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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
SPOILER ALERT; No. I was getting into the story, very well read by Lindsy Crouse and I find out a major part of the story line is about child molestation,.
I am not a prude...but as I noted above about the story line...I did not want to listen to that. I was enjoying the book and her captivity was making a good thriller. But...I didn't want to hear the rest. Maybe for some people this may not bother, but it bothered me. I really think Audible should rewrite the summary to let readers know of the sensitive subject matter in the book. I will be asking for my credit back.
This is by far one of the most messed up books I have ever read (actually, I listened to to it on audible). I literally gagged on several occasions, I screamed at one point, it gave me goosebumps, I had nightmares... It was wonderful! True horror. I'm not sure why this Stephen King book is so underrated - I'm guessing because no normal person would admit that they liked it. It's gruesome, terrifying, and realistic which what I love about it. I enjoy SK books that are believable and leave the supernatural stuff behind. As we all know, real life can be far more frightening than any make believe stories we can dream up.
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