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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.
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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

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    distanttt Indy 10-04-12
    distanttt Indy 10-04-12

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    "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
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-17-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2009

    An avid reader, who also loves to listen.

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    "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
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    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 09-17-13
    Tamela Memphis, TN, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !

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    "Better than the movie"
    What did you love best about Misery?

    I love the book better than the movie because there were a few key elements that were not in the movie. What I like best about the movie was the "capture" of Paul and how Annie was able to hide him for as long as she did


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Paul because he was tried to appease Annie as much as he could but once she turned "dark" he could not control her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Annie died, which took a couple of attempts.


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

    At the end when he finally was able to resume his life


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen to compare to the movie

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    Gilma United States 02-14-13
    Gilma United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Misery to be better than the print version?

    I've never read this book, only saw the movie, but the performance was so good that the movie inside my head was just as good.


    Have you listened to any of Lindsay Crouse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I listened to Lindsay Crouse but I will make sure that it is not my last. She was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was great as I knew it would be but it dragged a bit which is why I assume the movie cut those scenes out. All in all it was worth the listen.

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    Rebecca Cornwall, NY, United States 11-04-12
    Rebecca Cornwall, NY, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Returning this one"

    I haven't listened to much of this book because it quickly became clear that the audiobook format was not working for me. There's these weird musical interludes that are annoying, and I think I'd rather read it in print. Aptly named--it's definitely a downer!

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    Ogkrip Riverside 10-08-12
    Ogkrip Riverside 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Listening to Misery made it wonderful again"
    Where does Misery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read Misery in hard copy at least 3 times, listening to audiobook performance was absolutely wonderful. I would rank Misery in the top 10 audiobooks I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Misery to and why?

    there is no comparison really, John Grisham is John Grisham as is Michael Connelly himself, there is no comparison to Steven King and any of his novels, he stands alone as well. Great author, my favorite of all time. No complaints about any of his books.


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

    She put a real voice to this story although I kept picturing Kathy Bates who played in the movie and James Caan, but this was great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh yes, even though as I have stated I have read Misery at least 3 times, this was better, couldn't wait to listen again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Western, WA 09-12-12
    Betty Western, WA 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "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.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-17-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The subject matter is my problem."

    Throughout the book I desperately wanted it to be over. I didn’t want to think about it, and I still don’t.

    I’m suffering through this. It’s torture. Throughout the book Paul is a victim. When he does something smart, she finds out and punishes him (like cutting off body parts). Too many atrocious acts. Too much helplessness. Paul learns that she killed many people and got away with it. She tells Paul of her plans to kill others and how she will get away with that. He believes her. This adds to Paul’s feeling of helplessness. She is strong, cunning, and crazy.

    I prefer stories where the protagonist takes action to influence his future. I want entertainment or some kind of feel good. Technically there was a good ending for the good guy, but it did not feel good. I was depressed.

    It’s told in third person, but only Paul’s point of view, never Annie’s.

    THE POSITIVES:
    I have a favorite part (believe it or not) due to the author’s clever wording. Annie leaves Paul locked in a room for 51 hours with no food, water, or pain medication. Paul’s thoughts: “ Around 4 o’clock of the second day “Pretty Thirsty” made it’s move” (a few thoughts later) “thinking unconsciousness would come and relieve him, but unconsciousness declined. Instead hour thirty came and hour forty. Now “King of Pain” and “Pretty Thirsty” merged into one single horse. “I Got the Hungries” had been left in the dust long since, and he began to feel like nothing more than a slice of living tissue on a microscope slide or a worm on a hook, something anyway, twisting endlessly and waiting only to die.”

    Annie forces Paul to write a romance novel “Misery’s Return” while he is captive. The main reason Annie keeps Paul alive is to see what will happen in the novel. The heroine Misery died in the previous published book. Annie forces Paul to come up with a believable way to have her alive in this book. I liked what he came up with. A handful of other scenes from “Misery’s Return” are shown. They were not interesting to me and could have been shortened. But I liked seeing the author’s thought process as he came up with ideas to put into the novel. He talked about “the guys in the sweatshop” (giving him ideas) and seeing a hole in the paper (to begin writing).

    The narrator Lindsay Crouse was good.

    Genre: horror suspense thriller.
    Ending: good but not good enough for the good guy, bad for the bad guy.

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 06-15-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Little Weak For Me"

    The narrator was pretty good. She played a very good wacko.

    I thought that the story was a bit weak. It was too easy to figure out and predicable to me. Of course who am I do cut up Stephen, but it wasn't my favorite. I can always tell if I really like an audio book If I find myself sitting in a parking lot waiting for the chapter to end. That didn't happen with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-28-12
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping"

    There are points where I was hoping the story would move a little faster, but for the most I found this incredible compelling listening! My only real complaint is the weird chimes and random sounds at the end of certain passages and chapters. It completely threw me out of the story whenever they happened... I've never encountered anything like it in an audio book before, very strange.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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