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Misery

Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

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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Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

I've been listening to this audiobook on cassette for a VERY long time. It's my favourite. The writing is simply excellent. Lindsay Crouse is FANTASTIC as the narrator, really bringing to life Annie's psychosis, while giving Paul a meek yet determined voice. I cannot recommend this book enough, to classic King fans, book fans, horror fans, psychological drama fans etc. Finally having this digitally is a total blessing as my cassette is more than worn out after all these years.

Final though - GET IT.

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Scary !!! and Wonderful

A brilliantly scary story, wonderfully read by Lindsay Crouse, which using interesting themes and metaphors demonstrates a master class in writing. (Such as the tides being compared to pain)! Demonstrating Stephen Kings excellent style. There are shocking screens which make me want to see the movie and a story within the story of “misery returns”. Moreover, it really keeps the listener captivate even when our hero finally thinks he’s free.

One warning! Don’t read this if you are recovering from an illness in bed!

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favourite author with excellent narration

a great King story, (so much better than the film), with excellent gripping narration, i usually take a while to adjust to the narrators style but this was so natural and a perfect fit to the story that it took no adjustment at all- one of the best so far. Character voices were consistent, great sound quality, and there were no obvious breaks and no speech quirks to notice. sometimes, in other stories, i got the impression the narrator had been in a different mood on different days of recording, but here the reading was as though it had been done all in one. I usually prefer longer stories, so this ended sooner than i would have liked, but thats because I miss the characters when the book ends- the length suits the story perfectly. Highly recommended.

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One of the best Stephen King audiobooks

Lindsay Crouse is as excellent as Grover Gardener or Ron McLarty at capturing the tone and terror of Stephen King. Her performances as Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes are powerful and distinct. She makes Annie as loathsome and terrifying as Kathy Bates did in 1990.

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One of my favourites

This was a really good listen. Adds another dimension to the whole Misery experience, as you cannot gloss over or skim the gruesome bits....as you can when reading. As always, with Stephen King, the characters are so brilliantly and believably painted.
After initial reservations about the narrator....I thought she was a little deadpan in her delivery.....this style in fact became very effective. She did a great job building up the tension.
An excellent listen. I have the written book, the film and have seen an adaptation in the theatre...hope I'm not a number one fan ☺

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Gripping and horrific.

I had saw the movie before like so many. The book is not
Only faithful but to a Big degree better. More emotional and deeper than the movie was. I very much recommend this book to thriller lovers and King lovers alike. Even if you've saw the movie first. Like me. Trust me ! Read it ❤️

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Narrator ruined it

Loved the book and loved the film I was really looking forward to listening to this but the narrator was awful. She didn’t differentiate between the emotions being portrayed, for example when he first gets out of the room and you know that he is panicking and scared when she is reading it it’s as though she is reading a shopping list. This would have been so much better if it was told by a less monotone narrator.

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Simply brilliant listen

This audio book makes the film look like a Disney movie! It's so much darker, scarier and brutal. A real horror classic.

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Best format to enjoy

Lindsay Crouse delivered such a phenomenal performance I will forever find it hard to ever read the physical book. Her personification of Annie and Sheldon was flawless to an extreme.

Unfortunately, I found the story a little underwhelming, I adore horror and thrillers and since this is highly regarded as one of the greats I was eager to start. Maybe it's because of my high expectations, but I found myself less freaked out, less worried and less tense than I would have presumed I would, I found myself more rooting for paul than fearing for him.

I do know that is an unpopular opinion, and I don't want anyone to think this is not worth a listen. Annie is legendary, as she should be. these characters are beautifully developed and hauntingly believable and while one listen is enough for me I wont forget Annie Wilkes easily.

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loved it

Stephen king books on audible are awesome. IT was better, but this was a great story

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  • Sarah
  • 21-10-18

So gross, sometimes I wanted to puke.

I thought I would read this before watching the movie because I like to know what to expect. Now I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the movie coz this really grossed me out and scared me.

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  • Geoff
  • 17-05-20

Very good

Very good, I did enjoy the narrator, think she was very good actually, performance was very Kathy Bates like I thought and very good. The only annoyance really is the chime / tune to indicate a change in the action, I think people are intelligent enough not to require an indication such as that, overall not something to put one off completely, but the producers of these books can really consider getting rid of it.