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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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    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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    Juanita WAUKEGAN, IL, United States 03-23-10
    Juanita WAUKEGAN, IL, United States 03-23-10
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    "MISERY"

    BITTER THEN THE MOVIE. I LOVE THE AUDIOBOOK

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    Diane 07-26-11
    Diane 07-26-11
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    Wow - this one is good. Kathy Bates is excellent as narrator - soooo good. The story is so much more than the movie. There is more character developement of main characters, more backstory and more things that happen that are crazy! It's so well written and well read.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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