More Than Halfway Through the Misery Audiobook

I am now more than halfway through my first complete1 audio book, Stephen King’s Misery. And having now listened to more than 7 hours of the book, here are few thoughts:

  • This is one really good book. I had no idea! I seem to recall seeing bits and pieces of the movie once, a long time ago, but the book is so much better, so much richer. It is just fantastic so far.
  • I love the metafictional aspects of the book. I love the work within the work (Misery’s Return) but even more, I love the multiple levels of recursion that are taking place. I’ve got to imagine that this was a fun book for King to write.
  • The book is narrated by Lindsay Krouse and so far, if I had my way, I’d have her narrate every future audio book I read. She is outstanding.

Now for a few of the downsides I’ve discovered:

  • I can’t really multitask while listening to the book–not beyond walking or working out on the elliptical machine. And even then, if I don’t focus on the story and let my mind wander, I soon discover that I’ve missed something and have to go back.
  • It’s not as easy for me to pick up where I left off. When reading a book, it’s easy to open to where you left off and continue, but I find I tend to have to back up a little when listening to the audio book in order to more easily slip into the narration.
  • I think Lindsay Krouse is a fantastic narrator. She has the perfect voice for listening (as far as I am concerned) and the trouble with that is the chances are very good she won’t be narrating the next audio book I listen to. And I suspect that whoever does narrate it simply won’t be as satisfying to my ears.

I have not yet decided what I’m going to listen to next. I do enjoy working out listening to the book. I enjoy my morning walks listening to the book, too. I take a quick 1 mile walk every morning at 10am to get some air. The last two mornings have been bitterly cold and windy. I would have ordinarily cut my walk short both days, but I pressed on mainly because I was so absorbed by the story and Lindsay Krouse’s voice, and I wanted to keep listening, at least for a little while.

  1. My first attempt at an audio book was with Stephen King’s Gunslinger, but I couldn’t get through it.


  1. I like audiobooks, but have the same problems you are having — easy to feel like I missed something, hard to pick up where I left off. It is better to listen to the Audible books on their app on the iPad than to listen to them on the Kindle. Kindle’s bookmarks and location ui work fine for text, but not for audio. The app makes more sense for audiobooks.

    I listened to Solaris, and that was pretty easy because the story is simple, the settings are not too varied, and there are not many characters. The Far Side of the World was harder, for exactly the opposite reason. Graham
    Greene’s Our Man In Havana was a hoot. Stephen Pinker’s The Blank Slate is an impossible one for me — 22 hours, in three parts, and it’s a mixture of science, philosophy, and a pov that is very alien to me.

  2. “The Stand”, also by Stephen King. Excellent audio book. I also love love Dean Koontz’s “Watchers”. Both will keep you walking/working out just to keep listening!

  3. I highly suggest It by Stephen King as read by Steven Weber. It is amazing. And though quite long, only costs 1 credit at audible.

    If you get sick of Stephen King, I suggest anything with Jim Dale as a narrator. He narrates the Harry Potter books. It was such a pleasure to re-read HP via the narration of Jim Dale.


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