Lisey's Story
  Fan submitted reviews of Lisey's Story (Novel):
Posted By: PJL - February 21st, 2013 5:52:13 pm EST

Sorry SK. This was just a study of flash backs. I stated just skipping pages trying to get at the meat.. Think I also saw about 5 flash forwards and maybe 1 or 2 flash sideways. It could have been a good book at HALF its published size. A green monster ate the bad guy? I know you like monsters but it doesn't belong here. The story ends on page 592 but there are another 60 pages to slog through to finish it. More flash backs. A little back history is needed but this goes over the top.

Posted By: Anonymous - December 28th, 2012 3:24:41 pm EST

This book started slow, but I forced myself to finish it. I watched SK's Movie "Bag Of Bones" and they mentioned "Booya Moon." Made me think about this book again.

Posted By: Noni - November 13th, 2012 11:31:37 pm EST

This is the most frightening story of SK's I have ever read. I absolutely was enthralled with the concept and thought it was perfection as always. Maybe it was due to the "sister thing" which he did very well for only having a brother. Thank you!

Posted By: Amadna - August 21st, 2012 12:25:51 pm EDT

I wish this would be made into a movie! I love this book!!!!

Posted By: Anonymous - July 7th, 2012 10:48:30 am EDT

This is the kind of Stephen King's books that I enjoy more.I found some great thoughts in it.

Posted By: Anonymous - June 11th, 2012 10:22:28 pm EDT

Depends on the reader I guess. This one is my all time favorite King novel. It was hard to put down and the story stayed with me long after I finished the bittersweet last page

Posted By: WarpedCore - June 6th, 2012 11:37:52 am EDT

Snooze fest? It was a bit slow to start, but the story is remarkable!

Posted By: Temper - May 25th, 2012 8:16:19 am EDT

So glad i'm not the only one that found this book a snoozefest. And I have read a few of his books. And most have been a thril....

Posted By: Anonymous - May 16th, 2012 12:43:29 pm EDT

I agree with the review that this was a snoozefest. I just cannot get into this book but I loved so many others. This one just did not do it for me.

Posted By: Salliford - May 12th, 2012 9:58:08 pm EDT

I'm still plowing through this one. I've read so many great books by Stephen King but with this one he appears to have shaken things up by changing his writing style 360 degrees! I will finish it, but I'm not sucked into the story by any means. I read the JFK book last week and was blown away ~ Kings genius blinded me, but this one... well, it's not me...

Posted By: Neesy - May 9th, 2012 11:24:52 pm EDT

I found this hard to get into at first but I was glad I persevered and did not put it down as I found it got much better. I liked the overall wierdness of it and enjoyed the ending

Posted By: KLT - May 6th, 2012 5:53:26 pm EDT

I loved it the first time I read it, and love it still. One of his best.

Posted By: Reader - April 12th, 2012 8:17:00 pm EDT

Sorry, guys...I thought this one was long-winded and silly. I love King but he went to the old standby to get rid of a villain...have a big green monster eat him...I was bored but read through to the end to show respect to a great writer...for me this was not one of his best. I'm glad folks liked it but I didn't...a real snoozefest.

Posted By: Rabbi Rob - April 7th, 2012 8:15:20 pm EDT

Tried to read it but found it boring as all hell. Mr. King threw a klinker on this one: his worst and most unreadable ever (and I like his stuff as a general rule).

Posted By: Mary - April 1st, 2012 12:29:43 am EDT

i love everything about this story. amazingly beautiful :))

Posted By: Silbox - March 26th, 2012 8:23:10 am EDT

It's the best King's novel, the final demonstration that he deserves a better concept from the critics, and that his work is high quality literature. I've read a lot, from classics and Nobel winners to best-sellers, and I know what I'm saying. Thanks to Mr King for everything. Please forget my writing mistakes, I'm a Spanish speaker.

Posted By: Elaine Montgomery - March 14th, 2012 9:26:57 pm EDT

I think this is awesome!!!!!!!!! I love Stephen King!!!

Posted By: Rosco - March 4th, 2012 8:47:31 pm EST

One of my favorite King novels. I am currently reading Bag of Bones and saw it has a two part series on Netflix. So far, I am not instantly impressed with this one, as I was with Lisey's Story. My point is, I don't understand why this hasn't been made into a film!

Posted By: Ray - February 22nd, 2012 3:39:00 pm EST

Still reading's just starting to get a little interesting...about time...I took the advice of another reading not to expect the outright terror of King's best like Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, and The Shining. I'm still waiting for the passage that is essential King. This is when his words are so powerful that you live it. Avid King fans know what I mean. He's like Hitchcock. There is always that moment when his films Go "BAM! HITCHCOCK!" It's the same wth a King novel. It's a passage so vivid that's cinematic. Still waiting, King...

