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"An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder" (San Francisco Chronicle) - the number-one national best seller from Stephen King about a housekeeper with a long-hidden secret from her past...one that tests her own will to survive.

Dolores Claiborne is suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, and when the police question her, she tells the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband 30 years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and how she became emotionally demanding in recent years.

Given a voice as compelling as any in contemporary fiction, the strange intimacy between Dolores and Vera - and the link that binds them - unfolds in Dolores' account. Dolores Claiborne is "a literary triumph. The finest of King novels...a plot of enormous energy.... Read this book." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

©1993 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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Absolutely Fantastic!

This is a perfect audible. The story is compelling and nail biting at times. The performance by Francis Sternhagen is stunning. She is Dolores Claiborne. The Audio quality and small sound effects are great. You could hear a pin drop in the room.
You truly feel like one of the people in the room with her.
I highly recommend this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Beyond Amazing

Would you listen to Dolores Claiborne again? Why?

Ok, I've seen Delores Claiborne the movie so many times I can't even count. It's one of my favorite movies. I finally decided to listen to the book and it was brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

I love that it was different from the movie and I love that they took really great elements from the book to create the movie. I think they did a great job on the movie's interpretation of the book. The book's performance was just so riveting and fun and haunting.

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

Frances Sternhagen performance is the best, she really made the story come alive. I've never listened to her before (I don't think) but her performance really held your attention and she really does an amazing job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not the same as the book but I'm just as brilliant.

Any additional comments?

LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An underappreciated King gem!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I have always gone straight for King's horror, but this novel is so unique that it deserves to be applauded as one of King's best. More known for his horror novels, this is a self-contained, restrained novel about the lengths a woman will go to to protect her family. Although not a typical King book, it is still amazingly well-written and one of the best books I've listened to/read.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire book is told from Dolores's perspective as told as part of a police interview. This is a unique narrative device but it serves the story incredibly well.

Which character – as performed by Frances Sternhagen – was your favorite?

Well, she only serves as Dolores, as the story is a police interview. Sternhagen was impeccable in her portrayal, especially with her Maine inflection.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Dolores is an interesting character. The entire time, you're not necessarily sure whether she is guilty or not. She is a character for whom you feel sympathy, and all of a sudden you are defending her for some of her actions in the book...all while questioning her motives. She is complex. This book made me think and I found myself cheering for a woman who had had a hard life.

Any additional comments?

This is one of King's best, elevated by Frances Sternhagen's narration. Also, catch the movie immediately after. It's as faithful as it can be (it wouldn't have been a good movie if it took place in an interrogation room) with stellar performances by Kathy Bates and Christopher Plummer.

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Compelling narration

Loved the narration by Frances Sternhagen ! She really stayed in character and kept the story moving. Honestly, though, I found the story less than compelling. Very predictable ( I anticipated every plot twist ) and very drawn out ( it took over an hour of listening time to detail the death of Joe St. George). Stephen King is a terrific writer, and he gets credit for doing something a bit different here, even if it didn't quite work for me.

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😍😍 crossover!!

Wonderful read, best narrorating I've heard in months! Different story style for stephen but I thought it was a great change! Enjoyed the crossover between this and Gerald's game!

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  • MK
  • 09-02-17

Hated @ 1st Then Loved

Threw me for a loop when it started out with Dolores being deposed. And that New England accent...so ugly. Then, it became Really interesting. I ended up liking the book very much and appreciated the creative in how it was told. Worth the credit

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Great performance!

Frances Sternhagen has the most authentic Downeast Maine accent I've ever heard outside of Maine. The story was great but Sternhagen really took it up a notch with her delivery.

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Frances Sternhagen was made for this book

This one made me have to admit- Stephen King is a good writer. The story was engaging, humorous, scary at times, with a nice little twist at the end.
What really made it a great experience was the narrator. Her delivery- and accent- made me forget I was listening to a book- more like I was sitting across from her, listening to her story.
I was looking for a "light read" and got much more.

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  • daisyw
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 05-29-16

Great story, great performance

Where does Dolores Claiborne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has moved to the top of my list, 5 stares overall. I couldn't stop listening. Frances Sternhagen gives a great performance!

What did you like best about this story?

Steven King's writing, coupled with a great performance.

Which scene was your favorite?

Eclipse night, I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read the book. Mr. Kings' attention to words and detail make this book a wonderful visual experience.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Story telling at it's best.

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This book was invented to be an audible book!

This is a story of a woman with a very hard life! And the way you get to listen to it is so cool! It's like you're really in an interrogation room listening to a woman tell her story. Even when she asks for a glass of water or a nip of Scotch you hear the drawer being pulled open and her taking a sip/drink. And of course because this is a Stephen King novel you can't go wrong! Much better than the movie I think although I did like the movie! I know I will definitely listen to this many more times in the future! The narrator for this book was meant to read as Dolores Claiborne! It was like she was really her. Must read!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful