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Broken Monsters Audiobook

Broken Monsters

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Publisher's Summary

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes's new genre-bending novel of suspense.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe - and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes's internationally best-selling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

©2014 Lauren Beukes (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Lauren Beukes has got an intriguing style of dealing with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it." (Gillian Flynn, O: The Oprah Magazine)

"One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year" (Chicago Sun-Times

"Wildly inventive" (Entertainment Weekly)

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    sara 04-08-15
    sara 04-08-15
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    "Fascinating Final Twist"

    Majority of the book is a very realistic crime thriller with believable and interesting characters. It does start a little slowly for my tastes.

    The final act of the book is very tense and takes a fascinating turn. I'd compare it to Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Viv Julia 11-03-16
    Viv Julia 11-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very not scary"

    Get ready to listen to text convos and fake reddit threads. I was led to believe this would be very scary....maybe for teens?

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    Jim N Chicago, IL 07-09-16
    Jim N Chicago, IL 07-09-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A disappointing mashup"

    Rather than being a 'genre-redefining thriller", Broken Monsters is a combination of police procedural/serial killer thriller and supernatural horror tale. The problem is these elements are barely integrated so the story builds as one type of tale, ends as another and the climax ends up feeling distinctly at odds with what preceded it. Rather than being a surprising twist, it felt false.

    To be fair, there are a few hints that the story could go in the direction it eventually does but the ideas aren't unified in a satisfying way and the novel left me disappointed.

    On the plus side, it is an interesting, if ultimately not quite satisfying story and Lauren Beukes can write. The characterization is solid and the narration is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 09-23-15
    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 09-23-15 Member Since 2013

    David_in_Tennessee

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    "Good mashup of horror, police procedural and online culture"

    Beukes captures slices of the modern social media culture, the post industrial decay of urban America, the police procedural and the supernatural horror novel blended well by the differing narrators to very good effect.

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    Iain Kerr Durban, South Africa 09-18-15
    Iain Kerr Durban, South Africa 09-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I Had to keep listening in every spare moment"

    A nail biting story and very topical in today's world of ubiquitous social media use

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    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 07-09-17
    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 07-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good book!"

    I was surprised by some of the negative reviews. I thought this was a great book and not disappointed by the end. Being from Detroit it was cool that the author mixed in real stories and landmarks. Plot was original and had likable characters.

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    Luke Trimmer-Smith 01-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "really great until the last hour"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Beukes and/or the narrators?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lauren Beukes? Why or why not?

    On the fence, the stories are really great but her ending tend to feel rather rushed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably; the psychedelic imagery was glossed over in the novel but the screen would be a great place to portray it.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed that there were multiple narrators

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    Michael Turner 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"

    A very good book. UNTIL THE END. Very awesome build up. Terrible finish. I was thinking, "that was it? Seriously?"

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    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 12-29-16
    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 12-29-16 Member Since 2012

    I devour books like a trash compactor.

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    "enthralling"

    this is how you do characters. this is how you present a killer. this is how you capture nuance. i enjoyed this book very much. the only issue i had was how the supernatual element came in: it wasnt there at all, then came all at once at the end, but this was a slight hiccup that does not preclude a 5 star rating. very good readers, great audio experience. loved it.

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    Alicia 03-29-16
    Alicia 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic suspense"

    This book is a prime example of why I avoid suspenseful thrillers. if this were a film, it would be the kind of movie that would make me throw popcorn and scream at the television. i was able to rrfrain from yelling at my samsung thing like "DON'T GO IN THERE!!!" or 'THAT IS THE KILLER!!!" The characters and their overlaps make for an exciting tale of horror with elements of fantasy. The unraveling of the story is done very well with elements of horrific violence and crime, beautiful moments of passion, and keen insight into some pretty amazing characters minds. GREAT read.

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