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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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    Sean 06-26-15
    Sean 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent reader; interesting story"

    The story took some getting used to but it was a captivating read. It kept my interest all the way. The reader did a great job!

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    Catherine 06-22-15
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    I wish this narrator had many more books. It was a perfect fit for a very good book.

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    Christina D Johnson 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this story!!"

    This is a must for any SK fan! It differs a little from the movie but that's to be expected. Great story! The narrator does an awesome job!

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    Amazon Customer LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States 06-08-15
    Amazon Customer LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful narration, sad plot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dolores Claiborne to be better than the print version?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    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.


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    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 04-19-15
    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Keeps me on edge."

    no matter how many times I've listened to this its like the first time all over again each and every time.

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    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 04-12-15
    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "this is not the Steven King I expected"
    What disappointed you about Dolores Claiborne?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Only maybe.


    What didn’t you like about Frances Sternhagen’s performance?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Dolores Claiborne?

    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.


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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-04-15
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very entertaining!"

    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!

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    James 03-09-15
    James 03-09-15
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    "Love this book"

    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.

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    Jonathan 12-03-14
    Jonathan 12-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Perfect Stephen King Novel for an audiobook"
    Would you listen to Dolores Claiborne again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dolores Claiborne?

    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.


    What does Frances Sternhagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the 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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dolores Claiborne and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 08-11-14
    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a great story!"

    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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