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Publisher's Summary

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

Don't miss more from Stephen King.
©2006 Stephen King; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"As much about the facets of longtime marriage as it is about the characters themselves, Lisey's Story offers a poignant glimpse at abiding love and the tides of grief, and the internal language of relationships of all kinds." (Atlantic Monthly)
"In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary." (Michael Chabon)
"Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems. A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth." (Nora Roberts)

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THE BEST BOOK I'VE "READ" IN A VERY LONG TIME!!!!!

NOT what I would've EVER expected from Stephen King!! AMAZING!!! Mare Winningham was PERFECT narrator!!!!

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amazing as always!

King always finds a way to make me feel like I'm sitting right in front of his stories, watching them for myself. bravo again! the narrator was wonderful, absolutely thrilled with this book.

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What a performance!

I cannot praise Ms Winningham enough. Her artfulness with the quirky language immersed me into Character in the first pages.

This King selection explores relationship as , perhaps, never before.

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Outstanding Narration

An avid Stephen King fan, this was not one of my favorites but still a good story overall. The narration however was remarkable. Ms. Winningham's narration is one I will seek out going forward.

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Not one of the good ones...

Disappointed with the story. Dragged on and on. Not a taster, just a time waster.

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Excellent

I couldn't stop listening. The story was completely original, and the performance exceptional. Loved it.

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Compelling, creepy, beautiful, sweet

Loved this book. Sat in the car not willing to turn it off. The story is a beautiful love story with a scary, creepy underbelly. The characters and settings are vibrant and real. I was scared. And I cried at the end.

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Love it once the storyline started picking up

The story picked up the pace toward the middle and then slowed down at the end.

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Not King's best, but not his worst either.

I struggled to get through some parts and tuned out some, while others were easy enough to pay attention to. A couple parts nearly put me to sleep while driving. I finished because I'm a fan of the man and hate not finishing a book one I've started. The narrator was ok.

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dive into the Pool of Words...imagination

As so many other reviewers have noted, Lisey’s Story is Stephen King at his best. It blends in the supernatural, dark places of the imagination and the murky depths of insane horror with an engaging love story, rich beauty and characters that come alive. Like many of King’s works it is a long tale but I like King’s stories to be long because once I enter into his world I have little desire to leave. King expands our perception of reality with this book and allows us to enter into his imagination along with Lisey, the wife of King’s alter ego, who does so literally. He also ties up all the loose ends of the story, so that in the end you have a neat literary package that makes sense in its own strange way.

This story works at many levels. Not only is it an engaging story but it challenges your brain as well. There are many allusions and references to other works and authors, which adds to the richness of the story.

The narrator, Mare Winningham, does a superb job of translating the written word into an audio performance that brings the story alive. Each of the characters was vocally unique and believable, even when she was voicing the part of children.

This is a story that I enjoyed very much and recommend to anyone who has a taste for a tale by Stephen King.