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.
"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.
"Some good bits but mainly boring"
I love Stephen King but have got to say I was disappointed with Lisey's Story, I found myself drifting off frequently and had to keep rewinding because it just didn't keep my attention. To be honest I was relieved when it finished.
"A love story Stephen King style"
This story was recommended to me by my dad who read the book, i have since recommended it to multiple people.
I Loved how it was set in such a short space of time yet with flashbacks which make you believe you have known the characters for ages
I Haven't yet but it has made me want to
I have enjoyed several SK audiobooks and went for this because he said it is his favourite of all the books he has written. It is an interesting book but I found it far too irritating to truly enjoy. The private language shared by the couple at the heart of this story was too much.
"RAMBLINGS OF A MADMAN?"
I tried really hard to understand the story, to no avail. Maybe it's just me but I had to give up on it in the end, I found my mind wandering all the time. Nothing seemed to make much sense to me so will go for a refund
"An affirmation of audible books"
Oddly I had not been able to finish this as a written book but I thought it would be interesting to re-try it as an audible book, and indeed it was as this time I truly enjoyed it. The story is given in the précis of the novel but what that does not tell you is the growing sense of unease and menace you experience listening to Lisey's gradual immersion in her dead husband's life and world. It is well narrated and thoroughly well worth listening to, if like me you had previously thought that this was one of Stephen Kings less successful books then I urge you to try it.
"A different type of story from Mr King"
The confusion between reality and fiction in the book was amazing - felt the same way as the characters...
Lisey - the main character - was she mad, was her husband???
"Just A Bit Dull"
I just didn't connect with the Characters or story like I have done with other Stephen King books.
Meh, just ok. I just didn't love the book unfortunately.
Couldn't say, possibly the stuff about Booya Moon.
I really didn't enjoy the book as a whole so is difficult to say what I would cut.
I really persevered with this one, I've had a long run of disappointing audiobooks which is frustrating (although thanks to Audible's wonderful exchange policy I haven't wasted any credits!) I wanted to see this one through. I just think I prefer the Stephen King novels where there are a host of characters and don't think I really connected with any of the characters in this book. I loved The Stand, Under the Dome and the one about JFK, so hopefully this is just a one off!
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