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.
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"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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"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.
"Worth sticking with it"
There have been comments on the Amazon site that this book is overlong and way too wordy. There was only one point fairly early on where I felt this to be true; in the account when happened when Scott Landon planted a tree to mark the opening of a building or department at a university (sorry - bit hazy on the exact details!) This seemed to me to last for ever and I nearly gave up on the book at that point but am relieved I didn't as the rest of the book was excellent.
So, stick with it, fast forward through that part if you're tempted to give in, and you won't be disappointed.
"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.
"The worst Stephen King I have read"
After reading the mixed reviews I decided to go with the majority and bought this book in the 40% members sale. I am so glad I didn't therefore waste much money on this book, as it is the worst Stephen King I have ever read. The over reiteration of the word "Schmuck" begins to annoy very quickly, as does the repeated phrases when referring to someone ie the university police man who obviously had a big bottom and every time he is mentioned we hear this again and again and again. I listened for about 2 hours, went back to the other reviews where it did say to persevere as the book does improve, then listened for about another hour, when I couldn't listen any more. This is the most disappointing book I have ever listened to and the first I have not been able to finish.
Have never read the print version
I have listened to this book several times and the overall memory for me is the realisation that King tries and does define madness and where it is possible mad people go.
Great narrator with a great synergy with the character.
It is very thought provoking.
"Definitely the weirder side of King"
A little slow in the beginning but as long as you don't mind the weirder side of king's writing then it's just as enjoyable as all the other great King books I've listened to.
"not for me"
really struggled to finish the book! I love Steven king normally but this was hard going and a generic story! some real hardcore fans may enjoy it
"Slow to start but gets very deep!"
I'm stuck in traffic in the motorway no no no no no no no no
"Very dark and very enjoyable"
I'm a massive Stephen king fan so probably very biased. However, this is a great book and the lady reading it is very easy to listen to.
"Hated every second of it!"
Hated this, so, so much. I tried so hard to finish it, but it was seriously, SK's worst work I've ever read! Too many in jokes, and repetition of phrases and words.
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