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Rose Madder | [Stephen King]

Rose Madder

Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...
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Publisher's Summary

Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

©1996 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Mrs. Margaret Westland, MI, United States 05-08-10
    Mrs. Margaret Westland, MI, United States 05-08-10 Member Since 2004
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    "AWESOME"

    This book is GREAT! Had a really hard time turning it STOPPING the book!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 12-01-11
    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 12-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    Good story but there are interludes of loud brash music which is supposed to be background music but drowns out the reader and is just horrible. The female reader is really good but Stephen King does not fit in the narration. It would have been better with just the female narrator. The story gets intense, weird and empowering (for women at least). A good display of how reality can create a madness in a person.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa NH, United States 11-07-10
    Alyssa NH, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "An Excellent Story With a Horrible Recording"

    The reader was robbed. She did an excellent job narrating this novel and the producer ruined it. The first and most troublesome issue is there are breaks in the MP3 file where bits of narration or dialogue are missing. Never a lot, but when you're hanging on every word a missing sentence or two is an aggravation you don't want to deal with. I reloaded this file and even switched MP3 players so I know the problem isn't to do with my equipment. Second: I don't mind music at the beginning of the story or even between every chapter but it should not be played over the narration especially at a volume that makes it impossible hear what the reader is saying and when the music is high pitched and shrieking. I kept trying to turn the volume up to hear the narration and having to yank my head phones off before the awful music blew out my ear drums. It's not just once or twice either, it's every single chapter. This is a terrible shame.

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Laura austin, TX, USA 09-06-09
    Laura austin, TX, USA 09-06-09
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    "Great listen..."

    I loved the intermingling of Blair Brown and Stephen King as narrators. I am more difficult to please when novels contain ultradimensional elements, but the balance between reality and dreamworld worked for me. One among many that are waiting for "The Stand" on audible....

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Maryville, TN, United States 07-17-09
    Aaron Maryville, TN, United States 07-17-09
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    "King the way we want him"

    Behind the Dark tower and the Shining.. this is my favorite King book. I was hooked all the way through.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 07-20-11
    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 07-20-11
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    "Excellent!!!!!"

    A wonderful book I would recommend to almost anyone. It is not as weird as some Steven King books I have read but has just enough weirdness (if that is a word) to make it great!!!! I found myself "taking the long way" in my car just so I could listen to more. I hate to drive (but spend allot of time on the road) and this book made me look forward to driving. Definitely worth the credit and would even be worth buying if you don't have any credits built up!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Baldwinville, MA, United States 06-22-11
    Ed Baldwinville, MA, United States 06-22-11
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    "Not one of King's best, but very good."

    A good story by one of my favorite authors. The dual narration worked well with Blair Brown doing an excellent job and King average as a narrator, switching back and forth really worked with the story. I could have done without the music which was very annoying. I also enjoyed the "real" parts of the story more than the "fantasy" and thought the ending was a little slow; but definitely worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Corona, CA, United States 02-04-11
    Deborah Corona, CA, United States 02-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Rose Madder"

    LOVED IT !!!!! My new fav from the King . Right up there with the Dome and Dark Tower.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina M. Burns Lyman, WY USA 10-28-12
    Gina M. Burns Lyman, WY USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Gina Marie

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    "Excellent Naration by Stephen King"
    If you could sum up Rose Madder in three words, what would they be?

    It was like discovering this book all over again!


    What other book might you compare Rose Madder to and why?

    Kings book's can't & shouldnt be compared to others they are stand alone,brilliant scifi by a master storyteller


    Which character – as performed by Blair Brown – was your favorite?

    Her portrayal of "Rosie" was spot on!
    Stephen King's potrayal of "Norman" was outstanding


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

    I really love the first contact between Gert & Norman


    Any additional comments?

    How awesome of the author to take such an interest in an "audiobook" to do his own narration! Loved it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Tazewell, TN, United States 06-05-11
    Susan Tazewell, TN, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites"

    This is my first audible book and I loved it. I loved the way it switched back and forth between Ms. Brown and Mr. King. To me, this made the book even better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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