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
"[A]n exquisitely horrifying frightfest." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Cunningly orchestrated...Kept us up half the night." (Newsweek)
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Mr. King does it again...a little S and M and overall a story about resilience, a woman's strength and determination. This book is made up of our nightmares and doesn't disappoint. I loved that the reader must wait to see how things would turn out in a unique way. Enjoy this creepy book!
I had no clue as to what this book was about when I bought it, only that it was a friend's #1 choice for a SK book. After listening to it, I have no doubt as to why. This story is something of nightmares and it makes me wonder what Stephen King sees when he sleeps. Gerald's Game constantly twists and turns into new directions, never giving the listener a recovery period from what just happened. I'm not complaining, though. It was truly an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who likes a visceral reaction from their fiction.
On the downside, the narrator is not fit for this type of fiction, maybe not any type. She sounds like someone who would be great at documentaries or historical non-fiction. The tone of this book didn't lend itself to her rhythm, and based on the storyline, another narrator would have really seit it off. If you like a monotone/news anchor style, then Lindsay Crouse is for you. Otherwise, stay focused on the story. If another narrator picked up this book, I'd definitely listen to it again.
Another critique that I can't leave out is the production. The individual who decided it would be a great idea to randomly place cheezy 80's synthesizer sounds throughout the book WAY more often than necessary should not be allowed to oversee an audiobook production again......ever.
This story was okay but it was made better by the thought of how hard it must be for an author to essentially have one human character for the whole of the book and still be able to write an interesting story of this length.
If you read the book when it came out, you'd know why it was never made into a movie. It is the finest example of King's keen attention to detail. Great piece of work!
Nothing comparable comes to mind.
Good sense of timing and pace.
Gerald himself. I have worked for and then with this same man in my lifetime.
I read the reviews and was dubious about this title but I had had a previous friend rave about the book so I tried it anyway. I was disappointed.
People that read a lot of Stephen King start to notice recurring characters and how many of his stories interconnect with others. This book filled in the spaces from the eclipse in "Dolores Claiborne." The other book was "far" better written than this I'm afraid.
You really feel no compassion whatsoever for the main character despite the plight of her situation and the abuse of her past.
I feel like the concluding story was disconnected from the beginning and the middle really didn't fit either... this book must have been written during an imaginative dry spot for Stephen King. Read "Lisey's story" or "Dolores Claiborne" instead for similar but much more captivating characters and subject matter. This was just a waste of time and money.
Being relatively familiar with this authors work, it seemed a safe bet that this book would be at least a moderately interesting companion on a long car ride and daily commutes. I found the book to be exasperatingly sluggish, repetitious and an unrewarding waste of 15 hours. Replace the useless similes and repeated phrasing, apparently intended for emphasis, with a restraint and brevity and it would be somewhat tolerable. Duma Key is much more interesting in subject matter with more engaging characters and events.
What's with the weird Casio Tone interludes? It's so absurd. it's like a cat jumping on a keyboard. I guess I did enjoy them as comic relief but someone I don't think that was the intent. Dun dun DUN dun dun DUN.
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.
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.
No, the narrator was excellent.
The childhood sex abuse angle entirely
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.
maybe after a long time
it's going to be a while
average to good
about 2/3 of it
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.
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.
I have not read another book quite like this one.
The narrator did a fine job with the material.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content