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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer.

Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details, proof they hope may free Ben, Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club...and maybe she'll admit her testimony wasn't so solid after all.

As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby's doomed family members, including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town.

Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started...on the run from a killer.

©2009 Gillian Flynn; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre." (Stephen King)
"A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine." (Booklist)

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    Gretchen Beane 02-02-16
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    "Oh my gosh!"

    Loved, loved, loved! I got this book to entertain me on my way home from work every night. The only problem was that I didn't want to turn it off. So I ended up listening during lunch, doing chores, everything but driving home after work. Now I have to find a new book

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    ndakblue 02-01-16
    ndakblue 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Twist"
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    For some reason, I seem to thoroughly enjoy depraved protagonists. When written well, you both loathe and love them. Libby Day is one of those. She is shameless, but deservedly so. She can also be easy to like, because it would seem a certain amount of her situation is not her fault, and you root for her to become a better person.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Ben Day. As a character detached from his reality in the most crucial moments, the narration was spot on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me a little while to really get into this one, but once I did, I wanted to keep listening. The different facets of the story needed to be established to let them work together, so it is understandable. But it meant that, in the beginning, it was easy to put the headphones down at the end of a character's narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing I could. not. stand. about this narration was the voice of Lyle. It was grating, to say the least.

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    Tiffany Ball 02-01-16 Member Since 2014

    By day, I study early 20th century literature. By night, I enjoy good contemporary fiction and thrilling suspense/detective novels.

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    "Devils in the Homeland"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    The narrator made this a really gripping story, great pacing and delivery. I felt like I was right there in the action, following the mystery. An immersive world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How to choose a favorite when they are all so terrible and pitiful and flawed? There are no favorites in this story. Though Diane is pretty amazing in the scene with the cop.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everyone gave a great performance, strong voices with personality.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel anxious in a good way. It also made me annoyed when anyone tried to interrupt my listening! I was walking all over town just to have an excuse.


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    taylor 01-27-16
    taylor 01-27-16
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    "The best book I have listened to."
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    The ending!!! Such an amazing twist ending. It made me LOVE this book. Anything Gillian Flynn does is amazing, and this book is no exception. Libby Day is an amazing character. The book is very suspenseful and has a lot of elements, but everything gets resolved at the end. PAY ATTENTION you don't want to miss any details of this book! Even if it doesn't seem important- it is! If you love murder mysteries, listen to this book!!!


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    I would have to compare it to other Gillian Flynn novels like Sharp Objects, just because of the crazy twist ending. It is nothing you could have EVER guessed. It will leave you with your jaw dropped!!


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    Angela Mayer 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark places doesn't disappoint"

    Loved this book so much. Dark, uncomfortable, yet beautifully written. Flynn Isa very talented woman.

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    Melissa Jammes 01-27-16
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    "Enjoyed!!!"

    This book kept my interest with every word. Although a sad story, the twists were surprising. Would highly recommend this book.

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    Bijoubob Manhattan 01-25-16
    Bijoubob Manhattan 01-25-16
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    "Male narrator was miscast."

    I really enjoyed the female narrators of this book. They added a lot to this story. But the man that did Ben Day was terribly miscast and. put the whole thing to a screeching halt.

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    Kathy 01-23-16
    Kathy 01-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Creative and surprising"

    I enjoyed this story very much! Told from each character's perspective, the writer kept me guessing and I found myself caring about each story. An unexpected ending made me anxious to the last word and satisfied.

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    Janna Blaszak 01-22-16
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    "Definitely a "Page Turner!""
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After starting this book I could not stop listening. I brought it everywhere with me. I really enjoyed Gillian Flynn's story and have since purchased some of her other novels. The narration was well orchestrated and I think the characters voices were fitting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The good mystery and the unexpected ending!


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    Kevin E. Jenkins Michigan 01-15-16
    Kevin E. Jenkins Michigan 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just alright"

    Narrators were good but the story was slow. Considered not finishing. No climax to it.

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