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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  137,751 ratings  ·  1,892 reviews
Stephen King puts nerve-tearing teeth into the terror of man's best friend turning into the ultimate beast.With this warning, prepare to meet Cujo, a friendly, playful 200-pound Saint Bernard who chases a rabbit into an underground cavern.

When he emerges from the darkness, he is something else. Something that the men, women, and children of Castle rock, Maine, do not suspe
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Library Binding, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1982 by Perfection Learning (first published 1981)
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Dan
Aug 20, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Edward Lorn
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
Nandakishore Varma
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...

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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
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Sh3lly ♛ Queen of Dragons and Wandering Crustaceans ♛
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
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Ruth Turner

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.

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Ebook:

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
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Jessica Phillip
Nov 28, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Gag.

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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Lyn
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
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Zack
Dec 13, 2007 Zack rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Heena P.
Aug 15, 2014 Heena P. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Stepheny
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
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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
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Jon
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
Michael
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
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Stephen
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
Bonnie
‘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
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Stefan Yates
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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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
Angelica
The book is awesome. :D At first, I almost got dizzy with the abrupt changes in POVs and scenarios. It felt as if there were too many things happening at the same time. There were too many issues tackled - marriage, family life, motherhood. Eventually, all of them converged to make a very excellent story.


After making me feel afraid of what might happen to the characters when Cujo tried to attack them, I still got heavyhearted at King's words: 'It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he h
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Jason
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Merci Pol
Cujo is interesting and well-written, but to be honest: I was expecting more from Stephen King. I read the book just because his name was written on the front page. The book is full of action, blood and shocking scenes, but where's the King's horror? The book is very good after all. You can see the writer typing page by page while reading the book, I can promise you that. Cujo is finished in the slow agony, which definitely is King's style. I think he wrote this book to calm himself down from al ...more
Squire
My third favorite King book. Bare bones, straight up horror. scary as hell. For the last 30+ years, I've instinctively covered my balls whenever I saw a strange dog wander.
Trudi
First line fever: Not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. A bunch of people make stupid assumptions which dragged the story, but great job on the monster (dog).

I really enjoyed the first half - getting to know various local people with different stories. For example: a guy who drinks too much. When he sees his friend the dog he says “Hello you son of a whore.” I like watching people say and do things I never would.

The second half has Cujo imprisoning Donna and her son in the car in the heat for a couple of days - growing closer and closer to
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Marvin
This is my pick for King's worst novel. That opinion is both subjective and objective.

First the subjective part. If you peruse my book list, you will have deducted that I am a big horror fan. But the horror of Cujo is maybe a bit too close to home. At the age of six I had my upper lip partially ripped off by a collie that attacked me for no reason. That would have been enough, but we were in a rural part of the country where it had to be sewn back on immediately by the emergency team...with none
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sj
I almost took away a star upon re-reading, but the Castle Rock connections kept it from that sad fate.

I don't hate this as much as I hate Wizard and Glass, which I gave 2 stars, so 3 it is…maybe 2.5 rounded up.

I was talking to my husband about how it's just too. damn. long last night, and how the cocaine and alcohol probably contributed to it seeming like a GREAT idea at the time…he then said "I think you'd pretty much have to be fucked up to think 400 pages about a rabid dog was a good idea f
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Clair Brooks
Stephen King’s Cujo though may be a classic, is not a book I enjoyed as much as I expected. The premise of the book that hooked me was the terrorific (which is a word by the way) plot of an oversized rabid canine who pillages a small town until his reign could be challenged.

However upon reading it I found that the massive St. Bernard Cujo was not in fact the grandous rivalry that was implied. The drama Cujo presents is more like a needle in a pile of needles than the ultimate conflict of the st
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Paula
Sigo en shock por ese final; habia visto el final de la pelicula y pensé que era igual al del libro pero no y admito que me pareció mejor este.
Una vez mas tengo que resaltar el talento de King para no quedarse solo en el terror y ser capaz de crear una historia sangrienta y a la vez tan triste que te desgarra el corazón como en este caso con Tadder y ese párrafo de Cujo que es desgarrador, y tantos otros libros suyos. Me gustó mucho.
Emma
What happens when 200lb best friend to Brett Cambers gets bitten by a rabid bat?

I didn't expect to even LIKE this. I've seen the movie and, while I don't remember very much about it, I do remember not liking it. I don't like King's books about cars, haunted cars, killer cars, whatever. So I figured, car, dog, what difference?

I was wrong. I couldn't put this down. This is the first book in a very long time that I've stayed up late into the night because I didn't want to stop reading.

This is one
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Scott
Spare, surprisingly effective, and more genuinely heartbreaking than I expected. Like much early King, it's as much about the stress and strain of everyday life-- lost jobs, crumbling marriages, missed opportunities, fading youth-- as it is about the abnormal or the supernatural.
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