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Dolores Claiborne

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  111,163 ratings  ·  2,283 reviews
Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in ...more
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Published December 1st 1993 by Signet Book (first published November 1992)
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Johann (jobis89)
"Sometimes you have to be a high riding bitch to survive, sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to."

Having been suspected of being involved in the death of her rich employer, Dolores Claiborne tells the story of her life to the police, from the disintegration of her marriage and suspicious death of her husband to the relationship she had with her employer, Vera Donovan.

Wow, this book is pretty unique - it's in the form of a monologue given by Dolores herself detailing the events
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king, thriller
عندما يدفعك القهر و اليأس للإبداع بل و التجويد
.. نقدم لك : جريمة القتل النموذجية التي تهندسها و لآ ترتكبها ..تؤازرك فيها الطبيعة⛅ و الضحية معا {ليس ضحية اصلا}ا
من عبقريات الإنتقام عبر الآداب العالمية بكل اللغات
"Husbands die every day Dolores. Why, one is probably dying right now while you're sitting here weeping....An accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend."

نعم صدقت يا كينج كعادتك ..☀الحوادث قد تكون افضل صديق للمرأة التعيسة! ..و اي امرأة انت يا ديلورس ؟و اي تعاسة هذه ؟
متى تخطر فكرة ال
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.
~Dolores Claiborne
Meet Dolores Claiborne -- island woman, mother of three, murderess and overall high-riding bitch. And I love her! She is strength and smarts and dignity personified and in my opinion, one of the most vivid and memorable literary creations ever to walk the pages of any book. I don't say that lightly. Yes I'm a fan, yes I'm gushing, but this is also a more tempered, critical evaluation after living with her existence th
"An accident ... is sometimes an unhappy woman's best friend."

Five stars for Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne! I've been slowly working my way through King's catalog, and I picked up Dolores because 1) I had liked the 1995 movie version starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh* and 2) the story features a total solar eclipse, which we just experienced last year.

However, I was unprepared for how marvelous the dialogue was, how sharp-witted the character of Dolores would be, and how thrillin
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016-shelf
Fascinating story and such a strong voice. Since this story is pretty much an obvious one, centered on what appears to be a solid who-done-it, it's just the devil in the details where we have to place all our attention.

Will this be a rubbernecking event? Or is an obviously guilty woman obviously and truly guilty with the crime she is being accused of?

Truly, the story is a lot more complex and interesting than any first glance, and more than anything, we're meant to get in deep within Dolores's s
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ebook, reviewed

I’m not an ardent fan od Stephen King but Dolores Claiborne felt pretty good to me. I’ve read only three his works earlier just to see what people see in him and have to say I liked him the most in his psychological version. Because despite the opinion of being horror writer he is quite good observer of life, not specially prophetic, revealing or something, just good. Also he seems to have an eye to render quite an atmosphere of time and place he describes. And to me picture of reality, even if
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Trudi
Shelves: i-said, top
I have been sitting in a room having a little break, from A Dance with Dragons, listening to Dolores tell me her story.

It’s a confession really.

About her husband and what happened during that eclipse. About her employer but; mostly, and most importantly, about herself: as a woman, and a wife, and a mother.

It is a very chilling tale, told by today’s master of the craft.

The bell resonates.

I fell into her voice and found myself in that small town, on that little island, off the coast of Maine with
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Bates. What an actress. (Forgive me as I talk a bit about the movies born from King’s novels.) So Kathy Bates starred as both Annie Wilkes and Dolores Claiborne in Misery and…what’s the name of the other film?... oh yeah, Dolores Claiborne. I’ve watched them both. Liked them both a lot. If you haven’t, maybe you should, if not for Stephen King’s stories, then for Bates acting and to see two flicks that turned out right. This is especially true if you thought that King only wrote straight h ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a little gem.  I did a mixture of reading and listening to the audiobook and the narrator was fantastic.  I think what makes it stand out is the unique format of the story, which was Dolores giving her testimony to the police after her employer died in her care.  I wasn’t sure I would like the structure of it being one long chapter but it was so compelling that it worked well. I was drawn in from the very beginning with this woman’s charming dialect and wit, and how she could possi ...more
Mia Nauca
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 estrellas
Un libro de Stephen King distinto, contado como un monologo, es en realidad una confesión a la policía sobre toda una vida caótica y atrapante.

