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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.
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?
No<br/>I felt Mare Winningham really added a lot to the character and felt her performance was excellent.<br/>
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
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?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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
1 of 1 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.