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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering.
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Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate.

When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?

Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.

©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 AudioGo Ltd

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    HDJ 05-01-13
    HDJ 05-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for the fainthearted!"

    Dark Places is the story of Libby Day who, in 1985, helped a jury convict her 15 year-old brother Ben for the brutal murder of her mother and sisters. Now, 25 years later, Ben remains in prison and the money in Libby's trust fund is gone. Unwilling to find a job, Libby accepts an offer from a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. The Kill Society offer to pay Libby to interview Ben and others about the massacre and they are eager to buy family mementos from her.

    The story unfolds in alternating chapters between Libby in the present and her family in the hours leading up to the murders. The characters are vivid and believable though not very likable.The chapters play off each other perfectly exposing layer upon layer of ugliness.Gillian Flynn has had the courage to depict the long term damage and consequences of a brutal murder. She almost dares the reader to look away.

    This novel succeeds on so many levels. It made me think about what happens to the survivors in the headlines or on the news. In the media limelight they are showered with sympathy, years later they are all but forgotten.

    Dark Places is a masterpiece of cold blooded horror. It is not for the squeamish. There is graphic violence to humans and animals. There is sexual content and language that some may find offensive.

    If you're looking for a dark (really dark!) mystery that is well crafted and competently narrated, then this is the book for you. I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    msdtan 08-10-14
    msdtan 08-10-14

    Mom of two,I love listening and reading at the same time. I love the immersion reading option,I enjoy it a lot.

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    "read all three books and im really a fan"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Yes absolutely! Well written story and well read.


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

    When she finally found diondra.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Dianne,I liked how her voice changed it suits the character.


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

    party's sacrifice for her children.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read and great audio. I recommend reading all gillian flynn's books. Love her,looking forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha AUCKLAND, New Zealand 03-09-14
    Natasha AUCKLAND, New Zealand 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and performance - excellent writing."

    Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer - I love her turns of phrase and unique imagery, so I could read anything she writes. This ending was more predictable than Gone Girl but I still enjoyed the ride. The performance was outstanding, my favourite on Audible so far. I was desperate to keep listening (couldn't 'put it down') so would highly recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    margaret king 03-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling"

    A bravely drawn anti-hero -- unconventional, anti-social, on the margins. She hooked me immediately and I was happily swept along as the layers of the past were peeled away to reveal an extremely satisfying conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chrissie64 01-02-16
    chrissie64 01-02-16
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    "Animal cruelty"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had known about the chapter describing in detail the animal cruelty I would never have started this book. It was completely unnecessary to describe in such gory detail the suffering of the animal. I wanted to hear it in case the story progressed but had to skip over it because I just didn't want that in my head. Hard to know but I don't think it made much difference to the story. It was quite disgusting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is an interesting story. I will listen to the rest to hopefully get some resolution to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Saiyidah 10-16-15
    Saiyidah 10-16-15
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    "spine-chilling"

    amazing narrator, giving each character their own voice and personality.

    love the storyline and how the story is being put together

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    Joyette 07-01-15
    Joyette 07-01-15
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    "Loved it! 💕"

    I never thought I would be a fan of this genre until I read/listened to this. If you're into suspense/thriller type plots, then give this one a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Debra
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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    "Compelling."

    I loved every minute of this compelling and addictive story. Believable characters and refreshingly surprising outcome.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Holly
    12/2/15
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    "Gory, uncomfortable listen"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although a very well written book, I found it far too gory and detailed. The story was very dark which I was expecting to a degree, but it certainly made me flinch once or twice and I don't have a soft stomach!


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelei King excellently narrated the book - she managed to give the characters a real sense of personality which matched the tone of the book brilliantly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Places?

    It's tricky to describe without giving too much away.. but it would more than likely be the sacrifice, or perhaps not cut it away but softened the description slightly. I appreciate though that it was the level of detail which made the horrific crimes in the book all the more abhorrent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Davis
    Cornwall, UK
    7/24/15
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    "Gripping but sad"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I don't think this is a story I would listen to again and it builds up to who did it and once you know I'm not sure it would be the same again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the flashbacks to the night of the massacre


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven;t listened to any other books she has read but thoroughly enjoyed this


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

    It was so sad really, the way the story turned out made you realise the harsh choices people have to make when under pressure


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    1/19/15
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    "The title says everything about this story"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I don't generally revisit books for a number of years, but in saying that never say never. I enjoyed this book but it was quite disturbing in places.


