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Sharp Objects Audiobook

Sharp Objects

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
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Publisher's Summary

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, she will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, well-crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

©2006 Gillian Flynn; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author

"A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner." (Harlan Coben)
"Flynn delivers a great whodunit....Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris' All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was 30 years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last 30 pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights." (Stephen King)

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    Erika 12-01-15
    Erika 12-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well..."

    This book was well written. It deeply disturbed me. It is a very accurate portrayal of mental illness.

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    Cheri CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-30-15
    Cheri CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good read!"
    Where does Sharp Objects rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely in the top rankings.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did..... I was very sassy and sinister. The characters were well thought out and the all flowed so well together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was towards the end when the main character realized it was her little sister...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Some words should never be spoken and some secrets should never be told.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was really good. I was on the fence about getting it and I am so glad that I did.

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    Tricia 11-29-15
    Tricia 11-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!"

    I loved this book! I couldn't wait to keep reading. I highly recommend it. It's a thriller/mystery.

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    Sally Shelby Township, MI, United States 11-28-15
    Sally Shelby Township, MI, United States 11-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but not Gone Girl..."
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Ann Marie Lee?

    Absolutely...Gillian Flynn is a great author, she tells stories with a level of authenticity that is not easily matched by others. Cringeworthy, her characters say and do things we know they should not...but just cannot help themselves.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    So, I started with Gone Girl...way before the movie. It was SO good (and so bad, all at the same time)! I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I felt Sharp Objects was much more predictable, it lacked the suspense that I experienced reading Gone Girl.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, for sure!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Colin 11-25-15
    Colin 11-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read, but no Gone Girl"

    This book delved a little deeper into some scarier recesses of evil in the human brain than Gone Girl did, and sometimes seems unbelievable because of it.

    This would be a great book to read before reading Gone Girl, but unfortunately, most of us learn about Gillian Flynn by reading Gone Girl. You hate to think of a book suffering by comparison to its author's other works, but this novel does not proceed with the same suspense and tension that we felt while reading gone girl. Some common themes emerge, including small town Missouri life, and the power of gossip, which Gillian Flynn gives good treatment to in this book.

    I will recommend this book as a good suspense thriller, but at the same time would recommend gone girl over sharp objects.

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    brian grospitch 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Seriously!?"

    the author tried too hard to have a twist at the end that it made the entire book, well, suck. I annoyed that I paid for this book and I'm annoyed that it was so ridiculously unbelievable. The only reason I finished it was because I was stuck on planes and in airports that I needed something to pass the time. And I guess a second reason was that I was hoping it would end with the realistic murderer and quite frankly geet better. Descriptions were great and it did take you to the places she described but that in itself was the shortcoming. Described well in a "oh come on" mindset.

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    Gwen Los Angeles, CA 11-14-15
    Gwen Los Angeles, CA 11-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great ...up with until the end"

    The narration was great, the dialog was fantastic. Very creative and realistic characters. Loved everything about the story in fact ..... that is until the last half hour. In my opinion the story takes a weak and predictable angle, I s hoping for something more.

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    Carissa Russell Canal Fulton, Ohio United States 11-12-15
    Carissa Russell Canal Fulton, Ohio United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The only book by this author worth reading."

    I feel like this book is where the author hit her stride. It was the first I read, and I was so impressed I read the others, ending up disappointed.

    I like books where the characters feel really authentic, I feel like the author has a bit of herself in this one which is what made it the stand out success to me. Really nailed the main character and created an interesting story I didn't want to put down.

    If you came here because of the movie Gone Girl, don't read that one, read this one and it's the only book you need to have a great impression of this author. Her others are entertaining and i'm not disappointed I spent credits - but the others don't hold a candle to this one.

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    Bahamut22 Colorado, USA 11-07-15
    Bahamut22 Colorado, USA 11-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    I loved Gillian Flynn after Gone Girl. I downgraded to like after this book. To put it mildly, this family puts the fun in holy-mother-of-god-this-family-is-dysfunctional. The book starts out slow and keeps going slow until the last maybe two hours. Then it gets real interesting. I feel that the first hours is to build up and into each individual character; the main character gets the royal treatment of descriptions. No spoilers here: she is a cutter. That is, she etches words into her own skin to make herself feel better. If I had even a fraction of what her family is in real life, I probably would've done the same thing too. The main character is a reporter sent to her hometown to investigate the murders of young girls. Returning home brings up a lot of anxiety. Flynn does an excellent job illustrating this. Overall the story was good but not great. The narrator has a nice southern voice that really brings the story alive.

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    donna muldowney 11-05-15
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    "great listen"

    There are some intense moments, the story line makes you want to keep going.great narrator.

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  • Mr Paul Johnson
    11/8/09
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    "Brilliant"

    A real surprise - had me hooked from begining to end! I don't think it's too heavy though some of the subject matter isn't the most cheerful. Well written book I thought.

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  • Karen
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    "A Good listen"

    I liked this book but it was rather heavy. Worth a listen but not a 5 stars product

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