wondered about those guys who say: “I love my car”, and look like they really mean it? Have you ever sympathized with wives and girlfriends who had a pained expression on their face as they complained: “He loves that car more than me”?
Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury, as red as the blood spilt during every term of ownership, in one of author Stephen King’s best horror stories about man’s abiding passion for cars, the need for speed, a greedy jealous love, and an obsession that turns into p
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Jennifer
I saw the movie version of Christine at least a decade ago and I absolutely hated it. It was dull and honestly, I don't think I understood what was really going on. I just kept thinking, if you'd just stop putting gas in that car all of your problems would be solved.

Finally mustering up the courage to read the book, I found Christine to be a wonderful surprise. It was long and detailed, but these details made up the back story that was sorely missing from the movie. This was well done, well expl
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Finally have read this one. Great book - it almost completely follows the movie but there is a major difference to be had. While the events are the same basically, the story behind it is altered majorly. I was a bit peeved about Dennis and Leigh, and it was odd with King's point of view -- for the first 200 pages or so he told the story through first-person (Dennis, the friend.) Suddenly, he switches to multiple viewpoints until page 350 or so. Then he stays in first person, Dennis only, for the ...more
Nikki
Can't guess as to when I properly read this. I just grabbed it out of a box I haven't touched in at least three years, though, so I'll make a guess. Anyway, this is one of my Mysterious Disappearing Reviews which GR can neither explain nor recover (I have now given up on even reporting the issue unless I have a list of evidence for the review's existence, which in this case I don't). So I'll keep this brief: I remember liking this, being drawn to read the rest of it, feeling pretty unsettled -- ...more
Jane Stewart
Above average. Not great, but entertaining.

STORY BRIEF:
Unpopular pimply faced high school senior Arnie falls in love at first sight with a used car. He buys it. It’s obsessive love. There are supernatural elements to this car. Arnie has one good friend Dennis who narrates the story.

OPINION:
A lot of the story is depicting high school and family life with interesting and engaging characters, dialogue, and events. The other part is the car and the supernatural. I love revenge stories, and the car g
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Paula
Cada libro que leo me hace admirar más a Stephen King, su forma de escribir, el cambio en los narradores y como puede hacer una historia sangrienta pero que a la vez te deja triste, es un genio.
Nicola Mansfield
I've been re-reading King's works for the last several years now. The last few books were not horror stories so I was looking forward to getting back to the genre with this one. However, "Christine" is about on on par with "Firestarter" for me. The book drags on as the entire first half is set-up. It is not until about page 250 that anyone gets killed. There is a limited number of characters here for such a hefty book; I much prefer when King carries a large cast as in Salem's Lot or The Shining ...more
John Dow
Took me a long time to read this, due to various external factors, but it was well worth the effort. I think I was about 14 when I read it the first time and the re-reading brought back a whole pile of happy (and not so happy) memories. It seems that books have an ability to connect me to my past that nothing else comes close to.
Todd Western-Normanton
This book was pretty amazing. I was hesitant at first to read this book due to the odd theme about a killer car. But it was definitely worth it. Full of thrills and horror, Christine is a great read! Really loved this book and hope the movie will have the same appeal- when I watch it, as the book did!
Patricia
Muy buen libro! Me sorprendió gratamente, tenía previsto leerlo mucho más adelante, muy superior a la película, lo único que le criticó es que por momentos se excede con los detalles, sobretodo en la primera mitad del libro.
Мая
Когато започнах "Кристин", още от първите редове бях сигурна и си казах: "Ето още един роман на Краля, който ще се нареди сред любимите ми."
В нея той отново се проявява като голям познавач на човешката душевност, първопричините и мотивациите зад всяко от решенията ни, проблемите ни и следствията от тях.

Книгата разказва за един аутсайдер, неговият единствен приятел и една кола. Но колата е повече от това, тя е другар, дълго търсеният и чакан, с когото най-накрая да се събереш, да се слееш изцял
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Damon Lee
503 pages

It was in the 1970’s where Dennis Guilder and Arnold Cunningham found a red Plymouth Fury, it was an old and used car, it was DILAPDATING. The owner makes Arnie a deal and sold the car for $250. The name of the car was Christine and Dennis and Arnold decides to buy it, while Arnie was in the house with the owner doing the papers and stuff, Dennis hops in the car. Dennis felt as though he was in the 1950’s he was freaked out and warned him not to get it. This is where it really gave me
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David Sarkies
May 09, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a really good horror book
Recommended to David by: Jeremy Groffen
Shelves: horror
How our possessions in turn possess us
21 January 2012

I have read a few Stephen King books and I must say that my favourites so far would be this book and Firestarter. In high school my English teacher had a chip on his shoulder regarding Stephen King, referring to his books as pulp literature and airport trash (a term that he used to describe books that you purchase at airport bookshops to read on the plane - his thoughts being that such books tend to have little literary merit and are simply r
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Zoltán
Ez a könyv egyebek mellett arra is bizonyíték, miért nem lehet "receptkönyvből" minőségi regényt írni. Mert hogy a Christine - s persze nem egyedül a Stephen King opusok között - valóban remek alkotás. Továbbá, az is kiderül belőle, miben áll az eredeti és az epigon közötti különbség. A történet ugyebár nem szűkölködik akciókban és elborzasztó jelenetekben, mégsem ezekben áll a védjegye: a természetfeletti voltaképpen csak eszköz annak hatásos ábrázolására, mivé, miféle torz szörnyeteggé változh ...more
Lisa Pegg
Usually I don't mind reading horror, and have read plenty of Stephen King's novels to know what they're like, but after Christine I remember laying in bed, wide awake, trying not to stare outside the window for fear of car lights or a dead corpse appearing out of nowhere. Obviously after a while the fear wore off and I went to sleep thinking, "So stupid ..." but in a way I kind of liked that a book could have that effect on me. That's what a book is supposed to do, and King does not hesitate in ...more
Marvin
Not my favorite King but a fun read. There is a lot to recommend it. King doesn't disappoint in the "I write like a son-of-a-bitch" department. The main character developed nicely from geeky nerd to vicious nerd. But I guess it's the haunted car aspect that bothers me. The idea of a car being "born bad" is just a little silly to me and its metamorphosis required too much of a suspension of disbelief...even for a King novel. On the other hand, it does bring up an interesting question to mull over ...more
Lightblue
Ogni volta è così difficile recensire un libro di King, dire qualcosa che riesca a descrivere pienamente la bellezza dei suoi libri. Come ho detto altre volte, riesce a rendere paurose e terrorizzanti anche le cose più banali, come in questo caso con Christine: una vecchia macchina che viene acquistata da Arnie, uno dei giovani protagonisti.
In seguito all’acquisto, Arnie cambia di giorno in giorno, diventando una persona completamente diversa, crudele e spietata verso anche le persone che più a
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Gary Butler
41st book read in 2014.

Number 155 out of 384 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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