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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 a celebrated, award-winning novelist and a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it ¿ a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and 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 a celebrated, award-winning novelist and a complex man.

Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it ¿ a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband's demons. And what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

Don't miss more from Stephen King.

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

What the Critics Say

"Stephen King at his finest...a dazzling novel." (Nicholas Sparks)
"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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    James Pietermaritzburg, KZN, ZA 03-06-14
    James Pietermaritzburg, KZN, ZA 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book narrated very well"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I found the story very entrancing and formed an emotional connection to the main character


    Have you listened to any of Mare Winningham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No
    I felt Mare Winningham really added a lot to the character and felt her performance was excellent.


    If you could take any character from Lisey's Story out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    This is a tough one as it would be a toss up between Lisey and her husband


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Storm 09-22-13
    Storm 09-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Stephen King never fails to deliver!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lisey's Story the most enjoyable?

    The whole story was like none I have ever read. I loved it! The characters, as always with Kings books are totally unique.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott was such a brave little boy. Even to the end he still loved his father.


    What does Mare Winningham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She ignited the characters! They were real separate people.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didnt want to stop listening! Even when I finally got to the end I felt I could start again at the beginning and be just as enthralled the second time as the first. Liseys Story really is that good!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niall Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom 08-02-13
    Niall Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom 08-02-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Turgid"
    What disappointed you about Lisey's Story?

    Very slow pace of narrative. The story often looked like it was going to takeoff only to bumble along in the weeds again. Unlikeable charecters combined with a deathly slow pace that never goes anywhere. I find it incredible that The Green Mile, The Stand and many other great reads were written by the same man, its such a change in tempo.


    Has Lisey's Story turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I still like Mr King’s work and will continue to read and listen to the stories he writes. I still prefer his earlier work though.


    What does Mare Winningham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent delivery. It was only her narration that kept me going through a very turgid story line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some quirky ideas were good.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking at the reviews, many people have liked this book, so as ever, every individual will need to make up their own minds. But if you like his earlier work, you may be disappointed in this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 11-14-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 11-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unfortunately not what was expected"

    This book gets a 2.5 rating from me. While the blurb does not lie in what the book entails, I was expecting a more conventional horror story of a woman's journey into a dark realm. I was disappointed when I realized a third of the way into the book that it is the story of a widow's journey to find closure in the years following her husband's death. While this journey is metaphorical and literal, it is not what was expected.

    I found the majority of the story boring and uncompelling. Having said that, it wouldn't be a King book without it's charms. As one reads further into the book, it is clear that this is the husband, Scott's story as much as it is Lisey's. I was moved by a few moments, particularly Scott on his deathbed and his final goodbye in the form of a last manuscript written to Lisey. These moments are to be applauded because right from the very start, we know Scott is dead already. The way King makes us feel for a character that is only fleshed out through flashbacks and thoughts is quite something.

    Mare Winningham's narration is fantastic. She breathes life into all the characters and does a superb job of protraying Lisey especially.

    This is probably a book more for the ladies. It was ok, but not what I'm used to from King. I took a chance. It kind of fell through. Take from this review what you will. But you may enjoy it more than I did.

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  • Ragen
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    1/14/08
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    "Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it."

    I do not have the vocabulary to describe how much I loved this book, 5 stars are not enough.
    From the first 30mins I was hooked, and really struggled to turn it off every time. I would get home from work and walk round my flat listening for just a bit longer, completely ignoring my boyfriend!
    It?s so good, and it?s read so well, that you?re right there, with Lisey, all the way.
    This is my favourite book of all time, not just of my audible book collection.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carolynn
    Peterborough, Cambs, United Kingdom
    3/6/07
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    "Lisey's Story"

    As a huge Stephen King fan - and a 'constant reader' of his novels this was my first audio version of one of his books. I have to say that when it first started I was a little disappointed as I wasn't really sure which way it was going. However, I soon became enthralled as ever. In fact I got so enthralled - I normally have a 15 minute book slot to and from work - that I deliberately waited until going on a long car journey one weekend so that I could listen to the last section as I found that I couldn't cope with Mr Dooley's second visit in small snippets. Normally with a hard back book I'd sneak a peak at the end just to see how it turned out. No chance of that with an audio version.