Posted By: Anonymous - February 22nd, 2012 11:13:41 am EST

As I have grown older I have lost my taste for the macabre as sleep becomes more important to me! I still pick up a Stephen King book every now and then as I did recently with Lisey's Story. Just a few pages into it I remembered again that he writes the most compelling characters ever! The impossible reads as factual because of the masterful story telling. This is a new favorite with Misery being another. I much appreciate the "older" heroines and heroes of these tales.

Posted By: Marielle - February 17th, 2012 10:03:18 am EST

After reading this book I had tears in my eyes.A touching love story with some real Stephen King elements in it. One of the best Stephen King's I have ever read.

Posted By: Read Lots Of His Books - February 8th, 2012 5:05:05 pm EST

This one takes off like a run-on sentence. I hope that a story comes into fruition. I'm 50 pages into it and I'm wondering if there's a story here. What is King talking about? It hasn't grabbed me yet. I'll keep reading....

Posted By: Dami - January 21st, 2012 7:53:42 pm EST

i really love this one..cos i felt identified with Scott..i love it..!

Posted By: Molly - December 23rd, 2011 7:16:12 pm EST

Not many people have commented on this book, and I am surprised! I am a King fan and Lisey's Story is by far my favorite. It is dark, complex, and I became so attached to Lisey's character that parts of the book brought me to tears. I have read it multiple times and every time I do, I am unable to put it down. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't picked it up yet.

Posted By: Spiritualsuze - November 2nd, 2011 12:47:36 pm EDT

I read this novel last week as my annual Halloween Ghost Story and found that I was indeed frightened but also moved by the discriptions of Lisey's marriage to Scott where their interior language was discussed. I very much agree that every marriage has its inside private verbal communication style and words that carry specific meanings between the two. The discriptions of Scotts childhood and especially his father hit home to me also as I was raised by such a man as Sparky Landon with booze poured on top of the rage. It made for painful painstaking waiting for when everything would blow. The images of child abuse in this book and in The Shining bring back the memories of fearful evenings and vacations gone wrong.The only other writer I have read who describes child abuse as well as King is Pat Conroy in his books "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides". I rarely find anyone who really comprehends the horror of child abuse or is able to describe it adequately unless they have actually lived it. And I too have had my battles with the booze like my father and the character Scott Landon. That is also a terrifying story in itself. Im grateful today to say I am clean and sober and living in the Light now instead of the Dark.

Posted By: KRS - October 27th, 2011 3:30:20 pm EDT

Just finished listening to the audio book - it made me very patient when stuck in traffic as it allowed me more time with the story! While I have seen some reviews that knock the book for too much private language between Lisey and Scott, I found that this made the characters feel like a real couple. Perhaps Scott Landon could become a new pen name!

Posted By: Laura - October 25th, 2011 4:11:19 am EDT

I am only half way through this novel, and it is by far my favorite Stephen King book so far.

Posted By: Shadough - October 23rd, 2011 10:23:01 pm EDT

At the end of this book, I tossed it onto the bed and announced, "Stephen King owes me money for reading this!". Really like all your other books (mostly), but this was painful for me. Took me a couple of tries and a couple of months till I was even able to read it. Boring.

Posted By: Jessica - October 21st, 2011 5:46:37 pm EDT

This is my favourite novel of all time! It's funny, romantic, horrific, and anything I could ever ask for in an excellent novel. I wasn't even half way through it and I'm a HUGE fan! Thank you, Mr.King! :)

Posted By: Zane - October 12th, 2011 6:15:25 pm EDT

I just finished this book today. Everyone has there own opinions about what King's best book is. For me Lisey's Story doesnt quite top IT, its defintley second place. A really amazing novel. Ive read alot of King's books and I think im on to Under the Dome next

Posted By: Alpine - October 8th, 2011 12:29:34 pm EDT

I never really got into Steve K's earlier works, but Duma, under the dome, dark tower...amazing. His best work eve is Lisey's Story. and then to listen to the audio book (un abridged as always) is a knockout. I can't wait for your next work Mr King :) truly fab :) Alan

Posted By: Chrissy - September 22nd, 2011 2:47:31 am EDT

This was, by far, the best book that I have ever read. Although it has been quite awhile since I finished reading Lisey's Story, it continues to linger in my mind. Definitely an unforgettable novel.

