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November 15, 2014 / Leslie

Audiobook: Big Driver by Stephen King

A Rapid Review

BigDriverBig Driver by Stephen King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster | October 2014
Format: Audio Download | 4½ hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

Mystery writer Tess has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no problems. But following a last-minute invitation to a book club 60 miles away, she takes a shortcut home with dire consequences.

When Tess’s car gets a flat tire, she accepts help from a man who instead attacks and rapes her, leaving her for dead. Yes, we see this coming, but she’s stuck on a lonely road and in an area with no cell phone service, leaving her few choices.

Big Driver is a classic justice and revenge story with just the right amount of scary to give me the creeps and keep me looking over my shoulder. Being female, this was a horror story for me, but a delightfully satisfying one as Tess saves herself and exacts revenge on her attacker. Who hasn’t taken that leap of faith and then was very thankful when things turned out OK? But in Tess’s case, it didn’t.

If the plot sounds vaguely familiar to some, that’s because this novella was originally published as part of the 2010 anthology, Full Dark, No Stars, and re-released as a tie-in to the recently aired Lifetime movie.

Audio production:
The story was written in the first person and narrated by Jessica Hecht. She uses a wide range of emotion for Tess – at first gentle and timid and eventually the determined and forceful personality Tess becomes. She picked up the pacing as the tension of the story increased, making this an enjoyable, if not somewhat creepy, four and a half hours.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. Sheila (Book Journey) / Nov 15 2014 1:08 pm

    SOLD! I am downloading this one!


  2. irene / Nov 15 2014 2:46 pm

    I cannot read Stephen King, it’s just too scary for me, but glad you enjoyed it.


  3. diane / Nov 16 2014 8:44 am

    That was a good one. I listened to it several years ago as part of Full Dark, No Stars collection.


  4. Techeditor / Nov 16 2014 11:01 am

    I read this story as part of the book full dark, no stars. It is the best story in that book. The best thing about it is that, rather then a horror story, it is a story about real people and a possible real situation.


  5. Mary / Nov 16 2014 11:20 am

    Although I’m not into creepy, this sounds like a great audiobook!


  6. Suko / Nov 16 2014 11:21 am

    Leslie, I’m glad you enjoyed this!


  7. BermudaOnion / Nov 16 2014 7:53 pm

    Hm, they must be releasing all the stories from that collection because I listened to another one from it. This sounds good to me.


  8. stacybuckeye / Nov 21 2014 10:25 pm

    Stephen King is one author who seems to do it all right! This looks good and creepy!


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