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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best seller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA Today).

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health - his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. 

Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel - his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants... 

“King at his best...a winner!” (The New York Times)

“Unadulteratedly terrifying...frightening.” (Publishers Weekly

“Classic 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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Excellent Voice-over

Lindsay Crouse reads this book fantastically. I like that this story isn't supernatural the way most Stephen King can be and I am confident in saying it's my favorite King horror story. I am really here for that voice-over though. This was really well done.

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Good book, great narrator.

Like the title says. A classic from King, and a welcome early departure from the supernatural that makes it all the eerier. An absolutely fantastic narrator.

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Ooky-spooky!!

I don’t normally write reviews but this book was so amazing I had to! I think of myself already a pretty big Stephen King fan, so it surprises me that I haven’t read/listened to this until now!

Stephen King is such a master storyteller and the build up and suspense he creates with this novel is immaculate. Annie Wilkes is truly a horrifying character and King really puts you in every scene making you feel like you are in the mind of Paul Sheldon. I was on the edge of my seat!

Lindsey Crouse does an AMAZING job narrating and performing. Her variations of voices were really well done and emotional, which made it quite believable.

I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. It may have been the best one I have listened to yet!

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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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Great Book

Great read super engaging and interesting while easy to understand without being too simple. Would definitely recommend one of his best books.

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Amazing.

I love Stephen king’s stories and Lindsay Crouse brought this one to life perfectly, I highly recommend this one.

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Unbelievable!

I absolutely loved this book, the story, the narration, everything was perfect.
Although it was a long listen, I never felt uninterested in what was going on. Some parts felt a bit slow but overall it still kept my interest.
The different voices that Lindsay Crouse used were out of this world, especially with Annie.

I would recommend this book to anyone, so many parts will stick with me and I'll definitely listen to this book multiple times.

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Shocking and Amazingly written

what a fantastic, and all around great and thrilling story. definitely keeps you on your toes

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My 2nd favourite book from Stephen King

The reader of this book did an fantastic job especially with the Annie parts. The little music added into the book was actually an awesome touch and refreshing it was perfect for this book, got the mood just right.

Was a very different Stephen King book becuase alot of his books usually have very wide assortment of characters but this book only really had 2 which I really liked and I couldn't help but feel bad for Annie in sum parts even though you really shouldn't since she is a crazy lunatic.

Very good read few slow parts but what do you expect for a book that is basically taken place in a single room in a house the whole time.

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Lindsay Crouse!

Lindsay Crouse is on par with Frank Muller for performing Stephen King stories.
Absolutely Fantastic! An easy 5 stars.

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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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  • Deucenberg
  • 2018-06-29

Why the cheesy music?

I love this book and it was read great but the music was annoying and unnecessary

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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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  • 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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  • Jeffrey
  • 2016-11-09

Obnoxious Music

The story is wonderful. One of my favorite King stories but for some reason the producers of the audiobook decided to randomly insert music and it ruins the telling.

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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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  • aaburgre
  • 2017-11-08

Don’t be fooled by good narration reviews.

The book itself is excellent, but the narration is horrible. It is so flat, and there is no life. Random music also plays during the reading and it sucks you out of the story. I wish there was a different narration for this novel.

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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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  • 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!