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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Lindsay Crouse Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217145
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The #1 national bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his “number one fan” and suffering a frightening case of writer’s block—that could prove fatal. One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

“Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe). Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Franko | 2/11/2014

    " didn't like. Not a big Stephen King fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dempsey | 1/16/2014

    " Entertaining and a slow burn thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert O Mahony | 1/13/2014

    " My second Stephen King book, and it was even better than my first! Constant suspense, I was absolutely addicted! Annie was an insanely creepy character, I loved the way she switched from sickly sweet to absolutely crazy and back again at the drop of a hat. Her little phrases were hilarious ("You bet your rooty-patooties I did" in particular made me laugh uncontrollably.) The movie is fantastic as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Barnum | 1/2/2014

    " This book freaked me out so much I won't even begin to think about watching the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Crow | 12/31/2013

    " One of King's best. No fat here, just a lean cracking read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suleika | 12/23/2013

    " I half read it, because although the story is good, I could not get through it. The book moves to slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Stiehl | 12/12/2013

    " Officially scared me. Couldn't sleep. Such a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Vincent | 12/10/2013

    " Misery is definitely one of my favorite King novels so far. Be that as it may, I haven't read much of Stephen King's work so there isn't much for me to compare it to yet. Anyway, if you want a great suspense story that you could finish in under a week, purchase a copy of this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittny | 11/5/2013

    " So! Freaky! I absolutely loved it! It's such a great book, the way one woman goes insane over the death of a fictional character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacus | 10/23/2013

    " One of my favorite books in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Taylor | 10/10/2013

    " Chick in movie is way scarier! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Picado | 6/9/2013

    " This has every element of human personalites that can go wrong. I felt so sorry for the main character, a prisoner of a fan! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gnomepartay | 3/25/2013

    " Amazing ending. The whole book kept me interested and on edge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Carter | 1/20/2013

    " The best!! One time I can say the movie was as good as the book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 11/29/2012

    " It's a classic Stephen King. Crazy! It was a bizarre story. Not often do I read a book AFTER I've seen the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Christensen | 4/24/2012

    " Had to put it down twice due to nausea, but when reading a horror story I suppose that's actually a plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2012

    " Very creepy and thrilling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli Davis | 3/31/2012

    " Again, one of my all-time favorite books. Creepy and page-turning, just how I like Stephen King books to be! Read this after seeing the movie version... and definitely a "plus" being able to visual Kathy Bates as the crazy, murderous nurse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian Lieber | 2/27/2012

    " It was so suspensful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Bunn | 2/9/2012

    " Good book. In this case I think the movie did if justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 12/8/2011

    " I read this book about twenty years ago, so maybe I am being harsh. Really, though, I find Stephen King to be wordy and boring. He likes to fancy himself such a shocking writer, I am sure, but I think he just drags on and on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/2/2011

    " frightening and suspenseful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Tourianski | 5/30/2011

    " Liked the movie more...but still great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. I followed up and watched the TV movie series on SyFy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lasha | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rp | 5/21/2011

    " I am not huge fan of Stephen Kings' writing but this one is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " I read this for the first time when I was 10. It's on my shelf to read at least once a year, I love it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " Not as instantly readable as some of King's other books, but well worth the time to stick to it. Unfortunately, the made for tv movie ruined some of this book for me, so perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this book several times. I love the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " The first half of the book is revetting; however, the ending is a real disappointment. There is a great build up for nothing. I actually expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that I have ever truly enjoyed. I do like a bit of Science Fiction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

    " This was the first Stephen King I read. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Great book, except the very end. This is something that Stephen King does quite a bit, unfortunately. He tells a great story and uses a contrivance to finish it. It doesn't mean I stop reading; it's just a bit jarring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " King absolutely knows how to tell a story. I love the allegorical nature of the book, pitting good against evil. I'm not a person that loves post-apocalyptic stories, but King makes me want to love this genre. One of the best reads I've had in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2011

    " This was the first Steven King book I ever read. I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in a day. "

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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

Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President’s Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot, Between the Lines, The Verdict, Prefontaine, and The Insider. She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Between Mother and Daughter,” an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.