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Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of best sellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital.

Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn't like it. She didn't like it at all. And now he had to bring Misery back to life. Or else....

©1986 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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  • Daniel
  • 07-15-16

Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

I've been listening to this audiobook on cassette for a VERY long time. It's my favourite. The writing is simply excellent. Lindsay Crouse is FANTASTIC as the narrator, really bringing to life Annie's psychosis, while giving Paul a meek yet determined voice. I cannot recommend this book enough, to classic King fans, book fans, horror fans, psychological drama fans etc. Finally having this digitally is a total blessing as my cassette is more than worn out after all these years.

Final though - GET IT.

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  • Darren
  • 07-28-16

Gripping and horrific.

I had saw the movie before like so many. The book is not
Only faithful but to a Big degree better. More emotional and deeper than the movie was. I very much recommend this book to thriller lovers and King lovers alike. Even if you've saw the movie first. Like me. Trust me ! Read it ❤️

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  • Hawt
  • 06-06-16

favourite author with excellent narration

a great King story, (so much better than the film), with excellent gripping narration, i usually take a while to adjust to the narrators style but this was so natural and a perfect fit to the story that it took no adjustment at all- one of the best so far. Character voices were consistent, great sound quality, and there were no obvious breaks and no speech quirks to notice. sometimes, in other stories, i got the impression the narrator had been in a different mood on different days of recording, but here the reading was as though it had been done all in one. I usually prefer longer stories, so this ended sooner than i would have liked, but thats because I miss the characters when the book ends- the length suits the story perfectly. Highly recommended.

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  • P. J. Bell
  • 05-26-16

Scary !!! and Wonderful

A brilliantly scary story, wonderfully read by Lindsay Crouse, which using interesting themes and metaphors demonstrates a master class in writing. (Such as the tides being compared to pain)! Demonstrating Stephen Kings excellent style. There are shocking screens which make me want to see the movie and a story within the story of “misery returns”. Moreover, it really keeps the listener captivate even when our hero finally thinks he’s free.

One warning! Don’t read this if you are recovering from an illness in bed!

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  • Paul
  • 01-05-17

One of the best Stephen King audiobooks

Lindsay Crouse is as excellent as Grover Gardener or Ron McLarty at capturing the tone and terror of Stephen King. Her performances as Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes are powerful and distinct. She makes Annie as loathsome and terrifying as Kathy Bates did in 1990.

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  • Sara
  • 08-05-16

One of my favourites

This was a really good listen. Adds another dimension to the whole Misery experience, as you cannot gloss over or skim the gruesome bits....as you can when reading. As always, with Stephen King, the characters are so brilliantly and believably painted.
After initial reservations about the narrator....I thought she was a little deadpan in her delivery.....this style in fact became very effective. She did a great job building up the tension.
An excellent listen. I have the written book, the film and have seen an adaptation in the theatre...hope I'm not a number one fan ☺

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  • Jimmy
  • 06-09-16

Simply brilliant listen

This audio book makes the film look like a Disney movie! It's so much darker, scarier and brutal. A real horror classic.

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  • Kelsie Allison
  • 10-04-18

Gripping!

I never got round to reading Stephen King, so I was excited to listen to Misery and it did not disappoint!
The narration was amazing, the story was intense and at certain points I was truly frightened!
Loved every second, I listened to it twice over

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  • jo lee
  • 10-02-18

Good .

I had seen the film a long time ago so I thought I would get audio book to listen to it was good .

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  • Jenny Eckloff
  • 09-05-18

Fantastic

This was my first experience of Stephen King and I absolutely loved it. It's like a love letter to writing but in the most twisted situation possible. I was hooked from the beginning and I can see myself spiralling down a hole filled with Stephen King books! Next up, Salem's Lot

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  • Mick Fleay
  • 08-04-18

One of the best writers of our time

This book should be high on the list for KING fans as it came out later it is a reflection of the authors own struggles. The story is interesting and excellently constructed. Crouse’s performance is solid.

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  • Sarah
  • 08-28-18

Kathy Bates Impersonator?

Played at 1.5x I honestly thought the narrator with Kathy Bates for a while. Excellent audio book, excellent narrator.

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  • Nyree
  • 04-18-18

One of my favorite Stephen King books

Iabsolutely loved listening to this and would put this in the top 5 of Stephen King Books.
What an adventure you are taken on. if you've seen the Movie. Forget what you've watched.
Let the master take you on an enjoyable unforgettable spin

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  • Andrew
  • 08-28-17

chilling story.

Where does Misery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

2nd best out of 2, I've only read this one and IT.

What other book might you compare Misery to, and why?

None that I've read.

Which character – as performed by Lindsay Crouse – was your favourite?

Annie Wilkes.

The narrator done a great job as Annie, especially in her darker moments.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"She was his number 1 fan"

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  • Craig
  • 06-08-17

A true masterpiece of writing.

One of Stephen King's best.
The story grabs you by the throat and wrestles you to the ground and doesn't let you up for air until the last sentence.
Near the end of the book I found myself pausing the audio for a while so I wouldn't finish too quickly. I didn't want it to end.
I read the paperback of this story when it came out back in the late 80's and to my great pleasure I was just as frightened for Paul Shelton now as I was back then.
The narrator does a fantastic job of telling the story and has the ability, at least with me, to completely immerse me in the story.
Make sure you listen to this book before anything else.

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  • Cathie Dalliwall
  • 10-13-16

Loved Misery

A great listen and quite engaging, especially considering there are only two characters - a great read