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.
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.
I love Stephen King, and I have had countless wonderful hours reading his work. But I have to say this about "Lisey's Story"--there is a pretty good 500 page book hiding inside this 800 page tome. Stephen, do yourself and your readers a favor and force yourself to take the advice of a good editor!
Some of my favorite books are King's. This is not one of them. And, my entire book club -- made of very diverse personalities -- were in agreement that this was one of the worst books ever. The narration was excellent and the writing style is, too (of coure, what else). But it was so slow and dark. I kept wanting to shake Lisey and tell her to, "Get a Life." I gave it the highest rating of my entire club -- a 3 of 10. My reason for giving it some credit was for the aforementioned writing and the wonderful ideas King shares about the pool of experience and language. If this had been a novela at one-third the word count, it might have been a totally different story for me and my book club.
This is the type of writing that gets under your skin, and creeps into your veins. I was totally taken in by this book. This was my first King read in about 10 years, but it has left me wanting to go back and see what I've missed.
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.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I remember reading that King was afraid his fans would not like this book. He was right to be afraid. For the longest time I could not stand Stephen King novels. I tried to read a couple of them and could not last long enough to get to the punch line. Then came the Dark Tower series and I was hooked. Somehow, over the course of all those books, I began to understand the way this brilliant writer thinks. Also, listening to his writing appeals much more to me than reading it. I was able to suffer through some of the long character development and stage setting that in written form bored me to tears.
This book brought back all of what I hated about Stephen King. It was very slow and tedious. I could not get into this character at all and her idiocyncracies, supposedly the "charm" of the book annoyed me to no end. Honestly, I just stopped listening to this book about 1/2 way through and that's a first.
It may just be me, but be careful thinking this is another great King book.
With the slow start, maybe it should have been 4 stars. But, the slow start just gets you adjusted to the story to come. I found myself becoming totally involved with Lisey and dealing with the loss of her unique husband two years after his death. It seems she maybe hadn't come to terms with losing him, until she began the task of cleaning out his office, leading to a journey that started with Scott's brutal childhood, setting the pace for a life filled with creative imagination bordering insanity.
I loved the intimacies between the couple, with all the little catch phrases, that only a close couple can have. Some say in other reviews that the "bools" and other words drove them crazy, but Mare Winningham grabbed this book and made it live. So much so, that I felt a great loss with Scott being dead, and a real sadness for Lisey as she was finally coming to terms with it.
With all the bad bools and blood bools, the good bool in the end was the love between this couple.