"An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder" (San Francisco Chronicle) - the number-one national best seller from Stephen King about a housekeeper with a long-hidden secret from her past...one that tests her own will to survive.
Dolores Claiborne is suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, and when the police question her, she tells the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband 30 years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and how she became emotionally demanding in recent years.
Given a voice as compelling as any in contemporary fiction, the strange intimacy between Dolores and Vera - and the link that binds them - unfolds in Dolores' account. Dolores Claiborne is "a literary triumph. The finest of King novels...a plot of enormous energy.... Read this book." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
©1993 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio
This is a perfect audible. The story is compelling and nail biting at times. The performance by Francis Sternhagen is stunning. She is Dolores Claiborne. The Audio quality and small sound effects are great. You could hear a pin drop in the room.
You truly feel like one of the people in the room with her.
I highly recommend this book.
It has moved to the top of my list, 5 stares overall. I couldn't stop listening. Frances Sternhagen gives a great performance!
Steven King's writing, coupled with a great performance.
Eclipse night, I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read the book. Mr. Kings' attention to words and detail make this book a wonderful visual experience.
Story telling at it's best.
This is a story of a woman with a very hard life! And the way you get to listen to it is so cool! It's like you're really in an interrogation room listening to a woman tell her story. Even when she asks for a glass of water or a nip of Scotch you hear the drawer being pulled open and her taking a sip/drink. And of course because this is a Stephen King novel you can't go wrong! Much better than the movie I think although I did like the movie! I know I will definitely listen to this many more times in the future! The narrator for this book was meant to read as Dolores Claiborne! It was like she was really her. Must read!!!
I am not addicted to reading...I can quit as soon as I get to the next chapter!
Yes, the narrator is amazing and really brings this story to life!
The first-person narration is amazing! It's like listening to a one person play not a book being read to you.
She was spot on! She emoted through the artful words of the novel perfectly!
Both! I laughed, I cried, and I wish it wouldn't have ended.
First review of an audio book after around 5 yrs and over 100 books.
Slight spoiler alert...
I have my favorite readers, but this was the first book I've heard read by Ms. Sternhagen. She is maybe the best reader I've heard. A lot of it was the fact that she was born to read this book/character. But nevertheless, listening to her read Delores was addictive.
Also, the story had the feel of King's "It" for me. No monsters (at least the supernatural kind), but I think it was the nostalgic aspect of the story and the connection you make to the characters. I tend to really connect with King's stories that lean in this direction. I do love the straight-up horror stories, which this is not, but this style of story is a great change of pace.
I've read too many king books to count and this was near the top.
No better narrator can be better than the very fine Frances Sternhagen. Wish she was the reader for Geralds Game.
one of my favorites so far in the Stephen King canon. the story is heart wrenching and one that will keep you up late at night thinking about the choices you've made in your own life. to life.
The first time I have ever listened to a full length novel written in the first person and recited by a very gifted reader who made the action come to life with unwavering realism.
I listened to the same story in French available on audible alternating between French and English with each portion of a chapter. Grateful to have access to both versions.
This one made me have to admit- Stephen King is a good writer. The story was engaging, humorous, scary at times, with a nice little twist at the end.
What really made it a great experience was the narrator. Her delivery- and accent- made me forget I was listening to a book- more like I was sitting across from her, listening to her story.
I was looking for a "light read" and got much more.
This is the phenomenal story of two super strong, extremely tough women. The form in which it's written is perfectly suited for audio and Frances Sternhagen's performance is amazing.
This isn't stereotypical Stephen King. It's chilling in places, but it's not "horror". It's an exciting, can't-stop-listening story highlighting women's strength, and the crazy-all-powerful nature of a mother's love. The characters are phenomenal and so is the audio interpretation.
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