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Lisey's Story Audiobook

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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    Norman Cumberland, MD, USA 04-26-07
    Norman Cumberland, MD, USA 04-26-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Long Winded"

    I'm glad this was on audio. I would have never made it all the way to the end if I had to read the book. Slow moving and long winded. A few nice spots but very predictable. After reading "Cell" (fantastic), I was hoping for something a lot better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    penny mason, MI, United States 02-20-13
    penny mason, MI, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to the expectations of a King novel."
    What did you like best about Lisey's Story? What did you like least?

    This is the only story that I have downloaded that I could't finish. Neither the plot nor the characters captured my interest.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Weaver Minneapolis, MN 05-15-09
    R. Weaver Minneapolis, MN 05-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Like it was written just for Mare to read"

    I've never done a review, but I had to come here and say how much I enjoyed Lisey's Story. It was like Stephen King wrote it just so Mare Winningham could narrate it. Though it might not compare to some of King's other works, this one was worth the listen just because of the excellent narration.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stewart Chesapeake, VA 12-27-07
    S. Stewart Chesapeake, VA 12-27-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Stephen King at his finest"

    This is vintage Stephen King with the characters and human issues that he exploits so well. Highly recommend

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Jones Near Chicago, IL 04-17-07
    Jennifer Jones Near Chicago, IL 04-17-07 Member Since 2015

    wordswitsnwool.blogspot.com

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    "Spellbound from the first moment..."

    I am a fan of Mr. King's earlier works, I wasn't much in love with The Cell; but this one. Oh this one....

    Some people have said they've gotten lost in the language. I, too, have gotten lost. But in that magical way that happens when charaters come to life. Every family has an "inner language". It's just a question of listening long enough to understand what they're saying. This tale was beautiful, intelligent, heartbreaking, and an absolute anthem to love. But let's not forget, this is still the talented Mr. King, and he does not disappoint. That essential feeling of something lurking just out of sight or beyond the grasp of our Everyday Senses is right there; a thread running continuously throughout this magnificent tale.

    And then there's the reader. Mare Winningham did an amazing job of characterizing the voices; even her breath and whispers were impeccably timed. Ms. Winningham's voice picked me up, envelopped me and surrounded me with the lives of people who seemed so real.

    Well done! to both Mr. King for the creation of this superbly written work and to Ms. Winningham for her telling of same.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Levitt Jasper, GA USA 04-13-08
    P. Levitt Jasper, GA USA 04-13-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Five Star Listening"

    A love story from an unexpected author. The story is told in flashbacks covering the years Lisey and
    her now-deceased author husband were together and
    his horror-filled youth. In the current time line
    she is being stalked by a real wacko, set out to do her bodily harm. Strong support roles go to her sisters. Mare Winnginham's narration is one of the BEST performances to which I've listened and her voices added immensely to my enjoyment of the book. She's right up there with Barbara Rosenblat and Divina Porter. I don't read everything Stephen King writes, but this was a Ha-uuge winner.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Neta Tel AvivIsrael 11-05-07
    Neta Tel AvivIsrael 11-05-07
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    "Amazing !"

    I have to start off by saying I loved every book I've read (or heard) by Stephen King, the man has talent... Second, I was a little concerned when I read the reviews for his audiobook, but I'm so lucky I haven't listened ! I loved everything about this audio, the narrator was amazing, I was mesmerized by her voice, the story was sensitively told and very moving... I'm allmost speechless. And now I'm looking forward to his next book...

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-08-13
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    "Why Didn't I Read This Before Now?"

    We should just quit reviewing King. The words have all been said. I hope he's exercising and eating right, because it's going to be one sad day when he's gone.

    I passed this novel by for several years, and I don't know why. It's excellent and his storyline blows in a different direction..more driven by character development than by horror and suspense. Although there is plenty of that also.

    If you haven't read it, you might as well put it in your cart. You're going to soon or later anyway.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 01-06-11
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 01-06-11 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Hugely Entertaining"

    On the whole, I'm not a Stephen King fan. He seems to resort too often to children in small town America as central characters, but I bought this on a recommendation from a friend and I was very glad I did. I could not stop listening. It's such an intelligent, uncliched representation of a marriage narrated in retrospect. The horror / fantasy aspect of the novel is excellent despite some annoying Kingisms. But I really had to forgive him for those, because his writing on this one is superb. I strongly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle UTICA, NY, United States 02-18-09
    Michelle UTICA, NY, United States 02-18-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Smuckin' good!"

    My title makes sense if you listen to this book. I've listened twice and I absolutely love it. Mare Winningham is the best narrator I've heard in a long time. She gets the voices, inflections, fear and hope right. And Stephen King always takes me places I love and fear! I will probably listen to it again and again. Lisey is so strong and tragic and her connection with Scott and her forays into the past really capture you! This book is on par with The Stand (my all time favorite Stephen King).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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