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Dolores Claiborne | [Stephen King]

Dolores Claiborne

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.
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Publisher's Summary

From the world's best-selling author comes one woman's narrative traversing 30 years between two mysterious deaths.

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

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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 10-04-13
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Dolores Claiborne the most enjoyable?

    The narration really made a great story even better.


    What about Frances Sternahagen’s performance did you like?

    Everything, she's just a great story teller.


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    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13
    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. Be read to is fun and entertaining.

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    "For me better than the movie."
    What did you love best about Dolores Claiborne?

    Her mental toughness. She is a survivor and she loves her children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Delores of course. She is ole bitch and she knows it. Life gave her a raw deal but she doesn't whine about it. She doesn't excuse her actions she tells what she did and why.


    Which character – as performed by Frances Sternahagen – was your favorite?

    Delores


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

    It hit close to home for reasons I will not explain here. Let's just say I could understand why she murdered her husband at that time with the way things were for women. What options did women really have back then. Men ruled, in many ways they still do.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend told me about this audio version. He had listened to long ago and loved it. That is why I chose it. I was pleased with it. It was nice to hear the voice of the real Delores.

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    Jessica ewa, HI, United States 08-23-13
    Jessica ewa, HI, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "movie vs the book... I liked the movie better"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frances Sternahagen?

    yes if course! although I said the movie was better I still loved the book. I think my biggest problem was I saw the movie first. either way defiantly worth the read! rarely does Stephen kings book disappoint.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I guess seeing the movie first always ruins it some. What I missed most was the daughter actually being there. And Kathy Bates voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she whoops that s.o.b. of a husband upside the head and no longer takes his crap.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    it is a movie :) and yes I've seen it.


    Any additional comments?

    I kinda wish Kathy Bates would of been the one reading me the story. while I liked the narrator and I think she did Delores justice, I still kept seeing Kathy Bates in my head.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful character development."

    Good plot with abusive husband. Narrator not for me.

    A good story about ordinary people who turn into something different but they are still ordinary.

    Two stories are told. 1: Dolores is married to an abusive man. I loved her strength about it. I loved what she did to make him stop hitting her. I wonder if more women could do that.

    CAUTION SPOILER:
    She threatened to hurt him while he slept, and he believed her. Of course I did not like that she was forced to kill him, but it was a good story about how and why she did it.
    END SPOILER.

    2: Dolores works as a housekeeper for wealthy woman Vera. Vera becomes bedridden and Dolores becomes her caretaker. Vera was mean. I liked hearing about their relationship: ordinary people doing un-ordinary things.

    I enjoyed the first story more than the second. I want happy endings, and this barely squeaked by as happy enough for me.

    The entire story is told in first person which I did not like. Dolores is telling her story to the local constable/police-guy Andy. It was hard to lose myself in the story because of that.

    The actress narrating had an elderly voice which fit the character (Dolores is 65 when telling her story), but it wasn’t pleasant. There was a grating quality to it. I prefer a softer voice.

    Genre: relationships fiction, abused women

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    Christopher Holloway 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Dolores Claiborne in three words, what would they be?

    This was a treat to listen to. The story is interesting and the narration is superb.


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    Kindle Customer Behind You 04-04-12
    Kindle Customer Behind You 04-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Superb narrator"

    A solid and engrossing though slow moving tale of one hardened woman's journey through her life on Little Tall Island is brought to life both by King's familiar allure and deft handling of characterizations but in this case most especially by the skilled and nuanced narration. Certainly worth a credit!

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    Carol Calgary, AB, Canada 05-07-11
    Carol Calgary, AB, Canada 05-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Such a wonderful change for King"

    I have always appreciated King's non horror novels and this one did not disappoint me. Along with it being a wonderfully imaginative story, the narrator was excellent.

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    David Lubbock, TX, United States 09-13-10
    David Lubbock, TX, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring"

    I could not get interested in the book. I did not like listening to a woman telling her version of the story.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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