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.
©2012 Caitlin R. Kiernan (P)2012 Caitlin R Kiernan
I cant see Anyone liking or wanting to spend another second reading or listening to this book.
I Believe it could have been the narator
She had Almost a lips thAT was irritating and distrCting
I could not finish it, it was so bad.
Slip it dont waste your time.......
Not at all
This was not coherent writing. It reminded me of words thrown randomly at paper and then called a story
Disappointment and the anger at the time and book credit I wasted. I want my credit back
Don't waste time you can't get back.
coherent story? I kept waiting for a theme, or something to actually happen.
i am really not sure. it reminded me of my wife droning on to me about doing yardwork, cleaning the garage, emptying the dishwasher, etc.. until I just tuned it out....
i enjoyed the narrator - it is the only reason i made it about half way thru the book.
dissapointment. I like all the neal gaeman stories, and hoped this would be some type of derevitive. I never connected with this book, character, or anything else.
This is one of the few times that reviews led me wrong in selecting a book. I read audiobooks for a good story. I read them to enlighten me. I read them to entertain me. I read them to open my mind to something I haven't considered before. I am having a hard time knowing why I listened to this entire book. This book had no redeeming quality that I can identify.
I don't get you people who reviewed and said this was a moving experience. To me this seemed to be the ramblings of a schizophrenic's fantasy world. I did agree that many of the characteristics of IMP in the story were typical of schizophrenia. But let me just say that the flight of ideas of a psychotic mind does not make a good story. To sum up the book in a nutshell: A struggling schizophrenic goes off her meds and has a wild fantasy of having a lesbian sexual relationship with an evil ghost. Then she gets better. I just saved you 13 hrs and 13 seconds of frustration...
I will say that the narrator does a good job in the story. Otherwise, I wish that I hadn't listened to all the glowing reviews and had saved my credit for a better book.
start from the beginning and change the whole plot
get better ideas for a story
The idea of a mentally challenged girl isnt all that new so lets make her a Lesbian, that'll do it!
"Real or not?"
Imp is schizophrenic, it runs in the family, and has caused her mum and gran to commit suicide. When Imp starts obsessing over a painting of a drowning girl, and its relevance to the original telling of the fairytale Red Riding Hood; the listener is left to decipher what is real and what is mentally evoked imaginings.
I found this quite distressing, as Imp was in so much turmoil, and having a knowledge of OCD, those sections were painful to listen to as the author had obviously really done her homework.
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