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Gwendy's Button Box Audiobook

Gwendy's Button Box: Includes Bonus Story "The Music Room"

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Publisher's Summary

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine, has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zigzag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat....

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, best-selling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

INCLUDES A CONVERSATION BETWEEN STEPHEN KING & RICHARD CHIZMAR!

©2017 Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. All rights reserved. "The Music Room" copyright 2016 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Bree Salyer Ocala, FL 05-17-17
    Bree Salyer Ocala, FL 05-17-17 Member Since 2016

    Looking for the next best horror, ghost, paranormal, apocalyptic book out there. Especially if it has a full cast.

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    I can't pinpoint the specific reason I disliked this novella. The writing was engaging enough and the narration was average. Maybe it's because when you hear "Stephen King" you expect greatness. But honestly if King hadn't verbally admitted to writing half the story I would think it was one of those books that just stuck his name on it to push sales. Though the character was deep, the story itself just dragged along until suddenly it was over. I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen. Definitely not worth a full credit in my opinion, but to each his own.

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    Lord Han moreno 05-25-17 Member Since 2016

    Love audible. Speak four languages

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    "Very good enjoyable book"

    The story was good. Stephen King working with Richard Chizmar made this story a great one.

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    DBNB 05-21-17
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    Typical King story with bits of horror, intrigue, and psychological probing of the mind. Quite enjoyable well read.

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    Gary 05-21-17
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    "Two winners!"


    Gwendy's Button Box is a story that, according to the chat at the end, Stephen King couldn't finish, so sent to Richard Chizmar to "do what he wanted with it".

    What emerged is a fascinating piece filled, like life, with "love, and horror". In fact, I wonder if Gwendy isn't a mirror of King, himself: a tenacious person who worked extremely hard, earned extreme rewards, is the envy of all, but continues to strive, with principles intact. How much is talent, how much is luck, and how much is the button box? Listen to this story, and think about the lives of people around you, and your own, with a new perspective.

    Then read The Music Room, and chuckle, all the while thinking, "This isn't funny."

    Thanks to Chizmar and King snd the great Maggie Siff for a delightful couple of hours!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Bowman 05-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "loved it!"

    i loved it but I just wish it were longer! The bonus conversation at the end was a nice treat.

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    Kate Jensen 05-17-17
    Kate Jensen 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very well done"

    Maggie Siff was the absolute best choice for this novella. The story isn't quite as intense as other King novels, but is still enjoyable nonetheless. The story isn't what you expect and the ending is a surprise as well. Very well done! More Maggie Siff!

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    gcgart79 05-16-17
    gcgart79 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Short and Sweet!"

    Great little collaboration story. Creepy and strange and very entertaining, wish it was longer though. The highlight here is the narration by Maggie Siff, she should just narrate every book from now on because her voice is perfect.

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    Kyle Alves 05-18-17
    Kyle Alves 05-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, as to be expected!"

    A short, sweet, and scary at times, little snippet of a wonder that is the imagination of Richard Chizmar and Stephen King. This story (brought to life by Maggie Siff) is set in the familiar small town we've known, Castle Rock, and while we don't get to see a lot of it, its presence is an interesting piece in the book's narrative. This audiobook gets you thinking for most of its entirety. You ask yourself questions like, what would I do in this situation? What what I do differently? Again, a great book, I recommend to all who enjoy Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, and listening to good stories!

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    Amazon Customer 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "mediocre for King"

    Felt like a story that didn't get completed. I like resolution to a story, but I kept wondering how and why with several situations.

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    Valerie Torrez 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I had to it's Stephen King!"

    Good story, good collaboration, good performance. Overall I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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