Es una novela un poco densa al principio, pero cuando le agarras el ritmo creo que no lo soltarás hasta que lo termines, Dolores es uno de los mejores personajes que ha creado King y Vera una perfecta "compañera" para ella.

Enserio amigos ¡que tal libro ha sido este! De los que realmente te generan esa sensación de empatía y cariño

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to.”

One of King's greatest talents is in his writing of characters, making them come across as realistic paper-people with sympathetic emotions and believable motivations. Dolores Claiborne is a work of art - she's not the typical heroine that carries a novel with her beauty, intelligence, station in life, or luck of fate. Instead she's average with her life but takes herself up a notch, makes herself stand out by standing strong in the fa
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I haven’t read very many from Stephen King (well, okay, I’ve read nine but seven of those were Dark Tower books). This is the least supernatural, most realistic of his that I’ve read. Yeah, there’s a teeny smidge of the supernatural in this book (which really, wasn’t at all necessary, but maybe he just can’t help himself), but the majority of the material here comes from cold, stark reality. It’s still completely frightening and gruesome, but in a subtle and restrained way that I really love.

Edward Lorn
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I managed to reread Dolores Claiborne in under 24 hours. I was thirteen when I first read it, and even then it only took three days. With no chapter breaks and one of the best vernacular-heavy voices King's ever taken on, this book's engine very nearly purrs. Dolores Claiborne is, in my opinion, Stephen King's most well-delivered story. There's zero filler, and that's unheard of where King's concerned. The book is so succinct that the movie version actually had to add more content instead of cut ...more
Cody | codysbookshelf
Five stars for one of my very favorite Stephen King stories: the enthralling and legendary 1993 novel, Dolores Claiborne.

As old as this book is, and considering it was made into a big budget film starring Kathy Bates (my favorite King adaption, by the way), almost everyone knows the plot — so I won't rehash too much. But I will say this is the story of a woman — easily the strongest woman King has ever created, and simply one of the best damn female main characters I've ever come across in fict
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Όταν ποσταρε μια γνωστή μου οτι θελει να πουλησει την κόπια της στην σελίδα του Facebook με ανταλλαγές και πωλήσεις μεταχειρισμένων βιβλιων,ετρεξα να το προλαβω.Ηθελα πολυ καιρο να το διαβασω αλλα σκεφτομουν οτι εχω ηδη πολλα αδιαβαστα βιβλια του Κινγκ και το εβαζα παλι πισω στο ραφι του βιβλιοπωλειου.Δεν με απογοητεύσε,ισα-ισα και ολας που με έκανε να πιστέψω ακομα περισσότερο στην ικανότητα του Κινγκ να γραψει ενα καλο,contemporary βιβλιο με κεντρική ηρωιδα μια γυναικα.

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Another UNPUTDOWNABLE read by Stephen King. As Dolores Claiborne narrates her story of murder, abuse and revenge to authorities (without any chapter breaks), I stayed totally engrossed. You will despise her evil husband and love her entertaining dialogue with Vera as they become friends.

As I had recently read Gerald's Game, I thought the eerie connection of two unrelated women who experience terror(view spoiler) during the total eclipse added to the suspe

Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Frances Sternhagen – Excellent Narration.

Written as one chapter, this is the story of Dolores Claiborne who is suspected of murdering her wealthy employer.

Instead, during one long night, in a police interview, she confesses to murdering her husband 30 years ago.

The story goes back in time as she tells about the woman she worked for and is suspected of killing, about her marriage and her violent and abusive husband, and her life on Little Tall Island.

