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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Couldn?t believe that I actually wasted so much time listening to this book, I usually love Stephen King books but this one was so mind numbingly boring I just had to warn everyone else to give this book a wide birth
"worst king book ever it seems"
I've almost read them all but this was so unbearable. I just wanted it to finish. No suspense, just weird in jokes and secrets and I didn't care for the characters at all. Sorry Mr King.
"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.
"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!
"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.
Found myself listening to it because I'd paid for it, but the story was confusing and the narration was distracting, disappointing,
"Definitely King's worst"
Based on this book, I wouldn't read another King. Thankfully, I've read many of his other books so realise this is probably his blip rather than his regular output. Mare Winningham gives a great performance reading this book but cannot save it from being a dull story.
No. I have read other works by Stephen King and can clearly see this is the exception rather than the norm.
They were all pretty dull but Winningham managed to put some life into all of them. I guess Lisey would be my favourite but her story and character left me wanting something more.
After giving up twice on reading it before deciding to persevere just so I can claim I've read all his books, I guess it inspired me to read something else.
If anyone is wanting to read Stephen King's work, please leave this book as either one of the last ones or in the middle. If you read this first, you'd have avoided his other work like the plague. I'd recommend "The Stand" or "It" as a solid first book. Maybe "Skeleton Crew" or "Four Past Midnight" if you don't want to commit to a large novel or just want to try small nibbles.
Don't get me wrong, the story is solid but, compared to his other works, the characters are weak, the basic premise is a rehashing of "Rose Madder" which is significantly better and the 'married language' like replacing f**k with smuck starts off quaint but becomes tedious and annoying very quickly. More so when it's on practically every page. Do yourselves a favour and read one of his better works which, after reading this, is any of them.
"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.
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