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The Girls Audiobook

The Girls

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Publisher's Summary

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counterculture, a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life....

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air, and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls. And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

©2016 Emma Cline (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel - imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time." (Richard Ford)
"I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language." (Mark Haddon)
"Emma Cline's first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction." (Jennifer Egan)
"Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. The Girls destroys our ability to consider violence a foreign territory, and reminds us that behind so many of our culture's fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind." (Lena Dunham)

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    helen claire smith 18/07/2016
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    "Uncomfortable and compelling"

    This reworking of the Manson Family saga takes the concept from a different perspective. The focus is really more on the powerlessness of some of the female characters and their readiness to be manipulated. It captures characters with an often ugly realism. I found the story engaging though it is primarily focused on the mundane elements of the individuals lives, thankfully not focusing too heavily on the gruesome. In many ways it's the everyday material that creeps you out most!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 16/10/2016
    Hannah 16/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreamy with quiet, sad dread"
    Where does The Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks highly, it's a good book that is well suited to the audiobook format.


    What other book might you compare The Girls to, and why?

    It feels quite unique but has a shadow of the growing dread and pervading sense of guilt found in We Need To Talk About Kevin.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The flashback scenes were fascinating but Evie's first encounter with the 'girls' stands out in particular.


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

    Evie and her reflections on her father were particularly poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    A surprisingly subtle meditation on womanhood, the disappointment of youth and guilt, with an almost incidental but seductive cult story triggering it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 10/08/2016
    Wras 10/08/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Look out helter skelter She's coming down fast"

    A recreation of a crime anyone over fifty knows well, from the point of view of one of the groupies; with a recreation of Charles Manson and acolytes that is very good, but what is best about this book is the representation of the neglect some children suffer through their parents absolute disregard of their mental needs, while they tried to find their life after divorce. I think that it is the best recreation of a period that began the narcissistic race that created the first me generatio. Many people remember the age of aquarius as a freedom festival but in reality it was blind leading the blind into all kinds of unsavory experimentation among adults that totally forgot the responsibilities of parenthood and indulged in fairly self destructive practices. That affected children with all kinds of neglect and abuse.

    The writer captures that very well and imagines many of the period idiosyncrasies very well, she is also a very good writer that manages to explore a young woman's sexuality without fear and in fresh ways, the violence is not titillating or overly emphasized but the moral dilemmas and the struggles and guilt are represented in a very real form.

    I enjoyed the book but being from the same period, some of the plot was evident to me before it fully developed, and removed any kind of surprise. The characterizations were very good and the mood was well executed, making it more of a social study than a crime thriller.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 05/01/2017
    Mark 05/01/2017 Member Since 2013

    If it doesn't send me to sleep it must be good.

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    "The human side..."

    I thought this was a wonderful book. However, it is not a thriller, or a study of murder. If you want that get Helter-skelter, which is also wonderful.
    This is a coming of age book, which just happens to use the (Fictionalised and renamed) Manson family murders as a narrative device to pull you through the book.
    It is really about a mother-daughter relationship and then about female friendship, and then ultimately about first love. It handles all the characters believably and their interactions show genuine insight into the human condition.
    There is excellent imagery in nearly every paragraph and the prose keeps the story moving at a nice pace.
    I would recommend this to anyone who likes good writing as much as they like a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lolita United Kingdom 03/01/2017
    Lolita United Kingdom 03/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "the girls by Emma cline"

    not a book I enjoyed at all! really struggled to finish it not an author I would choose Again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs S. 03/01/2017
    Mrs S. 03/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Bit dull"

    A bit disappointed. This book has been raved about but I'm struggling to work out why. There is a constant jumping back and forth which makes it difficult to follow what timeline you are in and the story is really about not a lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 18/12/2016
    Hannah 18/12/2016
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    "A gripping story, hiding contemporary themes"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girls the most enjoyable?

    I bought this book after reading the number of reviews that praised Cline's storytelling, and was certainly not disappointed. What I hadn't expected though where the thought-provoking insights into issues of contemporary feminism that felt as relevant to my own life as to this extreme story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Moss 13/12/2016
    Samantha Moss 13/12/2016
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    "enjoyed this"

    slow pace but good I enjoyed this book liked the way it flashed back and forth

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 08/12/2016
    Suswati 08/12/2016 Member Since 2016

    Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.

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    "The fragility of youth under guise of a cult"

    A very descriptive and interesting concept tackling the effects of being a vulnerable child being manipulated by a cult. While it describes how all young people are fragile and are desperate to find a place in the world, the author seems to lack somewhere, and the narrative seems slightly disjointed.

    There isn't much of an explanation for the adult Evelyn and it leaves a massive hole between the young and older versions of the main character.

    There is also a lack of character build up of the members of the cult, and it does not explain what happened tp the Manson-like cult leader in the end. Overall, a little long for a plot with too many questions but a great idea.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miss H L Jones 08/12/2016
    Miss H L Jones 08/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "okay but not great"

    an easy listen and a good detail on that sort of twisted cult living. not glamorous with free love and drugs and yoga but dirty hungry criminal living and uncared for children. that aspect was interesting and well read throughout but no surprises. The whole book stayed pretty much at the level it started on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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