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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game. One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me." On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat... Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!


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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game. One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me." On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat... Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

15 review for Gwendy's Button Box + "The Music Room"

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Hell yes! This was an afternoon of audio delight. I'll read it in print someday because I'm a completest, but I am very glad that I got absorbed into this novella by way of Audible and the narration by the fantastically wonderful Maggie Siff, who I grew to love on Sons of Anarchy: And the story! It was just..so Stephen Kingly. I mean...(view spoiler)[The Man in Freaking Black is back! (hide spoiler)] . And Castle Rock, circa 1970s. It was like going home..... I should also add that the bonus stor Hell yes! This was an afternoon of audio delight. I'll read it in print someday because I'm a completest, but I am very glad that I got absorbed into this novella by way of Audible and the narration by the fantastically wonderful Maggie Siff, who I grew to love on Sons of Anarchy: And the story! It was just..so Stephen Kingly. I mean...(view spoiler)[The Man in Freaking Black is back! (hide spoiler)] . And Castle Rock, circa 1970s. It was like going home..... I should also add that the bonus story "The Music Room" was enjoyable in its own right. Creepy and short, it was a nice added bit to the package. As was the short interview with the authors, King and Chizmar. I hope to see more of these kind of things. With the Dark Tower movie coming out this year and the new version of It and this Mist tv show, there's a lot to look forward to in the Kingiverse. Stories like this just wet the appetite almost as much as a gunslinger burrito.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Crawford

    A really creative idea in the right hands is pure pleasure to read! I think bizarre thoughts and situations pop into our head all the time, but rarely do we sit and write the story, stretch our brain to see where the idea will take us. This story struck me like that. King had a bizarre, passing thought, then made a short novel out of it. What would you do if you had a button box? One that called you to use it? One that could do good and horrible evil? One button for every continent, one button f A really creative idea in the right hands is pure pleasure to read! I think bizarre thoughts and situations pop into our head all the time, but rarely do we sit and write the story, stretch our brain to see where the idea will take us. This story struck me like that. King had a bizarre, passing thought, then made a short novel out of it. What would you do if you had a button box? One that called you to use it? One that could do good and horrible evil? One button for every continent, one button for the world, and a red button for your imagination. The music box was tacked on to the end of this, which I wasn’t expecting, but who doesn’t like a creepy short story to bookend a novella?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    I realized I never reviewed this in October 2017. I enjoyed it! It was weird enough, creepy enough, quirky enough to be a King story and it was nice and short. Very enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Really enjoyed this story. Clearly a great combination of writers!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caffers

    So-so but not great. A disappointing read for a Stephen King fan. I thought going in, with the stairs bit, 'oh! this is going to be good!' And the idea of the button box was fun! Actually, when I read the concept of the book, I thought of Mare Winningham in 'Button Button', which was very good. But this wasn't as interesting as that. I have a hard time with short stories and novellas. So maybe it's just me. They aren't long enough to get that good. I will (probably) try the next book in the serie So-so but not great. A disappointing read for a Stephen King fan. I thought going in, with the stairs bit, 'oh! this is going to be good!' And the idea of the button box was fun! Actually, when I read the concept of the book, I thought of Mare Winningham in 'Button Button', which was very good. But this wasn't as interesting as that. I have a hard time with short stories and novellas. So maybe it's just me. They aren't long enough to get that good. I will (probably) try the next book in the series and see if that one is better. The Music Room? Not a bonus.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    3.5/5 stars. I didn't realize this was a novella when I started listening to it. While I enjoyed the story, it felt incomplete. Because it was an audiobook, at first I actually didn't realize it had even ended; I thought The Music Box was a continuation of Gwendy's Button Box and kept waiting for it to tie in. I only realized my error when the final music started playing and the credits started. Not my favourite book by King. 3.5/5 stars. I didn't realize this was a novella when I started listening to it. While I enjoyed the story, it felt incomplete. Because it was an audiobook, at first I actually didn't realize it had even ended; I thought The Music Box was a continuation of Gwendy's Button Box and kept waiting for it to tie in. I only realized my error when the final music started playing and the credits started. Not my favourite book by King.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Siriusly

