I am a fan of Mr. King's earlier works, I wasn't much in love with The Cell; but this one. Oh this one....
Some people have said they've gotten lost in the language. I, too, have gotten lost. But in that magical way that happens when charaters come to life. Every family has an "inner language". It's just a question of listening long enough to understand what they're saying. This tale was beautiful, intelligent, heartbreaking, and an absolute anthem to love. But let's not forget, this is still the talented Mr. King, and he does not disappoint. That essential feeling of something lurking just out of sight or beyond the grasp of our Everyday Senses is right there; a thread running continuously throughout this magnificent tale.
And then there's the reader. Mare Winningham did an amazing job of characterizing the voices; even her breath and whispers were impeccably timed. Ms. Winningham's voice picked me up, envelopped me and surrounded me with the lives of people who seemed so real.
Well done! to both Mr. King for the creation of this superbly written work and to Ms. Winningham for her telling of same.
I bought this because it was written by Stephen King and I have greatly enjoyed pretty much everything he has written, including the much-maligned "Cell". What a disappointment this book turned out to be.
First of all, this is basically a love story. That's ok, I was interested in how King might approach the genre. The trouble is, the main character (Lisey Landon) is just plain boring. She appears to have no life, interest, or friends of her own. Her only relationships seem to be with her sisters.
Even 2 years after his death, Lisey is still obesessing over Scott every waking minute, and in her dreams. This gets really tedious. The tedium is only partly alleviated by the stalker with whom Lisey needs to deal, and by the flashbacks to Scott's childhood where some seriously King-style supernaturalism is going on in the form of were-wolfism, parallel existences, and some nasty but mysterious beast called 'Long Boy'.
Like many other reviewers I found the constant overuse of catch-words and catch-phrases ('smucking', 'bad gunkie', 'strap it on', etc ad nauseam) intensely irritating. Unlike some, I was able to follow the somewhat overcomplicated structure of many of the flashbacks, though there were times I came too close to literally losing the plot.
I also came close on several occasions to giving up on this book before the end. I didn't because it was King, and I was sure he would spring a surprise and turn the whole experience around. It didn't happen. I should have given up and used those hours for something else.
This is one of the best stories I have read about madness and fantasy. If you like "Lisey's Story", you will love "A Good and Happy Child".
A love story from an unexpected author. The story is told in flashbacks covering the years Lisey and
her now-deceased author husband were together and
his horror-filled youth. In the current time line
she is being stalked by a real wacko, set out to do her bodily harm. Strong support roles go to her sisters. Mare Winnginham's narration is one of the BEST performances to which I've listened and her voices added immensely to my enjoyment of the book. She's right up there with Barbara Rosenblat and Divina Porter. I don't read everything Stephen King writes, but this was a Ha-uuge winner.
This is vintage Stephen King with the characters and human issues that he exploits so well. Highly recommend
In my opinion not vintage King - which I love, but there is something about this story that grabs you and holds on. I listened to it months ago but it's like it's calling to me to listen again. I can still hear the song that is played and there are catch phrases that won't leave me. Powerful, there is magic in his writing. Mare Winningham is great with that edgy voice - you can hear the irony and sarcasm.
At first I could figure out what this was about, then...WOW! I became truly frightened! This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as we wonder what will happen and what has happened.
This is another King masterpiece! Don't give up as the beginning is a little slow because this is a true thriller!
My title makes sense if you listen to this book. I've listened twice and I absolutely love it. Mare Winningham is the best narrator I've heard in a long time. She gets the voices, inflections, fear and hope right. And Stephen King always takes me places I love and fear! I will probably listen to it again and again. Lisey is so strong and tragic and her connection with Scott and her forays into the past really capture you! This book is on par with The Stand (my all time favorite Stephen King).
I've never done a review, but I had to come here and say how much I enjoyed Lisey's Story. It was like Stephen King wrote it just so Mare Winningham could narrate it. Though it might not compare to some of King's other works, this one was worth the listen just because of the excellent narration.
Enjoyed this story immensely. Plenty of late nights where I had to stop listening to this audio book...alone & too creeped out for late night, which every King fan knows is a time when the "bad gunk" may rear it's ugly head.