The New York Times best seller and USA Today Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
Every day the same
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
©2016 Paula Hawkins (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I'm new at this audible books thing and I must say this book had me reelled in from start to finish. And I actually enjoyed the voice of the narrators. I found myself lulled to sleep to their voice while listening before bed a few times. Highly recommended.
The story here was okay but the voices of the narrators were so completely irritating I frequently had to stop listening. The voices were so awful they kept pulling me out of the story itself. Maybe watch the movie instead?
Its not high brow literature, but it pulls you in. You get to meet a sad, broken main character you may come to feel empathy for.
Very well performed/read (although the voice of the character named Anna just didn't seem right, (voice too deep, flat and conservative sounding to suit the character.) Multiple narrators which I think is an engaging storytelling device. Many of us have done that thing with compelling strangers we see regularly; we project wonderful life stories onto those strangers and that relatable experience is at the root of this story.
I read the book before seeing the movie. The way in which the characters are written is annoying. Very repetitive. Was not able to relate emotionally to any of these characters. Had the book not been read to be I would have given up on it quarter way through. I don't give up on books. If they adapt of of her novels to a movie again, I am skipping the book. The movie was better, too.
I've listened to the audio book for The Girl on the Train in two different languages now and one is just as good as the other. The narration in the English version is fantastic. The plot and flow of the story keeps you wanting to stop all other activities so that you won't miss any of the details. Having said that, it does require a bit more focus than some other easier plot lines as the story jumps quite quickly between characters and timelines. Fantastic all around. I hope that Paula Hawkins has a long successful career and keeps the caliber of writing up to this very highly set bar.
First 3/4 were wonderfully done and kept me constantly guessing and interested. Last 1/4 it seemed almost too obvious and after a certain revelation it lost that spark and became like a game of clue.
The Anna narrator made it hard to listen to at those parts, but they did not come often.
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