Posted By: TC - September 2nd, 2011 6:04:23 am EDT

I've read...Thank you, for The Lisey Story, it's the most beautiful Love story I have ever read! My name is Tatiana and I wrote from a last land of the sunny Italy. Thank you.... Tatiana

Posted By: GingerLounge - August 24th, 2011 7:11:15 pm EDT

This quickly became my favorite Stephen King novel. I first read the book cover to cover in a little less than three days, and was so haunted by the story I waked around in a haze for a few days after finishing the book. A truly perfect novel.

Posted By: Anonymous - August 10th, 2011 1:54:16 am EDT

I read this book in Italian; ... my favourite lines : "Quando abbiamo finito e tu ti sei addormentata, io sono rimasto sveglio ad ascoltare l'orologio sul tuo comodino e il vento fuori e ho capito di essere veramente a casa, che casa mia era a letto con te, e che qualcosa che si stava avvicinando lentamente nel buio improvvisamente non c'era pi. Non aveva potuto rimanere. Era stato scacciato. Sapeva come tornare, di questo ero certo, ma non poteva restare, e io potevo dormire in pace. Mi si infranto il cuore di gratitudine. Credo fosse la prima gratitudine che provavo. Sdraiato l accanto a te, con le lacrime che mi scivolavano ai lati della faccia e cadevano sul cuscino, ti ho amata e ti amo adesso e ti ho amata per tutti i secondi trascorsi da allora ad ora. Non importa che tu capisca." - Carissimi Saluti da J*

Posted By: Anonymous - June 29th, 2011 3:08:40 am EDT

i love this book. i found a copy of it in my moms closet years ago when i was 12 and still think about it all the time. i think that's the mark of a great book- something you read once and you always remember. reading that book removed me from earth like i'd gone to booya moon. amazing. i can't wait to buy the book for myself so i can read it over again!

Posted By: Jess - June 24th, 2011 4:40:53 pm EDT

I love this book so much, haven't read a King book since Misery, listened on CD, it's so amazing thank you! could this be insight to the writer's mind?

Posted By: Anonymous - June 17th, 2011 1:59:12 pm EDT

This book is the hallmark of King's talent. King takes the time to fully develop his characters and tie the whole storyline, with all it's moving parts, into a cohesive thrilling read that transports you to other worlds that only Stephen can create. A Masterpiece!

Posted By: Joshua156 - June 12th, 2011 4:04:46 pm EDT

This novel broke my heart. I love a story that makes me cry my eyes out and this certainly delivered.

Posted By: Charlotte98 - June 12th, 2011 1:59:29 am EDT

Just got finished listening to the audio book, and I was mucho impressed. I love all the weird words and I love boo'ya moon. I want to go there!!! lol. I feel like this was very personal, it really was very emotional and was all about secret languages and the feelings between two people who loved each other for a long time... two thumbs up.

Posted By: Jay3584 - April 28th, 2011 7:20:48 pm EDT

Amazing Book. I never really enjoyed books narrated by a woman from her perspective (hey, I'm a guy...) but it was easy with this book. Great read.

Posted By: Silje - February 20th, 2011 5:37:39 am EST

This book is amazing. I felt so connected with Lisey, and both she and Scott are such wonderful charachters. I love this book!

Posted By: Melita - February 16th, 2011 1:23:38 am EST

This has to be one of my favourite Stephen King novels. I actually bought this as an audio book for my TomTom and was completely consumed by it. As with all other novels, the scene setting is amazing, as Stephen himself said, it's all about the internal workings of a relationship and the intricacies and nuances within it. An extremely powerful book. In short, amazing.

Posted By: NovaHighlander - February 11th, 2011 1:31:27 pm EST

Wonderful! I hate predictability; this book has none. You really don't know what's going to happen from one page to the next. You know a book is great when you cannot function without multiple daily doses. My morphine.

Posted By: Loverofbooks23 - January 24th, 2011 4:44:36 pm EST

I really enjoyed this book! It was very creative and shows Stephen's unique talent to capture the attention of his readers.