    Stories like this are Stephen King at his best. When he's not trying too hard to make the reader uncomfortable, this is when he publishes his really good stuff. Don't get me wrong, King is a brilliant author, but I feel like he takes the disturbing stuff too far sometimes (looking at you It ) That being said, it wasn't until the end that I realized that this was a tag-team writing effort. So, I'm even more impressed! King and Richard Chizmar wrote this in a back and froth manner in a month. Witho Stories like this are Stephen King at his best. When he's not trying too hard to make the reader uncomfortable, this is when he publishes his really good stuff. Don't get me wrong, King is a brilliant author, but I feel like he takes the disturbing stuff too far sometimes (looking at you It ) That being said, it wasn't until the end that I realized that this was a tag-team writing effort. So, I'm even more impressed! King and Richard Chizmar wrote this in a back and froth manner in a month. Without getting into too much detail about Gwendy's Button Box, I'll say that we follow Gwendy growing up from junior high through college graduation and her special burden. Even though this is a novella, Gwendy is a naturally sussed out character. Thankfully, because the story is all from her perspective. If you like metaphysical and such, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy Gwendy's Button Box. The Music Room - meh.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Both of these are great stories. Gwendy's Button Box is excellent and makes you wonder what you may do with such a box...and the problems that go along with it. Novela in length, it was a good story to kill a couple of hours on the road. "The Music Box" was a great story too, but just short story in length. I think I may have read it before in a collection, but I can't remember. Both of these are great stories. Gwendy's Button Box is excellent and makes you wonder what you may do with such a box...and the problems that go along with it. Novela in length, it was a good story to kill a couple of hours on the road. "The Music Box" was a great story too, but just short story in length. I think I may have read it before in a collection, but I can't remember.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    One of the few Stephen King works I can read. A good short story. I didn’t find anything scary at all and I’m a huge scaredy cat. Worth a read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    A great short read! Mesmerizing! You can finish it in a day or two. Plus a bonus short story that's great! I love Stephen King! A great short read! Mesmerizing! You can finish it in a day or two. Plus a bonus short story that's great! I love Stephen King!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regis

    Both stories enjoyable. Good narration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thor Segler

    Much like a tiny a chocolate candy of mysterious origins, this story satisfies. A collaboration by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, this story takes once again to the childhood home of every reader, Castle Rock. When a man in black with the initials R.F. seeks to palaver with young Gwendy, a story about the horror of power and responsibility takes flight. -The Music room is a delightful short(er) story thrown in as a bonus here. A heartwarming tale of a married couple in hard times.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Gwendy's Button Box is a story with tremendous promise that just kind of fizzled out and ended too quickly and neatly. The setting, characters, and atmosphere all have the feeling of vintage King and the tension in this story builds right up to the ending where none of that build-up pays off. I remember that moment when, having read through S.K.'s Dark Tower series, I arrived at the final sequence and King wrote a teasing warning to all of us Constant Readers, saying that the story had reached a Gwendy's Button Box is a story with tremendous promise that just kind of fizzled out and ended too quickly and neatly. The setting, characters, and atmosphere all have the feeling of vintage King and the tension in this story builds right up to the ending where none of that build-up pays off. I remember that moment when, having read through S.K.'s Dark Tower series, I arrived at the final sequence and King wrote a teasing warning to all of us Constant Readers, saying that the story had reached a decent stopping point and we could put it down and walk away and that would be okay. Though, if you really want to know what became of Roland, you could read on, but be warned that the ending might not be what you're expecting. I enjoyed that ending. I felt it paid the series off. This one? Not so much. Gwendy parlayed this novella into another novel (and maybe a series) of her own, so maybe the larger story will pay off down the line, because this feels like the first third of a story - all set up, no ending. ------------------------------------- Long(ish) story short [SPOILERS AHEAD]: (view spoiler)[Gwendy is introduced as a regular pre-teen grappling with the pressures of her rapidly changing school and social worlds in the 70's. She's a little overweight and runs the "Suicide Stairs" in an attempt to get into better physical shape (and probably as a stress-reliever). Her home life isn't great, either parents on the verge of alcoholism and divorce and not quite as present as they could be. She meets a man dressed in black at the top of the stairs, his name is Richard Farris and he has a magic button box that he entrusts to her, telling her that it belongs to her and she must caretake it. He's a little creepy, says he's been watching her (and others), and offers a slightly menacing smile when warning of the consequences that could come with the box. And here I bet you're thinking, "Oh ho! It's our old frienemy R.F. and he's back causing trouble!" Well... The box dispenses chocolates that take, let's say, solve all her problems. Soon she's the most attractive, smartest, most popular person in school. A top athlete. Her parents stop drinking, the marriage is saved. Life is great! The box gives her uncirculated Morgan silver dollars. She accumulates a small fortune. The box also grants wishes in a monkey paw/Twilight Zone box way that always seems to have a much nastier edge to it than is anticipated. Gwendy goes through school. She loses a friend who later...doesn't make it to the end of the story. Gwendy believes the box is to blame. Gwendy meets the perfect guy, he doesn't make it to the end of the story. Gwendy believes the box is to blame (this time there's more direct evidence that this might be the case). And by this point in the story, you're thinking that there's going to be a payoff, some terrible price for using the box (even though by now Gwendy has weened herself from using it). Nope. R.F. shows up, explains away the fates of the two friends, absolves Gwendy and the box of both, shares some cake, tells her that she's about to have an amazing life, and leaves. Gwendy finds another coin that R.F. left for her, laughs, and puts it in her pocket. The end. No, really. That's it. She is living a more-or-less perfect life, there were no real consequences to the box, the dead friends—I don't know, wash out of her mind?—and she laughs and goes to an Ivy League college...that the box paid for. Everything tied up in a nice little bow. No harm, no foul. Somewhere in the distance, an audience applause track plays and we cut to the credits. That last chapter is the pinhole that lets the air out of this story. It's a case of the last 10% erasing the other 90% and all that's left to do is sigh, shrug, and remember the days of Castle Rock past. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb Johnson

