Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.
©1992 Stephen King; (P)1992 Penugin HighBridge Audio
Not this novel, but the fact that a truly gifted author has wasted most of his life and talent on trivial supernatural dreck. I almost weep when I think what King might have done.
The narrator is (what?) fantastic, incredible, fill in your favorite superlative.
This is about the complex relationships Dolores has with her employer Vera and daughter Selena. Dolores gets away with the murder of her child molesting, alcoholic, lazy, wife beating and thief of a husband. Selena is confused, angry and embarrassed about what her father did to her and how she suspects Dolores of killing her dad. Vera puts the idea of murder in Dolores's head. Dolores had been putting away money into a savings account for Selena and Joe jrs' education for years. Joe senior takes the money out of the account. Dolores turns even more desperate when she goes to the bank to take that money out so she can flee with her kids and it's gone! Joe is a dead man!Decades pass and Dolores has become Vera's full time care giver and remains a total pain in the arse boss by making messes on purpose and her childish demands and hellish hallucinations. Vera manages to get her wheelchair at the top of the grand staircase and while Dolores struggles to keep her from toppling, Vera cartwheels down the stairs, breaking her body and head that would put her in the hospital until she dies. She begs Dolores to 'finish it.' Dolores refuses but ends up trying to with a marble rolling pin poised up over her head, ready to smash Vera into the here after. The postman interrupts with his scheduled daily delivery he brings into the house (wish I had mail service like that.) The DA that couldn't prove Dolores of murder years before is back and wants her to pay for Vera's death. Vera's will leaves a shocked Dolores millions of dollars. Vera inadvertently puts Dolores in a bad spot by giving her a motive in the eyes of the law. Sooooooo...Dolores starts to talk into deputy Andy's tape recorder to tell the truth at last. Frances does a highly entertaining reading of this book.
I enjoyed the format of this performance. Very different!
Dolores Claiborne herself.
Some of Stephen King's expression make me laugh out loud.
A great story with the perfect narrator. Characters were strong and entertaining from beginning to end.
This book is written entirely in the first person as a full narrative, which makes it perfect as an audiobook. There are no chapter breaks, no external descriptions, no comments from other characters - it's all one woman's statement to the police after a local death in the small New England town, and that makes it perfect for an audiobook. The no-nonsense character of Dolores is perfectly voiced by actor Frances Sternhagen, who herself has been in several movies from King's books (but not the movie of this book).
Stephen King again creates wonderful characters, and this is a story of banal horror of everyday life, not the mysterious horror of the supernatural or the imagination - this is the horror of domestic abuse, class distinctions, physical brutality, and physical frailties, but no less powerful than the spookier types of horror King is better known for. This is certainly worth a listen; it's compelling and hard to put down.
The story and the reader. I grew up in Maine, and this was vintage authentic Maine. Stephen King and Frances Sternhagen both get it right.
The humanness of the narrator--and the fact that the whole story is told as one first person confession.
"There are three ways of being a bitch..."
Wonderful first-person narrative! Sternhagen is stellar as a narrator, and believable as a native with her spot-on Maine accent. King's story and characters pull the reader deep into the quirky culture of a life on a Maine island, its year round residents and summer visitors alike. Dolores' darkness, borne of pain, disappointment and survival finds relief in compassion, redemption and triumph.
Engaging, Thrilling, Humourous.
Dolores was my favourite character . This woman was married to a useless man who was abusive to her and her children. Dolores is a strong hard working woman who is trying to do the best for her family in every way possible. Unfortunately she is constantly coming up against her husband Joe who seems to do everything in his power to drag her down. Dolores shows great spirit and she is very funny in a dry sarcastic way which is only increased by the narrator chosen for this book.
I do not believe that I would have enjoyed reading this book as much if it was not for the audible version with Frances reading it. Frances brings so much to the character, she was the perfect choice to read this book.With her gritty voice, capable of showing the softer and harder side of Dolores, it was easy to visualise Dolores.When she was speaking during times when the character was afraid I felt it in her voice. Frances brought all the relevent emotions to this reading to the point that I felt like I was almost there at times. I truly hope that she will read more books in future as she has the perfect reading voice. It was a joy to listen to her.
Dolores.. This woman has had a hard life she needs dinner out somewhere nice where I can ask her lots of questions and wait for sarcastic replies...
The words" Green Gold" will continue to gross me out for years to come.
I have been revisiting some Stephen King books after thoroughly enjoying 11-22-63. This book is a gem, with the incredible Frances Sternahagen's narration. She has the accent spot on, and I zipped through this book, enjoying all of it.
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