Posted By: TampaGoof - September 28th, 2010 2:02:08 pm EDT
What a great book! I wasn't sure what to expect, but in the end I couldn't put it down.
Posted By: Rob - September 23rd, 2010 7:57:56 am EDT
Well..I've had a copy of this book for about 4 years, and have only recently finished it after several attempts, in the mean time i have read many other S.K. books. I found it really internal at first but persevered, it reminded me of Rose Madder a lot, very ethereal in a fantasy sense. I actually found the parts with Paul and his father the most most rewarding parts of the book, and the whole thing proves the guy can write anything and make it stick in your mind, even if you find it hard to get through. Overall, weird but smucking good.
Posted By: Kirstin - September 21st, 2010 12:42:44 am EDT
Thank you for this incredible story. I don't quite know how to move on from it. I can't remember the last time a book affected me so. Thank you.
Posted By: Hilander Pi - September 20th, 2010 10:25:03 pm EDT
I loved this story. The balloon ride where Lisey keeps flashing back on The Place while re-visiting The Place; I have never read anything like that before. I'm kind of surprised I was able to hold on to the balloon string while the balloon bobbed me around. It was great. I've gained a couple of stalkers too, the last one after a pretty bad skiing accident. The weakness, the fear...I get it. Also live in the 412 area code. PDF (pretty damn funny). What a wonderful book. Been a fan since Carrie.
Posted By: Alethea - August 16th, 2010 4:51:31 pm EDT
What a spectacular book. A completely unexpected gem. I have no words. Thank you.
Posted By: Cell - July 18th, 2010 9:59:48 pm EDT
I just bought this book and plan to start reading it right after I have finished re-reading Four Past Midnight, I know it will be as good as I have heard .....
Posted By: Tiff - July 13th, 2010 9:29:53 am EDT
I have about 50 pages left to go and I'm so sad it is going to end. I can't help but to think of these people as real. I wish there were 500 more pgaes.
Posted By: Crazy And Drunk - July 7th, 2010 5:22:15 am EDT
I've always thought of writing a letter to you - the kind that's laced with beautiful analogies, witticisms and phrases that leave a lasting impression on you. I'm complacent to an annoying degree, but the only thing I can possibly obsess with is your work and that scares me almost as much as the darkness in your books does. Lisey's Story came to me at a very difficult time and reading it was like reliving the pain of what happened, but I finally realized that reliving it was doing me good. As cliched as it sounds, I found pleasure through pain. So, thank you, Mr. King. I haven't yet read everything you've written, but that sure is on my bucket list. For now, I'm relishing one book at a time and discovering that, for some people, it is possible to write an absurd number of books without losing their touch. This is unrelated, but the screen 'Captcha' read 'Among Labia'. Yeah, that amused me.
Posted By: Anja - June 19th, 2010 12:58:15 pm EDT
Thank you for this book! I have read most of SK books but this is my favorite so far. I love it so much I decided I will write my thesis on it :)
Posted By: Sarah - June 10th, 2010 11:13:24 pm EDT
amazing.. . made me cry.. again!!
Posted By: Brienna - May 27th, 2010 11:35:39 pm EDT
Posted By: Weslo - March 18th, 2010 12:30:36 am EDT
Out of all the King novels (novellas), I felt that this was the one that most intrigued me. The beautiful language that was included in this novel was a shout out to novels of the past that were truly classic.....100% grade A in my eyes King....I'm your biggest fan! blah! blah! blah! right? Oh by the way Mr. King. Cell was awesome...I'm waiting to see what you do with it...I'm assuming some that it will turn into some sort of mini-series on television according to IMDB. Oh, and Dead Zone was awesome Mr. King. Your Friend, Weslo signing off in a drunken stupor
Posted By: Rizz - March 12th, 2010 10:42:55 am EST
First i'd like to just come out and state i am a most loyal fan, and will ususally choose a King novel over most anything else. This novel brought me peace of mind, in terms of my writing. when it comes to self criticism, i master in the art of mental abuse. i was watching myself, loose myself. i was sitting at the edge of the pool in Boo' Ya Moon allowing life to move past me, and not even thinking to do anything about it. i now know i cant just sit on the benches, numb and empty. i learned i cant live there, as much as i'd like to at times, and that an every-once-in-a-while visit makes for a healthy self. Definatly one of my favorites. I'll always go back, when i feel like i'm at the edge.
Posted By: Beastieboat - March 5th, 2010 8:59:24 pm EST
I didn't know anything about this book before reading it. I felt at first that was a little slow and repetitive [get to the point]. After progressing through, however, I found it to contain a very interesting and mind bending premise and plot. I am sure the deep space cowboys out there really like this book.
Posted By: GinaGina - January 29th, 2010 11:31:58 pm EST
