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Publisher's Summary

The number-one national best seller about a famous novelist held hostage by his "number-one fan" and suffering a frightening case of writer's block - that could prove fatal. One of "Stephen King's best...genuinely scary" (USA Today).

Paul Sheldon is a best-selling novelist who has finally met his number-one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life - just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty.

"Terrifying" (San Francisco Chronicle), "dazzlingly well-written" (The Indianapolis Star), and "truly gripping" (Publishers Weekly), Misery is "classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense" (The Boston Globe).

©1987 Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Arthur B. Greene (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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Great job

The narrator did a great job with the voicing. There is a really subtle nod to Kathy Bates performance of the character. Love it!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Edge of your seat disturbing

This was a great story. I really enjoyed it. This really lived up to the hype of the old king.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

Lindsay Crouse was superb. Stephen King was absolutely amazing. This guy can write anything. Kudos!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A great work of King.

If you could sum up Misery in three words, what would they be?

Excellent thriller. Amazing.

What did you like best about this story?

The overall plotline.

What about Lindsay Crouse’s performance did you like?

er voices for Annie was excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Afraid I can't think of one, since there's already been a film version of it.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for fans of Stephen Kng.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Slow start, but great book

The book is great. However, the narration is almost monotone. The voices are not good and don't have much effort put into them. The sad thing is that it could have been great because the dialogue is so outstanding. BEWARE: This book has creepy music that is played during the entire novel. It is so annoying and was a huge mistake by who ever made that decision. Finally, I have one more problem with the narrator. She didn't not say the chapter numbers. That is a pet peeve of mine, but it is also important. It creates flow. Her flow was so bad because of this. She would just keep going right into the next chapter. I am still happy with the audiobook, but it was a let down in some aspects.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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great performance!

A lot of people seem to have had an issue with the performance which almost made me not get the book. I'm glad I did! the story is INCREDIBLE and she did a great job reading it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Don’t be fooled by good narration reviews.

The book itself is excellent, but the narration is horrible. It is so flat, and there is no life. Random music also plays during the reading and it sucks you out of the story. I wish there was a different narration for this novel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Misery loves company

Here is another one of Stephen Kings novels that I had seen the movie before eve reading the book.... all I can say is, justice was served by both filmmakers with respect to the authors vision.
The narrator did very well in Annie to life and while at the same time voicing Paul. Trying something. There are some confusing parts in the book where the interplay of the book "Misery's Return"' was voiced, or conversations in Paul's own mined were hard to decipher, however the narrator separated these words parts perfectly with haunting music.
One thing I did differently from all other audio books I have listened to in the past, was I read along as I had a copy of the hard copy book that I had Unsuccessfully been able to get through before... with the narration in the background, often at double speed and often at 1.25, this made the audiobook much more enjoyable and rewarding.
Great book, great narration, I am glad this one is off my list after nearly 25 or so years after trying to initially read it... glad I kept the hardcover copy

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worst Narration ever

I actually took a chance on this because of raving reviews of how wonderfully narrated the book was. I understand that everyone has different opinions, but I couldn't make it past chapter 3. And I also understand that there are only two characters, but there was absolutely no change in voice from one to the next. There was no performance at all, it was simply read. It was reminiscent of the talk-back apps they have out, very monotonous, single tone, steady pace from one sentence to the next. Maybe it was the story itself (which relies heavily on dialogue) boring me to tears, but I was trying too hard to concentrate on who was talking that I couldn't get into it. If that's your cup of tea, then by all means, listen on. But for me, it ruined the entire experience.

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Loved every moment!

Lindsay Crouse does an impeccable job. I really enjoyed her interpretations of these iconic King characters. A must listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful