Big Driver by Stephen King

October 18th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 48 Comments

18th Oct
Big Driver by Stephen King
Big Driver
by Stephen King
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Jessica Hecht
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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 the event’s planner, Tess sets out for home, well after dark. On a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, and when a man in a pick up stops, it is not to help her, but to repeatedly assault her and leave her for dead. Tess survives, and she plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself, capable of gruesome violence.

Big Driver was originally published in Stephen King’s acclaimed collection, Full Dark, No Stars. It has been released as a standalone in celebration of the movie adaption. Tonight, Big Driver, will premiere on Lifetime Movie Channel. I was so excited to receive a copy of the audio edition of Big Driver. As a Stephen King fan, this one gave me the chills and thrills I crave from his novels. Dark, haunting, creepy and engaging I devoured this short audio.

Tess Thorne a famous mystery writer is preparing to leave a book signing engagement when the event’s planner suggests a short-cut home. Night has fallen as she travels a deserted lonely stretch of highway. The unthinkable happens when her tire blows out. She has no cell phone reception, and there is no sign of life. A man stops to help her out, and Tess finds herself living a nightmare we all fear. She is brutally assaulted and left for dead. Tess survives, and begins to plot her revenge. The tale that unfolds is sinister and brilliant.

Big Driver is dark, gritty, and twisted. Stephen King’s portrayal of Tess is nothing short of chilling. Her transformation after the encounter had me holding my breath. Filled with unexpected twists and turns I found myself stopping my chores and holding my breath. King never fails to amaze me, from Tess’s inner conversations to the chills he send running down my back.

The tale is horrifying and graphic. It is filled with adult content and violence as the author holds nothing back. King will have you holding your breath, as he allows you to experience everything. Even as I wanted to stop listening, I found myself drawn further into the tale.

Jessica Hecht did an excellent job of portraying Tess Throne. She allowed me to connect and experience Tess’s changes. It is times like this where I feel the narration enhances the chills and thrills.

My DVR is set, and I cannot wait to watch the movie adaption of Big Driver set to air tonight at 8 pm eastern on the Lifetime movie channel. I recommend you set your recorders, and read or listen to it first.

Big Driver Movie Trailer

http://youtu.be/zAlEZ7Xw1kI

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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48 Responses to “Big Driver by Stephen King”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s ok Tanja. I like dark sometimes, but also love my fluffy and steamy romances:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too. I have informed hubby he needs to watch it with me. *I am tough on the outside, but scared on inside*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You are welcome. It airs a couple times tonight, and I am sure Lifetime will play it a few nights.

  1. sherry fundin

    I love it. This is one of the few books of King’s I haven’t read. The movie looks so scary good and I do like dark. I will be setting my DVR, because it is football Saturday. LOL
    Thanks so much for sharing this. I saw the promos, but a reminder is all good.
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  2. Berls

    So I have yet to read a Stephen King book – I’m just so not good at graphic and scary! But I like suspense and this definitely has that feel written all over it. The preview for the Lifetime movie looks good – I wonder if it’s available on On Demand since I missed it (or reruns). It definitely sounds good! Did you enjoy the movie?
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      • Berls

        I checked yesterday actually and it was coming on AS I checked, so we watched it. I’m glad I watched it, I couldn’t have read it. I enjoyed the movie though – she sure was nuts huh? I would have had nightmares if I had read that though – too graphic for me in that first part. And so real and possible! Gives me the chills!
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  3. B. Jangles

    Stephen King is everywhere and I don’t mind it. Actually, I love it! I’ve read the story as a part of Full Dark, No Stars but I am thinking of listening this audiobook because I haven’t listened to an audiobook for a very very long time. Thank you for this review! 😀
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are great audios, they have released a few of the stories for movie tie ins. I think the audio adds a wonderful element.

  4. vvb

    Oops, I missed it. The trailer and your review makes it sound like another fab King read. I’ll have to keep an eye out for a tv repeat or the DVD.

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