I absolutely loved this book, could not put it down! As usual with King's book, I felt like I was myself in another weird world as I read it, staying up late at night.
Posted By: Jojo - January 20th, 2010 9:00:51 am EST
I read all your book in french (Qubec) and this one (Lisey's story) is translate by Nadine Grassie. It is illegible (unreadable) for a North American, it is the first time that I wont finish one of your book. I am really disappointed
Posted By: Stephanie - January 14th, 2010 7:12:15 pm EST
Of all the Stephen King novels I've read, I personally loved this one. The grief that Lisey felt for her dead husband touched me deeply...having been through so much grief recently, it was a comfort for me to read.
Posted By: John - January 8th, 2010 1:41:47 pm EST
Of all Stephen King books I have read, this is the only one i didn't like. It's boring and unnecessarily long. By the time I finished it, I was very disappointed. It's supposed to be a love story (but it's not really), and it's not a horror story either, it's just plain boring.
Posted By: Vampi - January 3rd, 2010 10:13:58 am EST
I loved this book more than most other I've read because it scared me the worst! From the beginning of the book I was creeped out even pronouncing Lisey like Lizzy then came the moment when someone called out to her "Lisa!" from that point I swear I saw long shadows in the corners of my bedroom. It was really hard to read when my husband wasn't home. Thank you SK!
Posted By: Gabriella - December 6th, 2009 7:09:34 am EST
Hello my name is Gabriella and I'm thirteen. I come from Sweden and have read this book in English but there is one thing I do not understand. What is the significance of bool? Is there anything I have missed in the book that I do not understand or what?
Posted By: Mateo Tha Monster - November 29th, 2009 4:06:47 pm EST
Fact: I only read Stephen King stories haha. Fact#2: I am a very persistent person, i dont give up. Fact#3: This Book made Fact#2 erelevant 4 me. Despite every one saying how great of a book this is, it is excessively long in the begining and the most boring of his work i have started to read. i got halfway and quit. I just cant get interested in Lisey's stupid baby-talk she addopted from Scott and the total lack of action. My opinion is this is a "smucking" awful bool!
Posted By: Ashley - November 28th, 2009 12:02:14 am EST
first - love love love this book it made me appreciate my parents marriage so much more... question? does anyone have a copy of this with bold blue lines running from pages 417-418, and 427-428... my copy has this and i cant find any significance with the story and i've been wondering why since i bought it. Thanks!
Posted By: Xenogeist - November 15th, 2009 7:17:35 pm EST
This was a great book full of romance, and it's dramatic. I don't find it scary, as most of King's works. There's a dark fantasy there, but when it comes to a horror novel. Not really. A great read and I recommend it.
Posted By: John Lee - November 10th, 2009 6:30:28 am EST
my 5th book to read from king and his most compassionate story. 9 out of 10 for storytelling. mr.king keep up the great work.
Posted By: Justonemorechapter - September 18th, 2009 3:37:51 am EDT
I have been a constant reader for 20 years. I have so many favorites, but this story...awww. took my breath and imagination away. I find that when I get close to the end of his stories I have to read slower so I can soak up every word and enjoy it to the last drop. Then I read it again. I am never disappointed with Mr. King's imagination. Lisey's Story became my number one. Stephen King you are my greatest author, and look forward to more of your nightmares and dreamscapes ...
Posted By: Michael - September 11th, 2009 5:52:37 am EDT
This is my first Stephen King book I read and I loved it so much, finished two days ago. 5/5. I am so gonna buy another one of his books and I'm sure I will be amazed from this one too.
Posted By: Glosstuff - August 29th, 2009 3:43:44 pm EDT
I loved this book, and by the end most of my questions were answered except for one. What is a book snake?
Posted By: Joey - July 28th, 2009 9:14:06 am EDT
This was the first SK I ever read. It was amazing! Although it starts off pretty slow, the ending definitely makes up for it. I just couldn't put it down. SK created something unique here, and no other author can touch him when he's writing at this level. BOOL! 4.5/5
Posted By: Artist Lorraine Davis Martin - July 25th, 2009 8:38:47 pm EDT
This book is my all time favorite!!
Posted By: Anonymous - July 7th, 2009 9:26:51 am EDT
I've read a gang of SK novels and loved them all but this one. Lisey's Story is a bad piece of writing . I gave the book away. I wonder what happened...
Posted By: Char80 - June 24th, 2009 8:31:26 am EDT
First SK book I read, got me completely hooked and now working through the other 31 I've since collected! Mix a true story of love with some scare and you get Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant!!!
Posted By: Ariadne147 - June 22nd, 2009 2:03:01 pm EDT
