We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Dolores Claiborne Audiobook

Dolores Claiborne

Regular Price:$18.89
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

"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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (500 )
5 star
 (391)
4 star
 (91)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.7 (452 )
5 star
 (345)
4 star
 (82)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.9 (456 )
5 star
 (410)
4 star
 (34)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-06-16
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    36
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    190
    184
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cookie 10-16-16
    Cookie 10-16-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    daisyw Long Beach, CA, United States 05-29-16
    daisyw Long Beach, CA, United States 05-29-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melissa F 05-01-16
    Melissa F 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    53
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    122
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Sarah T Farmington, MN 04-05-16
    Sarah T Farmington, MN 04-05-16 Member Since 2015

    I am not addicted to reading...I can quit as soon as I get to the next chapter!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrator is amazing and really brings this story to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dolores Claiborne?

    The first-person narration is amazing! It's like listening to a one person play not a book being read to you.


    What about Frances Sternhagen’s performance did you like?

    She was spot on! She emoted through the artful words of the novel perfectly!


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

    Both! I laughed, I cried, and I wish it wouldn't have ended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ren 08-18-17
    Ren 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story."

    The narrator was absolutely perfect for this story. I don't know who chose her but I'm glad they did :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David F. Maize San Antonio, TX United States 08-12-17
    David F. Maize San Antonio, TX United States 08-12-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic narrator"

    I really enjoyed this audio book because of the narrator. She did an amazing job and I would highly recommend a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KristyM 07-15-17
    KristyM 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best narrator, hands down"

    This is a great book. It's always been a great book. But this narrator, with the perfect accent and inflection, brought it right to life for me. thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christine Perkins Illinois 07-01-17
    Christine Perkins Illinois 07-01-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Probably the best Narration yet!"

    The book had me enthralled. I'm a huge King fan. Some are better than others but this one is a gem. But I was blown away by the narrator! I highly recommend this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lindsay Overland 06-11-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "narrator pulls you in"

    I loved this book. it was simple but I couldn't stop listening. the narrator was perfect. funny and suspenseful. great, quick listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.