"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.
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.
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.
Frances Sternhagen has the most authentic Downeast Maine accent I've ever heard outside of Maine. The story was great but Sternhagen really took it up a notch with her delivery.
I would say that Dolores Claiborne is among the top five best audio books I have listened to in the last five or six years.
I don't want to ruin this for anyone.
Frances Sternhagen really made all of the book's characters come alive. It really felt like someone recounting their experiences. She was unbelievably good.
The incredible humanity of the title character.
King wrote this as a companion story to Gerald's Game. Doing both stories one after the other makes for a more meaningful listening experience. Gerald's game first, then Dolores Claiborne.
Never a problem getting through a Stephen King novel, from start to finish first rate. Good narration, good book.
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