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A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming listen about one 14-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

'You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.'

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done;
and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn't enough.

©2017 Gabriel Tallent (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Mark
  • 09-22-17

Tough going, but ultimately rewarding

This is a tough book. Not just because at 14 year old girl being sexually abused by her father, but because every emotion and thought is described in such raw and uncompromising prose.

You only view the world from the point of view of the girl, Julia (Turtle), so you spend the whole 15 hours in her head and this is an confusing and troubling place to be. I found the early parts of the book especially difficult. When it is just Julia and her dad (who only seems to use a handful of phrases, "Jesus Christ" is particularly grating) and I nearly gave up with it several times during this section.

The book does lift though, when other characters come into the story and there are some wonderful passages of prose describing the natural world. And, while I don't want to give away the ending, stick with it, you won't feel as though you wasted your time.

So, not for everyone, but if you can cope with some tough writing you will be rewarded with a gripping story that you will not forget.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-17

Brilliant!

A sometimes difficult, but always vivid and tender account, I was completely absorbed throughout. This is my favourite book of the year.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Purple Kama
  • 09-14-17

Weirdly beautiful

Loved it but hard to say why when parts were so disturbing. I think it was the depth and descriptive narrative that did it for me. The brutal honesty of Turtle. The complete access to a damaged mind. I think the blurb from Stephen King calling it a masterpiece is completely fair. Very different for me but I'm glad I tried it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • hfffoman
  • 09-17-17

Disastrous choice of narrator

Would you try another book written by Gabriel Tallent or narrated by Alex McKenna?

BY the author, yes, by the narrator, no

Would you be willing to try another one of Alex McKenna’s performances?

Never

Any additional comments?

How on earth did they choose a narrator with a broken voice that sounds like two rusty pieces of metal scraping?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rona Macleod
  • 10-06-17

Best book I've listened to in a long time.

Gripping and intense story line
can't recommend this book highly enough.
can't wait for the authors next one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr David Kemp
  • 09-29-17

A thrilling and disturbing listen

I found the book a wonderful exploitation in what it can be like for people who are abused by people they love. It helps you understand why people let their abusers carry on. It is a disturbing subject but really well explored and the story keeps you gripped.

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  • Andy
  • 09-21-17

Superb

Would you listen to My Absolute Darling again? Why?

Maybe a few years from now when l can't remember the detail . That isn't likely .

Any additional comments?

Great narration . Cigarette and whisky voice .

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • thegirllee
  • 11-22-17

best narration

I really found this hard going but riveting at the same time ended abruptly though

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  • Masonia
  • 11-15-17

Just Ok

I sort of liked this book, and it was well-written, but I can't say I enjoyed the story very much. I also didn't like the performer who read it, as she has a very scratchy voice. I thought the story was compelling in some places, but overall it was a little slow. I also didn't like the ending, as it left a lot b of questions. Overall, just an OK book, in my opinion.

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  • Finn Ryan
  • 11-03-17

Struggled to finish

Struggled to finish this. Had to fast forward a lot near the end. Hate to be so harsh but don't want anyone else to enter into this blindly..

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  • imtralee
  • 10-18-17

gripping

one of those life changing stories that haunt your thought forever more. Chilling and spellbinding. The rich language also welcome return to literature.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful