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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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    Anna 05-05-14
    Anna 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book - INCREDIBLE Narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listened to this book three times, and I never tire of it. This has everything to do with a wonderful story coupled with the perfect reader. It was as if the audio version was meant for only Francis Sternahagen.


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

    If you want to see a great book ruined, rent the movie. I can't imagine that Stephen King approved.


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    John 04-26-14
    John 04-26-14
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    "Sternahagen makes Claiborne come alive"
    Would you listen to Dolores Claiborne again? Why?

    Yes. This is the second time I listened to it because of the narrator's performance.


    What other book might you compare Dolores Claiborne to and why?

    Thinner narrated by Joe Mantegna. The style of both narrators bring very good books to another level.


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

    The Maine accent and acting skills that enhance the comedic and sad moments.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her description of working for Vera Donovan in the early part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie isn't nearly as entertaining as the audiobook!

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    Ingvild 02-23-14
    Ingvild 02-23-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful reading experience!"

    "Dolores Claiborne" might not be Stephen King's best book. But my gosh - Frances Sternahagen makes it his best, just by reading it out loud! I just LOVE this narrator! She is brilliant. Sternahagen made Dolores so real and vivid. I feel like I know good old Dolores like my own grandmother. This is the perfect book to give as a gift to a person who is sceptical about audio books. This is exactly what audio books are all about!

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    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 12-06-13
    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Dolores Claiborne in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible character story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one option: Dolores Claiborne. She is my favorite because she is one tough broad who doesn't sugar coat the awful truth.


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

    I can't imagine anyone besides Frances Sternahagen reading this book. She brought depth to the character, and had a great Maine accent that Dolores would have.


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    Amazon Customer gastonia, nc United States 10-23-13
    Amazon Customer gastonia, nc United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the story even though it was a bit confusing because it switches between two different narrations (Dolorous is being disposed in the death of her boss and in so doing tells the story of being disposed by the police about the death of her husband). Other than that it is a good story, gory and hard to listen to in parts and goes on a little long in exposition but that is King so if you don't like that you don't like King.
    I had a issue with the audio book in that I hated the sound affects, it was cheesy and unnecessary and towards the end the audio went in and out, it was only the last few minutes so maybe it was my app.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the ending the best, where Dolorous finds peace with her actions and her past and donates her windfall to an orphanage.


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

    Dolorous is the only character that we see truly flushed out


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think I could handle the story in one sitting, it was a bit long but enjoyable


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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 10-04-13
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015
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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. I really love long books with great narrators

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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 2015
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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 2015
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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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