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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best seller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA Today).

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health - his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. 

Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel - his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants... 

“King at his best...a winner!” (The New York Times)

“Unadulteratedly terrifying...frightening.” (Publishers Weekly

“Classic 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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Amazing

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

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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

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Why the cheesy music?

I love this book and it was read great but the music was annoying and unnecessary

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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.

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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!

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Obnoxious Music

The story is wonderful. One of my favorite King stories but for some reason the producers of the audiobook decided to randomly insert music and it ruins the telling.

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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.

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Take. The. Music. Out.

My goodness. Be a good doobie now and take that awful off putting harpsichord out

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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.

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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.

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