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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon | [Stephen King]

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Anne Heche reads The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland who gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Boston Red Sox closing pitcher Tom Gordon becomes Trisha's imaginary companion - and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.
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Publisher's Summary

Somewhere in New England, nine-year-old Trisha gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Her only comforts are the radio broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games featuring her favorite player, closing pitcher Tom Gordon. Lonely, frightened, starving, and cold, Gordon becomes Trisha's imaginary companion - and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.




The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is read by celebrated actress Anne Heche, star of numerous major motion pictures including Return to Paradise and Wag the Dog.

©1999 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Kim Oro Valley, AZ, USA 01-24-05
    Kim Oro Valley, AZ, USA 01-24-05
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    "Terrific storytelling"

    This story is incredibly impressive in that more than 90 percent focuses on a lost little girl in the New England woods - yet there is constant dialogue and suspense. The story is a pared-down, simple psychological study of what happens when we are lost and no one can save us, except ourselves.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger arcadia, CA, United States 05-18-04
    Roger arcadia, CA, United States 05-18-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Kept our attention"

    Our family (kids age 9 & 14) listened to this book on a road trip and loved it. The language can be a little rough for young kids, but a great story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Sarasota, FL 12-16-11
    Jeffrey Sarasota, FL 12-16-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Outstanding combination of story and narrator."

    I don't understand some of the reviews for this title. The story is one of King's most engaging, and Anne Heche's narration perfectly captures the developing character of the nine year old protagonist. Audio book aficionados are aware that occasionally there will come along a combination of book and reader where the total is greater than the sum of the parts; where there is a marked synergy between the particular reader and their unique style and the subject matter of the book. While rare, this effect is precious to those true lovers of audio reading. When I come across such a beastie, I find that, like a good symphony or a great restaurant, you find yourself coming back again and again to savor the experience. Charlton Heston reading Hemingway; Frank Muller and works by King, or Anne Rice or 1984; Jerry Farden and Sweet Thursday, Sally Darling and To Kill a Mockingbird; Jim Dale and the Potter series; they have one coming back and back and back; re-listening and savoring again the exquisite combination of effects. This book does this for me; albeit, perhaps not as much as some listed above, but far beyond the normal run of the mill bland narrations one often finds. So, to the discriminating audio book reader; I highly recommend this work. If you are not captured on the first listen (I was), you may try a second.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Western USA 10-02-09
    Amazon Customer Western USA 10-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Character-driven Literature. Truly excellent."

    Stephen King has perhaps created here one of his strongest single characters. I believed every word that she said. And I'm no pushover. How a man of a certain age could create a young girl so memorable and true--I still think about her, and smile, when I see my daughter with many of the same strengths--makes me once again proud that my favorite "Pfft. Horror auther." crafts literature as beautiful, intense, and noble as the human, distinctly American, hearts he somehow knows so well. Stephen, you make a difference. Thanks. Recommended for mature youths to anyone who remembers being one. Read it aloud. [Anne Heche, however, does do well enough, and makes it so you don't have to read it aloud yourself while driving.]

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Stafford, VA, USA 04-13-04
    Stephen Stafford, VA, USA 04-13-04
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    "For those favoring SK's less-fantastical Stories"

    I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone that questions Stephen King's abilities as a writer or to tell a good story without fantasy props.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oakland, MI, United States 11-01-12
    Deborah Oakland, MI, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Narration"

    I don't think the narration could have been any better. I was very impressed with the job Ann Heche did. I was caught up in the story and holding out hope that she would make it out. As always, Mr. King draws it out as long as possible, but by the end you have a very clear picture of his intent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Westman Maine 11-05-13
    B. Westman Maine 11-05-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Musical Interludes - All Wrong"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love this story."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shayla Portland, OR, United States 02-12-13
    Shayla Portland, OR, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Disjointed story"
    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    The main character did and said things that I don't feel are realistic for a 9 1/2 year old to do/say.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A less shrill narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Chino, CA, United States 04-27-12
    Kathryn Chino, CA, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Took Me Forever To Get Through This AudioBook"
    What disappointed you about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?

    Story was bland and uninteresting, but the worst part was the narration! It grinded on my nerves to the point that I could only listen in short spurts. Very unrewarding experience!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes, loved 11-22-63


    What didn’t you like about Anne Heche’s performance?

    her voice and inflections.


    What character would you cut from The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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