I’ve read the book on
The last time (and first time, I think) I read this book I probably wasn't even old enough to vote, and so, in the grand scheme of Stephen King books, I wasn't super impressed. There wasn't really any horror to speak of, there wasn't any monster, there wasn't any hero to hope defeats (or at least survives) the monster, etc. Except there's all of those things, I was just not able to see them. That's not to say that I disliked it... It was a good book and Dolores' character was well done and memor ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

«Πριν από είκοσι εννιά χρόνια, όταν ο Αρχηγός της Αστυνομίας Μπίσετ, από δω, πήγαινε πρώτη δημοτικού και φόραγε ακόμη κοντά παντελονάκια, σκότωσα τον άντρα μου…». Η Ντολόρες Κλέμπορν, 66 ετών σήμερα, πολλά χρόνια μετά το θάνατο του συζύγου της, ανακρίνεται για έναν ακόμη θάνατο. Αυτόν της Βέρας Ντόνοβαν, στη δούλεψη της οποίας υπηρέτησε ως οικονόμος για περισσότερα από σαράντα έτη.

Στη ‘Ντολόρες Κλέμπορν’ ο Stephen King δανείζεται τη φωνή της ηρωίδας του και μιλά στον αναγνώστη του σε πρώτο πρόσ
Saif Sayed
This novel was under the further reading section of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn which lured me to buy it. (I was new to Stephen King back then)

Dolores Claiborne is basically a confession of a woman named by the title, to the police after being accused of killing her employer Vera Donavan. Although she didn't kill Vera, she did confess the things she's been through past 30 years of being with her that was buried deep under herself all this time.

This novel is full of fast paced suspense with a
Raeleen Lemay
I feel like this book could have easily been a short story or novella, because it's pretty simple and there's not much to it. This book is Dolores telling the story of how she killed her husband, and how she didn't kill her employer who has mysteriously died. It felt way too drawn out, and I definitely think it could (and should) have been greatly condensed. For me, there wasn't enough story to keep this interesting from beginning to end.

If I hasn't listened to this on audiobook, I honestly don'
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reconozco que al principio me pareció un batiburrillo de cosas pero poco a poco me fue ganando. Esta novela se volvió frenética y Dolores consiguió conquistarme. Ya nunca jamás volveré a ver igual un eclipse. Muy recomendable!
Melissa Chung
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 52-in-2018
You know what is impressive? How Stephen King can write a story, really drag you into it and make you feel for his characters and do it over and over again in a new way. For those of you who still insist on not reading Stephen King because he writes scary horrific stories. Let me tell you, only sometimes that is the case. He writes about people in different situations with different circumstances that they have to deal with. This is a 5 star read because it was masterfully done.

In my experience,
Book Concierge
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Book Concierge by: Clara Zukrow
5***** and a ❤

The entire novel is told by Dolores Claiborne in her sworn statement to the investigating police. Her employer of 40 years has died in a tragic accident … or did Dolores kill her? Dolores doesn’t pull any punches, she tells us on page two that she did not kill Vera Donovan (though Vera deserved killing, more than once … she was a high-riding bitch). No, Dolores did nothing to hasten old Mrs Donovan’s ending … but she did kill her husband, Joe St George, twenty-nine years ago.

Senf Dazu
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. Eines vorweg: Wer ein Problem mit "derber" Umgangssprache hat, sollte lieber zu einem anderen King Buch greifen.
Dolores nimmt jedenfalls kein Blatt vor den Mund und redet so, dass es jeder auf der Insel versteht.
schließlich legt sie gerade vor versammelter Polizeibelegschaft eine Zeugenaussage ab.
Das Buch ist die abgetippte Version eben dieses Geständnisses.
Und das bedeutet: keine Kapitel. Keine Absätze.
Es ist ein Fluss.
Eine eindrucksvolle Geschichte. unbequem aber toll von King erzählt.
Thomas Strömquist
"There are some times in a person's life that don't have no real minutes in em, so you can't count em up"