    5 stars for the Button Box - 3 stars for the Music Room (not box). Finally, a Steven King I enjoyed. Button Box, while still not possible to be true (I think this is why I don't like Steven King, I'm unable to suspend my belief in supernatural things), really makes you think. What if *I* had that box? How would I handle that pressure, that responsibility? Could I not use it whenever I got angry? I'd like to find out, so if anyone has an actual box like this, please contact me. Thanks. I don't eve 5 stars for the Button Box - 3 stars for the Music Room (not box). Finally, a Steven King I enjoyed. Button Box, while still not possible to be true (I think this is why I don't like Steven King, I'm unable to suspend my belief in supernatural things), really makes you think. What if *I* had that box? How would I handle that pressure, that responsibility? Could I not use it whenever I got angry? I'd like to find out, so if anyone has an actual box like this, please contact me. Thanks. I don't even feel like reviewing the Music Room. So, I won't. 3 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hank Pharis

    (NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).These were okay but not as good as the other works I have read by King. (NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).These were okay but not as good as the other works I have read by King. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Nov 21, 2019 Jeanne rated it liked it Shelves: audio-books I read this when it came out. I remember thinking it was ok. After listening to the audio to refresh my memory before reading Gwendy's Magic Feather, it still is ok. I enjoyed it but not great or (evidently) memorable. I read this when it came out. I remember thinking it was ok. After listening to the audio to refresh my memory before reading Gwendy's Magic Feather, it still is ok. I enjoyed it but not great or (evidently) memorable. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 31, 2022 Amanda Hixson rated it really liked it Ⓐⓤⓓⓘⓞⓑⓞⓞⓚ Ⓡⓔⓥⓘⓔⓦ"𝑮𝒘𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒚'𝒔 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒐𝒏 𝑩𝒐𝒙" + "𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝑹𝒐𝒐𝒎"𝙱𝚢: Stephen King & @richard_chizmar𝙽𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛: Maggie Siff𝙶𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚎: Horror, Fantasy, Fiction𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚛: @simonschusteraudio𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝙾𝚗: May 16th [email protected]𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚜 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎: 3.91𝙼𝚢 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎: 🔘🔘🔘🔘 / 5 ButtonsⓈⓨⓝⓞⓟⓢⓘⓢThere are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-ruste Ⓐⓤⓓⓘⓞⓑⓞⓞⓚ Ⓡⓔⓥⓘⓔⓦ"𝑮𝒘𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒚'𝒔 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒐𝒏 𝑩𝒐𝒙" + "𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝑹𝒐𝒐𝒎"𝙱𝚢: Stephen King & @richard_chizmar𝙽𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛: Maggie Siff𝙶𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚎: Horror, Fantasy, Fiction𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚛: @simonschusteraudio𝙿𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝙾𝚗: May 16th [email protected]𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚜 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎: 3.91𝙼𝚢 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚎: 🔘🔘🔘🔘 / 5 ButtonsⓈⓨⓝⓞⓟⓢⓘⓢThere are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...Ⓜⓨ ⓉⓗⓞⓤⓖⓗⓣⓢWe've taken a journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling novella by the King of horror and award-winning author Richard Chizmar. What would you do if you had a button box? One that called you to use it? One that could do good and horrible evil things? One button for every continent, one button for the world, and a red button for your imagination to use. Give you what you wanted, needed or longed for. Would you be careful how you used the power? Or would it be everyone for themselves? I really enjoyed this clever novella by these two authors and I'm excited that a 3rd final book will be out this month! I still have to read the 2nd one but I just have a good feeling about the whole thing in general that it'll be great because it's very rare do I not love anything Stephen King writes. I also thought the short story of "𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝑹𝒐𝒐𝒎" by just Stephen King was very eerie and clever as well. I also felt a little humor with it too. flag Like  · see review Jul 02, 2019 Donna Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-ve-read-in-2019 I am a big Stephen King fan so when I saw the audio copy of a book I had never read by him, I grabbed at the chance to listen to it, and I was not disappointed. This involves a young girl who feels she is a bit chubby (her nickname is "Goodyear" at