    Since reading the book I have found myself avoiding looking in mirrors at night - which is really rather silly..... but still....


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena
    Sidcup, Kent, United Kingdom
    12/11/06
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    "Amazing"

    I love all (well, almost all) of Stephen King novels. This is one of his best. I felt such pity for the boyhood of Scott Langdon and for Lisey's loss of a husband, lover and friend. The insight into Scott's boyhood, adult mind and subsequent novels was brilliant. Will have to listen to it again and again and again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    harlow, essex, United Kingdom
    1/4/07
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    "loved it!"

    i really enjoyed this - quite different from some of his other stories - it was totally beliveable. at first the reader annoyed me but after a short time it seemed the right choice - this story suited her. i can almost believe that there is such a place as 'Boo'ya Moon' the sadness of his brothers life and of his own plus the despair - all conveyed masterly by King. however this is still quite a dark novel as are most of his - so it wont disappoint!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    1/3/13
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    "Something a little different from King"

    You either love King or you have not read him properly. This is a moving tale, all the more so if you know about his brush with death. A fine book beautifully narrated by Mare Winningham. Full of gorgeous imagery and memorable characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    7/20/10
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    "Not vintage Stephen King but still very good"

    I liked this book - a very absorbing and moving tale and exemplifying Stephen King's gift for telling a story with a lot a good characters. My only minor beef is that I thought the book too long. Narration takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end the narrator held the book together for me and she does a first class job.

    Not Stephen King's best, but well worth listening to nonetheless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    coventry, United Kingdom
    9/13/08
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    "great!"

    I haven't read a Stephen King book since 'Pet Sematary' more than 10 years ago. But the reviews of this book encouraged me to give it a go and I'm glad I did.

    The narrator was wonderful and really brought all the charaters to life.

    I listen to my books on the way to and from work and I have sometimes sat in the staff car park just to get to the end of the chapter.

    Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    farnborough, hants, United Kingdom
    5/9/07
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    "Excellent"

    once again the master of suspense delivers. A bit slow at the start, but soon kicks in. Stephen King has the uncanny knack of making his stories believable - no matter how far fetched! Listen to this and i guarantee you'll say 'schmucking' at least once within the day!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    8/20/12
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    "Very slow"

    I did enjoy this novel, although it takes a while to start and the whole narrative arc is quite slow. I would not recommend this to someone who is looking for a typical Stephen King novel. Still, his style and his characters make it worthwhile. It also explores some interesting themes (madness in particular). Mare Winningham's voice certainly adds to the story. I've listened to other Stephen King novels and I have to say if I had to recommend one, I'd say go for 'Bag of Bones' instead. It's not a dissimilar story to this but more compelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Piggy
    8/31/08
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    "A 3 course meal, not a Snickers bar!"

    This is a deliciously satisfying book.

    Classic, poignant King characterisation, what he doesn't say making your heart ache, along with what he does!

    Outright scary? Terrifying? No. It's somehow much more REAL than that, it is the insidious, pervasive chill of psychological and physical danger. It gave me the shivers, rather than the shocks. And was highly effective for that.

    Lisey is beautifuly realised, and so is Scott and their relationship. The description of their relationship was engrossing, satisfying. Lisey, all gritty, pragmatic courage and Scott ... well, he just broke your heart, made you love him, made you laugh and scared the crap out of you all at once.

    Mare IS Lisey's voice. She reads with grit and passion. Having first read the book, she did not read it as I'd heard it in my head. Within the first chapter reading, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed her interpretation and characterisation.

    In addition to his master of horror title, King is humane, insightful, wistful and soulful. To me, this book is his maturation as a writer, a pushing and exploration of his own boundaries as a person, not just his wide-grinned enjoyment of finding stuff to scare you with. For Lisey, for Scott, for this reason, this work of his is a courageous, honest cut above anything else I've read of his. Not diminishing his previous works, just evolving beyond them.

    Highly recommended, unless you prefer Snickers to 3 course meals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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