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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.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Marko
  • 03-03-17

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

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  • Steve
  • 01-25-17

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.<br/><br/>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.

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  • Harvey
  • 08-16-16

Has the effect of taking you Boo'ya Moon

Another great book well narrated makes you wonder were we might end up after this innings Harvey UK

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  • Jacqueline Edge
  • 08-03-16

Fabulous

An excellent story, combining fantasy and thriller. Stephen King's style brings characters to life, believably.

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  • Rincers
  • 03-21-16

Great story

Though at times it is as hard to follow, it is brilliantly read and at times had me in tears, as I felt the sense of Lisey's loss. I will definitely listen to this one again x

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  • j c rogers
  • 02-29-16

Love s King

You never know where he is going with stories and I find myself thinking of this parts of the day when at work etc. It's slow to start but then u understand why and me being prob a bit like s King it's just my cup of tea. Think I would be the same as lisey if I had lost someone and it's got that dark sense of humour between the lines that I love with him. It's set in Maine. Going to Maine is on my bucket list. It's a good book and u have to think and know s King to understand it all. I love it

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  • Janice
  • 11-17-15

Madness defined

Would you consider the audio edition of Lisey's Story to be better than the print version?

Have never read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lisey's Story?

I have listened to this book several times and the overall memory for me is the realisation that King tries and does define madness and where it is possible mad people go.

What about Mare Winningham’s performance did you like?

Great narrator with a great synergy with the character.

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

It is very thought provoking.

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  • Emma
  • 11-07-15

Definitely the weirder side of King

A little slow in the beginning but as long as you don't mind the weirder side of king's writing then it's just as enjoyable as all the other great King books I've listened to.


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  • David
  • 09-11-15

Slow to start but gets very deep!

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  • Jims little man
  • 07-28-15

Very dark and very enjoyable

I'm a massive Stephen king fan so probably very biased. However, this is a great book and the lady reading it is very easy to listen to.