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Publisher's Summary

Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.

©2012 Karin Slaugher. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGo

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Horrible!

Any additional comments?

I am an avid Karen Slaughter fan. I love her Grant County and Will Trent books. These short stories however are VERY dark with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Suffered through to the last because I am a fan and was always hopeful that the NEXT story would be good. On the contrary, they only seemed to get worse. Please don't waste your time and mental capacity on these short stories.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Literary Manhater!

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Shannon Cochran?

Maybe, if the subject matter were different

What do you think your next listen will be?

Waiting for Jo Nesbo's The Son, and the next book in Louise Penny's Gamache series.

What character would you cut from The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

When you cut the bitter, angry, vengeful women from the stories, there isn't much left!

Any additional comments?

Avoid this book at all costs

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Definitely not written for happy feelings

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Shannon Cochran?

No

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

Very depressing, and the female characters in multiple stories are weak

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

Emotion and tone not seen in the words

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

Way too many of the stories include the death of children

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerry
  • Stockton, CA
  • 05-30-14

Pleasant Surprise

Would you listen to The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories again? Why?

Maybe. The stories were well crafted and it was intriguing to watch the characters take shape, but knowing how the stories conclude would probably ruin a second listen.

What other book might you compare The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories to and why?

I can't recall reading anything that compares. Most of the characters are unsympathetic, selfish and unlikable, but the narrative is handled so deftly that you stick around anyway, if only to see if the unlikable characters get their comeuppance. By the end of some of the stories I was able to find shreds of sympathy for some of the most unsympathetic characters in the collection. Strange, really, but most of these stories were written (and narrated) very well. It's full of people being horrible to one another, but it's not (in most cases) for simple shock value -- it's organic and we get to see what shaped these vindictive characters.

Which character – as performed by Shannon Cochran – was your favorite?

None of the characters were really likable, so it's difficult to select a favorite. The narrator did a really great job with all the characters, though perhaps best with Jude from The Truth About Pretty Girls, or June from Unremarkable Heart.

Any additional comments?

The Audible Daily Deal occasionally pays off. Eighty percent of what I've picked up turns out to be crap. It was a pleasant surprise to find this collection offered. Without it I'd never have heard of Karen Slaughter. Now I'll be checking out her other works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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very dark

The stories are well written, but VERY dark in nature. It was not what I consider "entertainment". I had to skip some of the stories due to the subject matter. Is our world as horrible and ugly as the author describes... yes, but do we really want to read/listen to the intimate accounts of it. Not I. I tried to give it a good listen, but could not finish it.

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Terrific short stories!

Karin Slaughter writes these slightly wicked stories always with a twist. You THINK you know the story as you're listening, only to find out at the end that you most definitely DO NOT! Good stuff, and great length for listening to while driving to/from work. Never heard this reader before and she does some good, varied voices. Recommended.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • NASHUA, NH, United States
  • 05-07-14

Awful book. Couldn't finish!

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

I almost always finish a book, no matter how much I may dislike it, but this one simply became intolerably repulsive. And I like Karin Slaughter! Was she in a deep depression when she wrote these stories? The first story was interesting and had a nice twisted ending and I was telling a friend I sort of liked the book...but then I had to take that back. The second story was twisted and unpleasant and the thIrd was positively gruesome. And the main character in the fourth was a selfish, totally unlikeable you-know-what. I started to listen to the last story and after five minutes tossed in the towel.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm now listening to Julian Barnes "A Sense of an Ending." Not my usual type of book, but it might be a welcome change. I'm also reading the third book in the Divergent trilogy. I am a rather eclectic reader... My next listen after Barnes will be Creole Belle or Still Foolin' Em.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Shannon Cochran?

Yes, the narration was fine. Not her fault the plots and character were so awful.

What character would you cut from The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

All of them!

Any additional comments?

I will stick to Karin Slaughter's mainstream novels, and will read reviews carefully before buying!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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depressing

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

Ugly stories and dark depressing moody stories.

Has The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes this book is ugly people of life.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon Cochran’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

The whole book.

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  • Bj
  • 04-19-14

Dark

I bought this for a change of pace....something different. It got very good reviews and I usually find them accurate based on my preferences. This book/stories were just too dark for my taste...the narrator was good I thought and did a good job with each....but the subject matter on each was just too dark for me....I almost turned it off a few times, but stuck with it because I knew it was going somewhere....but in the end, in each story, I just felt like....yuck/really??/ lets move on. I just cant recommend it at all....

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 01-28-15

Not for the faint of heart or easily offended...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

only listened...but I think listening is always better...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories?

Ummmmm...The end of the first story....the second story...and the last story....the last stories ending is still rolling around in my head....just wow....

Which character – as performed by Shannon Cochran – was your favorite?

You really cant pick a character here...this book isn't the kind of book where you can fall in love with any of these characters...if anything you may fear them or loathe them....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did...it was shocking and appalling...I can only really say that I loved the first story...it made me a little happy....the other ones were extremely tragic...well not the 4th story...it was lighter compared to all the others...I did like the book as a whole..but I like dark sometimes...and I understand the women in these stories...the world is not always cupcakes and daisies...and not everything has a happy ending...

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a light listen...don't even attempt this book...I did like it...it was well written and well read...it deals with the darker side of life and was not far fetched at all in my opinion...people shock so easily...and yes this book will shock you...I am glad I got this book as a daily deal or I would have never known it existed...well worth a listen...but only if you can take the dark and dirty side of life.and understand the heart and mind of a woman scorned....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful