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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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    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 12-01-11
    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 12-01-11 Member Since 2008
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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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa 11-07-10
    Alyssa 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.

    33 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Margaret Westland, MI, United States 05-08-10
    Mrs. Margaret Westland, MI, United States 05-08-10 Member Since 2013
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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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    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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 09-06-09
    Laura 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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    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 2010
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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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    Susan Tazewell, TN, United States 06-05-11
    Susan Tazewell, TN, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2014
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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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    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 05-24-11
    Mary Centerville, TN, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Toni in TN

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    "Long but good!!"

    I had not read a Stephen King book in a few years and I thought this one sounded interesting.. I couldn't stop listening!! Blair Brown and Stephen King do excellent jobs with the reading..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 05-24-11
    Tracy 05-24-11 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Did King think we wouldn't notice?"

    Disturbingly many things did not add up in this novel, these were an extreme distraction and disappointment. Example; a mad killer on the loose, police surveillance, yet police do not recognize the killer outside the building they are surveying. Only one example of many, not up to King's usual standards.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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