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Publisher's Summary

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 some thing) 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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I haven't read a lot of Stephen King because I am not a big fan of the horror genre, but when King goes a little easier on the adrenaline pump, I really like his writing and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is one of those. How do you make 9 days in the life of a lost 9 year old engrossing? King does it by creating a character who is not only likable, but charmingly flawed, and totally believable and he sends this character on an emotional and spiritual journey at the same time she must find her way back in the very real physical world. The baseball metaphor and Anne Heche's truly brilliant performance further enhance the narrative. This one will stick with me.

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Terrific storytelling

This story is incredibly impressive in that more than 90 percent focuses on a lost little girl in the New England woods - yet there is constant dialogue and suspense. The story is a pared-down, simple psychological study of what happens when we are lost and no one can save us, except ourselves.

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A great listen-not King's best though

I'd read "The Girl..." when it came out pre-audible, in 1999. It was a very exciting read, and as a hiker and camper I lived the descriptive scenes in my mind as the story unfolded.

The young heroine lives thru the terrors of being lost combined with her imagination as she becomes dehydrated and starving-who knows if what she hears following her is real or not..is a scary spirit or wild animal. We don't discover until the end how things wind up-King is superior when it comes to leading his readers on.

While, not particularly a King Classic like "It", "The Stand" or my favorite "Christine", Tom Gordon delivers a big strong story about a little but strong heroine, baseball and being scarily lost.

Worth your credit, even if you've read it already. Anne Heche is a superior narrator for kings work. Her understated voice as she voices King's words works.

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Story was decent, sound editing distracting

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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Outstanding combination of story and narrator.

I don't understand some of the reviews for this title. The story is one of King's most engaging, and Anne Heche's narration perfectly captures the developing character of the nine year old protagonist. Audio book aficionados are aware that occasionally there will come along a combination of book and reader where the total is greater than the sum of the parts; where there is a marked synergy between the particular reader and their unique style and the subject matter of the book. While rare, this effect is precious to those true lovers of audio reading. When I come across such a beastie, I find that, like a good symphony or a great restaurant, you find yourself coming back again and again to savor the experience. Charlton Heston reading Hemingway; Frank Muller and works by King, or Anne Rice or 1984; Jerry Farden and Sweet Thursday, Sally Darling and To Kill a Mockingbird; Jim Dale and the Potter series; they have one coming back and back and back; re-listening and savoring again the exquisite combination of effects. This book does this for me; albeit, perhaps not as much as some listed above, but far beyond the normal run of the mill bland narrations one often finds. So, to the discriminating audio book reader; I highly recommend this work. If you are not captured on the first listen (I was), you may try a second.

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Character-driven Literature. Truly excellent.

Stephen King has perhaps created here one of his strongest single characters. I believed every word that she said. And I'm no pushover. How a man of a certain age could create a young girl so memorable and true--I still think about her, and smile, when I see my daughter with many of the same strengths--makes me once again proud that my favorite "Pfft. Horror auther." crafts literature as beautiful, intense, and noble as the human, distinctly American, hearts he somehow knows so well. Stephen, you make a difference. Thanks. Recommended for mature youths to anyone who remembers being one. Read it aloud. [Anne Heche, however, does do well enough, and makes it so you don't have to read it aloud yourself while driving.]

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Needs to be re-recorded

This audiobook suffers from bad audio production. If I hadn't been listening at 2.5x speed, the gaps between chapters would have driven me crazy.

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Terrible audio

The story was a little odd for King, but enjoyable. I liked the DT references with Shardik.

The performance was bad, I like Anne Heche just fine, but this started very poorly. She warmed up to the roll in time, but some of the reading was confusing and didn't capture the story well.

The worst part is the audio quality, I downloaded this as big quality but it is just a recording of a tape and you can tell. The levels are off, there are various gaps and pauses, and it is very quiet.

The story was nice, but it needs a new performance and a clean recording.

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EXCELLENT READ!!

This book is amazing! This is one of my all time favorite Stephen King books. If you liked books like stand by me or The Green Mile you'll love this book. Nothing supernatural in it, its just a great story.

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Kept our attention

Our family (kids age 9 & 14) listened to this book on a road trip and loved it. The language can be a little rough for young kids, but a great story.

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