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The Drowning Girl | [Caitlin R. Kiernan]

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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    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 2011
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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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    Brad San Angelo, TX, U.S. 06-15-13
    Brad San Angelo, TX, U.S. 06-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of a credit..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Kangaroo Point, Australia 03-25-13
    Louise Kangaroo Point, Australia 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What was this"
    What would have made The Drowning Girl better?

    start from the beginning and change the whole plot


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

    get better ideas for a story


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

    indifference


    Any additional comments?


    The idea of a mentally challenged girl isnt all that new so lets make her a Lesbian, that'll do it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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