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This book gets a 2.5 rating from me. While the blurb does not lie in what the book entails, I was expecting a more conventional horror story of a woman's journey into a dark realm. I was disappointed when I realized a third of the way into the book that it is the story of a widow's journey to find closure in the years following her husband's death. While this journey is metaphorical and literal, it is not what was expected.
I found the majority of the story boring and uncompelling. Having said that, it wouldn't be a King book without it's charms. As one reads further into the book, it is clear that this is the husband, Scott's story as much as it is Lisey's. I was moved by a few moments, particularly Scott on his deathbed and his final goodbye in the form of a last manuscript written to Lisey. These moments are to be applauded because right from the very start, we know Scott is dead already. The way King makes us feel for a character that is only fleshed out through flashbacks and thoughts is quite something.
Mare Winningham's narration is fantastic. She breathes life into all the characters and does a superb job of protraying Lisey especially.
This is probably a book more for the ladies. It was ok, but not what I'm used to from King. I took a chance. It kind of fell through. Take from this review what you will. But you may enjoy it more than I did.
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I'm not a fan of horror fiction but I appreciate good writing and Stephen King's writing prowess truly shines through in this book. The relationship between Lisey and husband Scott is romanticised but the tender moments between them are extraordinarily moving. The real tour de force of characterisation is the expose of relationships between Lisey and her sisters. The sister are three of the most real characters I've found in King's books and there's nothing romanticised about them. Oddly enough the weakest part of the story is the supposed horror sections with the 'long boy'. They're rather clunky. For me the real horror was the backstory dealing with Scott's father. I couldn't help but feel this would have been a truly stellar book if the material had been treated as a psychological thriller and the 'horror' left on the cutting room floor. That said, it's a book I re-read because it's so well written.
I love all (well, almost all) of Stephen King novels. This is one of his best. I felt such pity for the boyhood of Scott Langdon and for Lisey's loss of a husband, lover and friend. The insight into Scott's boyhood, adult mind and subsequent novels was brilliant. Will have to listen to it again and again and again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I persevered with this until the end because I'm stubborn and had read about other people giving up on the paper version of the book. I was expecting more, but this was Stephen King on auto-pilot. Perfectly competent. Shades of the Talisman/Territories, but without the true magic. It's a great way to while away a long, long drive, but felt a bit like hard work towards the end. Possibly for die-hard King fans and completists?
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What did you like best about Lisey's Story? What did you like least?
This is the only Stephen King book I've read that I haven't liked. The story takes a long time to get to the point and the repetition of phrases (particularly made up words and pet names) is irritating. It's very different compared to the rest of his works
What about Mare Winningham’s performance did you like?
Her voice is calming and she narrates well
Do you think Lisey's Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, I couldn't finish the first one
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had trouble staying interested. The characters didn't capture my interest. I was flat out bothering to finish the thing.