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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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    Elizabeth 11-08-15
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    "Loved Gone Girl, Hated Dark Places"

    This is easily the worst book ever. The characters are all horrible and the plot unbelievable.

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    Synesthë 11-07-15
    Synesthë 11-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dark and intense"

    This book was very dark and intense. The characters are complex and I felt like their motives and actions made sense and were clear. It is definitely dark and violent at times. I actually liked this better than Gone Girl. Some of the main characters are teenagers, so they're definitely angsty and impulsive, unlike in Gone Girl, where the characters are adults and are a little more sophisticated. Great mystery, and a really great performance.

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    Ramona 11-06-15
    Ramona 11-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration, great story!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I couldn't stop listening, never knowing what turn the story would take next. Very well written.


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    Chanda Stone 11-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping"

    This book is very well written and gripping. It was a hard book to listen to, or read I would guess. It is not just the violence that is dark and disturbing but the awful human nature that destroyed this family. The gossip and lies. I see that so much in the world these days. Angry people tearing other good people apart. That is the true dark place.

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    Cherman oklahoma 11-04-15
    Cherman oklahoma 11-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Other Reviews Were Right"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    The ending.. omg


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was good, did not effect me one way or the other


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    Matthew 11-04-15
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    "Very Solid"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not my genre of choice so it's hard to rank this. Below Orwell's 1984 but surprisingly above Gaiman's Neverwhere?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother character due to the weariness and motherly duty.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I wanted to but it's rather long.


    Any additional comments?

    Clever work. Solid twists. Good voice's. Give it a listen.

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    Denise Sweeney Decatur, Georgia 10-30-15
    Denise Sweeney Decatur, Georgia 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent read, kept me guessing until the end. the performance was really excllent, too!

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    JK 10-30-15
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    "Thriller."

    The book was overall a good mystery. Like "Gone Girl" it takes you through the story from different perspectives. Had high hopes for this novel after Gone Girl but don't think anything could top that.

    The narrators were good and helped portray each character. Unfortunately, I don't think the ending really closed the story. Never saw the movie or knew it was a movie before this book.

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    Bob Fremgen 10-30-15
    Bob Fremgen 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I know why she is a best selling author"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Different, inviting, captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead. She is the anti-hero we can all associate with. You don't have to be beautiful, a genius or brave to be a hero.


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

    See above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say anything about the book "moved" me. But there were several parts that were very entertaining.


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    Octavius Barometulous 10-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, good reveal, journey is too long"

    This is usually not a problem with most books but it's pretty obvious when you're getting filler in this one. Still a really good story, worth the read. Just not incredibly compelling the whole way through.

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