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Sliver

By: Ira Levin
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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A chilling psychological thriller that explores the menacing evil behind the glittering facades of Manhattan's skyscrapers.

Kay Norris, a successful and lovely book editor, moves into the posh Carnegie Hall district of Manhattan, into an apartment in a slender high-rise. A man watches her. He watches her unpack, watches her make her bed. He owns the building: A shocking secret is concealed within its brick and concrete.

Sliver is a sinuous erotic thriller, a hypnotic story of obsession, suspense, and stunning surprises. It is a novel about the ultimate power, and the temptations the use of that power brings.

©1991 Ira Levin (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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😐Stop Smiling 🙄🤨

Aw, jeez, this is pretty bad. The writing is so simplistic and juvenile. At first I thought maybe it was a stylistic choice on the part of the author. Then I started wishing I could have a dollar each time I had to hear the words smile, smiling, or smiled, or the sentences He smiled, She smiled, He smiled at her, She smiled at him, They smiled at each other, etc. Then I noticed there was zero real character development, and that we were never really inside the head of the protagonist, about whom all we really know is that she works as a book editor and that she’s incredibly model-gorgeous, with “a great pair of t**s.” We never even feel her fear (if she’s afraid, the reader doesn’t know it) during the wannabe thrilling climax, when she’s dangling by her fingertips from a window ledge twenty stories above the street, seemingly about to plummet to her death. Can you suspend disbelief sufficiently to buy into the idea of domestic house cat as rescuer? How about the idea of nearly-murdered heroine who feels comfortable enough to go take a shower before calling the police, with her attacker still sitting, alive and merely wounded, on the floor of her bedroom? If so, you may enjoy this adolescent, voyeuristic silliness masquerading as a thriller.
Grade: D

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  • Washington DC
  • 01-23-18

Disappointing story line and boring narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I had expected a better story line given this book was written by the famous Ira Levin. But the story line is unbelievably predictable and drags on too much. The boring narration does not help either. If you have insomnia, this book is a perfect sleeping pill for you.

Has Sliver turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, so far I have read two books by Ira Levin. I will discontinue my interest in his books after this one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Soneela Nankani?

Either Jeffwoodman or Tom Taylorson or Paul Boehmer would narrate better than Soneela Nankani!

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

None whatsoever!

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Creepy and thoughtful

Brilliant writing. Good characters. I wish Audible had more of Levin's books. He is the best from his era.

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A Favorite of Mine

Th classic "what would you do" scenario and a favorite of mine. Ira Levin is so clever with unique circumstances and storylines.

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Fantastic

I love Ira Levin. His female main characters are always awesome, and I especially enjoyed this strong main character. The psychological aspect is chilling. Loved it.

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