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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441732950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441732958
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,325,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King's finest novel yet...the most tightly plotted of King's chillers, it is also the most terrifying (Cosmopolitan)

One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep (Sunday Express)

King's imagination is vast (Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stephen King's classic thriller about a young girl with a terrifying gift. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. L. A. Nicholson on 12 April 2006
Format: Paperback
It's not as well known a novel as say, The Stand or The Shining (although there was a film made starring Drew Barrymore), but for me this is one of King's best works. The story is of a man who takes part in a clinical trial of a new drug while at university, and who picks up an ability to influence people's actions with his mind, somewhat Jedi-like. He later passes on to his daughter the power to start fires with her mind, something which makes her the target of a shady government group intent on using her powers for their own gain.

It's one of King's most tightly plotted novels, completely lacking in his sometimes too-frequent ramblings that don't seem to go anywhere. Though not really horror, it does have King's typically excellent characterisation, and as usual I felt very connected to the main character's plight and cared a lot about his outcome. Definitely highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of Kings better books and keeps you hooked throughout. As usual for King (despite other failings) his characterisation is spot on and you engage straight away with the main characters, and therefore with their story. King manages to give just the right amount of edge to the government agency pursuing the pyrokinetic girl and her father and you begin to feel their frustrations and fear as they are relentlessly hunted down. This book is often overlooked in Kings body of work, but it is one of my favorites of his and well worth a read.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C.W.P on 21 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
King's tale of a young girl with the power of pyrokinesis is more than just the out and out horror you would expect. He engages the readers sympathy for the protagonists from the first page, with a father on the run from government agents with his tired little girl. King continues to engage our empathy with flashbacks to the murder of the girls mother, her own struggle to use her ability to help her father, and her attempts to controll her urge to use her power.
This novel is a testament to King's technique and as usual with Stephen King, every character is fully realised.
Reccomended for: King fans, horror fans, conspiracy theorists, literature lovers and anyone who wants a good story.

"'I'm all right daddy,'... 'Everything's okay'.
And that was when the cars began to explode"

Absolute genius!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "ruthyless" on 29 Jun 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book was brilliant, again there are no words to discribe it, it was truly sad and scary, you really see the true relationship between father and daughter.
you really see the heartbrakingly life behind the little girl and father and see the pain and misery ahead of them.
this is a must read book and you should read this before seeing the film.
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All things considered "The Dead Zone" probably remains my favorite Stephen King novel, although the epic sweep of "The Stand" is impressive, but "Fire-Starter" has my favorite ending of any of his works. I can still pick up my copy, turn to the last two sections, and get a lump in my throat. I am not sure why this is the case, although I acknowledge that as a rule King novels do not have what would qualify as "happy endings." At the other end of the spectrum from this one would be the ending of "Pet Sematary," where the whole nightmare is about to begin again. In "Danse Macabre," his dissertation on horror, King writes of the tension between Dionysian darkness and Apollonian sunlight and I have no problems with seeing the end of "Fire-Starter" as representing the sunny side of the equation.
The "Fire-Starter" of the title is young Charlie McGee. In 1969 her parents, Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson, participated in a drug experiment run by a secret government agency known as The Shop. A year later they marry and two years later they had a little girl who could set her teddy bear on fire just by looking at it. As the novel opens Charlie is eight and her parents have taught her to control her pyrokineses, but The Shop knows about her and wants to study her as an "ultimate weapon." So Shop agents are set out to hunt down Charlie and her father, chasing them from the streets of New York to a farm in Vermont.
On the one hand King plays into one of the commonplaces of contemporary fiction, the secret government organization that will do anything to anybody to get what it wants, that I happen to detest.
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By Rich Milligan on 27 Jan 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an ardent King fan it's always slightly difficult to be very objective when writing a review but even leaving that aside Firestarter is a great novel.
The story romps along and it's no problem to whiz through the 500+ pages in a couple of sittings. The characters are brilliant, both the main ones who inspire sympathy and genuine feelings in the reader, but also the minor supporting cast who receive just as many cheers from us for their heroic actions.
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In some ways I find this King book more frightening than some of his more gruesome tales. The "conspiracy theory" storyline of secret government agencies that can operate outside the law is probably something that is high in most people's minds nowadays. The sheer indifferent attitude the "Shop's" agents show towards Charlie, an 8-year-old girl, is jaw dropping and is exactly how I imagine the ideology would be inside such an organisation. Screeching vampires have nothing in the scary-stakes against a nonchalant scientist who's about to administer mind altering drugs to an innocent.
Another plus for the book is the nice complete closure at the end. Somehow you suspect the future will be OK for Charlie, which is in contrast, as some of the other reviewers have pointed out, to the endings in some King books.
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