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Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of best sellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital.

Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn't like it. She didn't like it at all. And now he had to bring Misery back to life. Or else....

©1986 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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So gross, sometimes I wanted to puke.

I thought I would read this before watching the movie because I like to know what to expect. Now I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the movie coz this really grossed me out and scared me.

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Mind Blowing

I read this book when it came out as a younger person and saw the movie. I had forgotten the details and was yet again, taken away in a tale of extreme suspense and horror. You got me again, Mr. King!

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Very good

Very good, I did enjoy the narrator, think she was very good actually, performance was very Kathy Bates like I thought and very good. The only annoyance really is the chime / tune to indicate a change in the action, I think people are intelligent enough not to require an indication such as that, overall not something to put one off completely, but the producers of these books can really consider getting rid of it.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-15-16

Creepy, atmospheric, chilling, awesome.

I've been listening to this audiobook on cassette for a VERY long time. It's my favourite. The writing is simply excellent. Lindsay Crouse is FANTASTIC as the narrator, really bringing to life Annie's psychosis, while giving Paul a meek yet determined voice. I cannot recommend this book enough, to classic King fans, book fans, horror fans, psychological drama fans etc. Finally having this digitally is a total blessing as my cassette is more than worn out after all these years.

Final though - GET IT.

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  • P. J. Bell
  • 05-26-16

Scary !!! and Wonderful

A brilliantly scary story, wonderfully read by Lindsay Crouse, which using interesting themes and metaphors demonstrates a master class in writing. (Such as the tides being compared to pain)! Demonstrating Stephen Kings excellent style. There are shocking screens which make me want to see the movie and a story within the story of “misery returns”. Moreover, it really keeps the listener captivate even when our hero finally thinks he’s free.

One warning! Don’t read this if you are recovering from an illness in bed!

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  • Kate & Andy Garner
  • 01-22-20

Narrator ruined it

Loved the book and loved the film I was really looking forward to listening to this but the narrator was awful. She didn’t differentiate between the emotions being portrayed, for example when he first gets out of the room and you know that he is panicking and scared when she is reading it it’s as though she is reading a shopping list. This would have been so much better if it was told by a less monotone narrator.

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  • Hawt
  • 06-06-16

favourite author with excellent narration

a great King story, (so much better than the film), with excellent gripping narration, i usually take a while to adjust to the narrators style but this was so natural and a perfect fit to the story that it took no adjustment at all- one of the best so far. Character voices were consistent, great sound quality, and there were no obvious breaks and no speech quirks to notice. sometimes, in other stories, i got the impression the narrator had been in a different mood on different days of recording, but here the reading was as though it had been done all in one. I usually prefer longer stories, so this ended sooner than i would have liked, but thats because I miss the characters when the book ends- the length suits the story perfectly. Highly recommended.

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  • Paul
  • 01-05-17

One of the best Stephen King audiobooks

Lindsay Crouse is as excellent as Grover Gardener or Ron McLarty at capturing the tone and terror of Stephen King. Her performances as Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes are powerful and distinct. She makes Annie as loathsome and terrifying as Kathy Bates did in 1990.

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  • Sara
  • 08-05-16

One of my favourites

This was a really good listen. Adds another dimension to the whole Misery experience, as you cannot gloss over or skim the gruesome bits....as you can when reading. As always, with Stephen King, the characters are so brilliantly and believably painted.
After initial reservations about the narrator....I thought she was a little deadpan in her delivery.....this style in fact became very effective. She did a great job building up the tension.
An excellent listen. I have the written book, the film and have seen an adaptation in the theatre...hope I'm not a number one fan ☺

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  • Glenn Robert white
  • 12-07-20

Great story.... Random music...

Great story but I wasn't a fan of the random bursts of music during narration.

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  • Darren
  • 07-28-16

Gripping and horrific.

I had saw the movie before like so many. The book is not
Only faithful but to a Big degree better. More emotional and deeper than the movie was. I very much recommend this book to thriller lovers and King lovers alike. Even if you've saw the movie first. Like me. Trust me ! Read it ❤️

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  • Ellese Atkinson
  • 09-03-21

Narration was great but music was not

I really liked the narration. The narrator really felt like she was as angry or frustrated as Annie at times.

However my main issue is the music put in between parts of the story. Not only is the music irritating in general, but because I was listening alongside reading, I noticed it also cuts into parts of the story where there's no need. In quite a few parts, it was very tense and quick and then the narrator stops talking and it's either complete silence or music suddenly comes crashing into your ears and then stops after a few seconds. It really took me out of the story. Also, if you want to listen to the audiobook on a faster speed, you're left with really strange sounding music coming in at weird and random times.

Overall, I'd just scrap the music part and make it all a normal narrator recording, or only interject the music at the beginning of a new chapter because it kind of ruins the experience and I didn't think that I was the kind of person who would ever get bothered by that kind of thing.

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  • Jimmy
  • 06-09-16

Simply brilliant listen

This audio book makes the film look like a Disney movie! It's so much darker, scarier and brutal. A real horror classic.

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  • Mick
  • 08-04-18

One of the best writers of our time

This book should be high on the list for KING fans as it came out later it is a reflection of the authors own struggles. The story is interesting and excellently constructed. Crouse’s performance is solid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Amazing but not split by chapter

Great narration, great story. Chapters are not split, makes it a bit of a pain in the ass to know when to stop

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  • Stephwelsh
  • 09-17-21

wow.

If it were a book, book i would say couldn't put it down. incredible. could not stop listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-21

Great story and narration

This story is fantastic in audiobook format and the narrator is really engaging and interesting. I finished this so fast as I couldn’t get enough - Highly enjoyed it and would recommend it!

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  • Alice In Amazon
  • 07-13-21

Another excellent novel in S.Kings collection

Vivid and descriptive as always. The story is top notch and is an original concept. You definitely tumble down the rabbit hole and into a nightmare with this one. You won't be able to stop listening once you start.
Great narration, she sounds a lot like Kathy Bates which is an added bonus.

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  • Ivan Calder
  • 05-17-21

Fantastic read.

I saw the film in the 1980s and thought it was good. The book is fantastic. scary and psychologically fierce! what a page turner.

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  • zooperhero
  • 05-10-21

Excellent book

My only con was to do with some of the music cues, which were a bit confusing occasionally. However, I think this is a consequence of translating Stephen King's narration style to audio form, where spoken dialogue and inner monologue frequently interrupt and overlap each other. This might have been better shown with two narrators, but even so, I think Lindsay Crouse did an excellent job giving each character a distinct voice.

The story itself is tense, terrifying and yet still lulls you into a kind of Stockholm syndrome (I know the term is a terrible misnomer). I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-20

Great story but odd narration

This audiobook had weird musical interludes which overlapped the narrator’s voice at times and was rather distracting.

Otherwise a great story. I’ve never read a Stephen King book I don’t like.

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  • M. Huddlestone
  • 07-05-20

Get set for a journey inside a writers mind

a great story with a perfect blend of isolation horror and extreme fandom.
Laced with sadistic manipulation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-20

Paul, Annie and Novel too much for one voice

I did find I quite hard to follow in some places, and there are weird pauses in the middle of sentences.
I just wish they had had two narrators, one for Paul, and one for Annie, it made it difficult to follow the story when the narrator didn’t change pitch etc. Especially as it switches between the two characters, then on top of that the Misery novel itself.
It was enjoyable but because of these technicalities not immersive which is how you want your reading/listening experience to be.