I've read this story long before I listened to it here on audible. Stephen King really takes you on the journey with her. She's very real and sympathetically engaging. Anne Heche's performance was worthy of the book.
Nature is the enemy.
I was reluctant to read this because I feared it might be similar to The Blair Witch Project - being stalked by a supernatural creature, being afraid, and being a victim for most of the story. I was wrong. It’s not like that at all. I’m so pleased. I enjoyed it. I loved Trisha’s attitude. I was intrigued and charmed. She is alone and lost in the woods. But what is interesting are her thoughts and actions. It’s like she has been assigned undesirable and boring chores, but she trudges along, does the job, and hopes to be done soon. She finds a number of things icky and gross. She talks to herself and thinks about her favorite baseball player. At times her personal voice of doubt comes in telling her how bad things are. Then she makes those thoughts go away.
I usually don’t like heroine stupidity. In this book Trisha does some very stupid things, but that’s ok because she is a nine-year-old girl. She doesn’t have adult judgment. It fits her character. It is reasonable that she doesn’t know about hugging trees. Instead, she looks for a stream of water that she believes will lead her to the ocean like in the Amazon jungle. But that doesn’t work here. So her lack of knowledge gets her into trouble.
The dangers to Trisha are lack of food, water, shelter, and warmth. She suffers insect bites. At times she senses she is being watched or followed. She may be the prey of an animal. I was surprised and delighted with her actions during a major conflict. And I was pleased with the happy ending for Trisha. I had tears of relief.
This reminded me of “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen, about a thirteen year old boy surviving alone in the wilderness. That story was written by a wilderness survival guy and I was wowed by things happening in the wild. King’s book has survival elements but is more about the girl’s thoughts and attitude. Both books are good for young adults, as long as one is ok with occasional strong language in King’s book.
The narrator Anne Heche was excellent.
Genre: young adult adventure fiction
As with most of Stephen King's work, this book is well written and researched and it really brings you into the character's circumstances. That being said, it's also tedious, and after about 3 long hours you just don't care much anymore. If it had been any longer than 6 hours I would have just dropped it, but I did hang in to the end. All I can say is ...Meh!
And Buffalo George
This book was very suspenseful and thought provoking. The story is a psychological study of saving yourself under cruel conditions. King creates a 9 year old character who is likable, charmingly, and totally believable.. The baseball metaphor and Anne Heche's truly brilliant performance further enhance the narrative. However; there is an unexpected, ill-fitting musical interlude at the end of each "inning". Good job SK.
Freezing in Idaho
Loved it! If I have a second childhood, I want to have the strength of Patricia McFarland. Thank you Mr. King for bringing this hero to life.
The voice of the narrator was tinny and came across as robotic. Also there were 15-30 sec musical interruption between every chapter. At first I thought it was just a fluke in the recording. Unfortunately it was not. Just as I was starting to become immersed in the story the chapter would end and the harsh tones would pull me completely out of the story. Towards the end of the story there is a 20 sec delay between chapters which left me feeling as if the recording had abruptly ended without finishing the story. Not at all satisfied with the sound editing. This could have been much more enjoyable.
I've read everything by SK. This was the last hold out. Let me just say that I might have liked it more had I read it rather than listened to the audible version. I was so distracted by the nauseating performance by Anne Heche, that I could hardly focus on the story. That and the muffled sound production...maybe that was actually a blessing. Read this. Don't do the audible version.
This book was very well done and the performance was very good. There were a few dull moments but then again Stephan King made the dullest of moments still interesting. A very good read and well worth the time.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
I love Stephen King. This little story about a girl lost in the woods is right up there with all the rest of his excellent work.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
I enjoyed this story and Kings impression of a 9 year old girls view of the world. I laughed every time King used her friend Pepsi to speak for her in his voice.