Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

February 25th, 2022 Kimberly Review 9 Comments

25th Feb

It’s time for Gwendy to deal with the button box once and for all, but with her memory fading, can she do it? Narrated by Marin Ireland, Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar was a chilling and addictive trip.

Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Gwendy's Final Task
by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
Series: The Button Box #3
Narrator: Marin Ireland
Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
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The final book in the New York Times best-selling Gwendy’s Button Box trilogy from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.

When Gwendy Peterson was 12, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven colored buttons promised death and destruction. Years later, the button box entered Gwendy’s life again. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation that box represented. Now, evil forces seek to possess the button box and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them at all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities?

In Gwendy’s Final Task, “horror giants” (Publishers Weekly) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.


Whelp, I messed up. I didn’t realize this was the third Button Box audio. I listened to the first, Gwendy’s Button Box and loved it. When I saw this, I was so excited there was a second audio… only while listening it occurred to me I’d miss things, only I kept listened until I finally after spoilers, got up and researched…yep this as you know is the third and I missed, Gwendy’s Magic Feather.

If you haven’t listened to the first two, Gwendy’s Final Task does such a good job of recap and flashbacks that it will spoil the first two.

Suspenseful and twisted as Gwendy prepares to perform a task to save the world, the author’s share reflections of Gwendy’s life from her times with the box, her political career, parents and of course her encounters with the man in the hat, Richard Farris.

When we meet Gwendy this time she is a state senator and Ferris informs her the box which does good and evil is broken and must be stopped. The story was addictive, and I loved how the end was threaded with Gwendy’s childhood.

I will probably go back eventually and listen to the second audiobook, but dang, I am kicking myself. Did it diminish my enjoyment of the last installment? Nope. King and Chizmar took us on one heck of a ride….literally. We are traveling to a space station. So strap in, it’s a hell of a ride.

I love listening to Marin Ireland, and she was the perfect as the voice of Gwendy. Her male voices sound authentic as well. Listening to King’s books is always a pleasure.

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About Richard Chizmar

RICHARD CHIZMAR is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author. He is the co-author (with Stephen King) of the bestselling novella, Gwendy’s Button Box and the founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. He has edited more than 35 anthologies and his short fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including multiple editions of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award.
Chizmar (in collaboration with Johnathon Schaech) has also written screenplays and teleplays for United Artists, Sony Screen Gems, Lions Gate, Showtime, NBC, and many other companies. He has adapted the works of many bestselling authors including Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Bentley Little.

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

About Marin Ireland

Marin Ireland

Marin Ireland has won a Theatre World Award and been nominated for a Tony Award®, and has been described by The New York Times as “one of the great drama queens of the New York stage.” Outside her stage work, she has worked frequently in film and television, including starring roles in Light from Light, The Irishman, Sneaky Pete, and The Umbrella Academy.

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9 Responses to “Gwendy’s Final Task by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar”

  1. Ethan

    I’ve done that more times than I care to admit. Most recently I read Alice Henderson’s A Blizzard of Polar Bears before reading the first book. I’ve been waiting to read the first Gwendy book. Now that all three are out, I’ll have to binge.

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  2. Wendy

    I’ve never read a Stephen King book. They are a bit too scary for me. I’m glad you were able to catch up and enjoy this book!