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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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Loved it

Enjoyed this story immensely. Plenty of late nights where I had to stop listening to this audio book...alone & too creeped out for late night, which every King fan knows is a time when the "bad gunk" may rear it's ugly head.

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Great story

I was skeptical at first but King wove a story of amazing intrigue and suspense. Give this one a try and you will not be disappointed.

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a love story that crosses time and space

I love his novels that illustrate the connection between a writer and spouse. Great story

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Book Club Blasts Booya Moon

Some of my favorite books are King's. This is not one of them. And, my entire book club -- made of very diverse personalities -- were in agreement that this was one of the worst books ever. The narration was excellent and the writing style is, too (of coure, what else). But it was so slow and dark. I kept wanting to shake Lisey and tell her to, "Get a Life." I gave it the highest rating of my entire club -- a 3 of 10. My reason for giving it some credit was for the aforementioned writing and the wonderful ideas King shares about the pool of experience and language. If this had been a novela at one-third the word count, it might have been a totally different story for me and my book club.

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  • Alicia
  • gallatin, TN, USA
  • 11-07-06

Wonderful

This is the type of writing that gets under your skin, and creeps into your veins. I was totally taken in by this book. This was my first King read in about 10 years, but it has left me wanting to go back and see what I've missed.

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  • Neta
  • Tel AvivIsrael
  • 11-05-07

Amazing !

I have to start off by saying I loved every book I've read (or heard) by Stephen King, the man has talent... Second, I was a little concerned when I read the reviews for his audiobook, but I'm so lucky I haven't listened ! I loved everything about this audio, the narrator was amazing, I was mesmerized by her voice, the story was sensitively told and very moving... I'm allmost speechless. And now I'm looking forward to his next book...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Norman
  • Cumberland, MD, USA
  • 04-26-07

Long Winded

I'm glad this was on audio. I would have never made it all the way to the end if I had to read the book. Slow moving and long winded. A few nice spots but very predictable. After reading "Cell" (fantastic), I was hoping for something a lot better.

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  • Robert
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 04-16-07

11 King books in 2 years but...

I remember reading that King was afraid his fans would not like this book. He was right to be afraid. For the longest time I could not stand Stephen King novels. I tried to read a couple of them and could not last long enough to get to the punch line. Then came the Dark Tower series and I was hooked. Somehow, over the course of all those books, I began to understand the way this brilliant writer thinks. Also, listening to his writing appeals much more to me than reading it. I was able to suffer through some of the long character development and stage setting that in written form bored me to tears.
This book brought back all of what I hated about Stephen King. It was very slow and tedious. I could not get into this character at all and her idiocyncracies, supposedly the "charm" of the book annoyed me to no end. Honestly, I just stopped listening to this book about 1/2 way through and that's a first.
It may just be me, but be careful thinking this is another great King book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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King is still the King.

After a slightly slow start, I was quickly pulled in and it never let me go. A beautifully written piece that is both inspirational and horrific...Lisey is one of the most powerful female characters I've had the pleasure of reading about in quite a long time I certainly hope this becomes a movie.

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Worst Stephen King book ever

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Mare Winningham?

I was rooting for her to get killed halfway through. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, 18 hours of nothing happening. No likable characters, very little story. Total waste of time. It was one of two Stephen Kings books I haven't read. First time I have been truly disappointed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Love Stephen King

Would you be willing to try another one of Mare Winningham’s performances?

NEVER!!!!

What character would you cut from Lisey's Story?

LISEY

Any additional comments?

Horrible

1 of 1 people found this review helpful