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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,218 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Now a Lifetime original movie, Stephen King's haunting story about an author of a series of mystery novels who tries to reconcile her old life with her life after a horrific attack and the one thing that can save her: Revenge.

Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Advised to take a shortcut at the suggestion of th
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published November 9th 2010)
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Before I sunk my teeth into BIG DRIVER- I was talking to a Goodreads friend... and she warned me that this may not be the short story for me. I assured her I would go into it forewarned- I do love when a woman gets revenge on a man that is deserving of it.

This book ticked that box for me...but that was the only box it ticked. It started out much stronger than its finish...and in between was kind of hard to take.

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Tess Thorne makes a comfortable living writing cozy mysteries- but some
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big Driver by Stephen King is a bit of a cross between a horror and thriller as the events involved certainly are considered horrific but are very real. And that leads to the content warning with this story being about rape but with also a lot of violence.

Tess Thorne is a famous author and has been out at a promotional event signing autographs and answering questions from the fans. After the event while Tess is driving she takes a route suggested to get her home faster but runs into some trouble
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty damn brutal even for a Stephen King book. At times it was a little hard for me to take. One thing I really didn't like about this story was how the rape-revenge story not only didn't seem original, but the book kept making references to many movies I felt this was copying. I am a huge King fan, but I don't think this was one of his better stories. I give the story 3 stars.

As far as the narrator went, I thought she did a great job. I've seen a few reviews that said she was annoyi
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big Driver

A shocking beginning leads to a true horror of a story for every female alive! When returning home from a speaking engagement, cozy women's mystery author Tess is stranded on an isolated back road with a blown tire and no cell phone service (of course) and when a 6' 6" GIANT steps out of a small F-150 pick-up to lend aid, his assistance soon turns to utter violence as she is.....(you can guess) (view spoiler)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Big Driver, a story originally published in King’s well-known 2010 anthology Full Dark, No Stars, was recently made into a Lifetime TV movie and aired in October 2014. The movie prompted a tie-in edition of the story, and the audio edition which was pulled from the original anthology audiobook.

Most days, Stephen King’s books are more than I can stomach. I generally read to avoid cruelty and real-life horror, and King’s stories bring precisely that into my merry head-in-the-sand existence. There
Jane Stewart
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woman is raped and plots revenge. I didn’t want to stop reading.

I love revenge stories and this is good. In typical S King fashion there are some unexpected things. I want happy endings and/or justice for the good guys and the ending met my needs.

For those sensitive about rape scenes: the rape is not explicitly described. There is mention of him punching her more than once.

I usually avoid short stories, but this was worth it. Really good.

The audiobook narrator Jessica Hecht did a fine job.

One of Stephen Kings short stories, Big Driver is a story of a woman wronged, who goes vigilante and gets justice on those who did her wrong.

I quick read, a page turner without all the eerie, far fetched scenarios I expect with King. I liked it though. This woman had some guts and sought her own revenge. Tried, convicted and sentenced!

Entertaining and quick.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, horror
I liked this. Malice and menace. Vigilante justice....Stephen King style. This was one of his short stories. One of the best things about his books are the characters. They are so well drawn. He brings light to even the smallest of details that still manages to illuminate something about the character. A little more each time. I love that. I also enjoy his writing. It isn't fluffy or frivolous. It is very focused as he dials into each character and the effect he is going for.
Listened to this audiobook with my husband while on a road trip. We hated it. I really disliked the narrator. I didn't think she fit the story at all. She sounded like she was on the verge of laughter all the time. Totally threw the vibe of the book off. We couldn't stand the MC. We were relieved that it was such a short audiobook.

His Rating: 1 star
My Rating: 1 star
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m very conflicted about this story. It runs into most of the troubles that most stories do when a straight cis dude writes a woman assaulted revenge tale, but it also was compelling enough that I couldn’t stop listening. I’d have even given it 3.5 Stars if it weren’t for all the completely random and unnecessary homophobia halfway through? I enjoyed the twists throughout even though this is literally like more implausible than even his supernatural books. I really like it when King writes a li ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2019
Tess Thorne is a mystery writer who's written 12 books a mystery series. She gets an invitation to be a guest speaker. After her appearance she's told she should take a shortcut rather than the main highway, so she does; however, on her way she comes across a block in the road, gets out to remove it, and a man (a GIANT) stops to help her. (view spoiler)

After such a
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this short story by Stephen King about a cozy mystery writer who find herself in a very difficult situation. Trigger warning: this story deals with rape and abuse. I really think Sai King did a great job of relating the attack, and the ramifications of what it does to a person's psyche. Great short story.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Memorable, this certainly is. Do I want to remember it? Well. Hm.

