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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Audiobook

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

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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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    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.

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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Grace 11-01-12
    Grace 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.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging, enjoyable, and intriguing."

    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
    Ending: happy

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-02-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-02-15 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Lost girl who survived because she loved baseball."

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is about a 9 year old who becomes lost in the woods and fights to stay alive by thinking about baseball pitcher and even listening to some of his games on a small radio while lost. It is a sweet little novel. At the time Tom Gordon was really a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. During his 20+ year major league career he spent 4 years with the Red Sox.

    Worth listening to!

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    Andi W 06-19-17
    Andi W 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great reading"

    I was nervous about Anne Heche reading the story as I already read the book and had my own preconceptions. But, she did a wonderful job and I could put myself where Trish was.

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    Amazon Customer 05-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Got me into this author"

    This was the first book I read from this author, and read it mostly in a single morning when I was sick. I couldn't turn it off and cried my eyes out. In fact I feel like crying even as I write this review over two years later. The narrator wasn't my favourite, but I gave her five stars because I think she is perfect for this particular story. This is not exactly King's usual style, but still wonderful.

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    iKlick NC USA 05-08-17
    iKlick NC USA 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Superb!"

    This is one of the best books I have ever heard. A captivating and stirring story. In addition to the descriptive words of Stephen King, Anne Heche's strong vocal performance enhances those words and gives the story even more impact. Poignant at times, inspirational at times, and always interesting. I would not have envisioned having a 9-year-old girl be the source of some life lessons and tremendous courage. Well done.

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    Raymond L. Adams Tennessee USA 04-01-17
    Raymond L. Adams Tennessee USA 04-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of King's best."

    I have read/listened to this book at least nine times. Great story that could have been real life.

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    Tbrownr2 09-17-16
    Tbrownr2 09-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring"

    Disliked this story.....disappointed in story line.
    Not scary at all, just a girl lost in the woods.

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