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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52,122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Frances Sternhage Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cantankerous, profane, scatological, and fiercely maternal Delores is as vital and vivid a character as any in American fiction…[King has] never been better.”

    New York Times

  • “Among King’s best…An unforgettable, unflinching glimpse into a mind driven to murder.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Extraordinarily vivid…An impressive tour de force, a sensitive character study that holds the reader rapt.”


  • “Powerful…Startlingly good.”


  • “A remarkable reading…Sternhagen captures the very essence of what can turn a woman’s heart to hate and lets her audience feel it in their bones.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “[King] is a magnificent storyteller…Presenting Dolores’ story in her own remarkable colloquial voice, King brings readers face to face with a goodhearted, lovable woman whose honesty is ultimately unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A quietly terrifying tale of desperation, abuse, and revenge that showcases King’s talent as a powerful storyteller.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rorry Bonifas | 2/17/2014

    " Another great story from King. This book was great; a lot of depth to the characters and haunting. I am not sure why he's always tagged as horror . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meagan | 2/8/2014

    " I went into this story blindly. I had only heard a little bit about it, mostly from the movie but I wasn't really sure what to make of it either. I was very underwhelmed when I finished this book and normally I highly enjoy Stephen King novels. To me it seemed like that this could've been much simplier and perhaps in a short story. I did like the interesting narrative that was presented in this book. It was told entirely from Dolores' mouth, all 300 pages in one night. That was probably the only interesting aspect of the story to me. There were some twists and turns in there that I wasn't expecting like Vera killing her husband and then seeing her children die even though she talked about them as they were alive. Dolores' story however seemed to me to be fairly predictable. I was able to get through the story much quicker when Dolores was telling about Vera's last hours and her fall down the stairs. It was as if her husband was dead again but more people paid attention to it because of her involvment and the way the crime was set out. The ending seemed a little cheap, her still giving away the money. But it was interesting to see the 'end of the tale' through newspaper articles and seeing that her children where finally coming home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eileen Finn | 2/7/2014

    " Another Stephen King gem which anyone can read... even the scaredy-cats. The entire story is told from Dolores's point of view, and it's about what people will do for love. That's really what it comes down to. It's one of the most human, heart-wrenching novels Stephen King has written. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by PaweÅ‚ Sobiegraj | 2/2/2014

    " Ciekawa narracja w tym opowiadaniu Kinga. Prawie tak barwna jak w "Skazanych na Shawhank". ;) "

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