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3.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 5 3.28 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Mare Winningham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780743561945
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Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went -- a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stephen King at his finest . . . a dazzling novel. Nicholas Sparks
  • In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary. . . . Michael Chabon
  • Lisey’s Story is a wondrous novel of marriage, a love story steeped in strength and tenderness, and cast with the most vivid, touching, and believable characters in recent literature...This is Stephen King at his finest and most generous, a dazzling novel that you’ll thank yourself for reading long after the final page is turned.”

    Nicholas Sparks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of At First Sight and The Notebook

  • Lisey’s Story is bright and brilliant. It’s dark and desperate. It’s a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems.”

    Nora Roberts, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Angels Fall and Tribute

  • “In Lisey’s Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and, above all, his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary, to present us with the bloody and fabulous tale of an ordinary marriage. In his hands, the long, passionate union of Scott and Lisey Landon—of any long-lived marriage, by implication—becomes a fantastic kingdom, with its own geography and language, its dark and stirring chronicle of heroes and monsters, its tragedies, griefs, and glories. King has been getting me to look at the world with terror and wonder since I was fifteen years old, and I have never been more persuaded than by this book of his greatness.”

    Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of The Final Solution: A Story of Detection and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • “Haunting...A tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey.”

    New York Times

  • “[An] intricate novel.”

    New Yorker

  • “First and last, this is a powerful love story...One of King’s finest works.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Bram Stoker Award
  • A 2007 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 2/16/2014

    " My favorite book- ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Mello | 1/27/2014

    " Great story without the horror... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/24/2014

    " A nice reminder of why I still read King: excellent main character, compelling story that manages to be both magical and creepy as hell, and a pace that never lets up. Up there with some of King's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 1/20/2014

    " Disappointingly slow to start, and the secret language got old fast. I did like Lisey and Amanda. When they began to work together the story really took off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lew | 1/12/2014

    " I struggled through this book. There were times that it seemed like it would hold my interested only to be dragged down. I would put this book with Rose Madder, Gerald's Game and Dolores Claiborne as the Stephen King books I liked the least. I just couldn't get into this book. I skimmed alot of it. It was confusing to understand what was really going on and once you find out at the end, I didn't care at that point. Way to long of a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/10/2014

    " I really liked it even though it was very weird at times. It was kind of like a love letter to his wife - about all the crazy things he must have put her through over the years. It had a slow start, as all of his books usually do, but once it was all set up it was really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manu82 | 1/1/2014

    " I loved it. In this opera King is able to express a sort of infinite love between Lisey and Scott. I can't remember the story, to tell the truth. I just remember that feeling, and I think it's enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy Jones | 12/28/2013

    " a decent read for a King novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/14/2013

    " This is the only Stephen King book I have ever read. I am easily frightened!! I enjoyed it and still think about it sometimes, though I read it long ago. How wonderful that books can do that for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this, so very clever, my sister got it too and she didn't "get it", so gave up. Stephen's books really take you to the edge of reality and make you wonder, great escapism for me :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randee | 11/19/2013

    " "And her heart turned sick with the thought of the years ahead and she wondered what good love was if it came to this, to even ten seconds of this feeling." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Varma | 10/20/2013

    " Too long but still good "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gabby | 10/8/2013

    " This one was torture to get through. One of the very few King books I really disliked. It was way too all over the place for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 10/2/2013

    " Nice setup at the beginning.... but where did it go? Memory and grief seemed to be the center of this writing... Sad enough though, the characters became artificial because it was all under one character's central bias. Too stretched out! This could have been a 200 page novella. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael Booth | 8/17/2013

    " I read 1/4 of the book and could not get interested in it at all. Very different from most of King's books and a departure too far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 9/10/2012

    " Wow! Stephen King and all his characters are crazy. Okay, I'm crazy, we're all crazy. The man has a way with words. Creepy way with words; but boy am I hooked and reeled in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Marbury | 8/28/2012

    " Of course, I love everything Stephen King writes but I'm biased. This book was hard to follow, hard to get into at first. His detailed descriptions seemed to drone on and some of the dialogue was difficult to relate to. But the story dragged me in & I can look back on it now and enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizanne | 8/26/2012

    " My dad gave me this book this summer and said he couldn't get into it. The first 50 pages were slow-moving but after that I was hooked. Not gory and horrible, but lots of suspense and a real love story underneath it all. I have asked my dad to give it another go and I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris Bergin | 5/7/2012

    " Not one of S.K.'s best books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 9/15/2011

    " Oy I "smucking" couldn't take it. I swear Stephen King sometimes uses 48 words when 12 would do. I think I made it to page 80 before throwing up my hands in surrender. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 8/31/2011

    " i liked this one a lot. Very quick and easy read per typical King. More than the usual in this story, though, to make you chew for a good long while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 6/30/2011

    " Bit of a hard go. Got really sick of 'booya'... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Howell | 6/16/2011

    " This was okay, with some parts that were gripping. Overall, too similar to Rose Madder, but not nearly as good a read as Rose Madder was. Not a complete waste of time, but not King's best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/5/2011

    " This is one of my favourite King books and it is about old people. - Yes Old people. And a horror writer who was scared of his own imagination. And when you read the book you would be scared too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 5/3/2011

    " It's the first SK book I love after a long time of thirst in this respect.

    Note to self: I need to read it in original, not the Romanian (otherwise quite delightful) translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steff | 4/28/2011

    " Brilliant. The story is compelling, the language is beautiful, the emotional engagement is strong, and the storytelling is ingenious. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 4/26/2011

    " This is not a typical Stephen King, not as macabe, but still a good read. This story transports you into the mind of a widow as she reflects back on her marrage at the same time she is on a life changing quest set and encouraged by her late husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 4/26/2011

    " The best I've read by Stephen King so far. Feels close to the skin. Presents a suggestion of intimacy and an intriguing look at the creative process. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krys | 4/24/2011

    " As a Stephen King fan I am disappointed in this book. Stephen King is suppose to write horror not romance. As Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons would say, Worst book ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/14/2011

    " This one is one of my least favorite King books...still liked it, however, once I got into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/11/2011

    " This book didn't seem to have any new ideas in it. It was just a rehash of Rose Madder and Bag of Bones. Not on the top of my "King's must reads" list. "

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

    " I read this about the same time as Bridge of Sighs, and as wonderful a writer as Richard Russo is, Stephen King had me from "Hello", as he always does, even when he's on his long windy and questionable road to the Dark Tower. So I haven't finished Bridge of Sighs yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 4/9/2011

    " This was a really good read. Only Stephen King can take a well-written story about grief and loss, and be both touching and morbid :) It was long, but a neat journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/6/2011

    " I liked this book. I read it, and have listened to it on audiobook as well. The relationship of the main character with her husband was so tender that it drew me into the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie | 3/31/2011

    " My least favorite Stephen King book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 3/30/2011

    " I actually didn't finish this book. I got about 60 - 70 pages in and gave up. "

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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.