Lisey's Story

Written by:
Stephen King
Narrated by:
Mare Winningham

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2006
19 hours 22 minutes
*Now an Apple TV+ limited series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen*

The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.

Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of 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 knew 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, to go to that terrifying place known as 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.

“Intricate...exhilarating” (The New Yorker), perhaps Stephen King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. It is a beautiful, “rich portrait of a marriage, and the complicated affection that outlives death” (The Washington Post).
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Carol B.

I (baby) loved the book! It seemed like a sensitive story weaving in and out of the insane brain of the story’s author. And I never heard a book narrated by Mare Winningham but I thought she was superior!

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Worst narrated book. Sorry I like the address but this was not a good match at all. It took me longer to finish it because I wanted to know what happened but I just didn’t want to hear her voice

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Jamesia B.

I enjoyed Lisey's Story. It is a good mix of creepy and emotional. King did a wonderful job of allowing the reader to really get to know and understand Lisey and her grief. He also allows the reader a window into the relationship between Lisey and her husband. The intricate language of their marriage is unique and fascinating. And the mysterious world or dimension he created is also very fascinating.

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Great book - great story! The narration was uneven - Ms. Winningham was excellent when voicing Lisey, not so much when voicing other characters.

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I decided to try to listen to this audiobook instead of reading it because it was very dull at first and it would have taken me forever. I was worried it wouldn't get better given the reviews. Well, I'm SO glad I stuck with it! It really didn't start getting good until about half way through the book, and this is no short book so half way is a while, but the last half of the book was very good! I would not classify this as a romance which I was grateful for, but it does show how deeply Lisey and her husband loved eachother. It isn't just about love. It is more about a dark past and dangers yet to come, in this reality and in others!

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Marcus O

Great story, but the pauses between chapters become very inconvenient, and border on disrespectful to the listener. In fact, they ARE disruptive to the listening process. I am not sure if Mr. King intended these 35-65 second pauses to mean anything, but all they do is make me check if my player is still working. BAD BAD BAD!! It really ticked me off when I thought that the 90 second pause for the end of the chapter caused me to try to restart my book, The actual narrator is very good at delegating voices consistently, but the narration score is for the PAUSES!! Stupid, stupid move, idiots!

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Greg Sach

Stephen King never fails to impress with the range of his writing and producing stories that you just can't put down. Lisey's story is a great mix of a wife dealing with death of her husband and Stephen kings usual other worldly factor.

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kimberly SCoggins

I really enjoyed this book. Stephen King has never let me down with any of his works. His story telling ability is truly wonderful. I especially enjoy this. I thought the narrator did a good job. My only complaint is there are long pauses between chapters sometimes

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Pamela Bischoff

This was a very good book for me. Kept my mind occupied.

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Kristin Barron

This book was very compelling, but at the same time, sometimes I had to just put it on pause and do something else. It was a very intimate look at other people's pain, laid out bare, and at times it was almost too much. the journey, though, was completely satisfying.

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Jennifer budde

Very intense look at the lasting effects of childhood tragedy, and unconditional love. This time King details a horror that lurks at the fringes of many lives. Unfortunately, I will never be able to use my OXO can opener again...

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Typical Stephen King, awesome story. I loved it! King shows great compassion for the less fortunate while dealing with villans in a way only he can dream up.

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Robert E. Reger

This book was possibly the worst King book that I have ever read in my life. It was long drawn out and very boring. If you must select the book, please do so in the abridged version

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Susan Mitchell

While I have been a Stephen King fan for many years, I have been less than enthusiastic about his last few books, Cell in particular was disappointing. Lisey's story, however, was captivating. More love story than anything else, it switches back and forth from past to present with the widow of a famous writer as she relives and dissects her relationship with her husband. The language is beautiful, the dark secrets of Scott Landon fascinating and the reading by Mare Winningham perfect. This ones been added to my all time favorite audiobook list.

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