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Lisey's Story Audiobook

Lisey's Story

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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 a celebrated, award-winning novelist and a complex man.

Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it ¿ a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband's demons. And what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

Don't miss more from Stephen King.

©2006 Stephen King; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Stephen King at his finest...a dazzling novel." (Nicholas Sparks)
"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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  • C J Attwood
    12/3/08
    Overall
    "Boring"

    Couldn?t believe that I actually wasted so much time listening to this book, I usually love Stephen King books but this one was so mind numbingly boring I just had to warn everyone else to give this book a wide birth

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
    LONDONUnited Kingdom
    10/5/08
    Overall
    "worst king book ever it seems"

    I've almost read them all but this was so unbearable. I just wanted it to finish. No suspense, just weird in jokes and secrets and I didn't care for the characters at all. Sorry Mr King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Piggy
    8/31/08
    Overall
    "A 3 course meal, not a Snickers bar!"

    This is a deliciously satisfying book.

    Classic, poignant King characterisation, what he doesn't say making your heart ache, along with what he does!

    Outright scary? Terrifying? No. It's somehow much more REAL than that, it is the insidious, pervasive chill of psychological and physical danger. It gave me the shivers, rather than the shocks. And was highly effective for that.

    Lisey is beautifuly realised, and so is Scott and their relationship. The description of their relationship was engrossing, satisfying. Lisey, all gritty, pragmatic courage and Scott ... well, he just broke your heart, made you love him, made you laugh and scared the crap out of you all at once.

    Mare IS Lisey's voice. She reads with grit and passion. Having first read the book, she did not read it as I'd heard it in my head. Within the first chapter reading, I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed her interpretation and characterisation.

    In addition to his master of horror title, King is humane, insightful, wistful and soulful. To me, this book is his maturation as a writer, a pushing and exploration of his own boundaries as a person, not just his wide-grinned enjoyment of finding stuff to scare you with. For Lisey, for Scott, for this reason, this work of his is a courageous, honest cut above anything else I've read of his. Not diminishing his previous works, just evolving beyond them.

    Highly recommended, unless you prefer Snickers to 3 course meals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey United Kingdom
    1/27/07
    Overall
    "Worth sticking with it"

    There have been comments on the Amazon site that this book is overlong and way too wordy. There was only one point fairly early on where I felt this to be true; in the account when happened when Scott Landon planted a tree to mark the opening of a building or department at a university (sorry - bit hazy on the exact details!) This seemed to me to last for ever and I nearly gave up on the book at that point but am relieved I didn't as the rest of the book was excellent.
    So, stick with it, fast forward through that part if you're tempted to give in, and you won't be disappointed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "Just A Bit Dull"
    What disappointed you about Lisey's Story?

    I just didn't connect with the Characters or story like I have done with other Stephen King books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh, just ok. I just didn't love the book unfortunately.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Couldn't say, possibly the stuff about Booya Moon.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lisey's Story?

    I really didn't enjoy the book as a whole so is difficult to say what I would cut.


    Any additional comments?

    I really persevered with this one, I've had a long run of disappointing audiobooks which is frustrating (although thanks to Audible's wonderful exchange policy I haven't wasted any credits!) I wanted to see this one through. I just think I prefer the Stephen King novels where there are a host of characters and don't think I really connected with any of the characters in this book. I loved The Stand, Under the Dome and the one about JFK, so hopefully this is just a one off!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    1/3/13
    Overall
    "Something a little different from King"

    You either love King or you have not read him properly. This is a moving tale, all the more so if you know about his brush with death. A fine book beautifully narrated by Mare Winningham. Full of gorgeous imagery and memorable characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    8/27/12
    Overall
    "Confusing"

    Found myself listening to it because I'd paid for it, but the story was confusing and the narration was distracting, disappointing,

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andy T
    4/3/17
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    Performance
    Story
    "Slow to start but compelling"

    I waited a long time for this to get started but ended up enjoying the author's obfuscation and deliberate pace. A good book with an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marko
    3/3/17
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    Performance
    Story
    "A real slow burn"

    As we know King's novels can be long, but that's not usually an issue. This one does take a good six hours of listening to really get going though. As usual also with his stories it's actually very good, has some interesting ideas and an upbeat feel. I'd mostly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    1/25/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Definitely King's worst"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Mare Winningham?

    Based on this book, I wouldn't read another King. Thankfully, I've read many of his other books so realise this is probably his blip rather than his regular output. Mare Winningham gives a great performance reading this book but cannot save it from being a dull story.


    Has Lisey's Story put you off other books in this genre?

    No. I have read other works by Stephen King and can clearly see this is the exception rather than the norm.


    Which character – as performed by Mare Winningham – was your favourite?

    They were all pretty dull but Winningham managed to put some life into all of them. I guess Lisey would be my favourite but her story and character left me wanting something more.


    Did Lisey's Story inspire you to do anything?

    After giving up twice on reading it before deciding to persevere just so I can claim I've read all his books, I guess it inspired me to read something else.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone is wanting to read Stephen King's work, please leave this book as either one of the last ones or in the middle. If you read this first, you'd have avoided his other work like the plague. I'd recommend "The Stand" or "It" as a solid first book. Maybe "Skeleton Crew" or "Four Past Midnight" if you don't want to commit to a large novel or just want to try small nibbles.

    Don't get me wrong, the story is solid but, compared to his other works, the characters are weak, the basic premise is a rehashing of "Rose Madder" which is significantly better and the 'married language' like replacing f**k with smuck starts off quaint but becomes tedious and annoying very quickly. More so when it's on practically every page. Do yourselves a favour and read one of his better works which, after reading this, is any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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