Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn audiobook

Sharp Objects: A Novel

By Gillian Flynn
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Random House Audio 9780307341549
9.58 Hours Unabridged
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NOW AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING AMY ADAMS, NOMINATED FOR EIGHT EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. Praise for Sharp Objects “Nasty, addictive reading.”Chicago Tribune   “Skillful and disturbing.”Washington Post   “Darkly original . . . [a] riveting tale.”People

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Summary

Summary

USA Today bestseller

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2007 CWA New Blood Dagger

Winner of the 2007 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

A 2007 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel

A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

NOW AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING AMY ADAMS, NOMINATED FOR EIGHT EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Praise for Sharp Objects

“Nasty, addictive reading.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Skillful and disturbing.”Washington Post
 
“Darkly original . . . [a] riveting tale.”People

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women's lives: the Stepford polish of desperate housewives, the backstabbing viciousness of drug-gobbling, sex-for-favors Mean Girls, the simmering rage bound to boil over. Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Fans of psychological thrillers will welcome narrator/Chicago Daily Post reporter Camille Preaker with open arms...As first-time novelist Flynn expertly divulges in this tale reminiscent of the works of Shirley Jackson, there is much more to discover about Wind Gap and, most of all, about Camille. Library Journal
This impressive debut novel is fueled by stylish writing and compelling portraits...In a particularly seductive narrative style, Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing patter of a weary reporter, but it is her portraits of the town's backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches. Booklist
[A] chilling debut thriller...[Flynn] writes fluidly of smalltown America. Publishers Weekly
A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner. Harlan Coben
First-time novelist Flynn is a natural-born thriller. People Style Watch
A deeply creepy exploration of small-town Midwestern values and boasts one of the most deliciously dysfunctional families to come along in a while...[Flynn] handles the narrative with confidence and a surprisingly high level of skill...Wind Gap ends up the sort of place you'd never want to visit. But with Sharp Objects, you're in no hurry to leave. San Francisco Chronicle
Brilliant...Powerful, mesmerizing...A stunning, powerful debut from someone who truly has something to say. San Jose Mercury News
One of the best and most disturbing books I have read in a long time...Flynn never stoops to the gratuitous, and the torment produces haunting characters that hung around my imagination long after I had finished the book. Her skillful blending of old tragedies with new culminated in an 'oh-my-gosh' moment that I never saw coming. This book simply blew me away. Kansas City Star
Don't look here for the unrelenting self-deprecation and the moping over men common chick lit...I promise you'll be thoroughly unnerved at the end. Newsweek
"[Flynn]] offers up a literary thriller that's a doozy...and she does it with wit and grit, a sort of Hitchcock visits Stephen King, with plenty of the former's offstage and often only implied violence, and the latter's sense of pacing and facility with dialogue...This is not a comfortable novel of touchy-feely family fun. Rather, it is a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author. Denver Post
"A tense, irresistable thriller...Flynn's first-person narration is pitch-perfect, but even more impressive is the way she orchestrates the slim novel's onrushing tension toward a heart-stopping climax. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"As suspenseful as the V.C. Andrews books you shared in high school, but much smarter. Glamour
Sharp Objects is one of the freshest debut thrillers to come around in a long while. It's a gripping, substantive story, stripped of cliche, and crafted with great style. The characters are refreshingly real, burdened with psychological issues that enrich the story. And the ending, which I was positive I could predict, is unpredictable. Sharp Objects is, indeed, quite sharp. Augusten Burroughs
“Sharp, clean, exciting writing that grabs you from the first page. A real pleasure. Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and One Good Turn
"[A] breathtaking debut...Written with multiple twists and turns, Sharp Objects is a work of psychological prowess and page-turning thrills. Richmond Times
"More in the tradition of Joyce Carol Oates than Agatha Christie, this one will leave readers profoundly disturbed. But from the first line...you know you're in the hands of a talented and accomplished writer. The Boston Globe
"Darkly original...Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense...A disturbing yet riveting tale. People
"Skillful and disturbing...Flynn writes so well. Sometimes she dips her pen in acid, sometimes she is lyrical, but always she chooses her words deftly...She has an unsparing eye for human imperfection and for the evil that moves among us. Washington Post
