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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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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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    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-15-14
    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-15-14 Member Since 2013

    “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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    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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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-30-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "enjoyable book but not king's best."
    Would you listen to Gerald's Game again? Why?

    probably. i read the print version years ago. it is entertaining.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    it is let's say a b- if you were going to grade it. thinner is his top book.


    Have you listened to any of Lindsay Crouse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i don't think so.


    If you could rename Gerald's Game, what would you call it?

    hard question. i think the book name is good as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    the dog in the story was stupid. i did not like that part. grossness when necessary is one thing but to find a way to purposely add grotesqueness to a story is weak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Lopes CASTRO VALLEY, CA, US 10-01-10
    Donald Lopes CASTRO VALLEY, CA, US 10-01-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Was This Really Written by Stephen King"

    Words fail to capture the atrocity of this so called Book. I have read all of King's books and this one would need a new category for its placement.

    4 of 9 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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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