I really like it when King's main characters are female and "Lisey's Story" is no exception. Although the story gets pretty weird at times and cheesy at others, it's a good one. The slower pace and introspective tone of the novel is a bit of a change for King, but it works out well. The book's generous length is also a plus, as it allows for broad character development and detailed descriptions. I'd recommend it to a friend.
We have come to believe that Stephen King is solely a horror writer, an artist who steeps himself in the darkest, most twisted places of the mind. Lisey's Story is a love story, and King does a marvelous job of explaining a very complicated relationship. It was not syrupy or maudlin. Just true. Whether it was autobiographical or not is unimportant. To strip these characters of all pretense was. He does a masterful job of portraying a very real love story. I was mesmerized and moved by the characters. Kudos to King.
Although this book can be repetitive at times, this was an enjoyable, engrossing book from beginning to end. Although King's writing lends itself best to reading rather than listening (there's a lot of internal dialogue that can be confusing), it was a great listen. Excellent audio narration!
This was an O.K.book, but to be honest, I expected better. The story itself just didn't flow well, wasn't that interesting of a story either. King has many great books, but this isn't one of the great ones.
Another excellent King novel. As usual, he tends to go on longer than needed sometimes and the first few chapters are less fun than the last as he "sets the stage." Yet it always kept me guessing, and was well worth the time.
I am a big fan of Stephen King. I do not like everthing he rights, "Rose Matter" for one and I fell this is almost a better verson of Rose Matter in some ways. But I do Love this story. So much so I actuley lisened to it twice, Back to Back. I love the way he has you in the heads of Lisey, I love the way she thinks. When she hears the vocies of people in her past. Not just here husbond, but her Mom and her Systers. I relly felt close to the charters. I know there have been some bad reviews of this book but it is one of my all time favoriets
It's kind of an indulgent book, written as it is about a famous writer's wife and how she deals with the various strange things that happen to him, his descent into near-madness, struggles with alcoholism, fame, and eventual death. Sound semi-autobiographical? Well, it's probably supposed to, and the heroine is supposed to be sort of like King's wife, but not too much.
The other half of the book is about a magical place where this writer goes and receives his inspiration (both for prose and horror), and there is more symbolism there than any one stick could be shook at. King tries some fancy literary stuff, indulging in multiple-layered flashbacks within flashbacks, and his prose gets a bit more lurid than his typical "everyman" talk, even threatening poetry via his writer alter-ego at one point.
Still, after "Cell" this is a much tighter and more personal book, which is where I think his power really lies (The Stand, notwithstanding). Moreover, the narration by Mare Winningham is excellent; she'll never make you wonder whether there are actually multiple people narrating, but she imbues her voice with excellent levels of emotion when needed and does a good job with various accents and ways of speaking. Plus she handles King's propensity for (parenthetical) prose quite well.
In the end the story kept me going and was entertaining, but a very slow start and excruciating writing at times. Constant use of childish terms like 'smucking' and ending a chapter mid sentence gets on your nerves.