I read Lisey's story recently. I lost my job about seven months ago and when not job hunting, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on. I wasn't sure if I could relate to the main character at first, but I plowed on and I began to relate to her journey and her relationships. Her thoughts about the Pool struck a deep and painful chord in me. I've been searching for the answer to the as yet unidentified darkness in myself, always just on the peripheral of my vision and on page 338 in the 3rd chapter I found what I was looking for. The Pool is about sitting, waiting and looking over those dreamy waters and feeling like something is coming, but you don't know what and so the years pass. Like you're always on the verge of something, but you don't know what. I realized that it described parts of my life (right now and too many other times for comfort) and I cried because it brought the feeling into focus for me. It made me realize, made the knowledge go from my head to my heart; I've sat too long at the Pool of my own cup of imagination, lulled, feeling safe, but empty and not taking steps to bring my dreams to fruitition. I read somewhere that everything you ever wanted is right there, outside your comfort zone. I've spent too much time in mine. It's a struggle to leave that place of safety and emptiness and I could sit here for another 35 years, but I won't. Thank you for putting these concepts on paper so I could come along, identify myself as one of those people sitting on the stone benches, every once in a while trying to figure out what exactly was wrong. Not wrapped in gauze yet and still able to flee to uncomfortable reality, where you make life happen. It's messy and scary and you fail sometimes, but it's the only way to find true meaning and satisfaction.
Posted By: Danniella - June 21st, 2009 6:49:16 pm EDT
This was the first SK book I read and I knew that I had to read more! It was so charming, so beautiful in its own subtle way and was unbelievably touching.
Posted By: Jana - June 9th, 2009 11:14:37 am EDT
I read it once and fell in love :) It's my favourite Stephen King book.
Posted By: Nicole - June 9th, 2009 6:51:45 am EDT
Brilliant! :]
Posted By: Anonymous - June 3rd, 2009 1:28:00 pm EDT
It's a love story. Plain and simple - a beautiful, charming, kinda freaky love story. I enjoyed it immensely.
Posted By: Mattie - May 17th, 2009 11:15:54 pm EDT
I think this book is the most misunderstood of all Stephen King's novels. Everytime I hear someone say, "I just didn't get it," it makes me so sad I want to shake them. This book is so rewarding and so tender in the end, it makes any confusing bits along the way more than worth it. Here's a tip: don't read it expecting terror or any sort of "traditional" ghost story. Read it for the most honest description of a marriage he's ever written, and let yourself be surprised when the horror creeps up on you.
Posted By: Saritha - May 11th, 2009 11:29:01 am EDT
An utter let down for me. But hey, I hate only 2 of perhaps 10 of his books I have read so far.
Posted By: Kate - April 30th, 2009 9:13:17 pm EDT
I thought that this was one of the most passionate love stories of all time! Keep writing Mr. King!!!!
Posted By: Tegz - April 24th, 2009 8:46:04 am EDT
This Book is amazing i am about 3 chapters from the finish and its the first SK book i have ever read, Its amazing wonderfull and scary, this book is amazing and i suggest everyone read it. Thankyou Stephen King you have opened my eyes Tegan Rowe
Posted By: Anonymous - April 21st, 2009 4:24:15 pm EDT
To be perfectly honest, reading this book was for me quite a painful reading experience. This is easily Mr. King's worst work, as well as his most irritating. (The stupid made-up language which included such idiocies as "smucking" were quite annoying, and detracted from what would have been an otherwise somewhat passable read.) This kind of work would be par for, say, Dean Koontz, but a real letdown from King. But to be fair, one dud out of--what?--100 novels (or however many he's written) ain't too shabby, so I guess I can let this pass. :-)
Posted By: Mindaink - April 10th, 2009 7:14:13 pm EDT
My first impression of Lisey's story was a horribly complex novel that I would probably put down. However, something told me to keep reading and I would be rewarded. This novel was like going on a rollercoaster ride and hearing the occupants of the next car scream "THERE ARE NO BRAKES!"..Your pulse quickens, you try to figure out how to save yourself..Then just as you get to the top of the highest point (you know the one with the steepest drop..) those same occupants scream "JUST KIDDING!" and suddenly you are safe again.
Posted By: Zeynep - April 8th, 2009 2:27:45 pm EDT
I've just finished Lisey's Story and i believed King is the greatest writer of all time once again.His novels give me a taste that no one else's could .
Posted By: Squalidangel - March 12th, 2009 9:39:08 pm EDT
I have been reading King since 5th grade. I have so many favorites..but Lisey's story was hands down (in my humble opinion) Kings apex in writing. His years and experience in life shine through.
