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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  153,553 Ratings  ·  1,905 Reviews
“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.”

It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he and his best friend Dennis Guilder spot the dilapidated 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury for sale—dubbed “Christine” by its original cantankerous owner—rusting away on a front lawn of their suburban Penns
Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 13th 2001 by LGF (first published April 29th 1983)
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Kevin My reccommondations
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2. 'salem's Lot
3. Dead Zone
4. Cujo
5. Firestater
6. Different Seasons
7. Misery
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10 The Bachman Books
11. It
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Jul 19, 2007 Kerstin rated it it was amazing
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
Joe Valdez
Oct 10, 2016 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things who might be unaware of how freely the creators sampled '80s pop culture--right down to the title font--need look no further than three novels by Stephen King: one I've read (Firestarter), one I'm reading this month (It) and one I'll review now. Published in 1983--the same year that Stranger Things takes place--Christine is an often haunting and at times bittersweet tale about growing up; specifically, that time when adulthood threatens to detour cheris ...more
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 reading of ‘grown-up’ fiction had no interest in the King
Dirk Grobbelaar
Feb 22, 2014 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, books-i-own
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
Jason P
Mar 20, 2016 Jason P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Dan Schwent
Nov 05, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2013
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.
Stefan Yates
May 01, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
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
Jan 19, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
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
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
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



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
Edward Lorn
Nov 29, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
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
Jun 29, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GODS! What a f*cking treat! I totally loved this book. I cannot remember why I passed it over way back when. I was on-board the King express from THE SHINING and forward, reading every release. Even buying the hardbacks, which was an unbelievable treat in my boyhood home.

What a special pleasure to have hidden away from myself. An early King masterpiece. I'd forgotten that he could be this good! It's made me re-evalutate King. I have to re-read his early works that I loved so. And I've got
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
Feb 07, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Thomas Strömquist
Oh, how I have to eat what I said about this book in my original review (of the Swedish translation) here. "Will hold up for many re-reads yet"... No, actually, this was most likely my final time revisiting the story. Don't get me wrong, it's really good and I'm awarding it a strong 4-stars rating with very little to do with nostalgia. Still, book #15 is the first one I've lowered my rating of and let me tell you why.

First, the middle part of the book, where we inexplicably shift narrator from D
Dec 17, 2015 Mariana rated it it was amazing
Acabo de terminar de leer este libro y estoy muy, muy sorprendida.
Cuando leí de qué se trataba por primera vez pensé que iba a ser aburrido, pero como ya lo había comprado y está escrito por mi autor favorito pensé en darle una oportunidad.
No sé si este es una de las mejores obras de King - de hecho, creería que no, pero llegó a gustarme muchísimo.
Tengo que decir que fueron los últimos capítulos los que me hicieron darle cinco estrellas. Me puso muy, muy, muy nerviosa - en un estado de tensión i
Tariq Alferis
Jul 24, 2015 Tariq Alferis rated it it was amazing
.- ” حالما تصبح اباً فإنك تعلم علم اليقين أنك في طريقك إلى الموت ، عندما تملك ولداً ترى قبرك بعينيك “.
كان الكتاب هذا أول لقاء مع الكاتب، كان سر اختياره صدفة "زي" أغلب الكُتب الجيدة قبل السفر لتونس بيوم قررت نمشي لأقرب مكتبة ونختار أطول كتاب باش يكون رفيقي في الرحلة المملة في البداية "ماكنتش" نعرف أن القصة لها علاقة بالرُعب والدراما وإلخ، أسلوب السرد في البداية كان كوميدي وعادي، ولما وصلت أحداث القصة في " جو الأكشن وماتقولش اهوا نوقف شيء لعند اخر ورقة"، وفي خاطري وين السمى يارايس قصدي وين النهاية
Oct 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
I believe this is the third or fourth time I've visited with Christine. I blame Walmart for suddenly having an influx of Uncle Stevie's books in mass market paperback.

This time around was just as good as the last. It got me to thinking that perhaps it's time for another possessed object. I know Bill Hodges is done now so maybe something like this?

Just a thought. You're the expert, Mr. King.

4 ninja-bunnehs-a-drivin
Jun 24, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 1980-1989
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.
Jul 26, 2016 Mortley rated it it was amazing
I love Stephen King.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
May 27, 2015 Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk) rated it it was amazing
That was one hell of a ride, my friends! Like literally! "Christine" is gorgeous, so feminine and powerful - hypnotizing with her inner evil. I fell in love with her, and frankly, I haven't had so much fun in a very long time. This fabulous fury becomes on of my favorites Stephen King novels of all time.
Jane Stewart
Oct 01, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-fiction
Above average. Not great, but entertaining.

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.

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
Jul 03, 2016 Antonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possession
Ο Stephen King έχει ασχοληθεί συχνά με μηχανές που στοιχειώνουν και κυνηγούν τους ανθρώπους (Maximum Overdrive, The Cell, From a Buick 8 κτλ.), αλλά η "Κριστίν" (Christine) είναι μάλλον το καλύτερό του βιβλίο με αυτό το θέμα. Σπυριάρης έφηβος συναντά την Κριστίν, μια σαραβαλιασμένη Πλύμουθ του 1958, την ερωτεύεται, την αγοράζει, την φτιάχνει και η ζωή του αλλάζει (ιστορία τρόμου είναι, οπότε καταλαβαίνετε προς ποια κατεύθυνση). Με αφηγητή τον κολλητό του 17χρονου ήρωα, ο King δημιουργεί και πάλ ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Ben Loory
I am always in awe of how well Stephen King remembers childhood. All the terrors and pleasures and weird beliefs and rituals. Nobody takes me back the way he does.

Feel like this book sorta goes off the rails once the ghost of the previous owner starts popping up. It's so powerful in the beginning, when it's a book about this loser kid finally connecting with something for the first time (this car he finds and begins to rebuild). When the focus is on how that newfound focus starts to change him,
Dec 26, 2015 Michela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Eu acho que entendi então que o que realmente assusta as pessoas sobre o processo de crescimento é que paramos de experimentar a máscara da vida e começamos a experimentar outra. Se a infância quer dizer aprender a viver, então ser adulto significa aprender a morrer."
Martin Rondina
Aug 11, 2015 Martin Rondina rated it really liked it

Nos encontraremos con la historia de Arnie Cunningham, un joven de 17 años, sumiso y caracterizado como el nerd de la universidad. Un día de regreso a su hogar mientras caminaba junto a su amigo Dennis se toparán con un vehículo estacionado en el jardín de una residencia, un Plymouth Fury modelo 1958. Arnie automáticamente queda enamorado de este auto tan particular, el cual se encontraba en pésimas condiciones, Él estará empecinado en comprarlo y refaccionarlo, a su amigo Dennis esto le p
Eric Leonard
Dec 02, 2016 Eric Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read Christine in 10 days. These days reading this book were beautiful, I felt a lot while I was reading it. Or reading her, better said - only the ones who read it will understand.

Firstly, why I gave it 3 stars? Because the ending disappointed me too much. The whole book was good, Stephen has a unique talent of writing. It's not just the supranatural story.. it's about the evolution of the characters. This was my second book from Stephen and I'm not disappointed of him. He writes beautif
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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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