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Gerald's Game | [Stephen King]

Gerald's Game

On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.
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Publisher's Summary

On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed. Gerald Burlingame, her husband of 17 years, looms over her, grin on his face, gleam in his eye, lust in his heart. This is Gerald's favorite game - a little kinky, perhaps, but all in good fun.

And then, quite suddenly, the fun is over. Gerald's heart fails him in the heat of passion, leaving Jessie hideously trapped and dreadfully alone. As darkness gathers in the room that is now Jessie's whole world, she must face not only the terror of never escaping, but the most excruciating truths about her life: the murky secrets that brought her here in the first place.

©1992 Stephen King; (P)1992 Penguin HighBridge Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A]n exquisitely horrifying frightfest." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Cunningly orchestrated...Kept us up half the night." (Newsweek)

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    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 02-19-13
    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A must for King READERS"
    If you could sum up Gerald's Game in three words, what would they be?

    If you read the book when it came out, you'd know why it was never made into a movie. It is the finest example of King's keen attention to detail. Great piece of work!


    What other book might you compare Gerald's Game to and why?

    Nothing comparable comes to mind.


    What does Lindsay Crouse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good sense of timing and pace.


    If you could take any character from Gerald's Game out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gerald himself. I have worked for and then with this same man in my lifetime.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    V. King Troy, PA 07-25-15
    V. King Troy, PA 07-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "very good as usual!"

    this was an awesome read, twisted, had a confusing ending as usual, love Stephen King''s books!

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    Cassie Lawrence 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very frustrating but very good at the same time."

    King did a very awesome job, delivering a fictional story, with alot of respect to people who may have suffered some of the issue's that were touched on in this book. I was frustrated at times with Jessie and her response to certain situations, but he knew what he was doing all along. He ended this story very well and with a lot of thought and creativity. Stephen King never fails to keep me coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 04-01-15
    Anita 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little light on the classic SK."

    Not as scary as when I had started reading it almost 22 years ago. How sad that I have become so desensitized. I really could have done without the musical interludes. Overall a nice ride into the abyss of a terrorized mind.

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    LB 03-22-15
    LB 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Memories of A Schizophrenic (Spoilers)"
    What would have made Gerald's Game better?

    Less imaginary voices, less flashbacks (or make them consistent), and removing what is essentially a pointless part but takes up the first third of the novel.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Remove the child sex abuse, less inner monologue/dialogue with schizo personalities. I get it was character development but by the time the 2nd hour was up I thought I would gladly attack the Ruth personality. The use of "Toots" was very overdone.


    Which character – as performed by Lindsay Crouse – was your favorite?

    Honestly, Prince the stray dog.


    What character would you cut from Gerald's Game?

    The schizo voices. Without them the novel would have been far more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a novel with a misleading description that avoids the most vile father-daughter relationship I ever listened to. The narrator and the elongated man are the only good things about this novel. I say if you have yet to work through some of King's other novels than avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malissa 02-08-15
    Malissa 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dragged on"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Lindsay Crouse?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I love Stephen King and have read many of his books, but this one did not hold my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-15-14
    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-15-14 Member Since 2015

    “Never To Suffer Would Never To Have Been Blessed" - Edgar Allan Poe

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    "Yet Another Stephen King Masterpiece!"

    Initially, I was somewhat disturbed by the frequent audio chimes and comparable soundtrack additions; however, I later learned they occurred at times it which it was necessary to process certain details prior to moving forward in the novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annabel Beverley Hills, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Annabel Beverley Hills, CA, United States 05-29-13
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting a tense atmospheric thriller / horror. It actually reads like a post childhood abuse trauma stream of consciousness drama. What can anyone get out of that? Childhood abuse is disturbing, sure, but it's not the kind of disturbing I was after. Using this kind of trauma as some kind of catalyst for the narrative is weak and lazy.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Why rely on an abuse narrative which reads like an excuse to write what would otherwise be completely unacceptable? I don't find the child sexual abuse scenes interesting or enlightening in any way. And using sexual abuse as some kind of vehicle for drama takes this book out of entertainment and into seedy. Also, there is so much scope to turn the story (without the abuse hysterics) genuinely frightening.

    I would have liked to see her kill Gerald by accident, during sex.
    I would have like to see the wild dog take Gerald's meat outside to the chainsaw man
    Then the chainsaw man could have found and held her captive
    That kind of scenario would have been so much more compelling and frightening as she worked to kill / get away from her captor.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lindsay Crouse?

    No, the narrator was excellent.


    What character would you cut from Gerald's Game?

    The childhood sex abuse angle entirely


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this book, was sick of listening to the abuse story line. Wanted suspense and horror in the cabin - not repressed childhood trauma drama.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Devin Redlands, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Devin Redlands, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2001
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    "wallowing in child sexual abuse"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Lindsay Crouse?

    maybe after a long time


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    it's going to be a while


    What about Lindsay Crouse’s performance did you like?

    average to good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gerald's Game?

    about 2/3 of it


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for long discussions of a Dad abusing his little girl. Not scary in the least, just disgusting. I fast forwarded most of the second half of the book hoping for Stephen King chills, but only found shudders. One of the only audible books I've ever returned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Santie Sol Waukegan, IL USA 02-09-13
    Santie Sol Waukegan, IL USA 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my fav..."
    Would you listen to Gerald's Game again? Why?

    I would not listen to this book again. I love Stephen King. In my eyes he can do no wrong. Though well written, this story didn't wrap me up and wisk me away like most of his novels and the ending really left me hanging.


    What other book might you compare Gerald's Game to and why?

    I have not read another book quite like this one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job with the material.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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