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The Drowning Girl Audiobook
The Drowning Girl
Written by: 
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Narrated by: 
Suzy Jackson
The Drowning Girl Audiobook

The Drowning Girl

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Drowning Girl: "As with all "Neil Gaiman Presents" titles, it's very important to me to find the voice that comes closest to the voice in the author's head; for Caitlin, for this book, that was Suzy Jackson. It was not until the second round of auditions that we found someone who sounded young but not naïve, someone who could catalogue the sharp detail of Imp's carefully observed daily life but also convey the blurred edges of her reality. Caitlin and Suzy kept in touch during the recording, and the result is a reading that is precise but not "stagey", a literary but accessible reading of the novel."

India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on The Drowning Girl, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2012 Caitlin R. Kiernan (P)2012 Caitlin R Kiernan

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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 07-15-12
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A mazing story"
    What did you like best about The Drowning Girl? What did you like least?

    A really good author has written a very confusing story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pleased.


    Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favorite?

    IMP was well written and her girlfriend was genuine but again, the story was so convoluted that I found it hard to follow most of the time.


    Could you see The Drowning Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it would have to be changed beyond the meaning of the story so that the average person could follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Kierman is brilliant and the book is well written but her story flummoxed me. I listened to the end because of the purchase. Cannot recommend.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis OAKLAND, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Alexis OAKLAND, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Worst Book Ever"
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    This book was the worst one I have listened to ever! I somehow managed to listen to the whole thing, despite my better judgement, in the vain hope that something would start to make sense or have any redeeming features by the end.

    the Narrator did a really good job though.

    I have no idea why anyone would ever like this book, although I know it is quite popular, maybe I am just clueless, but the writing style, the content, and the pacing of the book irritated the crap out of me. This book really made me mad!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. L. Callahan Little Elm, TX United States 06-22-16
    J. L. Callahan Little Elm, TX United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2015

    Meijhen

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    "amazing"

    loved this book. India's mental illness is amazingly well portrayed. i found the book disturbing in that sense - I am not schizophrenic, but some of her thought processes and habits, both of thought and action, had a familiar resonance that made me have to take a break from the book for a bit.
    the storyline is, given the viewpoint character's issues, predictably non-linear. and the book ends with a discussion of how the character will never know what really happened... neither does the reader. if that bothers you, this is *not* the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Soulxone 06-20-16
    Soulxone 06-20-16
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    "My first Caitlin R Kiernan book"

    I was captured and will be reading all of her books.

    Thank you Neil Gaiman for the introduction to Caitlin.

    Shane

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate Santa Monica, CA 05-20-16
    Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate Santa Monica, CA 05-20-16

    I like to read

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    "Beautiful, haunting, truly stunning novel."

    I was completely captivated by this story. The language, the characters, the narration were all perfect. Every once in a while, I find a book that takes me someplace new, that surprises me, that stretches my conception of the art of writing: this is one of those books. It borders on poetry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Toxica Providence, RI 05-18-16
    Angie Toxica Providence, RI 05-18-16 Member Since 2015

    Erotica, fantasy, spirituality, leftist politics, self help, and a lot of goth horror...yup, that's me!

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    "Deeply stunning work of the gothic weird"

    Two summers ago I listened to this book on headphones while walking back and forth from the library in Holyoke, MA - an old New England mill town set with abandoned brick buildings and sooty sidewalks, much like old parts of Providence, RI described in the novel. I was struggling with poverty and mental illness like the narrator, and found in this listening experience a rare world where I felt I belonged. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s work often does that for me. I see myself reflected in her protagonists more than any other author’s. They are often queers, goths, outsiders, and artists, struggling to survive against deep horrors that the rest of the world doesn’t acknowledge as real - horrors that threaten their lives and sanity, and that are intertwined with old, deep traumas.

    My own personal fondness for her characters aside, Caitlin R. Kiernan is one of the most critically acclaimed writers in the horror/weird fiction tradition. She's widely recognized, up there with Thomas Ligotti, as one of the premiere literary descendants of H.P. Lovecraft. Not in the sense that she writes with a Lovecraftian formula (though sometimes she plays with it in her short stories), but in the sense that she evokes Lovecraftian themes like cosmic dread, shaky sanity, deep time, and surreal beauty in modern day settings with her own unique voice.

    This book, with its non-linear prose, deep water imagery, bouts of poetry, stories within stories, and impeccable historical research, is one of her masterpieces. It has strong echoes of Shirley Jackson and other influences I’m sure I’m not aware of. Suzy Jackson’s narration is absolutely fabulous. She worked extensively with the author to accurately capture the distinct voices of each character and the oscillations of the narrator’s mental state as she slips in and out of lucidity. I read a hard copy of the book after listening, and found that I preferred listening to this book over reading it.

    If you’ve ever struggled with your sanity, doubted what is real, feared what that the rest of the world can’t see - or if you want to slip into an expertly crafted description of that experience; if you enjoy weird fiction, aquatic folklore, good horror or old New England gothica, I highly recommend this novel from one of the great living masters of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget 04-24-16
    Bridget 04-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not wait for this book to finish"

    Convoluted and ridiculous. In addition another reviewer states that the book is a way to showcase the authors knowledge- I would definitely agree. Awful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jcarpani 04-08-16
    jcarpani 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Deliriously confusing."
    Would you try another book from Caitlin R. Kiernan and/or Suzy Jackson?

    No.


    What could Caitlin R. Kiernan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is the only audible book I did not finish, and I tried twice. I felt the author tried too hard making this difficult to follow. Mission accomplished. I never felt anything but contempt for the main character, so I could care less about her nonsensical plight.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzy Jackson’s performances?

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This felt like a real mess to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SC123 03-17-16
    SC123 03-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't bring myself to like main character"

    I didn't finish this title. I got tired of the main character's self-absorbed faux-mysteriousness. After two or three hours of listening to her argue wistfully with herself over whether she met someone in the spring or the fall and then go on and on about how very mysterious her life is, I called it quits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb49 Farmington Hills, Michigan USA 03-08-16
    Barb49 Farmington Hills, Michigan USA 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"

    This book was one of the most disappointing books I have read. Very hard to follow and repetitive throughout the entire story. I love the narrator but did not like the story. It was all over the place

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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