Did you ever see that reprehensible bit of snuff, I Spit on Your Grave? I did, when I was significantly younger, not knowing what to expect - I'd been looking at old lists of highly rated horror movies, and somehow, that was ranked up there. And somehow, to this day, gore porn smut still ranks in the horror genre. I don't pretend to understand - I find it infuriating, because I'm sick of watching torture porn, when I only wanted a
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ever wanted to know what Stephen King's take on revenge flicks like Last House on the Left would be like, read this. If you ever wanted to know what it would be like if the guy did what amounts to sort of his version of a feminist manifesto, read this. Somehow both light and fluffy, but grimy and cotton candy rolled around in sewage. That's all I'll say.
First, if you picked this book up on Audible, do not be fooled by the blurb! It is only the Big Driver story, not the anthology of 4 stories it advertises in the details. This was a touch disappointing, but not the book's fault.

I loved this story! Being a huge reader and fan of cozy mysteries, it was great having an author as the lead character. The whole narrative comes from her POV, and is delightful to read. Her perspective is a progressions, from carefree to traumatized. You know where the s
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Big Driver was an incredibly disturbing read for me. At times I wanted to just stop listening but King drew me in too well for that and I found myself pacing and holding my breath, while waiting to see where this was all going.

I certainly didn’t understand or agree with most of the choices that Tess made after surviving the horrid assault, but King made her character and her reasoning believable in the context of what she had been put through. I couldn’t help but cheer for her even wh
Colleen Morgan
I did not realize this was just a short story from one of King's books of short stories. I have not read the short story books because I prefer his longer works. I think this was only published on its own because it is being made into a Lifetime movie. And it is pretty much just a Lifetime movie.

Also, I was not fond of the reader who, for the first half of the story, used a voice affectation that made her sound like she was performing Story Time for5-year olds. Maybe it was a strategic choice? B
Bar Reads
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Female mystery writer gets raped and left to die, then goes bonkers. Horror done well.
I don't always love Stephen King's writing, but it's damn good here.
Chance and his Goosie Scale
This short story is why I love King's work. It's scary. I'm talking constantly looking over your back while walking down a dark hall scary. It's sad, frustrating, and realistic, because it deals with real, horrible atrocities in the world. It also gives you something to root for, which is not necessarily always the case with King's work.

Goosie Scale Rating: 8/10
I think King does well with weaving words in just the right way to send a shiver up your spine and make your hair stand. It's usually no
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a short story I purchased for a quick kindle read before I realized it was one of the stories in Stephen King's collection Full Dark, No Stars. Since its a short story, it will only get a. #40wordreview.
Tess Thorne is a writer of mystery novels, who is assaulted and left for dead. Tess decides to get revenge on her own, and faces a side of her she didn't know existed. King has created a new female badass.
Stephen King: always readable, sometimes annoying, occasionally moving, rarely dull.

This is the second novella that makes up 'Full Dark, No Stars'. It is a tale of one woman's revenge against her rapist. 2.5 to 3 stars, in my opinion. It was okay.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Short of It:

The kind of story you drop everything for. The kids can go hungry, but you’ve got to finish your read. You know the type I am talking about.

The Rest of It:

This little novella was actually part of a collection, originally published in Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King in 2010. But in case you haven’t noticed, King is on the popularity train right now. Many of his books and short stories have been adapted for film or TV or are in the works to be adapted soon and he has another ne
Big Driver is one of the novellas from Stephen King's 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars

Stephen King likes writing about authors. I think of Misery, The Dark Half, Finders Keepers and even The Dark Tower where the author himself appears.

I tend to think it makes the stories more 'real' or 'applicable' to him. Let's face it, who can write a story about an author better than someone who is a full-blooded author himself, right?

This novella is not any different. Tess Thorne drives home from a book c
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have liked almost everything King has ever written, but I am not a big fan of short stories in general. I read this on my Kindle and it came with another, shorter story, "Fair Extension," also pretty good. Big Driver is horrific because of the violence inflicted on the main character, not because of anything weird or paranormal (my favorite thing). Pretty good, as short stories go, and written, of course, in King's addictive (for me) style). If you like King and have read some of his stuff, I ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I tried to watch the Lifetime Movie a while ago and got through maybe 10 minutes before I had to flip it off. MAN!! That rape scene was brutal! I couldn't handle it!.... I could though in book form.

This is a neat little story about a woman who was raped and should have died.
A story about a woman who doesn't want to tell anyone what happened because if it got out she'd have to admit that she really got raped.
A story about a woman who is about to sweep it all under the rug until her cat tells her
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great King novella. I was left guessing until the end!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bert Zee
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has crafted a truly terrifying tale of rape and revenge with Big Driver. I’ve always thought Mr King is at his best when he’s writing dark dramas as opposed to full-on horror, some of my favourite stories by him are his lesser celebrated works such as Dolores Claiborne, Secret Window Secret Garden, and now, Big Driver.

He’s a master storyteller of course but Mr King is so often overlooked for his terrific writing, the way the story unfolds is quite clever. A lot of the story takes p
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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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