Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.
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I am an avid Karen Slaughter fan. I love her Grant County and Will Trent books. These short stories however are VERY dark with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Suffered through to the last because I am a fan and was always hopeful that the NEXT story would be good. On the contrary, they only seemed to get worse. Please don't waste your time and mental capacity on these short stories.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
Maybe, if the subject matter were different
Waiting for Jo Nesbo's The Son, and the next book in Louise Penny's Gamache series.
When you cut the bitter, angry, vengeful women from the stories, there isn't much left!
Avoid this book at all costs
Very depressing, and the female characters in multiple stories are weak
Emotion and tone not seen in the words
Way too many of the stories include the death of children
Karin Slaughter writes these slightly wicked stories always with a twist. You THINK you know the story as you're listening, only to find out at the end that you most definitely DO NOT! Good stuff, and great length for listening to while driving to/from work. Never heard this reader before and she does some good, varied voices. Recommended.
Maybe. The stories were well crafted and it was intriguing to watch the characters take shape, but knowing how the stories conclude would probably ruin a second listen.
I can't recall reading anything that compares. Most of the characters are unsympathetic, selfish and unlikable, but the narrative is handled so deftly that you stick around anyway, if only to see if the unlikable characters get their comeuppance. By the end of some of the stories I was able to find shreds of sympathy for some of the most unsympathetic characters in the collection. Strange, really, but most of these stories were written (and narrated) very well. It's full of people being horrible to one another, but it's not (in most cases) for simple shock value -- it's organic and we get to see what shaped these vindictive characters.
None of the characters were really likable, so it's difficult to select a favorite. The narrator did a really great job with all the characters, though perhaps best with Jude from The Truth About Pretty Girls, or June from Unremarkable Heart.
The Audible Daily Deal occasionally pays off. Eighty percent of what I've picked up turns out to be crap. It was a pleasant surprise to find this collection offered. Without it I'd never have heard of Karen Slaughter. Now I'll be checking out her other works.
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
I almost always finish a book, no matter how much I may dislike it, but this one simply became intolerably repulsive. And I like Karin Slaughter! Was she in a deep depression when she wrote these stories? The first story was interesting and had a nice twisted ending and I was telling a friend I sort of liked the book...but then I had to take that back. The second story was twisted and unpleasant and the thIrd was positively gruesome. And the main character in the fourth was a selfish, totally unlikeable you-know-what. I started to listen to the last story and after five minutes tossed in the towel.
I'm now listening to Julian Barnes "A Sense of an Ending." Not my usual type of book, but it might be a welcome change. I'm also reading the third book in the Divergent trilogy. I am a rather eclectic reader... My next listen after Barnes will be Creole Belle or Still Foolin' Em.
Yes, the narration was fine. Not her fault the plots and character were so awful.
All of them!
I will stick to Karin Slaughter's mainstream novels, and will read reviews carefully before buying!!
Ugly stories and dark depressing moody stories.
Yes this book is ugly people of life.
The whole book.
I bought this for a change of pace....something different. It got very good reviews and I usually find them accurate based on my preferences. This book/stories were just too dark for my taste...the narrator was good I thought and did a good job with each....but the subject matter on each was just too dark for me....I almost turned it off a few times, but stuck with it because I knew it was going somewhere....but in the end, in each story, I just felt like....yuck/really??/ lets move on. I just cant recommend it at all....
The stories are well written, but VERY dark in nature. It was not what I consider "entertainment". I had to skip some of the stories due to the subject matter. Is our world as horrible and ugly as the author describes... yes, but do we really want to read/listen to the intimate accounts of it. Not I. I tried to give it a good listen, but could not finish it.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
only listened...but I think listening is always better...
Ummmmm...The end of the first story....the second story...and the last story....the last stories ending is still rolling around in my head....just wow....
You really cant pick a character here...this book isn't the kind of book where you can fall in love with any of these characters...if anything you may fear them or loathe them....
I did...it was shocking and appalling...I can only really say that I loved the first story...it made me a little happy....the other ones were extremely tragic...well not the 4th story...it was lighter compared to all the others...I did like the book as a whole..but I like dark sometimes...and I understand the women in these stories...the world is not always cupcakes and daisies...and not everything has a happy ending...
If you are looking for a light listen...don't even attempt this book...I did like it...it was well written and well read...it deals with the darker side of life and was not far fetched at all in my opinion...people shock so easily...and yes this book will shock you...I am glad I got this book as a daily deal or I would have never known it existed...well worth a listen...but only if you can take the dark and dirty side of life.and understand the heart and mind of a woman scorned....
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