Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wants to escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of the word.
To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper, drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to life in a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatest motivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with a sledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. But writers have weapons too.
©1987 Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Arthur b. Greene; (P)1992 Penguin-HighBridge Audio
Well, this would be my first. But I think the presentation is great and it really gets my involved and wanting to keep listen.
When he finally takes power over the evil Annie Wilkes.
Her enthusiam and her way of creating the characters voices and moods.
Just how sad it was to be in Paul Sheldon's situation. Made me grateful to be where I am.
Just want to say again that it was wonderful and made me want to keep listening.
Paul's constant reader
Annie of course. She was too much!
The book is much more than the film adaption with Kathy and Paul (they are wonderful and unforgettable in the film). Lindsay does a fabulous reading for Annie, but her reading of Paul is weak and a bit whiney at times...she has a very feminine voice for him.
I always love (I guess I'm sick) when Paul throws the ash tray out his window to get the State Trooper's attention and Annie stabs him with Bossie's (cow) wooden cross from her grave. Bossie died from Annie's neglect. King writes it like Annie is killing a vampire. Part of the cross breaks off in the State Trooper and Annie keeps grunting "There!...there!...there!...there!" with every stab. It is very, very, dark humor. The entire scene is grotesque, outrageous, yet Annie is absurdly funny. King wrote her that way. I think he had a good time writing this book. He certainly had "contempt" for Paul's "constant reader." Perhaps it was a psychologically, cathartic purging for some kind of negative transference he had been experiencing from too many "number one fans."
I do know he was sued by a woman for plagiary and I saw a brief interview of her after King won and she lost. My god, she looked like the character I had in my head, including how she dressed, right out of passages from when I read the book and before the film release. And she had this nervous, weird, angry way of talking (suppressing profanity right under the surface) during the interview. I think she lived in Bangor, or at least in Maine. I think the lawsuit was over the use of the character "Misery" and her story, perhaps other characters that was in Misery's story also. Maybe King could afford better attorneys. Nevertheless, it's one helluva a good read, audio book and film.
No I never listen to a story twice
Good book I actualy didnt want to listed to it before because of the movie. It was actualy really creepy and great narrator. I would highly recomend this for anyone who is not faint hearted.
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This book is absolutely great at times but at other times, not so much. With that said, I think this is one of the better books I've listed to by Stephen King and the narrator for this audio book does a great job as well!
This was an amazing story, the way only Stephen King can write. Suspense and terror abound. The narrator does a great Annie Wilks, giving her voice a Kathy Bates twang to it. But she also voices the fear of Paul Sheldon great as well.
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