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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Anne Heche

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 1999

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.

The brochure promised a 'moderate-to-difficult' six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.

Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number 36, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.

A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explores our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit.

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  • Brian e

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Completely different from King's normal style of writing. Surprisingly big spiritual parallels driving through the book. One is pressed to wonder if the heroines experience is psychological or supernatural. Anne Heche does a great job on the narration. Skeptical of her at first but very well done. One of my favorite King reads so far.

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  • ashley mendoza

    One of my favorite books ever! I originally read it when it came out in 1999, I was 12 years old, but I stopped reading with a few chapters left. I have re-read it many time since then and still never finished it, I was scared for what would happen to Trisha at the end. This Audio version was actually extremely good and painted the picture of the story just as my own inner voice had. This is a GREAT book for young readers especially ones that would like to read Stephen King but aren't old enough for most of his work. I adore the fact that there isn't actual "pretend horror" for the most part, this story is about something else. Its about something that is inside all of us, a need to survive. Because it is from the view of a 9 year old girl dealing with a bickering family that has been separated and than is about her survival in the woods, it can be hard to get into at first. But if you take the time, this book can take you on a hard journey you will be hoping to survive, with a strong willed little girl you will never forget.

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  • Sheila Martinez

    I didn't even finish listening to the first disc. I could not get into this at all!!!

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this story although I agree the the other review, it is not scary. You feel for the main charcter and root for her the whole time but I would have liked a little more imagination in terms of what the girl sees (or thinks she sees) in the forrest.

  • Dan Pressley

    I liked the story. It flowed well but tended to drag on. I felt the main character was well-developed and I was happy with the ending. But, I was expecting more horror as only Stephen King can give and this one lacked any real horror at all. It had some suspense but was mostly about survival. Not much really happened in this story except for the main character coming to grips with who she was and using her wits to find her way home over a 7 day period. Not bad but not my favorite King book.