Lisey's Story

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Mare Winningham
  • 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning novelist and a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it ¿ a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband's demons. And what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness. Perhaps Stephen King's most personal and powerful novel, to date, Lisey's Story is a beautifully textured suspense narrative about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness and the secret language of love.


What the Critics Say

"Seriously creepy stories are more frightening heard than read. Your eye can skim the page, minimising the effect of the nasty bits, but such horrors become aqonisingly long and drawn out when narrated unabridged. Unabridged listening is the only way to do jsutice to the style and skill of such masters of the macabre as Stephen King." (The Times)
"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 bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems. A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth." (Nora Roberts)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I love all (well, almost all) of Stephen King novels. This is one of his best. I felt such pity for the boyhood of Scott Langdon and for Lisey's loss of a husband, lover and friend. The insight into Scott's boyhood, adult mind and subsequent novels was brilliant. Will have to listen to it again and again and again.
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- Philomena

Hard work

I persevered with this until the end because I'm stubborn and had read about other people giving up on the paper version of the book. I was expecting more, but this was Stephen King on auto-pilot. Perfectly competent. Shades of the Talisman/Territories, but without the true magic. It's a great way to while away a long, long drive, but felt a bit like hard work towards the end. Possibly for die-hard King fans and completists?
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- Helen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-10-2006
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited