Those King fans looking for Cujo, Carrie, or The Shining will probably not like this book. Those looking for The Green Mile or Shawshank Redemption probably will.
I truly loved this book and found myself thinking over and over about my husband and our crazy quirks. Many days after listening and getting home after my daily commute I hugged him a little harder.
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.
This is vintage Stephen King with the characters and human issues that he exploits so well. Highly recommend
I'm glad this was on audio. I would have never made it all the way to the end if I had to read the book. Slow moving and long winded. A few nice spots but very predictable. After reading "Cell" (fantastic), I was hoping for something a lot better.
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.
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.
I have to start off by saying I loved every book I've read (or heard) by Stephen King, the man has talent... Second, I was a little concerned when I read the reviews for his audiobook, but I'm so lucky I haven't listened ! I loved everything about this audio, the narrator was amazing, I was mesmerized by her voice, the story was sensitively told and very moving... I'm allmost speechless. And now I'm looking forward to his next book...
We should just quit reviewing King. The words have all been said. I hope he's exercising and eating right, because it's going to be one sad day when he's gone.
I passed this novel by for several years, and I don't know why. It's excellent and his storyline blows in a different direction..more driven by character development than by horror and suspense. Although there is plenty of that also.
If you haven't read it, you might as well put it in your cart. You're going to soon or later anyway.
On the whole, I'm not a Stephen King fan. He seems to resort too often to children in small town America as central characters, but I bought this on a recommendation from a friend and I was very glad I did. I could not stop listening. It's such an intelligent, uncliched representation of a marriage narrated in retrospect. The horror / fantasy aspect of the novel is excellent despite some annoying Kingisms. But I really had to forgive him for those, because his writing on this one is superb. I strongly recommend it.
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".