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Misery

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Misery

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Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wants to escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of the word.

To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper, drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to life in a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatest motivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with a sledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. But writers have weapons too. . .

Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wants to escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of the word.

To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper, drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to life in a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatest motivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with a sledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. But writers have weapons too. . .

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  • STEPHEN KING is a prolific and perennially bestselling author and a recognized master of the horror genre. He was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Lindsay Crouse demonstrates chilling versatility in her taut reading of one of King's most suspenseful tales. Writer Paul Sheldon, crippled in a car accident, is rescued by obsessed fan Annie Wilkes, who nurses him in her isolated home. She is obsessed with Sheldon's series protagonist, Misery Chastain, and will stop at nothing to ensure that he writes another book even though the author has killed off his character. MISERY is a psychological thriller, as much about the relationship of storyteller to story as it is about Paul's desperate need to escape. Crouse's deft handling of Wilkes's tender moments brings us uncomfortably close to the mind the madwoman. Yet more terrifying is Crouse's interpretation of the character of Paul, who is at once repelled by his captor and attracted to the strange power that he finds in her obsession with his writing. Crouse's delivery of King's dark humor will also have listeners laughing at surprising moments. F.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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