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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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    Sara Syracuse, NY 10-29-14
    Sara Syracuse, NY 10-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)

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    "Horror Blended with Fairytale"
    What did you like best about Rose Madder? What did you like least?

    The thing I liked most about this book is how King writes women. He never writes women to be stupid or flat. I find many men authors struggle with writting strong and believable women. King however does not!


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to other books by King including "The Stand," "The Shinning," "A Good Marriage," "Mr Mercedes" and my personal fav "Doctor Sleep." This one however is my least loved. As all the other reviews express the narration in this book is sketchy. There is music and a lot of it. It's creepy music too and made my puppy howl, haha!

    That said, I will write this section without taking the corny music in to account. This book is too "fantasy" for my taste. Why is this book too much? When does it soar off the rails into lala land? I am not exactly sure but I'd love to read it without the painting bits. I love love the first half and wish King could have written this story without the "painting" drama. The characters are deep, the threat real and the storyline believable. For me, it hits the fantasy part like doing a cannon ball into a shallow creek. I like how in "Mr. Mercedes" King didn't have any "other world" crap. I like flirting with the supernatural like in "The Shinning" but this was too far out for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    NO MUSIC. Nuff said.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first "grownup" book I read when I was a young teen. I bought it from a garage sale and spent the next few weeks reading it when my parents weren't looking. It was a nice walk down memory lane. For sure, it was worthy of a re-read if for no other reason.

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    Joseph Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-21-14
    Joseph Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Majority of characters in book are idiots."

    The book wasn't so bad as I make it out to be. Rose Madder has all the characteristics you expect from a Stephen King book. I do enjoy the story but this is probably the first book that truly agitated me. Its almost like Stephen King made every character in the book incredibly stupid while the bad guy is the only one that is smart and lucky.

    I understand that villains in books are usually smart and crafty and sometimes incredibly lucky to make the book interesting. But to have all the characters completely clueless and just plain idiotic, including the officers is unreal. Good guys in books die all the time because of bad luck or something they just don't see coming. But majority of the characters in the book died because of plain stupidity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 06-07-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 06-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "I am Woman!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rose Madder the most enjoyable?

    Although I have never been in an abusive relationship....the story was easy to absorb because of what I have seen in life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength of when she displayed about leaving.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many. But I think it was when she first decided to leave...and she kept going no matter how scared she was.


    If you could rename Rose Madder, what would you call it?

    That is a perfect name for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed the book and will listen to it again. Great job by author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Union City, TN, United States 03-24-14
    Rhonda Union City, TN, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Warning: has background music!"
    Would you listen to Rose Madder again? Why?

    Yes, I'm sure I'll listen again. I'm gradually replacing my bound book library with a digital one, and I've read this several times. It's a great story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Norman. There wouldn't be a story if it weren't for Norman. He is entirely frightening and believable.


    What aspect of Blair Brown’s performance would you have changed?

    Blair Brown narrates Rose, and Stephen King narrates Norman. Brown is smooth as always, and although many do not like King's narrations, I love listening to him narrate his stories.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I didn't rate this a full five star is because of the background music. I absolutely despise background music in an audiobook, and the music is very unpleasant here as well.

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    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 01-28-13
    lynn louisville, Cayman Islands 01-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh Stephen..."
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Blair Brown?


    Any additional comments?

    The music and sound effects are nearly annoying, definitely not a contribution.

    Blair Brown is amazing and I enjoyed the bonus of having Rose, the main character work as an audio narrator.

    Stephen as Norman. I have had the pleasurable distinction of only reading King in audio; hundreds of hours. The words read by the author in his understanding of Norman's mind turn up the chill to epic.

    (Consider that I am a fan, he could crap in a bag on my doorstep and I'd love him).

    "She looked like a woman mentally counting the choices of a lifetime, discovering the wrongs ones outnumber the right ones, and not by only a few either".

    Anyone who could create this understanding deserves a five star salute.

    You could put that on a pillow.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-25-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-25-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "King's version of "Sleeping With the Enemy"......."

    ..........with a touch of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

    I don't know why this novel isn't as popular as many of Kings others- it has the subtle terror and creepy chills of his big hits. Perhaps it's because the plot isn't an overwhelming monsterous end of the world story as 'The Stand' or end of the city like 'It' and other Derry books.

    Instead it's a telling of the quietly terrible life of a battered woman who leaves her abusive husband and the experiences she goes through following her escape. Along with this is
    the secondary plot, which is not really a sub plot, but the Dorian Gray like part of the novel with inclusion of a painting. This painting becomes almost primary to the last half of the book.

    Perhaps you can tell this is complex novel-and I think it's amongst Stephens King's best.

    The protagonist, Rosie is very well written. King developed her from shy woman who fears her husband and any changes in her life to strong woman who has taken over the running of her life to ...well...enough said -I hate spoilers and I've written enough. Let me say though that King develops his primary protagonist until the very end of the novel. It's wonderful writing.

    The antagonist, Rosies husband Norman is a truly terrible man who gets his just deserts in the end.

    Narration is so good. Blair Brown does an excellent job of expressing all the involved and complex feelings and action of the plot. She puts a lot of emotion not the emotional parts and terror into the scary parts. Her men are well done and the nasty guys come off really nasty. She's great.

    The book deserves 5 stars-I had to give it 4 overall because of the damn sound effects and music. They has no meaning-or it didn't to me-and I was irritated by them throughout the book. I don't know why the producer decided to include sound effects but they didn't add anything positive to my enjoyment of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shopper from Playa del Rey 06-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I Agree, Mr. King should allow a professional"

    narrator to read his books. He is a brilliant writer, but when he reads the book comes off sounding like adolescence angst. The story matter was very interesting, and Ms. Blair did an outstanding job.

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    Barb McDougall 03-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good story"

    This is a good solid story and I liked Stephen King and Blair Browns narration. (I didn't find the music a distraction as others have posted, which almost stopped me from downloading) I think the story was a good one until the "fantasy" parts started. Also when I thought the book was coming to an end, it wasn't and went on and on so that I wished it would just end. Overall it was a good listen.

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    Barbara 09-06-09
    Barbara 09-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your credit.."

    The story is good and characters are interesting. However, there's music playing with what sounds like an airplane in the background as the story is being read. And there's some other form of, for lack of a better word, music that plays off and on through out the story. It is Really distracting and kills whatever mood was just formed. Also, Stephen Kings voice is Amazingly, inhumanly nasely and monotoned. It drove me up the wall. I mean its REALLY obnoxious and emotionless. It's Very hard to listen to. You know the noise that Jim Carry makes in the movie Dumb and Dumber when he says "Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?" And yells "HNEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Imagine that noise reading to you. If I'd have heard his voice on the sample reading, I would Never have wasted a credit for it.
    This is a book you should buy not listen to.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Augusta, GA, USA 01-08-10
    Nicholas Augusta, GA, USA 01-08-10
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    "Meh, there are better."

    Without going into the plot of this book too much, I'll say that there are far better Stephen King books. I could deal with Stephen King narrating some of the story and I actually feel like it adds to the dual perspective aspect of the book.

    It's also occurred to me that I'm coming from a male point of view, and the book has a very 'women empowerment theme'. Nothing against that, but perhaps I didn't relate with the story as much as others.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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