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.
"Has the effect of taking you Boo'ya Moon"
Another great book well narrated makes you wonder were we might end up after this innings Harvey UK
An excellent story, combining fantasy and thriller. Stephen King's style brings characters to life, believably.
"love Stephen kings g but not a big fan of this one"
struggled to finish I'm sorry to say, loved the beginning but lost interest quickly
"Not King as i know him"
For a start off the narrator was very boring. However, I was hoping the story would soon eradicate this feeling; it didn't. I read 1/3 of the book and all that happened was she had to help her sister. I listen to the book when driving and became worried i would fall asleep from the boredom. Just didn't get going and none of the brillilant King story telling I have listened to in the past. It was just dull. It may well have got better by the third section but i had lost the will to live well before then.
Definitely - i have read and listened to so many great King books over the last 20 years that i will continue to read his work. And that is what also makes this all the more disappointing as it is just not what i am used to from his work.
Needed a better story and a less monotone narrator.
"superb book, excellent narration"
this is one of the best books I have ever read from Stephen King. the narrator is fantastic a lovely, soothing voiice and her voices and accents are spot on. for me it was one of the Stephen King favourites.
Though at times it is as hard to follow, it is brilliantly read and at times had me in tears, as I felt the sense of Lisey's loss. I will definitely listen to this one again x
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