When questioned by the police about the death of her employer, Dolores Claiborne answers in a way that no-one would have imagined. Two officers and one stenographer then listens as she tells her story - and what an amazing story it is! No chapters and almost exclusively one long monologue, heavily accented and often uncouth, I enjoyed this very much! The thrilling and mystifying tie-ins to th
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Šimtas metų kaip King'o neskaičiau! O kaip pasiilgau! Bibliotekos lentynoje jo knygų tiek daug, kad išsirinkti tikrai sunku, tad paėmiau atsitiktinę, lengvai praverčiau ir kai ką pamačiau - pavadinimą "Rita Heivort ir pabėgimas iš Šoušenko". Jūs visi tikriausiai esat matę šį garsų filmą. O aš ne. Ir visai neseniai vyras dar pasišaipė, jog aš nemačius jo mėgstamiausio filmo. Na, palauk, galvoju - tuoj aš apsakymą perskaitysiu ir pasikalbėsim. Bet iki apsakymo manęs dar laukė romanas "Doloresa Kle ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-loved
Oh my. I loved this book. I wasn't expecting this at all. As a matter of fact, I was put off by the constant abuse of language, but I stayed with it because Dolores reminded me of someone dear to me long ago.

I was reeled in by Dolores and her confession. This book had me laughing out loud and I also felt for Dolores. She was peeled like an onion as the story progressed. That is something Stephen King does wonderfully well with his characters. I loved the little tidbits of info doled out in his
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Middle of the pack King book, for me.

"There is no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids." If the book were to be distilled down into one sentence, this would do it justice.

I can appreciate that King was doing something different and unique here with the narration. He was definitely taking himself out of his own comfort zone. And in King fashion, he pulled it off (surprise surprise). I think this narrative style could have been a complete disaster if it wasn't a pro doing the work
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the greatest character that King has written yet.
Janie Johnson
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
This was the first book I chose to read for the Spookfest Read-A-Thon and one of the few I have not read of Stephen King's works. Let me first say that this is not a horror book as I first thought it would be coming from Stephen King. It is, in a way, a mix of historical fiction and mystery. I loved that and I have to say that it was very engaging, very fluid and easy to read. King tells a very powerful tale with this book.

In this book we have a woman named Delores Claiborne, whose husband died
Questo è il mio primo King e nonostante sembra non sia tra i suoi lavori migliori, almeno a detta di molti fans, devo dire che mi è piaciuto molto. Mi ha davvero tenuta incollata, mi sembrava quasi di essere seduta lì tra loro. Per fortuna l'horror o il sovrannaturale che mi aspettavo, non l'ho trovato, ne avevo un po' timore. Un argomento purtroppo molto attuale quello dell'alcolismo, gli abusi di minori, la violenza sulle donne e i gesti estremi che ne possono derivare. Bello! Consiglio di leg ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman's got to hold on to. ~ Dolores Claiborne

This book is related to Gerald's Game, even though it is only for a short supernatural moment during the Solar Eclipse.

Dolores Claiborne is a fascinating character and the main reason why I enjoyed this book so much. She is poor, uneducated and crude but also witty and ready to do anything for her child.

Probably one of King's most underrated books, Dolores Claiborne is a true gem about human's nature and mother's
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich hätte niemals gedacht, dass mir dieses Buch so unter die Haut gehen würde.. ich konnte es kaum aus der Hand legen. Die Geschichte ist wahnsinnig fesselnd und die Protagonistin eine unfassbare Frau. Meine ausführliche Rezension folgt auf dem Blog.
Davor Petričević

Prošlo je više od godinu dana kada sam se zadnji puta družio s imaginacijom velikog gospodina Kinga, tako da je bilo vrijeme da ponovno zavirim u njegov uvrnuti mozak. Kao i uvijek, nisam se prevario jer sam dobio jednu vrlo dobru priču o disfunkcionalnoj obitelji, koja nema fantastičnih elemenata pa time spada u, kako ja to volim reći, obična Kingova djela.

