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Misery

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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The number-one national best seller about a famous novelist held hostage by his "number-one fan" and suffering a frightening case of writer's block - that could prove fatal. One of "Stephen King's best...genuinely scary" (USA Today).

Paul Sheldon is a best-selling novelist who has finally met his number-one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life - just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty.

"Terrifying" (San Francisco Chronicle), "dazzlingly well-written" (The Indianapolis Star), and "truly gripping" (Publishers Weekly), Misery is "classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense" (The Boston Globe).

©1987 Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Arthur B. Greene (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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Beautifully crafted and narrated

While many can be fans of Kathy Bates amazing performance via film, the real psychopathic qualities of Annie Wilkes shines in written form. Lindsay Crouse does a fantastic job of differentiating Annie from her narration of Paul’s POV. The way she narrated her made my skin crawl so easily at points because I could imagine it so well, like I was Paul and Annie was right in front of me.

When I first started it, I honestly did not know how this was going to stay interesting for over 12 hours but man King sure knows how to just put a story together so well. I began to crave to know Paul’s every movement, thought and feeling, I wanted to see Annie from his eyes and feel the almost (albeit VERY twisted) romantic connection he had to endure to save his own life. The climax had me holding my breath because I honestly have never seen the movie and had no idea what Paul was going to do. So glad I picked this one up and I’m sure you will be too.

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Very creely and well read

Misery may not be Stephen Kings scariest novel, but its certainly very creepy. There's a reason Annie Wilkes is a major horror icon.

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Narrator was "meh"

i felt the barrator did an amazing Annie Wilkes but a terrible paul. i didnt connect with him nor could i picture him. honesy her voice just didnt do a male character justice.. i wish i read this one instead of listening to it

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Enjoyed way more as an audiobook

I have read Misery previously and every time I struggled with it. Not sure if it was the flow with the ‘Misery’ story mixed in. I just struggled.
I truly enjoyed the audiobook and would listen again.

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Better than the movie.

Well told. Even though I have seen the movie several times, listening to the story was even better.

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Great...But...

it was a fast read to me, but it was an average ending. There was nothing completely special about it, the whole story built up to a let down. I enjoyed it though nevertheless.

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Wow

Wow, just wow. The Narrator’s performance is amazing. It was very gripping and it takes the writing to the next level.

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  • Seree
  • 2016-03-18

Amazing

Lindsay Crouse was superb. Stephen King was absolutely amazing. This guy can write anything. Kudos!

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  • tommydkat
  • 2016-09-30

Misery loves company

Here is another one of Stephen Kings novels that I had seen the movie before eve reading the book.... all I can say is, justice was served by both filmmakers with respect to the authors vision.
The narrator did very well in Annie to life and while at the same time voicing Paul. Trying something. There are some confusing parts in the book where the interplay of the book "Misery's Return"' was voiced, or conversations in Paul's own mined were hard to decipher, however the narrator separated these words parts perfectly with haunting music.
One thing I did differently from all other audio books I have listened to in the past, was I read along as I had a copy of the hard copy book that I had Unsuccessfully been able to get through before... with the narration in the background, often at double speed and often at 1.25, this made the audiobook much more enjoyable and rewarding.
Great book, great narration, I am glad this one is off my list after nearly 25 or so years after trying to initially read it... glad I kept the hardcover copy

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  • Whitney
  • 2016-05-06

Great job

The narrator did a great job with the voicing. There is a really subtle nod to Kathy Bates performance of the character. Love it!

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  • Jon
  • 2016-05-05

Edge of your seat disturbing

This was a great story. I really enjoyed it. This really lived up to the hype of the old king.

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  • brian
  • 2016-05-10

A great work of King.

If you could sum up Misery in three words, what would they be?

Excellent thriller. Amazing.

What did you like best about this story?

The overall plotline.

What about Lindsay Crouse’s performance did you like?

er voices for Annie was excellent.

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

Afraid I can't think of one, since there's already been a film version of it.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for fans of Stephen Kng.

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  • Samuel
  • 2017-12-16

Slow start, but great book

The book is great. However, the narration is almost monotone. The voices are not good and don't have much effort put into them. The sad thing is that it could have been great because the dialogue is so outstanding. BEWARE: This book has creepy music that is played during the entire novel. It is so annoying and was a huge mistake by who ever made that decision. Finally, I have one more problem with the narrator. She didn't not say the chapter numbers. That is a pet peeve of mine, but it is also important. It creates flow. Her flow was so bad because of this. She would just keep going right into the next chapter. I am still happy with the audiobook, but it was a let down in some aspects.

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  • Amy
  • 2016-08-02

great performance!

A lot of people seem to have had an issue with the performance which almost made me not get the book. I'm glad I did! the story is INCREDIBLE and she did a great job reading it.

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  • Allen M. Dowdy
  • 2016-04-22

Loved every moment!

Lindsay Crouse does an impeccable job. I really enjoyed her interpretations of these iconic King characters. A must listen!

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  • Amy S.
  • 2016-07-02

Great book! Read by a great reader!

Lindsay Crouse really captured the insanity that is Annie Wilkes! This book scares me more than any other Stephen King book bc of the terror that you know Annie creates in Paul's mind! I read the book years ago then I recently listened to Lindsay read it... Great experience! (Both times) although Kathy Bates does a wonderful Annie the movie doesn't even come close to scaring me like the book. While I listened I pictured Kathy Bates for sure! I love her

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  • Sarah T
  • 2016-04-05

A "dirty-bird" of a story!

Would you listen to Misery again? Why?

I would listen to Misery again, I feel like there are so many details that you can miss because of the great drama taking place.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is gruesome and emotional but has such great relation to everyday life and the struggles people face.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite was probably the scrap book...here we really learn just how twisted and sick Annie really is!

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

"This type-writer may be losing more than a few keys"

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  • Stephen
  • 2017-03-18

A great read!

My first intro to Stephen King was "The Shining", which is such an uncontested classic that, although Misery is also one of his better known novels, I was worried that Misery might not live up to it.

However, given that I finished this audiobook in less than 72 hours, I'm more than prepared to say I was wrong! The story is pretty gripping, almost from the start. At places I found it a little overly descriptive, but King certainly cannot be faulted for his amazing ability to create a very detailed image of the plot and the characters in your mind. And his horror is always subtle - chilling, but also very stylish and not too forced.

I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say that I would definitely recommend this to any horror fans out there - definitely one of my favourites, and FAR superior to the cinematic version. The actress narrating the story also did a fantastic job voicing Annie Wilkes - it really added to my appreciation of her character!

All in all, 100% glad I downloaded it!