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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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    Jskred Casper, WY 06-04-13
    Jskred Casper, WY 06-04-13

    jskred@hotmail.com

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    "Sorry. Can't go with you on this one."

    I cannot recommend this work. A tedious and plodding story that failed to catch my interest, told in a monotonous tone. Not one for a long drive, or even a short one on a straight road.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liesl Biddell Lavington, NSW, AU 05-24-13
    Liesl Biddell Lavington, NSW, AU 05-24-13
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    "A challenge for those who like linear structure"

    I found this to be a challenging story to follow. I enjoyed the narration immensely but needed to relax into the non linear structure. The one thing I can recommend when listening to this is just to go with it. Don't try to figure out what is real, what is truth or what is fact; just follow IMP on her journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CINDY 05-14-13
    CINDY 05-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "BORING"
    What disappointed you about The Drowning Girl?

    It was boring.


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

    Nothing, it wasn't her fault it was a bad book.


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

    No, but it wasn't the narrator


    What character would you cut from The Drowning Girl?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of the story was very interesting, but I felt it died in the middle and just got weird and didn't go anywhere. Waste of time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Bleh. Felt like the story was too forced."

    i really wanted to love this book. i set myself up to rave about it....but i just can't. based on all the reviews i have read (here, on goodreads and otherwise), this book seemed to have all the makings of a story i would love. fantasy, female narrator, gothic horror and the promise of an incredibly talented author.

    Caitlin Kiernan is a talented author. this much is true. there are words and paragraphs and portions of this novel that are so beautifully written they begged to be framed as art. but then there were parts that were so...so...hmmm.
    let me try to explain.

    Imp could be an interesting narrator, but the fact that you never quite know (because of her schizophrenia) what is reality and what is fiction gets quite tiresome very quickly in this novel...an element that never sat right with me -- and never gets resolved. the novel ends in ambiguity with more questions than answers...and not that i need a neat and tidy ending, but i would like to feel some sort of resolution or growth or something that makes me feel like the book ended where it should have ended.

    some of Imp's ramblings are so difficult to pick apart and understand, it is frustrating. i dont want to be tired after reading a novel. not to say i don't like reading a difficult book. look at how American Gods left me...thats a difficult book that i found immensely satisfying. but this book felt like all work with no payoff. again, i just felt that i was left with nothing at the end. just confusion and sadness and i was actually rather annoyed. maybe if i had read the physical book instead of listening to this it would have been more manageable?

    final note -- no real likeable characters in this. including Imp. i wanted so much to like her. really i did. but i just couldn't.

    there is a lot of folk lore and fairy tale in this book, which i did enjoy...but as i said, those portions were few and far between, and couldn't hold the rest of the book up on their unsteady stilts.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 04-10-13
    Laura 04-10-13
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    "Good Insight into Psychosis"
    What did you like best about The Drowning Girl? What did you like least?

    Although the book intentionally blurs the line between what is subjective, and what is objective, the book is written as a first-hand account of experiences. In the writing style adopted by the author, the mental ticks and potholes of a mentally disturbed individual truly comes through.


    Any additional comments?

    Not surprising that this was written by the same author as The Red Tree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Sharp 03-25-13
    S. Sharp 03-25-13

    savvy shopper

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    "Confusing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book jumped around so much that I could never get into it. It was very promising but not for me. Could not finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Caitlin R. Kiernan again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Suzy Jackson’s voice?

    Average Sounding. Not inspiring.


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

    Not really.


    1 of 2 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"
    Any additional comments?

    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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-07-13
    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Weird, Intriguing, Ambiguous"

    I really liked the story, which meanders back and forth across fantasy/hallucination, supernatural occurrence, and everyday experience -- while somehow being impossible to stop listening to. The unreliable narrator-protagonist, a mentally ill young artist, India Morgan Phelps aka Imp reveals her slow unraveling through her accounts of being haunted -- by an archetype first glimpsed in a turn-of-the-century painting of a mermaid. The haunting-thriller-quasi-horror thing isn't usually my cup of tea, but this was intelligent and creepy and doesn't have a pat ending. Recommended if you're up for something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kenny Lexington, KY, United States 02-23-13
    kenny Lexington, KY, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "confusing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i try this book twice but could not follow the story at all


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    the bee keeper apprentice


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzy Jackson?

    she was ok


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

    disappointment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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