school). One day she meets up with a strange man donning a black hat, who gives her a button box --- press one of the buttons and it gives her chocolate (but she never gains weight from it), another button gives her silver dollars (that are worth tons I am a big Stephen King fan so when I saw the audio copy of a book I had never read by him, I grabbed at the chance to listen to it, and I was not disappointed. This involves a young girl who feels she is a bit chubby (her nickname is "Goodyear" at school). One day she meets up with a strange man donning a black hat, who gives her a button box --- press one of the buttons and it gives her chocolate (but she never gains weight from it), another button gives her silver dollars (that are worth tons of money) and another box that will bring about consequences to situations (she compares this button to one the president of countries might have and use only in dire emergencies), and the last -- a black button --- that she shouldn't push under any situations. She tries hiding the box, and while she keeps it secret from her family, she is growing and changing --- losing weight, getting A's in school, dating nice looking and good men, etc. The story has a very suspenseful high point, and a nice denouement. This long story is followed by a short one entitled "the Music Box" that is perfectly stephen Kingish. I liked listening to both of them and would give this 4 stars out of 5 and thumbs up to this audio book. flag Like  · see review Jul 08, 2019 Jill rated it liked it I listened to this on audio today and enjoyed it. It’s a collaboration between King and Richard Chizmar; there’s a short conversation between the authors at the end and basically King had started this story bout couldn’t finish it, so he told his friend Chizmar that he could do whatever he wanted to finish it and this is the result. The audiobook is narrated by Maggie Siff of Sons of Anarchy fame (Tara) and she does a great job.Just based on the title, I thought “button box” meant a box for stor I listened to this on audio today and enjoyed it. It’s a collaboration between King and Richard Chizmar; there’s a short conversation between the authors at the end and basically King had started this story bout couldn’t finish it, so he told his friend Chizmar that he could do whatever he wanted to finish it and this is the result. The audiobook is narrated by Maggie Siff of Sons of Anarchy fame (Tara) and she does a great job.Just based on the title, I thought “button box” meant a box for storing buttons, like from clothing. Turns out, a button box is a box with buttons on it, buttons like the kind you push. Ha. Of course, the button box is a source of great power and its origin is unknown. Twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson meets a mysterious man at the top of the Suicide Stairs (you can guess how they got that nickname), which she climbs every day to try to lose weight, and she becomes the box’s custodian for the next ten years.An easy and quick listen, very satisfying in that uniquely Stephen King way. flag Like  · see review Jan 31, 2019 John Trident rated it really liked it Gwendy's button boxThere're lots of untold mysteries hidden in this world of ours. There're millions of secrets yet to be uncovered by mankind. Let it be magic or anything else, it's still an unsolicited mystery lying unsolved in front of us. This book revolves around magic & other mystical elements which have been infused into a mysterious box.The protagonist - a young girl gets herself into a series of events & circumstances lead her to protect the box with her very life on the line. For, if i Gwendy's button boxThere're lots of untold mysteries hidden in this world of ours. There're millions of secrets yet to be uncovered by mankind. Let it be magic or anything else, it's still an unsolicited mystery lying unsolved in front of us. This book revolves around magic & other mystical elements which have been infused into a mysterious box.The protagonist - a young girl gets herself into a series of events & circumstances lead her to protect the box with her very life on the line. For, if it falls in the wrong hands could lead to the destruction of the world, with just a snap of a finger-second!Language & narration is totally unique. Written & spoken from the perspective of a child. This beautiful book takes us in a journey of magic as the reader feels more like watching a movie, than reading a book. A must book for all Stephen King book lovers out there! flag Like  · see review Feb 27, 2020 Erica rated it it was amazing Gwendy, a 12-year-old girl subject to societies rules about women, starts her journey off losing weight in Gwendy's Button Box. She doesn't want to start middle school looking like the good year blimp as her nemesis and local mean boy calls her.I had no idea what to expect on Gwendy's journey. I didn't read any reviews in advance and I won't offer any spoilers here. I do know that I adored this story, but am left with so many questions. I'd love to see