Radnja započinje kada se glavna protagonistica Dolores sprema ispričati svoju pri
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
According to a book of Stephen King criticism that I recently didn't finish reading because it was by and large total nonsense, some of Mr. King's squillion readers complained in the late 80s when people got concerned about these things that he didn't really DO women characters -- anodyne props, madonna/whore, blah blah blah. Being Stephen King, he apparently responded by saying "Then I shall write Dolores Claiborne and Gerald's Game." While I don't think that child molestation and abusive husba ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I somehow skipped this one when I was growing up. That was a mistake. I didn't see the movie yet either but I'll remedy that this weekend. This is a little shorter than the average King novel but I still loved it. If you like Stephen King at all you'll probably like this. Recommended.
Diego Sanchez
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No soy un lector enteramente dedicado a King, pero al ser mi género favorito, siempre caigo en sus lecturas. De Dolores Claiborne no había investigado mucho, pero en cuanto supe bien de qué iba, no pude dejarlo de lado.

Trama/Desarrollo: La historia nos narra el testimonio de una mujer, que lleva por nombre el título del libro, la cual es llamada a contar su versión de la muerte de Vera Donovan, la mujer para la que trabajó durante años (bastantes a decir verdad). Sin embargo, no es solo ese hech
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was a little different from other works that I've read by Stephen King. Kind of a trumped up monologue, it's more of a "why-done-it" suspense/psychological thriller than a spine-tingling horror.

Ultimately it's a story that explores the complexity of human relationships, motivation, and disappointment using well-drawn, layered, and interesting characters that border on caricatures--in other words, the kind of book I love.

The dialect/dialogue is also quite impressive, even if occasionally a l
Ashley Daviau
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading this book and I’ve never seen the movie either so it was totally new territory for me. And I’m glad I went into it blind because if allowed me to be completely blown away!

This is definitely very different and unique compared to King’s other work. It’s not a horror novel really but it does deal with some very dark topics and that’s almost scarier than any horror novel.

My favourite part about this book was that I didn’t feel like I was reading a Stephen King book, I
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Not much of the supernatural so a little different from some other King books. Dolores Claiborne reminds me of Maude Findlay.
Franco  Santos
Muchas veces ser una cabrona es lo único a lo que una mujer desesperada puede aferrarse.

Es un libro diferente de King. Es un drama muy desgarrador. Es increíble la capacidad de este autor para tocar las cuerdas más ocultas de nuestros corazones.

Me encariñé muchísimo con Dolores Claiborne. Y obviamente Vera Donovan... Es uno de los mejores personajes jamás creados por King, en mi opinión.

En algunas partes se me hizo bastante pesado, sin embargo esta novela me tocó el alma.

Tiene un final muy f
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I read a Stephen King book, and I picked this one up thinking that I'd actually already read it.
If I have read it before I can't remember but I loved this book this time around.
This whole book is Dolores Claiborne telling the reader her story, and of course, this being Stephen King, it works brilliantly. I was shocked in parts, surprised in others, and very satisfied with the whole thing by the end.
An excellent story, from the best story-teller I've ever read.
Brian Hodges
This is the Stephen King book that I recommend to anyone who says they don't like horror books. Simply put, this is the story of a woman who kills her husband... I'm not giving anything away, you know this from the first few pages. This is as good as any suspense novel you'll find, but with real, true character development that makes you care about the protagonist, sympathize with her decision and feel genuinely sick to your stomach as she prepares to do the evil deed.

I tore through this one in
Raffaele Tisiotto
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a "strange" book made by the King.
It is a monologue, without any chapter.. (so it is better to read it all "in one breath").
The novel is focused on the life of Dolores Claiborne, so strange and strong woman that tells his story in front of the policemen of her city (indeed she is accused of killing Vera Donovan, the woman she worked for).
With the scrolling of the pages, i start to love Dolores more and more. Retracing her life made me so sad, some of the thematics that she explain are s
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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