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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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  • Paula
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-11

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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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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By far the best book Stephen King has written

What made the experience of listening to Rose Madder the most enjoyable?

The narration is good, emotional without being overly so

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rose, her life is one that too many experience and through her character we can understand dimly the pain experienced

What does Blair Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She gives life to Rose

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is, for me, Stephen Kings best book and it is very well performed

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Great writing needs no music

I have loved this book for years and the audio version is excellent. The only criticism I would make is the incidental music, added no doubt to prolong the suspense but I found it intrusive.

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Starts brilliantly, ends weirdly

Like It, and Under the Dome, it's beautifully written but the ending doesn't seem to make much sense!

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Rose Madder

What did you like most about Rose Madder?

I liked the fact that Stephen King read the part of Norman Daniels

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rose Madder?

Most of the book is memorable as it's a step away from King's usual works

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the first dream scene, the first time into the painting, up until that point the book feels like a regular thriller

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The opening to the book was very moving, and sad.

Any additional comments?

Although I enjoyed this audiobook, I do wish they hadn't put music in it. The music is dull and often so loud that you can barely hear the narrator

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Creepy but ultimately disappointing

I love Stephen King but this is the first of his novels which has been disappointing. The premise is a bit basic. The villain is predictable. The new boyfriend a cipher. The heroine game. Lots of swear words and bile. Better than many other writers but in the lower league of SK !

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Unique, provocative and beautifully written!<br />

Just wonderful and entirely different from any other King novel I've read. Like genuinely being in the head of a domestic violence victim, this book is insightful, sensitive and of course, has a beautifully engineered conclusion.

Rosie decides to leave her abusive policeman husband, and becomes more than she ever thought possible. Her husband however, does not want to let her go, and is determined to find her, with devastating consequences.

NO review I could write would do it justice, so best advice is to give this book a try. It's magical.

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another great book

wonderfully read and as captivating as reading the story yourself. This really is one of my all time favourite books

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A curates egg

This was a favourite book in my youth and I enjoyed the female reader, but found the male (SK himself I believe!) really hard to listen to. The 'music' that was used between sections was grating.
I hadn't realised that the book went on (and on, and on a bit more) to the point I could hardly stand it by the time it finally signed off.
The core story has some lovely bits but it was spoiled by a protracted ending and some dated delivery.

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  • Shaun
  • 04-07-18

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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  • Katie
  • 17-03-14

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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  • Judy
  • 20-05-12

A Non-Stop Listen

This is one of the most exciting books by Stephen King I've listened to. The funny thing is that I've never read it or seen it anywhere until I discovered it here on Audible. It's very fast paced and kept me listening far longer than intended with each sitting. The fast pace didn't keep me from feeling invested in the lives of his characters, either. Stephen King is a character writer as much as he is a storyteller, and this was one heck of a story.

The basic storyline, woman fleeing from abusive cop husband, has been done before by others, but never quite in this way. I have no idea how to categorize this book - it's not so much horror, aside from the horrific elements stemming from madness. Paranormal thriller, psychological drama, and even romance, all blend effortlessly into this modern day tale.

I really enjoyed the back and forth of Stephen King and Blair Brown in the narration. (don't worry, it's back and forth in chapters, not dialogue) King does an excellent job for his part - so much so that I wish he would consider narrating more of his works.I loved his voices, especially that of "Ze Bull". ;) Blair is the perfect counterpoint for the female lead's point of view, and the switching back and forth between them comes naturally without any hesitation in the flow of the story.

I would recomment this to any Stephen King fan or any fan of thrillers of all kinds. Not for the squeamish.