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Rose Madder

Narrated by: Blair Brown
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Distracting Music, Overall A Good Listen

The music was a little distracting from the story, especially when it was sometimes louder than the narrators. But overall, it was a good story and another good listen. I do enjoy a good Stephen King book and this has the bonus of being part narrated by him.

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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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Love King but not this one

Started off as a pedestrian, bad relationship story. Morphed into hours of psychedelic, yet not entertaining weirdness. I have read , and now listen to all his books but this one didn't hit the spot .

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Tricky King Fan

I thought the narration was good and as always i enjoyed the book which i have read many times but this is the first time i have listened to it.

This is a good read for people new to King novels but be prepared for the weird and wonderful twists you get with majority of his works.

For those who do not like bad language etc whilst you may not like it i believe it is needed or a least is part of the theme for stories with these types of scenarios they are part of the deal im afraid.

Due to my love for this story i have given full marks i believe mr King gained inspiration from an old movie which i loved as a kid i think it was called three cases of murder where the killer takes people into a painting.

Even so i love Kings works and recommend them all at one point my mom wouldnt read him i pushed her for a long time untill i told her he wrote green mile and shawshank after that i recommended bag of bones which she read after that she was hooked

Sorry for rambling to sum up this was
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Thought provoking

This book gave me a few broken nights with its description of domestic violence. I didn’t care for the swearing and the story was strong enough without it.

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Criminally underrated

One of my favourite SK novels, especially as performed here. Ready for re-evaluation in 2019 - it seems to me ahead of its time, and a perfect companion to Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne. Some say the villain is overwritten, but to me he seems a plausibly foul human monster.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-19

Emotional and Magical!

As a long time lover of Stephen King, this book throws you a curve ball - but in the best possible way! Not many readers will necessarily have experienced anything like the main character experiences, but I don't believe for one second that that would stop a person from feeling the raw emotional response of someone who had. Utterly beautifully written story.

Tastefully placed music (which seriously adds to the emotional response one feels from chapter to chapter). B. Brown's voice is warm, expressive, feminine and amazingly adaptable. King's voice is perfect for the character of Norman... no one else could have read this character. Also very useful having the writer express the mindset of a character he himself wrote, as you get to receive this complex character exactly the way King intended it.

One tip: Stick with the plot of this one! Keep an open mind and let yourself fall into it (especially if you're an avid King reader), because you'll definitely find this story a breath of fresh air.

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  • Kelly Broomhall
  • 27-01-19

Really Enjoyable

This was a pretty good book. The ending was weird. I think a different narrator for Norman would have been better than King himself though, only because the voice and time just didn't really match the character. I also disagree with other comments saying the music got so loud it drowned out the narrator. that never happened, but it was a bit overbearing and if you were hard of hearing already it *would* drown it out.

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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.