Posted By: Anna - February 18th, 2009 5:30:44 pm EST
Lisey's Story was amazing. It is by far the best-written and most literary of Stephen King's books.
Posted By: Bibli - February 15th, 2009 11:28:49 pm EST
Another awesome book. I loved this one; probably one of my favorites, simply by the way it's told.
Posted By: Myggan - February 11th, 2009 6:30:47 am EST
Its such a strange book...but captivating.
Posted By: Susan - February 6th, 2009 4:01:30 pm EST
just finished liseys story and it was different. i loved it xx
Posted By: Alan Deal - January 27th, 2009 6:48:49 am EST
First time I've been on here - had to comment on this book, it truly is amazing! And Duma Key too, that was classic!
Posted By: Kat - January 19th, 2009 5:59:28 pm EST
I'm a newly-wed still, going on my 1st year in March. I wouldn't have felt the same way after reading this if I weren't a newly-wed (put it that way). I came away going "wow". I agree, it's hard to describe, but easy to say that I was left feeling emotionally jarred. Such a touching, sad story - I had to relate. I couldn't imagine losing my husband (not yet! too young) especially after all we've went through - struggles, etc. This is one of his greatest, yet! :)
Posted By: Val* - December 27th, 2008 6:24:39 pm EST
I'm reading this one right now, I have almost finished it, and I have to say it. I didn't expected so much by this novel but now, I think I have to confess this will be one of my favourite books, because it's so beautiful and sad, and involving.. I can't describe it. It's awesome.
Posted By: Ariam - December 13th, 2008 12:12:25 pm EST
You should truly love your wife mr King. She is lucky to have you! Thank you for sharing your imagination with us. I hope that kind of love exists. XXX
Posted By: Pantha Grasser - November 28th, 2008 12:37:37 pm EST
Lisey's story..i don't even know how to begin. This novel has absolutely changed my life in such a weird way. I first bought it when it came out in 2006, but finally read it this last summer. I must say, I was amazed, even captivated. With me, only being 14, I have read it several times over. Each time more thrilling. As part of a advanced placement literature class, I did an in depth project on it. This story is definitely one I will remember and keep rereading.
Posted By: Steveklak - November 25th, 2008 5:09:38 am EST
First off, I have read many of your books, and very much enjoyed most of them. Lisey's Story is definitely up there with my favourites. Good job. Second, I live in Yellowknife NT Canada, and the wind does make it very cold here! I was surprised and excited to see my home town mentioned in one of your novels. So thank you Mr. King, for helping me through long nights and cold winds. Steve
Posted By: Barbie - November 12th, 2008 4:50:31 pm EST
I found myself crying on the couch while reading this novel. It's beautifully sad.
Posted By: Anonymous - November 9th, 2008 12:35:53 am EST
I absoulutly loved Lisey's story, you captured every detail of love so well. A masterpiece.
Posted By: Tinkermel - October 27th, 2008 3:22:23 am EDT
Wow, you are quite prolific aren't you? I enjoyed Lisey's story more than any other of yours I have read. I love to escape the 9 to 5 in a Stephen King as well as any other but this was a litterary masterpiece. You have captured human emotion like never before. I laughed, I cried, and at one point my husband walked in and scared the Bejaaayzuzs out of me, I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know. But seriosly, thank you. A piece like this could not have come out without letting go of a little peice of you, and I thank you for sharing that. It was beautiful. And now for the smartass remark... because I have to, but I know you'll understand, but it seems ole boy (I can say that because you're a slight my senior there, which makes me feel like a kid again!) It has occurred to me that since you had that run in (or near run down, thanks be to something that watches out) with the minivan (yes I am rambling but what of it) back to the point, since your smile and big old mooning toward the big D, you seem to be so much more prolific, and the characters so much more blissfully alive with passion and real emotion. OK, that took too long to say, sue me, but maybe there really is a silver lining. One of us who was destined to live on in history anyhow, based on sales and movies and your appeal to near everyone, has crossed over to one of the real immortals. Say hello to Shakespear for me, you're in great company. Thanks so much for sharing. Melissa
Posted By: Angel - October 18th, 2008 2:03:10 pm EDT
it is a really good book LOVE IT
Posted By: MathGuy - October 16th, 2008 12:58:42 pm EDT
Dark Tower on the brain... "There are other worlds than this"... Can't help but think about how close Boo'ya Moon is to our own world; I think the purple is even described as thin. First thought about the Bell Tree was of todash chimes.
Posted By: JessyD - October 13th, 2008 8:58:56 pm EDT
