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Cujo

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Lorna Raver
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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The number-one national best seller for Stephen King's rabid fans, Cujo "hits the jugular" (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

Cujo is a 200-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written.

"A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won't let go" (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man's best friend.

©1981 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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One of my favourite Stephen King books!

This was a book that I enjoyed very much in the audiobook form. The narrator has a large spectrum of ‘voices’ although I found that she does a much better job with the adult voices. The author has his well known way of building real suspense and terror and I enjoyed that he did not take ‘sides’ and presented the world equally through poor Cujo’s eyes. But then I am a dog person and that really influenced my view. Loved the book!

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Cujo!

This book is so amazing! I got Right into it and it’s extremely hard to put it down! I felt like I was in the book apart of the problem when Cujo was attacking tad and his mom.

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One of King's best

Excellent book. Excellent narration. Only gripe I have is that the narrator didn't pause between chapters which was a little bit jarring to go right into the next character without a second to readjust.

Besides that, fantastic!

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  • J. Freudenberg
  • 2016-11-04

Good story, annoying narrator

If you could sum up Cujo in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful but slow-ish

What did you like best about this story?

My favorite thing was that Cujo had his own point of view. He wasn't a monster at all, really.

What aspect of Lorna Raver’s performance would you have changed?

I would have replaced her with someone less annoying. Her performance made me have less sympathy for the characters -- she made the main character seem wimpy and irritating and her Tad was a whiny, irritating child.

Who was the most memorable character of Cujo and why?

Cujo - he wanted to be a Good Dog and he WAS, until the rabies ruined his brain. I felt a lot of sympathy for him (more when I read the written version than I did with the audiobook)

Any additional comments?

It sure would be nice if Stephen King would narrate his own books. I may be picky because I saw that some people really enjoyed this narrator, but I just could not stand her.

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  • Tina B
  • 2017-09-24

Bad narrator ruined a good book

I read this book years ago but didn't really remember it much. I probably should have stuck with a book on this one rather than the audible. The story was good, but not really my favorite King story. Hands down, The Stand is my favorite from King but more recently I have read "Lisey's Story " and "Bag of Bones" which I also really loved.

As others have mentioned, It was the narrator that really made me dislike listening to this book. Her voice was too old for the main character Donna who is supposed to be a young mother. I feel bad saying this but I felt like I was listening to an old woman who had smoked most of her life, it was rough and shaky. The most annoying part was her voice of Tad. It was too whiney, which I don't think was the impression I got from actually reading the book myself. This audible story could really use an update to the narration.

It will be a sad day when Stephen King stops writing. I look forward to more amazing stories from him.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-12-26

Gut Wrenching, SOAP OPERA

IT WAS AMAZING HOW BAD YOU CAN HURT WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING PHYSICALLY WRONG
Like most King books, the characters are well written and fleshed out. I felt that the horror was minimal, barely even classifying this as a horror novel. The main theme revolved around a main character whose wife cheats on him. We are made to feel his humiliation and his hurt. I felt the hurt so much, that unlike him, I could not forgive his wife. Everything she did made me mad. King empathizes and tries to give a good excuse for her infidelity, but I felt the hurt so much that it did not work for me. Some may ask if I would have felt the hurt so much if it had been the other way around and to be honest I don't know. As a man, if your wife cheats, it makes you question, everything in your life. Most men's lives are so wrapped around masculinity and if they don't have that they have no worth, as a human. That may be right or wrong, but it is what society has made us. WEARING THE HORNS

GARY DIDN'T GIVE A SH IT.
King writes like a fisherman. He hooks you by getting you to care about his characters and than he reels you in by putting them in scary situations. Like most books there is plenty of pop culture from 1981 thrown in. King also seemed to be worried about getting older, as there are several references to it.

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I loved the narrator and thought she did a great job. Some others disagree. She was very dramatic, maybe for some, too much so. I know I got real tired of the four year old and his crying, yet it was very realistic of real life.

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  • M. Rua
  • 2016-04-18

Just o.k.

This is one of those rare instances where I liked the movie better than the book. This story takes a long time to develop and has far too much backstory. I also didn't care for this narrator at all.

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  • Tara
  • 2018-08-07

Children's book?

Does the narrator think this is a children's book? The way she reads it brings to mind a librarian, dressed as a witch, reading books to children around Halloween. I can actually picture her holding the book so we can follow along and see the pictures. The story is great. Horrible but great. It doesn't deserve this stage narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-30

Love this story

A true classic. makes the movie look shotty at best lol. A must read for a fan.

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  • Cynthia
  • 2017-09-15

Wonderful narration, classic King story

I loved this audio book. It was a bit slow at a couple points but the superb narration pulled me through to the next tense or exciting bit easily. A couple twists and multiple stories but nothing too complicated. Great story that even had me sympathizing with the "monster" at times. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • The Kindler
  • 2016-12-16

Coincidence with lots of Dumb Decisions

For the most part it was an alright tale but you could predict exactly what was going to happen. Similar to a bad 1980's horror flick. Not my favorite King novel.

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  • Hector Montemayor
  • 2016-11-19

nice book very well narrated

I liked it very much! nicely narrated and quite an interesting story about rabies highly recommended if you like Stephen King

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  • Scar Maddox
  • 2016-04-28

Amazing well read

My all time favorite King book very well narrated by the creepy lady from drag me to hell

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