the button box show up again somewhere some Gwendy, a 12-year-old girl subject to societies rules about women, starts her journey off losing weight in Gwendy's Button Box. She doesn't want to start middle school looking like the good year blimp as her nemesis and local mean boy calls her.I had no idea what to expect on Gwendy's journey. I didn't read any reviews in advance and I won't offer any spoilers here. I do know that I adored this story, but am left with so many questions. I'd love to see the button box show up again somewhere some day in someone else's story (eh...em...Mr. King and Mr. Chizmar). I liked everything about this story from the characters, even the ones I hated, to the setting and the plot that could have taken a much, much worse turn than it did. This is one of those stories I'll reread again and again. Now on to Gwendy's Magic Feather I fly... flag Like  · see review Jun 28, 2019 Martha rated it really liked it Great story! Unfortunately (I guess), I had seen a movie with basically the same plot some time before. I don’t know who did it first, but this story was more enjoyable. The other went heart-breakingly dark. King (& Chizmar) toy with the reader, not surprisingly. Thought-provoking psychological, moral, sociological aspects of this changing story, give it greater impact. The discussion with the two authors that follows adds a lot by revealing some of their process. In this recording, a very short Great story! Unfortunately (I guess), I had seen a movie with basically the same plot some time before. I don’t know who did it first, but this story was more enjoyable. The other went heart-breakingly dark. King (& Chizmar) toy with the reader, not surprisingly. Thought-provoking psychological, moral, sociological aspects of this changing story, give it greater impact. The discussion with the two authors that follows adds a lot by revealing some of their process. In this recording, a very short story (The Music Room), by King, follows. It is deliciously demented, and once again we wonder more about a people’s rationalizations for extreme behaviors, more than the actual actions. flag Like  · see review Feb 19, 2020 Doc rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-books, audio Imagine a box that could destroy the world and give the bearer their desires for a price. Now hand it off to a young girl and see how she grows up. This is Gwendy's tale of responsibility.This is a pretty short tale so I am not saying much more about it but it was a good story and very Stephen King with tragedy to a degree and a bit of a creepy vibe at times but still enjoyable as we see it unfold. The Music Room which is a little something extra is very much a creepy story set during the great Imagine a box that could destroy the world and give the bearer their desires for a price. Now hand it off to a young girl and see how she grows up. This is Gwendy's tale of responsibility.This is a pretty short tale so I am not saying much more about it but it was a good story and very Stephen King with tragedy to a degree and a bit of a creepy vibe at times but still enjoyable as we see it unfold. The Music Room which is a little something extra is very much a creepy story set during the great depression that seems kind of normal until you realize something doesn't seem quite right with the couple relaxing in their Music Room. If you listen I hope you enjoy as much as I did. :) flag Like  · see review Feb 23, 2022 Robert rated it really liked it This was a short but interesting story by Stephen King. It was a quick and easy read, however the irony of liberal writers don't make sense. He says the "republicans" in Maine don't want to spend money to take down the suicide steps, but if he knew his history he'd know that back in the 1970's, dangerous things like staircases, abandoned buildings, trees, etc were prevented from being removed by preservation societies, which most often were either political middle of the road, or, left leaning. This was a short but interesting story by Stephen King. It was a quick and easy read, however the irony of liberal writers don't make sense. He says the "republicans" in Maine don't want to spend money to take down the suicide steps, but if he knew his history he'd know that back in the 1970's, dangerous things like staircases, abandoned buildings, trees, etc were prevented from being removed by preservation societies, which most often were either political middle of the road, or, left leaning. A small by important detail he missed...still a good story an abrupt ending, but knowing that it was a collaboration it makes sense since King does tend to tie up all loose ends in detail. flag Like  · see review Feb 07, 2019 Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy I tend not to read short stories, since they are not always easy to find in the library, however, the library has the audio version of this novel. It was easy to relate to Gwendy in the beginning and I love the character of the mysterious black hat man. I am amazed at how such