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  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (574)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "Loyal to the King"
    Overall

    I so wanted to like this novel more than I did. As usual, King writes some clever lines that only he can write and so I continued reading the book even as it dragged for the first half. I know that King had a father that abandoned him and his family at a very early age and this theme permeates his novels. For once I'd like to see King offer a positive father figure that he seems to long for even to this day; basically a daddy. King says in ON WRITING, that an author is only effective writing about something he knows. Having lost my mother at age nine to leukemia, I know what it's like to lose a parent. My father stills lives but suffers from Alzheimer's. King had more support from his mother than I ever did from my father. He was there, my father, but wasn't ever actually a daddy to me or my siblings. He was always working or busy with other things to take much interest in the nine kids my mother bore for him, 1950s-1960s Catholics you know. Mr. King, having a father is overrated--- a mother is much better. Perhaps you can make peace with him as I have mine. And I wonder.... what kind of father, or maybe daddy, you became.

    Overall, I liked the book but it could have been 200 pages shorter with the same effect.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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