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My Absolute Darling Audiobook

My Absolute Darling

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming listen about one 14-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

'You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.'

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done;
and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn't enough.

©2017 Gabriel Tallent (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." (Stephen King)

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    Mark 22/09/2017
    Mark 22/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Tough going, but ultimately rewarding"

    This is a tough book. Not just because at 14 year old girl being sexually abused by her father, but because every emotion and thought is described in such raw and uncompromising prose.

    You only view the world from the point of view of the girl, Julia (Turtle), so you spend the whole 15 hours in her head and this is an confusing and troubling place to be. I found the early parts of the book especially difficult. When it is just Julia and her dad (who only seems to use a handful of phrases, "Jesus Christ" is particularly grating) and I nearly gave up with it several times during this section.

    The book does lift though, when other characters come into the story and there are some wonderful passages of prose describing the natural world. And, while I don't want to give away the ending, stick with it, you won't feel as though you wasted your time.

    So, not for everyone, but if you can cope with some tough writing you will be rewarded with a gripping story that you will not forget.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant! "

    A sometimes difficult, but always vivid and tender account, I was completely absorbed throughout. This is my favourite book of the year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Purple Kama UK 14/09/2017
    Purple Kama UK 14/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Weirdly beautiful"

    Loved it but hard to say why when parts were so disturbing. I think it was the depth and descriptive narrative that did it for me. The brutal honesty of Turtle. The complete access to a damaged mind. I think the blurb from Stephen King calling it a masterpiece is completely fair. Very different for me but I'm glad I tried it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    hfffoman Kent 17/09/2017
    hfffoman Kent 17/09/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Disastrous choice of narrator"
    Would you try another book written by Gabriel Tallent or narrated by Alex McKenna?

    BY the author, yes, by the narrator, no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alex McKenna’s performances?

    Never


    Any additional comments?

    How on earth did they choose a narrator with a broken voice that sounds like two rusty pieces of metal scraping?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rona Macleod 06/10/2017
    Rona Macleod 06/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've listened to in a long time."

    Gripping and intense story line
    can't recommend this book highly enough.
    can't wait for the authors next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr David Kemp 29/09/2017
    Mr David Kemp 29/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A thrilling and disturbing listen"

    I found the book a wonderful exploitation in what it can be like for people who are abused by people they love. It helps you understand why people let their abusers carry on. It is a disturbing subject but really well explored and the story keeps you gripped.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 21/09/2017
    Andy 21/09/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb"
    Would you listen to My Absolute Darling again? Why?

    Maybe a few years from now when l can't remember the detail . That isn't likely .


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration . Cigarette and whisky voice .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Masonia 15/11/2017
    Masonia 15/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Ok"

    I sort of liked this book, and it was well-written, but I can't say I enjoyed the story very much. I also didn't like the performer who read it, as she has a very scratchy voice. I thought the story was compelling in some places, but overall it was a little slow. I also didn't like the ending, as it left a lot b of questions. Overall, just an OK book, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Finn Ryan 03/11/2017
    Finn Ryan 03/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Struggled to finish"

    Struggled to finish this. Had to fast forward a lot near the end. Hate to be so harsh but don't want anyone else to enter into this blindly..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan W. 22/10/2017
    Susan W. 22/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Challenging subject but beautifully written"

    I literally could not stop listening to this book. The characters had such substance that I really cared what happened to them. Lovely narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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