a short novel, developed through the years of Gwendy's life. I was surprised that the novel did not feel rushed at all. "The Music Box" was a extremely short, but has a quick turn that readers will have to discover on thei I tend not to read short stories, since they are not always easy to find in the library, however, the library has the audio version of this novel. It was easy to relate to Gwendy in the beginning and I love the character of the mysterious black hat man. I am amazed at how such a short novel, developed through the years of Gwendy's life. I was surprised that the novel did not feel rushed at all. "The Music Box" was a extremely short, but has a quick turn that readers will have to discover on their own. Overall, I would recommend any book related to King and this one is no exception. flag Like  · see review Nov 28, 2018 Shannon Dyce rated it liked it Shelves: stephen-king 3 1/2 stars for Gwendy's Button Box and 2 1/2 stars for The Music Box. Gwendy's Button Box was really good and an interesting concept, it just ended out of nowhere though. It was almost like Stephen King had the story laying around for years and he hadn't figured out the ending yet and someone else came in and finished it for him. The Music Box was like eating one kernel of movie popcorn, it's good but really that's it? 3 1/2 stars for Gwendy's Button Box and 2 1/2 stars for The Music Box. Gwendy's Button Box was really good and an interesting concept, it just ended out of nowhere though. It was almost like Stephen King had the story laying around for years and he hadn't figured out the ending yet and someone else came in and finished it for him. The Music Box was like eating one kernel of movie popcorn, it's good but really that's it? flag Like  · see review Mar 23, 2021 MaryAnne McCullough rated it it was amazing This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stephen King and Richard Chizmar are the new dynamic duo breathing new life into Castle Rock and characters I thought had been forgotten. It’s nice to hear old names and places again. Gwendy is truly a heroine of her time. But with great power comes great responsibility and our writers do an amazing job demonstrating that anyone can be tempted no matter how pure the heart. Recommend to everyone whether you know your way around Castle Rock or visiting for the first time. flag Like  · see review Mar 08, 2022 Lee Bright rated it liked it I really enjoyed Gwendy's Button Box but it just wasn't long enough, all of a sudden it just ended. Hopefully the next 2 books will help to flesh it out more.Maggie Siff's narration was excellent."The Music Room" short story was Ok.The interview at the end with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar was a nice touch and gave a nice understanding of how the collaboration came about and how it worked out. I really enjoyed Gwendy's Button Box but it just wasn't long enough, all of a sudden it just ended. Hopefully the next 2 books will help to flesh it out more.Maggie Siff's narration was excellent."The Music Room" short story was Ok.The interview at the end with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar was a nice touch and gave a nice understanding of how the collaboration came about and how it worked out. flag Like  · see review Jun 06, 2022 Danica rated it really liked it This seems like it was a YA breaching into adult books. For the main part of the story it seemed anticlimactic but the end changed that. It was a short story but made good use of the length of it. I'll be checking out where this story goes in the next book. Also, the little story at the end was surprisingly good and dark. If you have the option to read/listen to that vs just the book I'd recommend it, I almost didn't. This seems like it was a YA breaching into adult books. For the main part of the story it seemed anticlimactic but the end changed that. It was a short story but made good use of the length of it. I'll be checking out where this story goes in the next book. Also, the little story at the end was surprisingly good and dark. If you have the option to read/listen to that vs just the book I'd recommend it, I almost didn't. flag Like  · see review May 23, 2017 Rod rated it liked it Maggie Siff does a great job of narrating these "not bad" tales. Really like a couple scenes in Gwendy, but it was not a tight story. "The Music Room" benefits from seeing the Edward Hopper painting that inspired it, and I liked the domestic horror of it all. Not one to go out of your way for, but an enjoyable couple hours of listening on a car ride. Maggie Siff does a great job of narrating these "not bad" tales. Really like a couple scenes in Gwendy, but it was not a tight story. "The Music Room" benefits from seeing the Edward Hopper painting that inspired it, and I liked the domestic horror of it all. Not one to go out of your way for, but an enjoyable couple hours of listening on a car ride. flag Like  · see review « previous 1 2 3 4 next »

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