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The Drowning Girl Audiobook

The Drowning Girl

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....
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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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    Patricia Guerrero Santiago, Chile 01-20-13
    Patricia Guerrero Santiago, Chile 01-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A thrilling listen"

    Hearing this story was a great experience. Suzy Jackson does a great job interpreting Imp. I think that interpreting such a character is quite complex due to the mental confusion she experiences. I love the fact that she is able to portray the voices of all the characters in a different manner and give each one its deserved uniqueness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gary 07-13-12
    gary 07-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "too boring"
    Would you try another book from Caitlin R. Kiernan and/or Suzy Jackson?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Can't put my finger on why I was not too crazy about this book, sort of hard to follow at times. Kept thinking to myself, get to the point already. Very good narration though!

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Ontario, CA, United States 07-18-13
    Kathy Ontario, CA, United States 07-18-13
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    "Fascinating, moving, real."
    Would you listen to The Drowning Girl again? Why?

    Absolutely. This novel was very interesting and kept me guessing. I listened to it a few weeks ago and plan on listening to it again very soon. I loved the characters. I loved the way things were structured (and unstructured).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drowning Girl?

    Imp's schizophrenia felt very real. It was haunting and powerful. It gave the listener insight into what goes through a malfunctioning brain.


    Have you listened to any of Suzy Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to her other performances but this one was very good. I'd had some false starts with other audio books sounding too robotic and clunky. Suzy sounded human and warm, despite the harrowing text. She gave life to IMP and the others. Fantastic job.


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

    I was moved several times, but not huge drastic movements. It isn't like there is one moment where the author and reader moved a mountain deep in me. It was subtle movements, that, over time, demonstrated that a mountain had moved.


    Any additional comments?

    It was powerful and challenging. Some people find the lack of structure at times to be frustrating. I am not one of those people. If you find that unconventional story telling works for you, you'll likely enjoy this. If you need things to follow typical story formats, then maybe look elsewhere (or give it a shot and see what happens).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "morose"
    What would have made The Drowning Girl better?

    Plot is not lineal enough, floats around and repeats itself, truly boring. This story was making me insane, had to stop a quarter of the way through.


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

    Needed to get to the point ,or points earlier. Nor have I been able to develope any empathy for Imp. She's unrealistic, I have relatives and friends who suffer from schizophrenia and are on medication, they are neither isolated nor vacant as this character is portrayed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Townsville, Australia 07-18-12
    Patricia Townsville, Australia 07-18-12
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Caitlin R. Kiernan and/or Suzy Jackson?

    Maybe if I was desperate


    What was most disappointing about Caitlin R. Kiernan’s story?

    went on way to much in circles... had no idea who was who


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nil


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment that I had spent my credit on this.


    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ehecatl Mexico City, Mexico 09-17-12
    Ehecatl Mexico City, Mexico 09-17-12
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    "Androphobic, pretentious crap."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It began well, but then devolved into a androphobic rant, poorly constructed and uninteresting.


    Has The Drowning Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, Im a fan of horror literature.


    What does Suzy Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her character interpretation is supberb. she manages to give voice to both the main character as well as the other characters, she is delightful to listen to.


    Did The Drowning Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Yes: Never to read another Caitlin R. Kiernan book. Ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Read something else, this crap is foul, pretentious and boring. You better swallow chipped glass than waste your time reading this piece of lesbic manure.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mya Solon, OH, United States 07-25-12
    Mya Solon, OH, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Dry read and misleading story progession"
    What would have made The Drowning Girl better?

    better plot content to keep the listener interested


    Has The Drowning Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What aspect of Suzy Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    noneyes one


    What character would you cut from The Drowning Girl?

    iOneida would scrap the book or at least change the angle


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Oppenheim st joseph, MI, United States 09-07-13
    Diane Oppenheim st joseph, MI, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "i could not finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cant see Anyone liking or wanting to spend another second reading or listening to this book.


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

    I Believe it could have been the narator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had Almost a lips thAT was irritating and distrCting


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I could not finish it, it was so bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Slip it dont waste your time.......


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Mobile, AL, United States 07-08-13
    Carla Mobile, AL, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Confusing waste of time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about Caitlin R. Kiernan’s story?

    Not at all


    How could the performance have been better?

    This was not coherent writing. It reminded me of words thrown randomly at paper and then called a story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and the anger at the time and book credit I wasted. I want my credit back


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste time you can't get back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George hopkinsville, KY, USA 07-05-13
    George hopkinsville, KY, USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2002
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    "did not finish this one"
    What would have made The Drowning Girl better?

    coherent story? I kept waiting for a theme, or something to actually happen.


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

    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....


    Have you listened to any of Suzy Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i enjoyed the narrator - it is the only reason i made it about half way thru the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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