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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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  • 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