When a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death, the nightmare has only just begun in this sinister twist on a bedtime story - a number-one national best seller and "one of Stephen King's best" (USA Today).
Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic getaway. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband's games, but when Gerald refuses to stop, the evening ends with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, Jessie is trapped and alone.
Over the next 28 hours, in the lakeside house that has become a prison, Jessie will come face to face with all the things she has ever feared. Her only company is a hungry stray dog and the various voices that fill her mind. As night comes, she is unsure whether it is her imagination or if she has another companion: someone watching her from the corner of her dark bedroom.
A master of his craft, Stephen King's novels haunt in many different ways. Gerald's Game "kept us up half the night, we couldn't put it down" (Newsweek).
©1992 Stephen King (P)1992 Penguin Highbridge Audio
Ms. Crouse does an incredible job of narrating. All of this book's intensity is communicated to we faithfully constant readers.
BRAVO, Mr King...
Lindsay Crouse understands what it takes to make Stephen King sound like pure poetry!. A gripping and engaging story that keeps you wanting more and this will always remain a favorite King book of mine.
Lindsay Crouse also does a beautiful job with Misery and that is similar.
Too many for just one, but the dog sticks out. And Jesse's inner monologue is always geat.
I wish I could have!
Just imagine. Your trapped. No way out. You have to relive your personal nightmares and the dark and shadows are coming after you. You have to face doing horrible things to get away. This is what horror is. Fear at its core.
More gory than I expected, which is ok.
Warning **(minor spoiler)*:
don't read if you are sensitive to the topic of childhood molestation. I wish they would indicate that in the summary
I loved this book when I read it in junior high and Dolores Claiborne.
It is read beautifully.
The only thing I didn't care for is the strange music mingled in the story.
When I say decent I mean that it was good, but there are much better Stephen King books. I found the story more disturbing than some of his others. I mean disturbing is more or less expected from him, but wow! The narrator was good. What stuck out to me was the music. I found it cheesy, terrible, and really unnecessary. Overall though, I'd recommend it if you like his other books.
I'm an Exterminator in NYC for the past 24 years. I've seen blood and guts galore. But I had to pull over, put my face in my hands and moan in distress.
The way the story is written and told is beyond amazing.
This is the highest quality of psychological horror.
Stephen King really pushed the limits and came out on top... Again and
Lindsay Crouse is now one of my favorite narrators.
The desperation and paranoia of the lead character. Her plight was extremely scary and frustrating.
Jesse. She was the centerpiece.
Not yet, but I will.
Trapped like a rat.
The stray dog was creepy, while Jesse's past was a precursor of her plight. Gerald was just a pig.
I am a usually a fan of Mr. King but this was a slow moving story with a couple of twists. I did not care much for the narrator and the constant musical interludes were annoying.
I bought it on a book club recommendation so maybe the print edition would be better.
Brilliant novel by King. I loved it. Exceptionally tense and hard to put down. I knocked this one out in under 2 days of listening off and on, with the last 8 hrs I did uninterrupted at work. Very scary and disturbingly graphic at points with alot of emotion as well. The end is my only quiff as I have had a few with Kings novels. **Spoilers*** I didn't like the actual materialization of the night visitor or "space cowboy". I thought he was in her he'd the entire time but Kings explanation that he was in fact there didn't make sense to me. I was thinking there was much more to him and her memories of her dad and the eclipse but there wasn't, I even thought at end that when she went into court to witness he was real that maybe it would end up her father. Also what about her dreams of a women chasing her into blackberries and the handful of cotton in woman's hand. I kept waiting for her to admit that her mother found out bout dad and her or that dad did more or that she herself came onto her father and it was all in her mind. idk I just thought there'd be more to it and the end where there was a strange ghoul in her home that did nothing to her was kinda uneventful even though after thinking bout it it was very creepy. The memory of the eclipse and dad turning into her way out of cuffs was rather brilliant though but the parts where she describes her dad's basic molestation of her was rather hard to listen to/read but very compelling. I have read about 12 or 13 King novels now and this one is right up there with the best I've read so far.
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