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
Yes! Unless you're from Maine (or there abouts) it would be hard for anyone to HEAR this story the way it should have been heard. The accents MAKE it.
The choice of first person is always dicey, but King pulled it off well here - especially the one sided conversation between Dolores and the police.
Audio book addict
no matter how many times I've listened to this its like the first time all over again each and every time.
The reader is annoying, the whole book is tediously wordy. Also, this book must set a record for the amount of cliches used by an accomplished writer. This reinforces my belief that no one can turn out quality books as if on a production line.
Her voice was annoying even given the attempt to portray a Main accent. In true life a woman such as her might use clilches but King could have added some other original and interesting comments for her.
Her misfortune is to have been born into a family that allowed her to accept her marital situation. To her credit, she knew her children could obtain ia better life.
Thought the main character was very human, good sense of humor. I had a lot of empathy for her. Very well written and excellent performance from the narrator! I enjoyed it!
I love this book. And it is something that has probably truly happened in life, well nearly. I also love the ending. It has some very sweet moments, it also has some that make you want to climb in and take care of someone but that's okay cause the main character does that.
Absolutely. This was a book made for becoming an audiobook. There's no chapters or breaks, it is essentially one long monologue. And the narrator Frances Sternhagen treats it as such. She performs the part instead of just reading it and it was magnificent.
It was all the little moments that Sternhagen transcended the role of the average book narrator and became the character of Dolores Claiborne. There were too many to count, but believe me it feels more like a performance piece than just a book.
She's an acclaimed actress with countless credits (depending on your age you'll either remember her best as Cliff's mom on Cheers or Charlotte's mother-in-law Bunny on Sex and the City). She acts the part instead of just reading it and brings it to another level.
While it would be tough to choose anyone but the titular Dolores herself, her "boss" for lack of a better term Vera Donovan was the backbone of the story and very well written and fleshed out.
While maybe not King's best book it is certainly one of his most ambitious, and having listened to many already this one was clearly best suited to listen to instead of reading.
I really loved this book-- mystery, murder, creepiness, a bunch of surprises, a couple of grumpy old ladies. This reader is amazing too- seriously one of the best audio performances I've heard.
Definitely well worth a credit- an all around enjoyable listen.
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