"Using understated, almost stark prose, Flynn paints a jagged, unflinching portrait of the vise-like psychological bonds between women, and how their demons lead to the perpetuation of cruelties upon themselves and others. The end result is an unsettling portrait of how long emotional wounds can last- and how deeply they hurt. Baltimore Sun
Not often enough, I come across a first novel so superb that it seems to have been written by an experienced author, perhaps with 20 earlier books to his or her credit. I'm extremely excited to discover my first debut blowout this year, a sad, horrifying book called Sharp Objects...[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin...But this is more literary novel than simple mystery, written with anguish and lyricism. It will be short-listed for one or more important awards at the end of the year...Sharp Objects is a 2006 favorite so far. I doubt I'll ever forget it. Cleveland Plain Dealer
To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris's All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was thirty years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights. Stephen King
A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction...Flynn's book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut. Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune
“An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut...[Flynn] has written a clever crime story with astonishing twists and turns, and enough suspense for the most demanding fans of the genre. But it is the sensitive yet disturbing depiction of her heroine that makes this an especially engrossing story...Flynn's empathic understanding of her major characters leads to storytelling that is sure and true, and it marks her a write to watch. Chicago Sun-Times
“A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner.” Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Stay Close
“A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut.” Chicago Sun Times
“Skillful and disturbing…Flynn writes so well. Sometimes she dips her pen in acid, sometimes she is lyrical, but always she chooses her words deftly.” Washington Post
“A deeply creepy exploration of small-town midwestern values and boasts one of the most deliciously dysfunctional families to come along in a while…[Flynn] handles the narrative with confidence and a…high level of skill.” San Francisco Chronicle
“More in the tradition of Joyce Carol Oates than Agatha Christie, this one will leave readers profoundly disturbed. But from the first line…you know you’re in the hands of a talented and accomplished writer.” Boston Globe
“Darkly original…Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense…A disturbing yet riveting tale.” People
“Don’t look here for unrelenting self-deprecation and the moping over men common chick lit…I promise you’ll be thoroughly unnerved at the end.” Newsweek
“As suspenseful as the V. C. Andrews books you shared in high school but much smarter.” Glamour
“Brilliant…Mesmerizing…A stunning, powerful debut from someone who truly has something to say.” San Jose Mercury News
“[Flynn’s] skillful blending of old tragedies with new culminated in an ‘oh-my-gosh’ moment that I never saw coming. This book simply blew me away.” Kansas City Star
“[A] breathtaking debut…Written with multiple twists and turns, Sharp Objects is a work of psychological prowess and page-turning thrills.” Richmond Times
“[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing, and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin…[Sharp Objects is] written with anguish and lyricism.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[Flynn] offers up a literary thriller that’s a doozy…and she does it with wit and grit, a sort of Hitchcock visits Stephen King…[Sharp Objects] is a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author.” Denver Post
“A tense, irresistable thriller…Flynn’s first-person narration is pitch-perfect, but even more impressive is the way she orchestrates the slim novel’s onrushing tension toward a heart-stopping climax.” Seatlle Post-Intelligencer
“Using understated, almost stark prose, Flynn paints a jagged, unflinching portrait of the vise-like psychological bonds between women and how their demons lead to the perpetuation of cruelties upon themselves and others. The end result is an unsettling portrait of how long emotional wounds can last—and how deeply they hurt.” Baltimore Sun
“[A] chilling debut thriller…[Flynn] writes fluidly of small-town America.”  Publishers Weekly
“A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches.” Booklist
“Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women’s lives…Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction…All in all, a terrific debut.” Chicago Tribune

Reviews

Reviews

by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Another Flynn worth a read!

After reading Gone Girl I quickly devoured all other Gillian Flynn books and none have disappointed. She has a way of writing crime and mystery that focuses on flawed human nature and the psychological motivations of the criminals and victims which is totally fascinating and entertaining. This one had so many interesting angles and I was just lost in the story instead of trying to solve the mystery, like with so many cookie cutter thrillers. This has family drama, personal struggle, criminal proceedings, hometown trouble, and of course, a creepy killer who is never what you think. Recommend.

Author

Author Bio: Gillian Flynn

Author Bio: Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is the chief television critic at Entertainment Weekly. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two Dagger Awards. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English