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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 Sternhagen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508216995
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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.”

    Playboy

  • “Powerful…Startlingly good.”

    Time

  • “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 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 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 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 PaweÅ‚ Sobiegraj | 2/2/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooks | 1/31/2014

    " A good story, simple idea. A few strong characters well defined. A model to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Randall | 1/20/2014

    " 'Sometimes a bad accident is an unhappy woman's best friend'. Best. Quote. EVER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/16/2014

    " Not my favorite of Stephen Kings but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 1/14/2014

    " I think the subtext went over my head when I read this book as a kid, but I really loved the movie and how very much it was not a subtext at all. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Lee | 1/3/2014

    " An excellent book, really enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Brewer | 12/18/2013

    " Such a great book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 12/6/2013

    " Delightful colloquialism. Read it in two days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/7/2013

    " I'm only 20% of the way through this book, but I know already I love it! King is a master of Maine expressions...from the '50s to the present! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise Wong | 11/3/2013

    " not too good. took me a long time to finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peachy | 10/26/2013

    " Read for advisory period, 8th grade year @ WVJH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Jozwiak | 1/6/2013

    " Great book by Stephen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DaraB | 11/23/2012

    " A good read with all the twists and turns you love from SK. My favortie character is Vera. He really knows how to write up an eldrely woman with no love for anyone else. I love the vacuum cleaner scenes too. A gutting tale at its core but a good tale of why not to cross a woman. Age 16 up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 10/26/2012

    " Good for her !!!! (Really good book) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 9/7/2012

    " I enjoyed the way King approached this novel. The dialogue was AMAZING. I wish I had a tiny bit of his ability to develop characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 6/5/2012

    " Our experiment to find out what a book by Stephen King was like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/1/2012

    " This is by far one of my top five favorite King books, and its not horror! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 3/28/2012

    " Awesome Lifetime movie topic done Stephen King style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily Northcutt | 3/9/2012

    " This is officially the only book by Stephen King that I had to force myself to finish. Maybe I just wasn't old enough to appreciate it at the time or maybe I will never like it, but it stands alone on my SK "yuck" list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/10/2012

    " One of his classics, this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 11/7/2011

    " This is the better part of 400 pages of first-person narrative, and the first novel of that kind I've read. I enjoyed it, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't take dozens of pages to get used to the idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jr Smith | 10/31/2011

    " Very interesting book, loved the film. But found the book added so much more that the film didn't even bother mentioning... Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena J | 6/27/2011

    " I've read this one more than once. I've always liked the story. It's one of the least "King-ish" King novels I've read. Kind of just a dysfunctional family story, which I've always liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/25/2011

    " Stephen King is a master storyteller. This is the story of a woman confessing to the police, not to the murder she is being investigated for, but instead for killing her husband 20 years earlier. Love this book, and the movie ain't too shabby either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imgnepc | 5/19/2011

    " The most intriguing thing about this book is just how easily one can get lost in the story and suddenly 100 pages are gone and you didn't even blink. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/11/2011

    " this book wasnt for me,the style of narration irritated me and the story came to nothing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 4/12/2011

    " The audio recording by Francis Sternhaggen is also amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rarishes | 4/11/2011

    " Trying so hard to remember what happened but I think it involved something rapey so that's a big sadface. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/6/2011

    " My first foray into Stephen King fiction was engrossing. At first, the fact that there are no breaks of any kind seemed intimidating. But that worked as a device here, and the story itself is engrossing enough. I'll be hearing Maine island slang in my head the rest of the week though, ayuh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 4/5/2011

    " This one didn't quite land for me. I've often thought of reading it again to give it another chance. Kinda like ROSE MADDER, both of which seemed part of a set of themes and characters involving women and which were in the same vein as GERALD'S GAME as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 3/9/2011

    " Delores Claiborne...a strong woman who finally killed her no good husband. Prepare to hear her story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/9/2011

    " Good for her !!!! (Really good book) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 3/7/2011

    " Exceedingly insightful. A harrowing dialogue of the human condtion.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nessat89 | 2/28/2011

    " This was my first Stephen King's book and I reaaally liked it! I will never regret for buying it! :) "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Frances Sternhagen is a renowned stage actress, receiving five Tony Award nominations and appearing on Broadway twenty-four times in shows such as Long Day’s Journey Into Night and On Golden Pond. She also received two Emmy Award nominations for her role as Ester Clavin on the popular sitcom Cheers, and has since played Millicent Carter on ER and Bunny MacDougal on Sex and the City, among others.