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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Mare Winningham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780743571197
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In the emotional aftermath of her baby's sudden death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf and out to the loneliest stretch of Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a conch shack he has kept there for years. Em keeps up her running -- barefoot on the beach, sneakers on the road -- and sees virtually no one. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next? Download and start listening now!

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  • “King's novella has all of his trademark tension, violence, and catharsis…Mare Winningham's determined tone adds to Em's strong character, and she also provides good pacing and tension that flows well with King's style. Her straightforward reading doesn't overdramatize the intense moments; instead, she lets King's words create those anxious moments. Her matter-of-fact vocalization of Pickering makes the villain even more chilling than King's text. Winningham's portrayal of this character will stick with listeners long after the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winningham relates the story with honesty and sincerity, capturing the melancholy and sadness that abounds in Em's mind. Her gripping delivery is the stuff that great performances are made of. Winningham brings the protagonist to life while still managing to capture the strong sense of foreboding that so often permeates King's tales....The result is a captivating experience sure to ignite the senses of the listener. AudioFile, on The Gingerbread Girl
  • “Winningham relates the story with honesty and sincerity, capturing the melancholy and sadness that abounds in Em's mind. Her gripping delivery is the stuff that great performances are made of. Winningham brings the protagonist to life while still managing to capture the strong sense of foreboding that so often permeates King's tales…The result is a captivating experience sure to ignite the senses of the listener.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 2/16/2014

    " This was my first audiobook and I found it enjoyable. It is a little predicable, but it's fast paced nd exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petrina | 2/8/2014

    " Okay, so I cheated and did the audiobook, unabridged, since I spend so much time in the car. Liked it a lot though a little bit predictable. Has a definite feminist pov which I enjoyed. No real surprises unless you are unfamiliar with crime stories or Mr. King. Slow to start but engrossing and suspenseful once engaged. I would call it a "King-lite" story. I loaned it to two women friends who also have long drives to work (and don't like "scary" stories or Stephen King, by the way) and they both couldn't wait to finish it and said they liked it. Give it to your daughters.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/6/2014

    " A Stephen King book that is only available in audio. It is okay -- not too scary, not too long, not too interesting. An audio break from public radio politics and crummy radio stations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rakisha | 1/29/2014

    " Em takes up running after the loss of her child and as a way to escape from the growing emptiness in her marriage. She separates from her husband to spend some alone time reflecting on things on a remote key in Florida. While there she sees something she shouldn't and is forced to basically run for her life! I love how King portrays the villain...the things he say indicate the mind of a true mad man. The ending is quite fitting...this was a quick 2 hour 'listen' that kept my attention. Would recommend for those who want a quick fix of King-style suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/19/2014

    " quick read but it did raise my blook pressure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 1/7/2014

    " This is not one of King's better stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/17/2013

    " listened to this on tape. Very short and very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/14/2013

    " Pretty standard fare. Not bad, by any stretch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2013

    " I was looking for a genre switch so I thought I'd give the master of horror a go. This story had very little plot-line. Lady's baby dies, she takes up running, a bad guy catches her, she tries to get away. The end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi Dimichele | 7/28/2013

    " Good! It was short, good for listening to on a trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 7/23/2013

    " Interesting short read. More of a psychological thriller than supernatural/horror read. Better than some, worse than others. Occasionally boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 3/16/2013

    " Another one picked because it was a playaway. You really cant go wrong with stephen king and the psychology of the mother is gripping but the plot is weak and it was just too short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 11/18/2012

    " Just a quick (two hours or so) audio program. Not available in print. Unlike other King works, this is not horror or supernatural in any way. Just a scary story, especially if you're a girl. Nothing spettacoloso, but well told as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TQM Doctor | 11/10/2012

    " Short story. Another demon is vanquished by a valiant woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/26/2012

    " Wanted to give this five stars for a great story. Wanted to give it three stars for the nihilistic divorce. Gave it four stars not only as an average but for giving the perfect title to a short story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Roberts | 6/16/2012

    " Twas okay, not great, not horrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/28/2012

    " nice short, classic frantic story-line once the main character is introduced. Vivid details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 3/27/2012

    " Listened to on my i-pod while running kids to and from school. Entertaining and kept me engaged. It's been so long since I have read a Stephen King, it was fun getting back to his creepy story telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/11/2012

    " Listened while on a road trip. Mare Whinningham does a good read, and the book pulls you in immediately like typical King. Unfortunately, more like King has become these days, it was an unsatisfying end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Lucas | 9/11/2011

    " Loved this story, thought it was a stellar example of creating and sustaining action and tension over what was really a short time frame. Well done thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Kendall (The Goremet) | 7/19/2011

    " This was one horrifying audio experience. Played it overhead in the bookstore I work in and creeped myself out. Layers upon layers of great character developement and plot curves. Wonderful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Vogel | 6/15/2011

    " Quick, mildly predictable, mildly engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Dalle | 6/2/2011

    " There was no real point to it and I hate when the title makes absolutely no sense! good descriptive writing as King does, but gratuitous violence as he also does well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 5/21/2011

    " I was disappointed.I got almost to the middle of the book,before i quit reading it
    not one of his best books.I don't think... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " I know some don't like the ending, but I thought it was perfect for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 5/18/2011

    " Re-reading an old favorite. Perfect for lovers of suspense set in the great outdoors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alana | 5/17/2011

    " I read this in one day. Couldn't put it down. An excellent book about survival. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulina | 4/17/2011

    " It's somekind interesting, but very repetitive, you know, what else can a girl alone in the woods can do but trying to survive, looking for food and where to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leighkaren | 4/14/2011

    " Really good character study, which is what I think King is best as. Not often that he deals with the POV of young girls, he mostly puts himself in the head of boys, but it is REALLY good! It's basically a dialogue between the girl and herself. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rarishes | 4/11/2011

    " My little brother is obsessed with this book. Ver. good! "

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Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.