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The Girls Audiobook

The Girls

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Publisher's Summary

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

©2015 Lisa Jewell (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Lisa Jewell's characters are so real that I finish every book half-expecting to bump into one of them. Modern, complex, intuitive, she just goes from strength to strength." (Jojo Moyes)

"A stunning, beautiful, mesmerising book that everyone will be reading." (Tamar Cohen)

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  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    9/21/15
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    "A real find!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Its a great read/listen. Its an unusual story, with just the right number of twists and turns. Its intelligently written and the characters are all well drawn, with each one interesting. It bounced along nicely and I always wanted to know what happened next.


    What about Gabrielle Glaister and Amelie Jewell ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was faultless.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure that this would be for me, as I am not usually one for narration from a child's point of view. This book was narrated by several characters, including children. However, it was so beautifully written that it really worked. I have not read this author's work before. I read a review elsewhere from someone who said they had 'grown-up' with Lisa Jewell's books since her early 20s, and that they have evolved from stories of family life by young adults, to include older characters. For that reason, I wouldn't rush to read her earlier work. However, I will be downloading her more recent and future novels.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dylan
    East Sussex
    5/26/16
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    "A really good listen"

    Chose this book quite randomly, found it quite gripping and enjoyable. Definitely would recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsten
    5/19/16
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    "not bad but not great either. "

    Not bad but not exceptional felt like a lot of it was pointless and quite a bit pretentious. Definitely not worth a Richard and Judy summer read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    3/15/16
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    "Crap quick ending"

    Narration was good,
    Story line was slow and then at the end it just came out and ended suddenly and was a very let down
    Such a shame

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clinical Psychologist
    10/11/15
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    "Gripping story disappointing towards the end"

    Interesting story with vivid characters. A lot felt left unexplained and the ending as a result felt disappointing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • samantha
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    10/9/15
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    "Great book well narrated"

    Really good book, so well narrated. I couldn't stop listening, it had my gripped. Who do you trust... By the end, not many

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Macey
    England
    10/2/15
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    "Different for Lisa Jewell but just as good"

    Really good read/listen. Different for Lisa Jewell but just as good as her other books. The plot twists and turns up to the end .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary
    10/2/15
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    "The Girls"

    I very much enjoyed this book but found the storyline slightly weaker than other books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giftgiver
    11/14/16
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    "Weak in several parts"
    What disappointed you about The Girls?

    An interesting collection of characters, but Grace and Tyler were the only ones I knew more about by the end of the story - all the others were pretty static and caricatured (the unorthodox home-schooled girls, the holocaust survivor, the non-PC grandfather etc). The new crime mirroring an earlier one was an interesting concept, but the connection between the two was presented very quickly and briefly.

    The logistics of the assault on Grace disappointed me most of all; that the perpetrator managed to do everything required whilst presumably in a state of great agitation without being observed by anyone and within a very tight timescale defied belief.


    What aspect of Gabrielle Glaister and Amelie Jewell ’s performance might you have changed?

    Gabrielle Glaister's narration was smooth and flowing. Her representation of different characters was skillful. Given that, why was she not given the voice of Pip's letters? I found Amelie Jewell's narration to be very irritating and in my opinion it was an indulgence to include the author's daughter as a narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this as half of a two-for-one deal. Had I used a credit for The Girls on its own I'd be returning it to Audible for a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissappointed
    9/17/16
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    "My thoughts"

    Hard enough starting over again, and these two got it extra tough. Highlights how rough it is growing up these days with all sorts of pressures on teens.
    I enjoyed the innocence of Pip in her letters, and the misleading sidelines of the plot all the while surrounded by the backstabbing world of teenage girls. If "hell have no furry like a women scorned" they've never encountered teenagers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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