1987 Stephen King – Misery Audiobook read by Lindsay Crouse
One of King’s most popular and effective books, it centers on Paul Sheldon, a prolific novelist best known for his Victorian-era romance novels starring the character Misery Chastain. She takes him to her home, seemingly to deal with his injuries, but after she finds out that he killed off the personality of Misery in his latest book, she turns abusive and keeps him captive to force him to write a brand new book changing the character’s end — regardless of what it requires. Misery explores themes of obsession and unhealthy identification with fictional characters, while also serving as a musing on the writing process. King has talked about the way Sheldon’s struggles with writer’s block and his desire to branch out past his most famous characters and genre have been based on feelings he experienced. Misery was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988, and was adapted into a Hollywood film starring James Caan and Kathy Bates (who won the Academy Award for her performance as Annie Wilkes). Stephen King – Misery Audiobook. It’s been staged as a critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated Broadway play with.
Since Misery begins, Paul Sheldon, the author of the wildly popular Misery Chastain novels, has just completed the manuscript of his new crime novel, Fast Cars. He checks from the Hotel Boulderado at Colorado, where he’s completed the initial draft of all his novels since 1974, and makes an alcohol-influenced decision to drive to Los Angeles instead of fly back to New York. However, a snowstorm strikes the way, and he drives off a cliff and crashes into a snowbank. He’s rescued from the wreck by Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who resides in Sidewinder, Colorado. As opposed to take him into the hospital to get therapy due to his shattered legs, then she places him in her guest bedroom, sets his thighs in crude makeshift splints, and provides him tablets from her illegal stash of painkillers. Stephen King – Misery Audiobook Free. Initially, she proclaims to be his greatest fan, but when she reads the manuscript for Fast Cars, she becomes mad at its violence and profanity. She begins acting cruelly towards him spilling hot soup, withholding his medication. Paul begins to realize that Annie is dangerously angry.
The final installment from the Misery series, Misery’s Child, has just hit on the shelf, and when Annie finds out that Misery Chastain dies at the end (so Paul can reestablish himself as a mainstream writer), she flies into a rage. She leaves Paul alone at the house for 2 days without food, water, or even painkillers. Paul goes through intense withdrawals. When Annie returns, she compels Paul to burn the manuscript for Fast Cars and presents him with a typewriter she expects him to use to compose a new Misery novel that can reestablish the character. Paul plays together, realizing Annie is capable of killing him. He tries to escape when she is out, but her telephone doesn’t work and he’s nearly captured. Misery Audiobook by Stephen King. While snooping around her house, he discovers evidence that she could be a serial killer, maybe killing her loved ones and multiple patients out of her time as a nurse. He steals a knife, intending to kill her.
Annie, whose mood swings are getting worse, shows she knows Paul has been slipping out of his room and punishes him by cutting off his foot with an axe. A police officer almost rescues Paul at a stage when Paul alarms him but Annie ambushes the officer and kills him, then moves Paul down to the basement. Paul eventually finishes composing Misery’s Return and requires Annie to read it. He is aware she plans to kill them both once she’s read it, since the authorities are closing in on the killer of their dead officer. He convinces her to let him have a single cigarette to observe – and utilizes the game to seemingly light the manuscript on flame. While she tries to put out the flames – which are spreading to her clothes, he slams the typewriter down. Stephen King Misery Audiobook Download. The two engage in a brutal fight, together with Annie suffering a series of brutal injuries but getting up every moment. Finally, she grabs Paul, starting to strangle him but collapses out of her injuries. Paul crawls his way to the bathroom and swallows painkillers, collapsing.
Eventually, Paul slowly crawls his way out as two policemen approach the house. He catches their attention, and he is scared when they say they didn’t find anything inside. He passes out yelling, but eventually comes to and finds out that Annie had made her way into the barn to find a chainsaw but died from her injuries along the way. However, he continues to fight with migraines, writer’s block, and withdrawal out of migraines. This leads him to become an alcoholic. It’s only when he randomly experiences a boy with a pet skunk that he feels inspired to write again for the first time, weeping over his typewriter. Stephen King – Misery Audiobook.
Stephen King is an American writer of horror and supernatural fiction, and one of the most prolific and successful American authors of all time. In addition to fifty-four full-length books (including seven under his pen name Richard Bachman), he’s written six nonfiction books, and almost 200 short stories, most of which are collected in anthologies. He’s obtained Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy awards, and also British Fantasy Society Awards, in Addition to the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and a National Medal of Arts in the United States National Endowment for the Arts. Dozens of films and TV shows are adapted from his works, including the Oscar-nominated The Shawshank Redemption, widely considered one of the best films ever made. Stephen King Misery Audiobook Free.
Paul is able to leave the space and can be found by two cops who’d shown up at Annie’s with powerful proof that Paul was there. They take him to a hospital after gawking briefly at his slightly emaciated body and nearly-hysterical state of mind. He warns them that Annie remains from the bedroom and quite dangerous; however if they inspect the room, she has gone. She’s discovered a brief time later in her barn, dead and gripping her chainsaw.
We find out later that Paul’s burning of the heap of newspaper was a ruse: he’d concealed the true manuscript under the bed where he managed to retrieve it later. Misery Audiobook Download. He returns to New York sporting a prosthetic foot. Sheldon has launched Misery’s Return, and it’s a hit. His representative wants him to compose a non-fiction book on his adventures, but Sheldon fails, because he is clearly suffering psychological trauma from his adventures, and frequently suffers nightmares and hallucinations of Annie coming for him to get revenge. He believes that if he attempts to write a true account, it might wind up more fiction than fact. Paul drinks greatly to deal with his PTSD. 1 evening, while returning from a short shopping trip, he has an odd experience with a child, a skunk, and a shopping cart, and begins furiously to write about it, having rediscovered his muse and begun to recover. Stephen King – Misery Audiobook.