• Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-05-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (45 ratings)

Regular price: $20.24

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Publisher's Summary

Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight - with his credit card.
Alone in a strange city, Rosie begins to build a new life: she meets Bill Steiner and she finds an odd junk shop painting, Rose Madder, which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.
But it's hard for Rosie not to keep looking over her shoulder. Rose-maddened and on the rampage, Norman is a corrupt cop with a dog's instinct for tracking people. And he's getting close. Rosie can feel how close he is getting....
A brilliant, dark-hued fable of gender wars, a haunting love story, and a hold-your-breath triumph of suspense, Rose Madder is Stephen King at his electrifying best.
©1995 Stephen King (P)2011 Penguin Audio USA
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4 out of 5 stars
By Shaun on 07-04-18

Ear piercing

Great story from the master of story telling, this is a great production overall. The shift between narrators adds to the telling and gives a firsthand quality to the characters.
The mood music, however, is very distracting. In some places it climbs over the narrative, making it a struggle to hear the story; in others it is like a dentist’s drill, with a high pitch squeal aimed squarely at the centre of your head.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 03-17-14

Loved the audio version

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

Yes - it was great. It is one of my favourite Stephen King novels

Any additional comments?

The only let down is the random music, which, like I said, was random, and it was at times louder than the narrators.... could definitely have done without.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paula on 04-13-11

Surprisingly 'unturnoffable'. Very well read

I wasn't sure about this book when I saw it in the listings as the subject matter didn't really appeal to me. However I've only actively disliked one of Stephen King's books and I noticed that he was also one of the narrators for this edition so I decided to take the plunge with this month's credit.

It's one of the faster times I've got through a longer audio book and I listen to a lot of them. The story line didn't (and doesn't in hindsight) seem to be that fascinating or convincing to me but obivously it was as I've had to come back for another book and I'm not due another credit for ages!

It was also extremely well read which is as important (if not more so) that the actual book. I've had some great books from Audible which I've given up on after an hour or so as the narrator was so irritating (either too 'flat' or to excitable)that I couldn't focus on the story. I've had others (such as the first 5 books in Terry Brooks - Landover series) where the narration has made the story alive for me. This is one of the latter. With a great combination from the two readers effectively splitting the two 'sides' of the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr Paul Johnson on 05-02-11

It's ok.

I quite like this book- Stephen King has done a lot worse!!!. Good characters, vivid descriptions that made me feel slightly raw if I'm honest. The end is a bit of a damp squib - but I'd recommend it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa Kelly on 02-28-16

Perfection!

Absolutely love this story. The many idioms and the hidden meanings was so perfect. so Stephen King perfect!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Luza on 06-01-18

Good book but the music is horrendous

I enjoyed this book and loved the fact that the author himself reads parts of it, however they play some really loud screeching music at the end of the chapters that drowns the voice of the reader and hurts the ears, especially if listening with earbuds. The music is not only unnecessarily but detrimental to the enjoyment of the book.

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