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Lisey's Story | [Stephen King]

Lisey's Story

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.
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Publisher's Summary

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

Don't miss more from Stephen King.

©2006 Stephen King; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"As much about the facets of longtime marriage as it is about the characters themselves, Lisey's Story offers a poignant glimpse at abiding love and the tides of grief, and the internal language of relationships of all kinds." (Atlantic Monthly)
"In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary." (Michael Chabon)
"Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems. A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth." (Nora Roberts)

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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 12-29-06
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 12-29-06 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved it"

    I am a big fan of Stephen King. I do not like everthing he rights, "Rose Matter" for one and I fell this is almost a better verson of Rose Matter in some ways. But I do Love this story. So much so I actuley lisened to it twice, Back to Back. I love the way he has you in the heads of Lisey, I love the way she thinks. When she hears the vocies of people in her past. Not just here husbond, but her Mom and her Systers. I relly felt close to the charters. I know there have been some bad reviews of this book but it is one of my all time favoriets

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    Patrick Chantilly, VA, United States 12-21-06
    Patrick Chantilly, VA, United States 12-21-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Pretty Good, Not Great"

    It's kind of an indulgent book, written as it is about a famous writer's wife and how she deals with the various strange things that happen to him, his descent into near-madness, struggles with alcoholism, fame, and eventual death. Sound semi-autobiographical? Well, it's probably supposed to, and the heroine is supposed to be sort of like King's wife, but not too much.

    The other half of the book is about a magical place where this writer goes and receives his inspiration (both for prose and horror), and there is more symbolism there than any one stick could be shook at. King tries some fancy literary stuff, indulging in multiple-layered flashbacks within flashbacks, and his prose gets a bit more lurid than his typical "everyman" talk, even threatening poetry via his writer alter-ego at one point.

    Still, after "Cell" this is a much tighter and more personal book, which is where I think his power really lies (The Stand, notwithstanding). Moreover, the narration by Mare Winningham is excellent; she'll never make you wonder whether there are actually multiple people narrating, but she imbues her voice with excellent levels of emotion when needed and does a good job with various accents and ways of speaking. Plus she handles King's propensity for (parenthetical) prose quite well.

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    Timothy G. Greenwood 12-17-06 Listener Since 2000

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    "Reasonable story, poor language"

    In the end the story kept me going and was entertaining, but a very slow start and excruciating writing at times. Constant use of childish terms like 'smucking' and ending a chapter mid sentence gets on your nerves.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 12-13-06
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 12-13-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Savor it"

    Slooow start, but savor every word as this is a master at his craft and when it ends, you'll wish he had written more. Superbly read, actually one of the books probably better to listen to than to read.

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    Pamela 12-08-06
    Pamela 12-08-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    I truly enjoyed this book. Stephen King of course is the "Master" in my eyes. I am always impressed with the talent of the author in anything that he writes. Touching on insanity, grief and writing, it makes you "think". I will never be able to look at my can-opener the same again.

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    Charles Battlement Mesa, Colorado, United States 11-15-06
    Charles Battlement Mesa, Colorado, United States 11-15-06 Member Since 2010
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    "He just gets better"

    This is not your early Stephen King. He is more seasoned and grows better with time.

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    Howard New England 11-14-06
    Howard New England 11-14-06 Member Since 2002

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    "King must get paid by the word"

    This is the first King book I've read that would be better abridged. I echo the other comments; words like 'Smucking, Huh-Uge and Bools' really got on my nerves after a while. It was a good 5 hours into the book before anything really started to happen. Cut it down to about 5 hours total and it might be enjoyable. Sorry Stephen, I won't be automatically picking up anything you write anymore - I'm going to wait for the reviews to come in before I waste a credit.

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    Rex 11-12-06
    Rex 11-12-06
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    "Not a King, not even royalty"

    King is my favorite storyteller. This one has been the only one I'm ready to put down without finishing. Not worth a credit.

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    Karen Milford, VA, USA 11-08-06
    Karen Milford, VA, USA 11-08-06
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    "Spellbound!"

    Thank you, Mr. King. From beginning to end I could not stop listening to this wonderful story. The narrator was wonderful, perfect - and between her and the story being read, held my attention and kept it thoughout. The novel may not be for all, but in my opinion it was one of the best stories I've listened to in a very long time.

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    Jesse 11-06-06
    Jesse 11-06-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Great!"

    I loved it! A little slow at first, but once it got going, I didn't want to stop listening. Mr. King, thank you for sharing your craft with the world! I really enjoyed this one. He just has a way with his story telling that gets your emotions going. He can take you from laughing to wanting to cry in just a few sentences. If you are a Stephen King fan, you'll love this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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