We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Regular Price:$26.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

To begin with, you've got Stephen King, a writer so talented in the art of thrill-generation that he could insert excitement into the assembly instructions for a bookshelf. Or, say, a book about writing and grammar. And that's precisely what King does in On Writing, an improbably fascinating, relentlessly compelling trip through the mind, style, life, and work of one of our greatest popular writers.

Hearing this unique combination of anecdotes and insider's advice told in King's charmingly nasal voice makes an already insightful narrative even more personal and powerful. If you want to write, this audiobook will quickly become a treasured resource, because it will improve your writing. But even if you have no interest whatsoever in writing, King's anecdotes and instructions into the art and process will probably make you a better, more informed reader.

Publisher's Summary

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Spunky, vivid prose are the prime ingredients of what must be considered not at all the usual writer's guide." (Booklist)

"On Writing contains some of the most harrowing pages he has ever written." (Salon.com)

"These rare glimpses into King's personal life - as related in his earnest tone and real (thank God) Maine accent - are fascinating.... If you write - or want to - get this book." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (4373 )
5 star
 (3219)
4 star
 (906)
3 star
 (182)
2 star
 (32)
1 star
 (34)
Overall
4.7 (3055 )
5 star
 (2306)
4 star
 (590)
3 star
 (120)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (17)
Story
4.7 (3082 )
5 star
 (2414)
4 star
 (532)
3 star
 (107)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (15)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Shawn Phoenix, AZ United States 07-15-16
    Shawn Phoenix, AZ United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiration from a King"

    After hearing many authors recommend this book on podcasts and in live interviews I finally got the Audible version and headed to Maui. Boy was I surprised and flattered that Stephen King was joking me as the narrator of his non-fiction masterpiece.

    This book entertained, educated and enlightened me with insight only a master like Stephen King possesses. No I'm ordering the hard copy as there are too man nuggets of wisdom to remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shay Warner Nevada 07-15-16
    Shay Warner Nevada 07-15-16 Member Since 2013

    Interested in everything. Listening for something AMAZING...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mandatory for King Fans!"

    Engrossing and entertaining. Elements of autobiography, instruction, inspiration, anecdote, and imagination. King gives a great explanation of what it means to be a writer and how to improve upon your craft. He is realistic about the tenacity and dedication it takes to perfect your craft. You have to write EVERY DAY is the best advice an aspiring writer can ever get. His theories on how story ideas are formed and how they can be developed is helpful to anyone trying their hand at fiction. I loved hearing about his life and what events led him to where he is today. This story is wonderfully interesting and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just the best read"

    It was a wonderful blend of memoir and instruction. Thoroughly entertaining and useful. King also preforms the book very well. I never got bored and my mind never wandered, which is saying a lot coming from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story from a great storyteller"
    Would you listen to On Writing again? Why?

    As a writer, I appreciate this very candid and personal discussion about the craft. Stephen King is such a compelling storyteller that he makes even a grammar lesson enjoyable. Aside from being a refresher course for anyone who writes, this book is wonderful for teenagers who tend to find traditional writing guides kinda boring.


    What other book might you compare On Writing to and why?

    This one stands alone, primarily because of the humor that is infused in the narrative.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He's a regular guy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-27-16
    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-27-16 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

    HELPFUL VOTES
    118
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    142
    122
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Is there any better?"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this twice now and love every minute. Mr. King is a master storyteller (understatement I know) and his narration is excellent. I recommend this book to any person as a book about the craft of writing and a fine piece writing it is.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ryevick 06-27-16
    ryevick 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great!"

    A really good book that covers a lot of different areas. I's really funny to hear the voices and narration of characters that Steven does In this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 06-26-16
    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 06-26-16 Member Since 2015

    astrologer and visionary

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    29
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow. Most enjoyable of all his books."
    If you could sum up On Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Memorable, authentic and entertaining.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the closest he's ever come to a memoir - and for that alone, it's worth the listen, but then he adds sensible - and educational - comments about how to write and what makes his 'cut it to the bone' style so successful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Please persuade Mr. King to do a documentary based on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    juliana 06-12-16
    juliana 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I come back to it every few months"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Part memoir, part Getting Things Done, King drops one book on your table (one file in your ears, in this case), that will unwrap, pour, stir, then boil everything inside you that's ever made you believe in then retreat from your destiny as a writer. If you're unfamiliar with his personal story as I was, this will be an even greater of a treat, with mini plot twists. But at the end of the day, you're likely picking it up for inspiration, whether because you've been spinning your wheels at the start line, or feeling stuck in a muddy plateau. No matter the reason, you'll get your kick in the butt here, with a task list to boot. He's clear, he's encouraging, he's real, and funny, and he wants nothing less than the best from you, so here, he shows you how to scoop and carve it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Thank you, Mr. King!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicolas 06-09-16
    Nicolas 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not just for students of writing "

    I have no interest in writing but I enjoyed listening to kings process. great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vincent LePes III 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating"

    Pleasant surprise and I love that it was read by King himself. It was like an intimate 8 hours spent listening to him tell you the story of his life and his writing. I eagerly soaked up every minute of it and am sad it came to an end!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.