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Gerald's Game

Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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A game. A husband and wife game. Gerald's Game. But this time Jesse didn't want to play.

Lying there, spread-eagled and handcuffed to the bedstead while he'd loomed and drooled over her, she'd felt angry and humiliated. So she'd kicked out hard. Aimed to hit him where it hurt. He wasn't meant to die, leaving Jesse alone and helpless in a lakeside holiday cabin.

Miles from anywhere. No one to hear her screams. Alone. Except for the voices in her head that had begun to chatter and argue and sneer....

©1987 Stephen King (P)2008 Penguin Random House LLC

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Not what I expected!

Very deep and disturbing in some aspects. An exploration into the inner turmoils of a woman forced into a position that reawakened a great injustice. Look out for Easter eggs (as expected) that interweave the King multiverse. Proof again that King is the best!

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☆☆☆absolutely amazing☆☆

This is one of Kings finishest book.
There were times I wanted to skip certain parts. By listening to this was better than a therapist.
Thank You

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The voice acting didn’t quite fit with the character

To me, the character of Jessie is quiet, submissive and solemn. But through the voice acting she sounds extremely angry and abrasive - which is a bit jarring in the context of the story. It was adequate performance, and she has done great voice acting on other books, but it just doesn’t fit with this book.

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  • Andy T
  • 07-09-2016

Not the best SK ever

So I'm a certified Stephen King junkie - I thought 11-22-63 was an awesome book, I enjoyed the weird but interesting books about the Man in Black, I loved the Stand, Green Mile, Pet Cemetary, Mercedes Killer etc. But this was a rather less fulfilling read with a very odd ending tacked on to an interesting idea. Well read; and it kept me going to the end: but make sure you read his great books first!

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  • Sam
  • 01-10-2018

Classic King

This is a great book and read brilliantly. the only gripe I have is with the weird sound effects played at seemingly random intervals.

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  • GillyK
  • 02-03-2018

Sadly felt like a chore to finish

I had just watched the Netflix film so really fancied reading the book but I sadly found it to be mostly a boring and long slog and on this occasion I prefer the film. However I thought the last two chapters to were great which bumps it up a star. I also felt the narrator did her best but her performance was a bit dull at times, I think because all of the voices pretty much sounded the same. I probably won't return to this title unfortunately.

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  • Jules T
  • 24-12-2017

creepy book

Enjoyed this creepy tale. Some bits actually made my skin crawl.
Good reader seemed to hit the right tone all the way through.

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  • a white
  • 03-11-2017

Love Stephen King

I hadn't read this book( not sure why) and so decided to listen to it here on audible . The narrator was brilliant, loved her voice, accents etc- just brilliant!! The story was quite creepy and very entertaining!!!

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  • Lee
  • 03-11-2017

disappointing

I'm so disappointed with this book! I read it myself several years ago and really enjoyed it, but this production is rubbish! monotonous narration plus peculiar and unnecessary musical interludes meant I couldn't reach the end!

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  • Katherine Stewart
  • 07-09-2017

Wasn't sure why there was music playing at odd tim

I wasn't sure why there was music playing at odd intervals throughout... It made me snaps out of the story but it was a good performance and awesome story

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  • Mr. S. Fairley
  • 05-09-2019

Those pesky handcuffs

A good if not great book, some subject matter which might turn off some people (no pun intended) the narrator was very good, and added a star overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2019

a good book

a fascinating book, which delves into the mind of a person faced with their own mortality trapped handcuffed to a bed

the narration is performed superbly

my only complaint is in places it got a bit drawn out one of the reveals in the end was not needed, leave the audience wondering

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  • K.
  • 21-01-2017

C Tier King.

While I adore King and his works it's difficult to say that all of his work is worth reading. That's probably true for about 95% of his work, and while I don't regret reading this one, I can't see myself ever reading it again. The narrator is good, but not brilliant as she was with Misery (not her fault at all) and the use of music in audiobooks is an art that is still far from being perfected and this is a glaring case. Is the music supposed to signal the change of chapters? Perspectives? I have no idea!

With all that said the last hour and a half scared me enough to almost tears, and that is the saving grace for me. A novel which you would expect to play out similar to "127 Hours" falls flat of that expectation and is instead a very, I repeat VERY, uncomfortable story about child abuse and coming to terms with it. King is often criticised for THAT scene in It, but I'd argue a scene in this novel trumps it massively, and succeeded where most other books haven't in making me want to stop reading all together.

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