I bought this on amazon the year it published, and to my astonishment, the copy I received was a galley... It says right on the front cover"Do not sell this copy" "Not for sale"... I was shocked but I feel privileged in a way - how many regular people get a limited edition copy of their favorite author's new book?! I'm hoping to someday have him sign it, and then put it under glass (not so it'll stay in good condition,, I've already read it too many times for that..) Anyway, fantastic story Mr. Stephen King, I thoroughly enjoy every one I read!
Posted By: Daniel Frazo - October 5th, 2008 4:03:37 pm EDT
This book shows that Stephen is not a "horror writer", he is a WRITER. A work of art, just that. A great poem about love, loneliness, imagination and "the craft of writing". Stephen King goes to the pool and sails far away, where the big fishes are.
Posted By: Autumn - October 3rd, 2008 12:38:04 pm EDT
I haven't read SK in a long time and so when I picked up this book I didn't really know what to expect. I fell in love with the Lisey and Scott as a couple and as individual characters. It really spoke of what it is to be in a relationship with someone who really does mean the world to you through good, bad(gunky) and all the rest. Also, the relationships of the sisters in the book reminded me, fondly, of the relationships I share with my sisters. All in all, very touching and romantic and a truly beautiful story.
Posted By: Rduke1977 - September 28th, 2008 11:22:24 pm EDT
I read this book several weeks ago, in about a week's time, balancing my pregnant wife and two little daughters. I thought it was excellent. Got me back into SK's work again.
Posted By: Halloweenbaby - September 23rd, 2008 4:36:27 pm EDT
I'm currently listening to this on CD and all I can say is Wow! This is an amazing story. I just want to sit in my car, listen and not drive anywhere. Mr. King has outdone himself. Again.
Posted By: Eleanor Rigby - September 22nd, 2008 5:28:44 pm EDT
one of the two or three boring books of the King (this is my opinion, pardon)
Posted By: DJ - September 19th, 2008 5:01:42 pm EDT
Just a note to say I am currently enjoying LISEY'S STORY on CD again ( second time in 2 yrs) ,as I drive all over town....I highly recommend this to everyone who READ the book as well. Mare is superb at bringing this book to life (thanks, Stephen! She has been a fave actress of mine since I was a teen! She IS the voice of Lisey!). This is my favourite King book, and actually, one of my all time fave stories( ever!)...In fact, my teenaged son and I ( who also read it 2 yrs ago) have little inside jokes ,etc, regarding the lingo, etc....So..THANKS for the adventure, Stephen! And, happy upcoming B-DAY!!! You have given a lot of joy to us.
Posted By: Jay's Girl - September 13th, 2008 3:29:14 pm EDT
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read! There's no way anyone could've wrote this without being married. It truly captures the intimacy and power of marital love. This book moved my soul and broke my heart. I loved it!
Posted By: Han - September 12th, 2008 11:15:31 am EDT
Well, this is the best King book i have read for a while. After i had finished this one, Scott's story of his brother Paul haunted me. Not the creepy experienes nor the chilling ending of Paul's life, but the emotions. Tears almost roll down my cheeks, thanks for King's Amanda, she save me from drowning. I maybe exaggerated here, but that what really LISEY'S STORY gave me. LOVED IT!
Posted By: Sylvanna Rayne - August 18th, 2008 12:43:06 am EDT
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The characters are so well developed that I began to think of them as being in my own life. They each have elements that although are specific to them, are directly in tune with our own dilemmas, worries, and feelings. So much in this book 'hits home', and if that isn't enough, the way the book tackles the issues of loss and love are amazing. Even MORE so, the precise way King shows his understanding of what can only be called 'female' nature, is to die for. No matter how scarey, solemn, or even action filled the story turned, I always felt 'home' while reading it. Open your mind, and dive in.... this book has something to offer.
Posted By: Lindc2003 - August 15th, 2008 3:09:37 pm EDT
This was one of the most moving and powerful books I have ever read. There were tears in my eyes at the end and the characters were so full of depth. Stephen King is the reason I have become such an avid reader and I thank him for that pleasure.
Posted By: Bonnie - August 9th, 2008 4:32:28 pm EDT
I've heard this is a homage to his wife and the struggles she has faced as having Kind as a husband. I think it more a homage to Mrs. Bachman. What i wonder is which novel Empty Devils is in reference to. I've yet to finish the piece, but the first 200 pages have been inthralling. It's a wonderfull tale.
Posted By: Amy - July 24th, 2008 4:45:04 pm EDT
This is definitely one of the greatest books I have read. The world he creates is so intricate I found myself wanting to jump back into it, long after I'd finished reading. It's also so well written that some paragraphs I just read over and over again, for sheer enjoyment!


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