While this book had all the fascination and description one expects from Stephen King, the production had a flaw that really detracted from the story for me. Rather than chapters, this book is broken into "Innings" (fits the story line). However; there is an unexpected, unappreciated, and ill-fitting small musical interlude at the end of each "inning". It totally breaks the flow of the narrative and frankly, I just found it irritating.
As for the story itself, it is a very well written tale, told by a 9-year old little girl lost in the woods. Her constant ongoing internal dialog with friends, family, herself, and her beloved Tom Gordon (former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox) make up the crux of the tale. The narrator, Anne Heche, does a great job of capturing the inflection and occasional mispronunciation of a smart, but relatively average 9-year old.
The story is a great one. I've read it in paper, and now I own the audio book too. It's not a long story, but a very lonely, scary one. It's worth a read, despite the poor musical interruptions.
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
The story was a little odd for King, but enjoyable. I liked the DT references with Shardik.
The performance was bad, I like Anne Heche just fine, but this started very poorly. She warmed up to the roll in time, but some of the reading was confusing and didn't capture the story well.
The worst part is the audio quality, I downloaded this as big quality but it is just a recording of a tape and you can tell. The levels are off, there are various gaps and pauses, and it is very quiet.
The story was nice, but it needs a new performance and a clean recording.
Yes - it's very exciting
The experience of being lost in the woods
Tricia McFarland - also the radio announcers (sounded realistic)
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A story of a young girl lost in the woods who falls into delirium. An adventure of survival that has a explosive ending with a bit of Stephen Kings softer side thrown in.
This book is great one of Kings best. But this audio book quality is terrible. Bad buzz and lots of background noises like cars and other people talking or maybe a tv in the background. Someone needs to redo this audio.
This is the second time I've listened to the audio version of this book. The first time I was up for the entire night. I could not sleep knowing that Trish was lost. The second time I found the ending moved me to tears. I think between the first and second times which cover a period of about ten years I have been lost in the woods a few times myself allegorically speaking. So I know how it feels. I also know that anything can happen at any time. One moment you are waking up to another uneventful work day. The next moment you are watching a news cast of an airplane flying into a tall building and your life forever changes. The Wasp King is still alive and well. Watch out for that one.
There is no Doubt that Stephen King is a brilliant writer. But this did not do it for me. It was to prosaic for my taste. And that is certainly just my opinion. The writing is excellent I can't criticize anything specific about it. It just didn't do it for me.