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Sharp Objects Audiobook

Sharp Objects

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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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    dana 08-13-15
    dana 08-13-15
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    "Predictable and miserable."

    You knew where the story was going long before the end and it left me feeling miserable and sick with negativity towards humanity. If you are purposely looking to be absolutely miserable from beginning to end then by all means read this. Please don't read my review and get accidentally curious on what the contents of this story contain. It's boring and completely predictable. Pleaseeeee spare yourself the boring, predictable empty sadness this book will illicit. I expected some mystery in the story and wanted to enjoy the read, but no such luck here.

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    Jessica Buchanan 08-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sharp objects"

    Takes a while to get into. Gory descriptions not much suspense. Would recommend Dark Places over Sharp Objects

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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 08-13-15
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 08-13-15 Member Since 2016

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    "Cutting Deep my mind"

    Love the narration love the story direction there were characters that I loved and hated. I enjoyed the book immensely it really cut to the core.

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    Kaci 08-12-15
    Kaci 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommended."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    This draws you in right from the beginning. It's completely disturbing on so many levels. I can't get enough of Gillian Flynn's work. Ann Marie Lee's performance was top notch.


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    Jocelyn 08-08-15
    Jocelyn 08-08-15

    Insane Girls Do It Better

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    "New favorite book and author"
    What did you love best about Sharp Objects?

    All of the unexpected plot twists and turns. I kept thinking I had it figured out and then another plot twist would pop up, each more interesting than the last. The ending was mind blowing. Definitely an edge of your seat seat kind of book. I've listened to and read all of her books but this by far was my favorite. I really hope they make a movie out of this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the intensity of it,I couldn't stop listening. While in the car, doing housework, laying in bed, I literally could not tear myself away until the end. Too many good things to say about this to fit into a review, but trust me and just get it. You won't be sorry.


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

    Camille. I identify with her in the aspects of her personal issues & I've read other books that deal with the topic but those books made the problems the main focus of the story while this book expertly weaved it into the story showing how it affects you & your daily life but without that being the sole focus of the book.


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

    Several parts,I don't want to give anything away for people who haven't read it so I'll just say that there was definitely more than one part that really moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it! I have nothing bad to say about this,the story was amazing, the narrartor was perfect and it's such an intense story that its guaranteed to haunt you in a good way for long after you're finished with it.

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    susanl 08-05-15
    susanl 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen"

    Suspenseful novel that is narrated beautifully. Would love to listen to another book by the same narrator.

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    Jessica Long Island City, New York, United States 08-04-15
    Jessica Long Island City, New York, United States 08-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "This book should come with trigger warnings"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Considering the unpleasantness, to put it mildly, permeating the book, I should have quit. The book was well written, and very descriptive. This includes several distressing passages. I have a very strong stomach, and this book got to me. If I had been reading this, I could simply flip some pages and avoid the upsetting text. As an audiobook, I couldn't easily escape it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    "Enjoyable" is not the best term, as I don't think it is the goal of this book. It is not intended to be a rip-roarin good time. "Sharp Objects" isn't a twisty suspense novel like "Gone Girl". "Sharp Objects" is a slow, almost leisurely burn, and the majority of it takes place within the protagonist's head. She's remembering things, terrible things, and she is so damaged that she doesn't even grasp how terrible they are. Her mindset and behavior are extremely off-putting. I found the content of the book to be too upsetting to be enjoyable, but that's intentional, so I wouldn't change it.


    Did Ann Marie Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was mostly monotonous, and tired sounding, which fit with the mood of the novel. The protagonist is forcing herself through the events of Wind Gap, and I felt the narrator was, too. Considering what the narrator had to read out loud, shudder.

    Differentiating characters was well done. Camille, the protagonist, doesn't have a southern accent, implying she consciously left it behind, with the other residents of Wind Gap do. Her mother sounds like Blanche Devereaux from "Golden Girls", and that was perfect. I kept imagining her mother looking like Blanche. Her sister has an excellent Mean Girl voice.


    Was Sharp Objects worth the listening time?

    See above. YMMV.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning! This book contains graphic descriptions of :
    domestic abuse, self-mutilation, drug use involving minors, sexual behavior involving minors. These minors are middle schoolers. There is an undercurrent of sexual violence throughout. What was especially disturbing is that the protagonist doesn't recognize it as such, she sees this as normal.

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    Mona Lisa Faz 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Dark, Very Fascinating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to friends, I actually have. It's dark, like the terrible circumstance news headlines that draw you in. Scarily, the characters are, to me, relateable to people I know--eek!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the honest voice Camile offers. It makes me feel as though I am in the head of a troubled person that has gone to counseling and has come to terms with the motives and consequences of unsusual/hurtful behavior. Her voice is a little meloncholy, unapologetic and matter-of-fact.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Marie Lee?

    I liked the narrator. The various voices she gave different characters was conistent and believeable.


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

    I listened to this book in two sittings. It was very well written. As the story moved, with twists and turns--I had to know if my theory about the murderer was right. (It was!)


    Any additional comments?

    Before I read this book people some reviews stated that none of the characters had any redeemable qualities. I think that the characters are very much like many people-greedy and twisted-lonely and pretending to be alright. I felt the characters, as they are revealed, to be real.

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    S. Stewart Texas 07-29-15
    S. Stewart Texas 07-29-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Dark story with lots of twist"

    Love the writing of Gillian Flynn
    The book so much more that what is on the surface
    You feel like you go into the characters soul and see life now she sees it
    Worth the read

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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "Twisted & Addictive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like dark stories this is another good one from Gillian Flynn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a good example of how mental illness in a family begets mental illness. Its a cycle that continues and continues.


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

    Not at first but after it got going, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is disturbing in a lot of ways, but look past that and its a good story. The characters are mostly deplorable, but you want to like them and give them the benefit of the doubt. Camille, the main character, is probably the strongest character but she has deep wounds that have been scantily patched up and going back to the home of her mother and dealing with the murders, the revelations and her horrid sister proves to be her undoing.

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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
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    3/25/08
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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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