The accents were terrible. Every accent sounded like a southern accent no matter if the characters were supposed to be from New England or Western Pennsylvania. Having grown up in Western Pennsylvania I can honestly say that this was the worst attempt I have ever heard at duplicating the accent.
I love Stephen King Duma Key, 11/22/63, and Under the Dome are wonderfully great books. I am not finished with this yet so my tune may still change but this book has bored me to tears. I am half way through and keep thinking and when am I going to stop being depressed. In all fairness though I for one do not like to listen to female narrators (it's just a personal preference) so that may have a little to do with it as well.
This book is a little hard to follow listening to it, maybe reading it would possibly be a bit better. But this book bores me with the baby talk and the senseless rambling.
It's not her fault, I am not a fan of females reading to me is all.
Well it is Stephen King so YES but I am positive when the movie cuts off some of the fluff it would be good.
Like I said this is only my review halfway through so who knows I may get to the end and say Wow what a wonderful story. But, so far I'm like OMG I know; I can't imagine how you must feel I feel sorry for you. And your hubby seemed like a bit of an egotistical donkey's behind that made you feel less than him, you stood in his shadow and actually thanked him for it. But, come on can you please get on with the story behind the story!
I've never read the print version of Lisey's Story. As a matter of fact, I've bypassed this book in both print and audio incarnations many times. Perhaps it was the title. Perhaps it was the fact that there were no spooky pictures on the book's cover. I just wasn't interested in Lisey's story. But, when I recently succumbed to a Stephen King fever and found nothing else in his collection I hadn't read, I took this one. WOW! What an exciting surprise it was for me!
I loved the story but I have to say Mare Winningham's performance was magical. If this audio book had been blessed with pages, I couldn't have stopped turning them. As it was, I listened far into the night each night until I was finished.
No. But I will. She may be my new all time favorite.
The descriptions of Scott and Paul's abuse at the hands of their father was heartbreaking.
I'll be enjoying this book again. Thanks.
First off - Mare Winningham rocked this story! It was a pleasure listening to her narration. Her narration would be a good reason to buy the next audiobook.
Stephen King is at his best when he sticks to reality based fiction (think Cujo, Apt Pupil, or Rita Hayward and the Shawshank Redemption). Next comes his folklore based - terrifying situations that are unreal, but familiar within the horror genre. This is where the bulk of his work that I've read is - werewolves, vampires, ghosts, possessed objects and other denizens of the occult.
His SciFi based work leaves me unfulfilled. Among those are the stories about moving back and forth between dimensions. Lisey's Story was better than most within this subset of his work. The one concept that drew me in the most was another physical dimension where the consciousness of the catatonic spend their time.
Overall, I recommend this book.
Mare Winningham's narration is simple, straightforward, without hystrionics; It's perfect for the book.The book deals with loss, fear, pain, love -- all the important emotions. Lisey initially appears to be the boring, unobtrusive widow of an important writer. The picture changes and she becomes faceted as her husband's unpublished work helps him reach to her from beyond the grave.
If you like to get to know a character, you will enjoy this book. So many people criticize that this book is about the title character's husband more than Lisey herself, but I felt that I got to know her in her reflections about her husband. Indirect characterization. In her thoughts and decisions, this novel really is about Lisey.
It took me a while to get used to Winningham's way of narrating. She does add a lot of emotion to Lisey's voice; however, by the end her voice became another way to define Lisey. Sometimes her accents don't quite match up, but I did like the personality she gave to the character.
I'd want to take both Lisey and Scott out to dinner! I think my husband and I would have a blast going out to dinner with them! Somehow, even with the fantasy, they came off as a realistic couple.
People make much-to-do about the weird vocabulary used in this book. It was partly that that I liked so much. One of the motifs in this book is centered around the language used by people. It really made me key in on some of the silly phrases I use with my husband that might not make sense to others. Or the phrases my family growing up had that acted as partly a form of communication and part inside joke. By using the strange vocabulary, King has allowed us to become part of Lisey and Scott's world. When I see people point this out as a negative, it makes me realize that they just "didn't get it."
This was not the normal Stephen King book until later on. It was great though. Really enjoyed the read.
No first time I've listened to Mare Winninham, although I love her acting. She did all the characters really well, I liked hearing the difference in her voice for each one. It never really ever sounded like her or how I"ve heard her sound on TV, but it was really great.
A wonderful story. The second time my wife and I have listened to it. Steven King really develops characters with personality and spins a great tale. Several of the key phrases have made it into our everyday language to each other.
As usual, Stephen King has delivered a fascinating, layered, compelling story. It's entirely character-driven and entirely unpredictable. Bravo!
I started listening to it 3 times, I had to concentrate a lot to understand what was going on (english is not my first language). But in a long journey I persisted and then I got hooked. It is Stephen King at it's best: profound, artfully constructed, disturbing, loving...
And the narrator is so good. She makes a wonderful performance. This book is not easy to read, let me assure you...but she makes a work of art of it.
All in all....a wonderful, amazing experience. I couldn't close my mouth from amazement while I was driving and listening to such a beautiful story.