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

    The conclusion. It all built up to that point and it didn't disappoint.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll lookout for others. She was awesome


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

    Not particularly, the book carried you on a wave of emotions in which you had empathy for certain characters one minute, then distaste for them the next.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    London
    12/17/14
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    "A violent mystery thriller"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I might listen to it again in a few years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the protagonist, she is a bit of an anti-hero.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She puts her own stamp on all the characters. I think she does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is quite violent, much more so than Gone Girl. But I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Sharp Objects (Flynn's first book).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat
    12/1/14
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    "Gratuitously gory"

    So unnecessarily and gratuitously gory that I gave up on it. Whilst I can see what she was trying to do, that amount of lingering on the grotesque just made me turn it off. In a novel, you can skip past something like that but unfortunately it was not possible on audiobook. A real shame as I LOVED Gone Girl and was hoping for another excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FrankeeCuddles
    11/11/14
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    "Worth a Read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition, but I'd say not. In my opinion I found the readers voice a little annoying. I think I would have come up with much better voices for the characters in my own head.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    Depends on how good the book was. I probably wouldn't choose to listen to another narrated by Lorelei King on a whim. Although she reads well, her voice grated on me toward the end of the book, especially when she was portraying the male characters; so much so I couldn't wait for the story to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    Most reviews I read of Dark Places, before I bought it, said the main character, Libby Day was not so likeable at the start but then became likeable. I on the other hand liked her from the go get. I often found myself identifying with the way she feels about life and people. Her social awkwardness, the disconnect she feels from humanity and her sometimes apathetic demeanour. I liked the way the story flitted back and forth between present and past, and you got to hear perspectives from Libby's mum; although I found myself not very sympathetic to her plight, she seemed to me ineffectual and useless. Most of the Day family appeared to me this way, like as if Patty's hopelessness and completely enveloped her kids before they even started. No-one seemed like a fighter in the Day family, save perhaps for Libby, but mostly life chewed them up and spat them out. I like this realism in the writing, people and life is and can be sh***y. The twist was not so hard to guess at, but over-all I did like this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L Smith
    Totteridge, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Gripping Crime!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was gripping and interesting all the way through. Although Libby is not that likeable, her journey is very well written. The characters are all intriguing as their stories unravel. This is not as good as Gone Girl but is a close second.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lyle was my favourite character because he was so sweet and desperate to please and one of the only character who was not deeply troubled and pessimistic (though he does have a past too!)


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Loreilei King has a terrific ability to perform all the different character's voices as distinct and separate without over-acting in any way. Each character's voice was very believable.


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

    There was not a particularly moving moment but I was caught off guard by Crystal's actions. Mostly I was kept gripped as the pieces of the story unfolded and each suspect told their tale.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Grabs you from the start."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed Gone Girl.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main protagonist starts as an irritating spoilt character but as the story unfolds, her personality traits are explored and explained and she grows into someone that by the end of the book I had warm feelings for.
    The usual twists and turns that we've come to expect of the author are there in abundance and it was definitely a book that I would stay in the car those extra few minutes for as I wanted to hear what was happening next.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Nicely paced narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    7/24/13
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    "Excellent"

    Only put one star under 'performance' as don't know what it refers to - give us back the old simple reviews please Audible!!
    Anyway the audiobook itself was excellent. I was a bit concerned I'd be disappointed having enjoyed Go Girl so much and relatively recently, but on the basis of another review i took my chance. I wasn't disappointed, this is a very different story and didn't feel repetitive at all. The story is excellent and the narration was perfect. Certainly in my top 3 audiobooks of all time. Only problem was it's taken me a while to download another audiobook as I know it will be a disappointment after Dark Places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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