Lisey's Story

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Mare Winningham
  • 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning novelist and a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it ¿ a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband's demons. And what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.


What the Critics Say

"Stephen King at his finest...a dazzling novel." (Nicholas Sparks)
"In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary." (Michael Chabon)
"Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems. A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth." (Nora Roberts)


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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.

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- Dianne

Great Book narrated very well

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - I found the story very entrancing and formed an emotional connection to the main character

Have you listened to any of Mare Winningham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I felt Mare Winningham really added a lot to the character and felt her performance was excellent.

If you could take any character from Lisey's Story out to dinner, who would it be and why?

This is a tough one as it would be a toss up between Lisey and her husband

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2006
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited