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Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of best sellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital.

Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn't like it. She didn't like it at all. And now he had to bring Misery back to life. Or else....

©1986 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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One of the best writers of our time

This book should be high on the list for KING fans as it came out later it is a reflection of the authors own struggles. The story is interesting and excellently constructed. Crouse’s performance is solid.

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Another excellent novel in S.Kings collection

Vivid and descriptive as always. The story is top notch and is an original concept. You definitely tumble down the rabbit hole and into a nightmare with this one. You won't be able to stop listening once you start.
Great narration, she sounds a lot like Kathy Bates which is an added bonus.

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Fantastic read.

I saw the film in the 1980s and thought it was good. The book is fantastic. scary and psychologically fierce! what a page turner.

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Excellent book

My only con was to do with some of the music cues, which were a bit confusing occasionally. However, I think this is a consequence of translating Stephen King's narration style to audio form, where spoken dialogue and inner monologue frequently interrupt and overlap each other. This might have been better shown with two narrators, but even so, I think Lindsay Crouse did an excellent job giving each character a distinct voice.

The story itself is tense, terrifying and yet still lulls you into a kind of Stockholm syndrome (I know the term is a terrible misnomer). I highly recommend it.

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Great story but odd narration

This audiobook had weird musical interludes which overlapped the narrator’s voice at times and was rather distracting.

Otherwise a great story. I’ve never read a Stephen King book I don’t like.

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Get set for a journey inside a writers mind

a great story with a perfect blend of isolation horror and extreme fandom.
Laced with sadistic manipulation

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Paul, Annie and Novel too much for one voice

I did find I quite hard to follow in some places, and there are weird pauses in the middle of sentences.
I just wish they had had two narrators, one for Paul, and one for Annie, it made it difficult to follow the story when the narrator didn’t change pitch etc. Especially as it switches between the two characters, then on top of that the Misery novel itself.
It was enjoyable but because of these technicalities not immersive which is how you want your reading/listening experience to be.

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Awesome!!!!

absolutely brilliant the best read I've had so far on audible so well narrated sounds like Kathy Bates

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Phenomenal.

I loved the narration. it was great to listen to while walking. Often I'd be so engrossed reading it at home that I'd be catching up with the audiobook later on when I'd go out walking. There is a reason why Stephen is the King of the horror/thriller genre. Reading it I was on the edge of my seat, listening to it, my muscles would tense up at the suspense. Get yourself a copy of Misery whether it be in book, e-book or Audiobook. Guaranteed you will become a "Number Wun Fayun"

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can't get enough of the king

it was suspenseful and heart pounding. can't wait to move on to next king book

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  • 21-10-2018

So gross, sometimes I wanted to puke.

I thought I would read this before watching the movie because I like to know what to expect. Now I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the movie coz this really grossed me out and scared me.

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  • kiwivet
  • 28-02-2021

Mind Blowing

I read this book when it came out as a younger person and saw the movie. I had forgotten the details and was yet again, taken away in a tale of extreme suspense and horror. You got me again, Mr. King!

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  • 17-05-2020

Very good

Very good, I did enjoy the narrator, think she was very good actually, performance was very Kathy Bates like I thought and very good. The only annoyance really is the chime / tune to indicate a change in the action, I think people are intelligent enough not to require an indication such as that, overall not something to put one off completely, but the producers of these books can really consider getting rid of it.

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