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Lisey's Story Audiobook
Lisey's Story
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Mare Winningham
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Lisey's Story Audiobook

Lisey's Story

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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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    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.


    9 of 10 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

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 02-15-09
    Cynthia Normal, IL, United States 02-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the Best"

    This is one of the best stories I have read about madness and fantasy. If you like "Lisey's Story", you will love "A Good and Happy Child".

    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.

    11 of 13 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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    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 05-24-07
    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 05-24-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Something Intriguing"

    In my opinion not vintage King - which I love, but there is something about this story that grabs you and holds on. I listened to it months ago but it's like it's calling to me to listen again. I can still hear the song that is played and there are catch phrases that won't leave me. Powerful, there is magic in his writing. Mare Winningham is great with that edgy voice - you can hear the irony and sarcasm.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 12-09-06
    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 12-09-06 Listener Since 2001
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    "Keep listening to this one!"

    At first I could figure out what this was about, then...WOW! I became truly frightened! This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as we wonder what will happen and what has happened.
    This is another King masterpiece! Don't give up as the beginning is a little slow because this is a true thriller!

    3 of 3 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 2016

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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).

    7 of 8 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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 02-01-16
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    "Loved it"

    Enjoyed this story immensely. Plenty of late nights where I had to stop listening to this audio book...alone & too creeped out for late night, which every King fan knows is a time when the "bad gunk" may rear it's ugly head.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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