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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places

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Publisher's Summary

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate.

When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?

Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.

©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 AudioGo Ltd

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  • Cat
    12/1/14
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    "Gratuitously gory"

    So unnecessarily and gratuitously gory that I gave up on it. Whilst I can see what she was trying to do, that amount of lingering on the grotesque just made me turn it off. In a novel, you can skip past something like that but unfortunately it was not possible on audiobook. A real shame as I LOVED Gone Girl and was hoping for another excellent read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • FrankeeCuddles
    11/11/14
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    "Worth a Read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition, but I'd say not. In my opinion I found the readers voice a little annoying. I think I would have come up with much better voices for the characters in my own head.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    Depends on how good the book was. I probably wouldn't choose to listen to another narrated by Lorelei King on a whim. Although she reads well, her voice grated on me toward the end of the book, especially when she was portraying the male characters; so much so I couldn't wait for the story to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    Most reviews I read of Dark Places, before I bought it, said the main character, Libby Day was not so likeable at the start but then became likeable. I on the other hand liked her from the go get. I often found myself identifying with the way she feels about life and people. Her social awkwardness, the disconnect she feels from humanity and her sometimes apathetic demeanour. I liked the way the story flitted back and forth between present and past, and you got to hear perspectives from Libby's mum; although I found myself not very sympathetic to her plight, she seemed to me ineffectual and useless. Most of the Day family appeared to me this way, like as if Patty's hopelessness and completely enveloped her kids before they even started. No-one seemed like a fighter in the Day family, save perhaps for Libby, but mostly life chewed them up and spat them out. I like this realism in the writing, people and life is and can be sh***y. The twist was not so hard to guess at, but over-all I did like this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • L Smith
    Totteridge, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Gripping Crime!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was gripping and interesting all the way through. Although Libby is not that likeable, her journey is very well written. The characters are all intriguing as their stories unravel. This is not as good as Gone Girl but is a close second.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lyle was my favourite character because he was so sweet and desperate to please and one of the only character who was not deeply troubled and pessimistic (though he does have a past too!)


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Loreilei King has a terrific ability to perform all the different character's voices as distinct and separate without over-acting in any way. Each character's voice was very believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was not a particularly moving moment but I was caught off guard by Crystal's actions. Mostly I was kept gripped as the pieces of the story unfolded and each suspect told their tale.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • K
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Grabs you from the start."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed Gone Girl.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main protagonist starts as an irritating spoilt character but as the story unfolds, her personality traits are explored and explained and she grows into someone that by the end of the book I had warm feelings for.
    The usual twists and turns that we've come to expect of the author are there in abundance and it was definitely a book that I would stay in the car those extra few minutes for as I wanted to hear what was happening next.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Nicely paced narration.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    7/24/13
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    "Excellent"

    Only put one star under 'performance' as don't know what it refers to - give us back the old simple reviews please Audible!!
    Anyway the audiobook itself was excellent. I was a bit concerned I'd be disappointed having enjoyed Go Girl so much and relatively recently, but on the basis of another review i took my chance. I wasn't disappointed, this is a very different story and didn't feel repetitive at all. The story is excellent and the narration was perfect. Certainly in my top 3 audiobooks of all time. Only problem was it's taken me a while to download another audiobook as I know it will be a disappointment after Dark Places.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    7/8/13
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    "So well written and read. So sorry I finished!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    The narrator made this book for me. Her sardonic drawl was better than my head could have imagined. The inflexions she used were quite perfect. I think Ms King had to have read this book over and over in order to capture exactly how she wanted to portray the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The central character was interesting in that she drew no empathy for her terrible situation but eventually, when she started to try and discover her history I wanted her to succeed. Her Aunt Diane was wonderfully portrayed too. A feisty no nonsense women - perfectly characterized.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her accent was fantastic. I am British so it would have been difficult to imagine this story without the perfect narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - towards the end when we found out what had actually caused the "murder". So devastating.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think that Gone Girl could be bettered. This was amazing and I couldn't recommend it more highly. Every sentence had a gem of irony, sarcasm or sardonic humour. Wonderfully thought out and written. Well done to Gillian Flynn.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gavingks
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    8/26/13
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    "A great story that hides really well from the you"

    Having loved Gone Girl I thought this would be a disappointment but I was wrong. It is different and maybe not quite as obsessive and compelling but it gently catches you and you just want more. The Characters are wonderfully unlovable and the pace is near perfect.
    hard to believe at times yet it becomes believable as the story draws you in.
    A really good read and really requires you to pay attention.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • lynsey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5/6/13
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    "Great listen and beautifully narrated."

    This book is a very engaging listen, with a lead character you will either love or hate and a wonderful twisting plot that takes you back in time to relive the tragic day that changes so many of the characters lives. I loved the honesty of Libby Day even though at times you would just feel better if you hated her, but the truth is this wonderfully written book will bring out mixed emotions with many of the characters and not all of them good.
    Gillian flynn seems to get the emotions and emotional responses of people reading very well indeed and as a writer that is not an easy thing to do.
    The narration is great and Ms King always seems to get it just right, she is an excellent voice actress and I have never heard a bad performance from her.
    Please take the time to read or listen to this great work of fiction as it will keep you guessing until the very end. x

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    1/3/17
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    "Better than Gone Girl"

    Brilliant narration. Gripping story but very 'dark'. I enjoyed it more than Gone Girl. x

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline A
    Scotland
    12/27/16
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    "Dark indeed..."

    ...It's what it says on the tin but all a little too dark for me. The story is quite bereft of uplifting moments. Narration by Lorelei King is fast and requires focus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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