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.
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.
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 really had a problem with this collection of short stories. I know the job of an author is to evoke emotions in the reader, but I'm not sure what she was going for here. If it was to make me feel sick to my stomach and depressed, I guess she got it right. I actually believed the stories must be written by someone who hates women.
I stopped listening to the book after 3 of the short stories.The first story was marginally better then the rest. In a way I wish it hadn't of been, because I kept listening. The second was terrible and wrong... I think I was too stunned to turn the recording off. But it was the third short story what really killed me. The fact that character, who worked in a church and knew God's teachings, would feel that God would want her to give herself a "back alley abortion" was just horrible. It goes against all that I hold dear and hopefully a lot of other, but I'm not sure because the book still has a high star rating. (Just in case, I'm not a bible thumper by any means. Killing a baby in any form is wrong. And the reason she does it seems wrong. She says it is because she doesn't have insurance for the medical bills! She could contact an number of adoption agencies and find a family willing to help her. Sorry I could keep ranting, but it is pointless anyway.)
The narration was done well. Another reason I kept listening... but really shouldn't.
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