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Misery

Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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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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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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Fantastic

Stephen King is a fantastic author. Great performance of his story. Narrator brought it to life.

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Kathy Bates Impersonator?

Played at 1.5x I honestly thought the narrator with Kathy Bates for a while. Excellent audio book, excellent narrator.

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One of my favorite Stephen King books

Iabsolutely loved listening to this and would put this in the top 5 of Stephen King Books. What an adventure you are taken on. if you've seen the Movie. Forget what you've watched. Let the master take you on an enjoyable unforgettable spin

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chilling story.

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

2nd best out of 2, I've only read this one and IT.

What other book might you compare Misery to, and why?

None that I've read.

Which character – as performed by Lindsay Crouse – was your favourite?

Annie Wilkes.

The narrator done a great job as Annie, especially in her darker moments.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"She was his number 1 fan"

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  • Sarah
  • 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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  • Geoff
  • 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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  • Daniel
  • 15-07-2016

Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

I've been listening to this audiobook on cassette for a VERY long time. It's my favourite. The writing is simply excellent. Lindsay Crouse is FANTASTIC as the narrator, really bringing to life Annie's psychosis, while giving Paul a meek yet determined voice. I cannot recommend this book enough, to classic King fans, book fans, horror fans, psychological drama fans etc. Finally having this digitally is a total blessing as my cassette is more than worn out after all these years.

Final though - GET IT.

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  • P. J. Bell
  • 26-05-2016

Scary !!! and Wonderful

A brilliantly scary story, wonderfully read by Lindsay Crouse, which using interesting themes and metaphors demonstrates a master class in writing. (Such as the tides being compared to pain)! Demonstrating Stephen Kings excellent style. There are shocking screens which make me want to see the movie and a story within the story of “misery returns”. Moreover, it really keeps the listener captivate even when our hero finally thinks he’s free.

One warning! Don’t read this if you are recovering from an illness in bed!

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  • Hawt
  • 06-06-2016

favourite author with excellent narration

a great King story, (so much better than the film), with excellent gripping narration, i usually take a while to adjust to the narrators style but this was so natural and a perfect fit to the story that it took no adjustment at all- one of the best so far. Character voices were consistent, great sound quality, and there were no obvious breaks and no speech quirks to notice. sometimes, in other stories, i got the impression the narrator had been in a different mood on different days of recording, but here the reading was as though it had been done all in one. I usually prefer longer stories, so this ended sooner than i would have liked, but thats because I miss the characters when the book ends- the length suits the story perfectly. Highly recommended.

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  • Andy garner
  • 22-01-2020

Narrator ruined it

Loved the book and loved the film I was really looking forward to listening to this but the narrator was awful. She didn’t differentiate between the emotions being portrayed, for example when he first gets out of the room and you know that he is panicking and scared when she is reading it it’s as though she is reading a shopping list. This would have been so much better if it was told by a less monotone narrator.

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  • Paul
  • 05-01-2017

One of the best Stephen King audiobooks

Lindsay Crouse is as excellent as Grover Gardener or Ron McLarty at capturing the tone and terror of Stephen King. Her performances as Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes are powerful and distinct. She makes Annie as loathsome and terrifying as Kathy Bates did in 1990.

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  • Sara
  • 05-08-2016

One of my favourites

This was a really good listen. Adds another dimension to the whole Misery experience, as you cannot gloss over or skim the gruesome bits....as you can when reading. As always, with Stephen King, the characters are so brilliantly and believably painted.
After initial reservations about the narrator....I thought she was a little deadpan in her delivery.....this style in fact became very effective. She did a great job building up the tension.
An excellent listen. I have the written book, the film and have seen an adaptation in the theatre...hope I'm not a number one fan ☺

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  • Darren
  • 28-07-2016

Gripping and horrific.

I had saw the movie before like so many. The book is not
Only faithful but to a Big degree better. More emotional and deeper than the movie was. I very much recommend this book to thriller lovers and King lovers alike. Even if you've saw the movie first. Like me. Trust me ! Read it ❤️

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  • Jimmy
  • 09-06-2016

Simply brilliant listen

This audio book makes the film look like a Disney movie! It's so much darker, scarier and brutal. A real horror classic.

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  • Josie
  • 20-09-2020

Wow!

This story is unlike any I have read. I was hooked straight away. Stephen King made Paul's situation seam realistic, even with an massively unhinged character like Anne and the at times made me feel uneasy. Lindsay Crouse did an amazing job voicing the characters and setting the tone for every shift in mood. This was a very thrilling book. Thank you to both writer and narrator. I will definitely be sending this book for others to enjoy.

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  • Thomas Buckley
  • 06-07-2020

Great book, even better audiobook

Misery is an amazing Stephen King novel, my favourite one so far slightly ahead of Pet Sematary. The reader does a great job of impersonating both main and side characters too! Very happy overall.