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"An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder" (San Francisco Chronicle) - the number-one national best seller from Stephen King about a housekeeper with a long-hidden secret from her past...one that tests her own will to survive.

Dolores Claiborne is suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, and when the police question her, she tells the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband 30 years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and how she became emotionally demanding in recent years.

Given a voice as compelling as any in contemporary fiction, the strange intimacy between Dolores and Vera - and the link that binds them - unfolds in Dolores' account. Dolores Claiborne is "a literary triumph. The finest of King novels...a plot of enormous energy.... Read this book." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

©1993 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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  • Matthew S. Hill
  • 2016-06-06

Absolutely Fantastic!

This is a perfect audible. The story is compelling and nail biting at times. The performance by Francis Sternhagen is stunning. She is Dolores Claiborne. The Audio quality and small sound effects are great. You could hear a pin drop in the room.
You truly feel like one of the people in the room with her.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Peter E Heinlein
  • 2017-09-22

😍😍 crossover!!

Wonderful read, best narrorating I've heard in months! Different story style for stephen but I thought it was a great change! Enjoyed the crossover between this and Gerald's game!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MK
  • 2017-09-02

Hated @ 1st Then Loved

Threw me for a loop when it started out with Dolores being deposed. And that New England accent...so ugly. Then, it became Really interesting. I ended up liking the book very much and appreciated the creative in how it was told. Worth the credit

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  • Sam Powers
  • 2017-04-18

Great performance!

Frances Sternhagen has the most authentic Downeast Maine accent I've ever heard outside of Maine. The story was great but Sternhagen really took it up a notch with her delivery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cookie
  • 2016-10-16

Frances Sternhagen was made for this book

This one made me have to admit- Stephen King is a good writer. The story was engaging, humorous, scary at times, with a nice little twist at the end.
What really made it a great experience was the narrator. Her delivery- and accent- made me forget I was listening to a book- more like I was sitting across from her, listening to her story.
I was looking for a "light read" and got much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • daisyw
  • 2016-05-29

Great story, great performance

Where does Dolores Claiborne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has moved to the top of my list, 5 stares overall. I couldn't stop listening. Frances Sternhagen gives a great performance!

What did you like best about this story?

Steven King's writing, coupled with a great performance.

Which scene was your favorite?

Eclipse night, I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read the book. Mr. Kings' attention to words and detail make this book a wonderful visual experience.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Story telling at it's best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa F
  • 2016-05-01

This book was invented to be an audible book!

This is a story of a woman with a very hard life! And the way you get to listen to it is so cool! It's like you're really in an interrogation room listening to a woman tell her story. Even when she asks for a glass of water or a nip of Scotch you hear the drawer being pulled open and her taking a sip/drink. And of course because this is a Stephen King novel you can't go wrong! Much better than the movie I think although I did like the movie! I know I will definitely listen to this many more times in the future! The narrator for this book was meant to read as Dolores Claiborne! It was like she was really her. Must read!!!

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  • Sarah T
  • 2016-04-05

Excellent!

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

Yes, the narrator is amazing and really brings this story to life!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dolores Claiborne?

The first-person narration is amazing! It's like listening to a one person play not a book being read to you.

What about Frances Sternhagen’s performance did you like?

She was spot on! She emoted through the artful words of the novel perfectly!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! I laughed, I cried, and I wish it wouldn't have ended.

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  • Ruth Bain
  • 2017-12-08

Compelling narration

Loved the narration by Frances Sternhagen ! She really stayed in character and kept the story moving. Honestly, though, I found the story less than compelling. Very predictable ( I anticipated every plot twist ) and very drawn out ( it took over an hour of listening time to detail the death of Joe St. George). Stephen King is a terrific writer, and he gets credit for doing something a bit different here, even if it didn't quite work for me.

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  • Jacoby Smith
  • 2017-12-07

slow start, strong finish

slow start but great finish story wise. narrator was phenomenal. really brought the character to life