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  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Anne Heche
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered this when she was nine years old. Trying not to be terrified. Trying not to think that sometimes when people got lost in the woods they got seriously hurt. Sometimes they died. And all because she needed to pee.

This is the story of a girl who gets lost on an outing in the Northeast woods. In her panic to get back on the track, she takes turnings which lead her deeper and deeper into the terrifying woods. With only a small amount of food and water in her knapsack, she begins to give up hope of ever getting out. Alive. The only thing that keeps her going is her Walkman on which she listens avidly to Red Sox baseball games, creating an imaginary friendship with her hero Tom Gordon. And as she struggles for survival and a way out, she realises she's not alone. There's something else in the woods, and it's watching her.

©1999 Stephen King (P)1999 1999 Simon & Schuster

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Annoying voice

If you are like me and really enjoy a good narration, skip this book. It grated on my nerves through out and was a constant distraction.

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A fantastic read

A touching story of little girl lost really has you rooting for her survival. King has mastered the art of harnessing the weakness of humans and making the natural appear supernatural. I would recommend this book to anyone with parents and to young adults. Heche’s vocals did the story justice.

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What an adventure

I thought at the start. I've no idea about baseball. I kept on going and what a story I was told. Hated it to end. I stopped with 20 minutes to go and took it back to an hour to make sure I hadn't missed anything 😍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-2019

My favorite story from the King.

Everytime I listen to it I find some new key take out to inspire me.

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  • Kevin
  • 10-02-2008

Great Listen

A gripping story very well presented and narrated.

As an outisider to both Maine and the game of Baseball, the novel gave me a vivid and compelling insight into the essential nature of both. Highly recommended.

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  • Steve
  • 08-03-2017

Do you think you could survive?

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the most enjoyable?

The story is well written and nicely paced. The performance by Anne Heche is excellent and has a steady, pleasant flow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Similar to Gerald's Game, Trisha is alone and her imagination runs riot meaning there's probably little choice than to make her my favourite character. She shows great resolve and you fear for both her sanity and safety as time rolls on and she is still so far from civilisation and her family.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where she confronts the bear.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No specific moment but reading about her loneliness and realising her fragility and the danger she is in as a 9 year old lost in the woods certainly pulls on the heart strings.

Any additional comments?

Another good story from Stephen King. Well worth a listen.

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  • Toni
  • 29-09-2018

Underrated

4 Stars This is a slightly different kind of Stephen King experience for me but, definitely still a good one. The atmosphere of being lost in the woods was well done simultaneously feeling vast yet claustrophobic. Some of the things Trisha did seemed slightly more mature than what I'd imagine the average nine year old would be capable of doing in this situation but King also didn't let us forget that she was just a scared and lonely child who was lost in the woods. I think my favourite thing about this was the fact that you were never quite sure if there were supernatural elements to it or if Trisha's mind was playing tricks on her and the narration was top notch too. Definitely an underrated King novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2018

Brilliant!

I have the book but all way could find the time but having the audio book is amazing. A really intense read good ending

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  • Dallas Winston 9
  • 16-07-2017

Good just not enough jeopardy

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the most enjoyable?

The performance was good. I like Trisha she was a very brave person, and I felt bad for the situation she was in. I just felt it lacked the sense of jeopardy books like Gerald's Game and Mysery had.

Would you recommend The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to my niece, but it's not Kings best book.

Have you listened to any of Anne Heche’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but she was good. I also like the echoe sound effects. She brought Trisha alive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The world has teeth, and sometimes it bites.

Any additional comments?

Good listen but not essential.

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  • PAUL
  • 29-10-2016

fantastic

a brilliant story that keeps you hooked from the start you really care for the protagonist and the ending you'll she'd a tear and if there was a book of Stephen king's that should be made into a film this is one

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  • Callandor
  • 17-10-2016

Pitched And Paced Perfectly

A striking read from an opening that never faltered from it's delivery too the close

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  • Kathcolours33
  • 04-10-2013

Excellent

Great narrator, easy to follow and one of King's better books. Well worth the listen, I recommend.

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  • Selina
  • 19-08-2020

Great story about a girl lost in the woods.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved the story. I loved Trisha, I loved her spirit and her determination. I would have curled up into a ball and cried instead of half the stuff that girl did at her age. I never watched a baseball game in my life so some references flew straight past my head but I still managed to figure out what was going on. I did however dislike the music inbetween chapters, I've never had thos in an audiobook before and it threw me off everytime.

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  • Sophia Pinto
  • 07-07-2020

Amazing performance

The story easily could have become tedious to listen to but the performance is actually the best I've ever heard from an audiobook, incredibly vivid and engaging, every character, even the smallest ones had a distinct voice. I'd recommend this solely based on that but also this is such an underrated Stephen King story.

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