We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Misery | [Stephen King]

Misery

Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (638 )
5 star
 (398)
4 star
 (165)
3 star
 (49)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.5 (503 )
5 star
 (336)
4 star
 (120)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (494 )
5 star
 (339)
4 star
 (116)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 12-03-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    126
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    206
    202
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book. no disappoint or boredom here!!"
    If you could sum up Misery in three words, what would they be?

    heed the weatherman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Misery?

    i liked the first time paul got out of the room where he was held captive. but there were many parts that were memorable.


    What does Lindsay Crouse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    oh she was GREAT. what a good job she did. she added emotion and made you feel that she was right there!


    If you could take any character from Misery out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    well there were really not many choices. i would not want to take annie out! you would never figure her out as he saw the world according to annie and king told me exactly how she thinks.

    it would be paul and i would ask him is he stephen king in desguise. :)


    Any additional comments?

    i have read the book in print years ago, seen the movie, and now the audiobook. i like the the audiobook best. i will read it many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    distanttt Indy 10-04-12
    distanttt Indy 10-04-12

    Marbaby

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful!"
    Where does Misery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, this would be my first. But I think the presentation is great and it really gets my involved and wanting to keep listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Misery?

    When he finally takes power over the evil Annie Wilkes.


    What does Lindsay Crouse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her enthusiam and her way of creating the characters voices and moods.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just how sad it was to be in Paul Sheldon's situation. Made me grateful to be where I am.


    Any additional comments?

    Just want to say again that it was wonderful and made me want to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Betty 09-12-12
    Betty 09-12-12 Member Since 2015

    diverduck

    HELPFUL VOTES
    67
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "King was sued for plagiary by a woman like Annie"
    If you could sum up Misery in three words, what would they be?

    Paul's constant reader


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annie of course. She was too much!


    What does Lindsay Crouse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-17-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

    HELPFUL VOTES
    545
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    463
    374
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    148
    4
    Overall
    "Great at times"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicholassmith Phoenix, AZ USA 04-07-15
    Nicholassmith Phoenix, AZ USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2013

    A Tool in the shed

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "King at his horror best."

    While I do enjoy most of King's work, most of it couldnt truly be called "horror". Misery defines that word. truly a fantastic work. Will make your skin crawl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A User Birmingham, AL, United States 03-27-15
    A User Birmingham, AL, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2012

    Lake lover

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic horror"

    This is my favorite Stephen King book. Suspenseful, deliciously scary. Exploits our most basic fears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping and terrifying look at the human psyche."

    I loved the book, the audio version is perfection. This story takes you on the wild ride of Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes. If you like suspenseful agony you will enjoy this book. It keeps you on your toes begging for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeanette Fairchild 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant!!"

    The narrator did a brilliant job telling the story!! Much beloved book and movie! Now I will re-watch Kathy Bates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bernard 02-22-15
    Bernard 02-22-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Read When I Was Younger"

    It was a high school project and we all had to be characters in the story but because there are only three we took turns.

    But it is a great book and read beautifully. I try and listen to a chapter ever morning. Lindsay Crouse voice is magnificent in this story. I just wish the Misery series in the book actually happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cheryl Rhode Island 02-19-15
    cheryl Rhode Island 02-19-15 Member Since 2014

    I love audible. I

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a great book"

    I've watched the movie many times but never read the book. Well it was a great read or listen. The narrator was kind of flat but not bad. She kept pace with the story. Listen to the book you won't disappointed. I'm not gonna be a spoiler sooooo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 38 results PREVIOUS1234NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.