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.
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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
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.
I don't normaly buy this type of story but boy was I happy that I did. I could almost smell the trees and swamp. This little girl would be a hero in my book to have gotten so far and at such a young age.
As with most of Stephen King's work, this book is well written and researched and it really brings you into the character's circumstances. That being said, it's also tedious, and after about 3 long hours you just don't care much anymore. If it had been any longer than 6 hours I would have just dropped it, but I did hang in to the end. All I can say is ...Meh!
And Buffalo George
This book was very suspenseful and thought provoking. The story is a psychological study of saving yourself under cruel conditions. King creates a 9 year old character who is likable, charmingly, and totally believable.. The baseball metaphor and Anne Heche's truly brilliant performance further enhance the narrative. However; there is an unexpected, ill-fitting musical interlude at the end of each "inning". Good job SK.
Freezing in Idaho
Loved it! If I have a second childhood, I want to have the strength of Patricia McFarland. Thank you Mr. King for bringing this hero to life.
The voice of the narrator was tinny and came across as robotic. Also there were 15-30 sec musical interruption between every chapter. At first I thought it was just a fluke in the recording. Unfortunately it was not. Just as I was starting to become immersed in the story the chapter would end and the harsh tones would pull me completely out of the story. Towards the end of the story there is a 20 sec delay between chapters which left me feeling as if the recording had abruptly ended without finishing the story. Not at all satisfied with the sound editing. This could have been much more enjoyable.
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