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Blindsighted

Narrated by: Denica Fairman
Series: Grant County, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Summary

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear. Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver - Sara's ex-husband - is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, both Jeffrey and Sara have to face the fact that Sibyl's murder wasn't a one-off attack. What they're dealing with is a seasoned sexual predator. A violent serial killer.

©2001 Karin Slaughter (P)2007 Random House AUDIO GO

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Not bad

The plot flows nicely, the story is enticing. It makes you want to read to find out what's going on. It's creepy and disgusting in places. The characters didn't grab me much though, didn't stick in my mind like they should have done. The narrator was good, get voice fitted well to the story. Overall a good impression though, I would be willing to read more of her books.

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Okay

I did listen to the whole of this and on the whole quite enjoyed it but I wouldn't rate it as highly as other books I have listened to.

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Great introduction to the Grant County series

I really enjoyed this introduction to the characters in the Grant County series of books by Karin Slaughter.
The lovely southern drawl of the narrator suits the setting perfectly and the reader is gently eased in to the story then Sarah Linton discovers the first murder victim! This initial murder is gruesome and pretty explicit and leaves you reeling, I thought the story might suffer and have nowhere else to go but it continued to gather pace and had an equally pacy ending.
The small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else was captured very well, the characters have been introduced with enough detail to help this story along whilst leaving enough still to discover in subsequent books.
I look forward to discovering more.

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not a good slaughter book

storyline was predictable and the characters and narration were grating. go for 'pretty girls' instead

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addictive and engrossing!!

Great story keeps you guessing and wanting more, couldn't put it down!! needed to know what was going to happen next!

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Blindsighted

As a book this would be a great read probably 5 stars but regrettably it has to be said that the female narrator's inability to make any male voice sound like anything other than a 13year old schoolboy grates on the nerves and well basically just spoils the flow.

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Predictable trashy thriller

Clearly written for a certain audience, one that doesn't like to think. This was recommended to me by a colleague but it was an error of judgement on their part.

I'm certainly not the target audience for this book. The characters follow such obvious stereotypes, the plot is thin, the characters one dimensional, its blindingly obvious who the killer is and full of cliché.

I wasn't aware until after reading the book of the authors personal life and opinions, but it makes sense as every male character in this book is either a druggie, a slacker, emotionally stunted, a pervert or simply just stupid whilst all the female characters are martyrs and heroines.

I'm sure people do enjoy this kind of writing, but if you enjoy an intelligent, thought provoking novel, steer clear of this.

The narration was awful too. Full of southern American drawl, the voices for the male characters were laughable, often reminding me of Lenny from Of Mice and Men, the redneck from the Simpsons and deputy dawg.

I shan't be reading anything further by this author.

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Amazing

So well written. Fantastic characters who are really relatable and a story that draws you in to the very last word. Karin slaughter is an extraordinary writer.

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Definitely worth a listen...

As a voracious reader of crime fiction I often find it difficult to remember books after I have finished them, I generally rush to the 'twist' conclusion and move on to the next overhyped bestseller. Karin Slaughter however has been a real find, the primary reason for this being that she has a real knack for writing characters that feel both familiar and mysterious.

I first discovered her after downloading 'The Good Daughter' from the bestseller list (would hugely recommend!). Having listened to the series out of order I found that this book answered a lot of questions I had about the characters, particularly Sara. It is not essential to listen to them in order as they work well as standalone novels although if like me you find yourself wanting to know more about the characters it pays to listen from the start in order to fully understand their motivations.

Although the whodunnit was a tad predictable I immensely enjoyed listening to the story unfold. The narrators southern twang takes a little time to get used to (I'm Scottish) but it fits the setting well and adds to the escapism element of the audiobook. Lost a star for the predictable ending, but still definitely worth a listen!

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horrible stereotypes, uninteresting side details

Yawn, I fell asleep several times, only to be woken by unnecessarily gory details. slow story development.

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  • 07-04-17

Graphical beyond words

I wanted to stop I wanted to close it but I listened and cried and was glad that she might die than rather she had to survive the horror... And that was only the beginning.

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  • Jacinda
  • 13-06-15

Easy read - with a predictable but solid story line.

The narrator was easy to listen to and the story followed with an predictable but solid story line. Enjoyable.

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  • Len
  • 30-04-11

Gory

This book is spoken FAST FAST FAST, and is extremely hard to listen to. The speaker should SLOW DOWN. The storyline is good, although you would have to like extreme violence to enjoy it.