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Sharp Objects

A Novel
Written by: Gillian Flynn
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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NOW AN HBO® LIMITED SERIES STARRING AMY ADAMS, NOMINATED FOR EIGHT EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES FROM THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING 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 13-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)

©2006 Gillian Flynn (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the critics say

"A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner." (Harlan Coben)

"Flynn delivers a great whodunit.... Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying." (Kirkus Reviews)

"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' All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was 30 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 30 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) 

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Overall great

Good author, good narrator, good story. Well written and kept me interested the whole time!

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Chilling

I don't want to give anything away, so I won't say a lot. If you enjoy a good mystery, this book is for you. Some parts made my stomach lurch and skin crawl, but in a good way...
It takes a few chapters to get into so give it a chance,, you won't be disappointed.

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Ann Marie Lee Should Narrate My Funeral

This story was brilliant and its led me down the rabbit hole of Gillian Flynn's works, but Ann Marie Lee has now soared to the top as my favourite narrator. Her voice and acting is riveting from the moment she opens her mouth. She sold this story to me by the end of her first sentence. I'm in love with a voice??? I just. I'm so glad I tried this audiobook. The most emotionally charged scenes in this book were still comforting because of how well she voiced them. That's unbelievable to me. I normally have to walk away at any sort of emotional abuse and nope. She took my hand, led me through it, and I finished 90% of this book in a single day - no regrets.

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Intriguing

This was my first Gillian Flynn read but certainly won’t be the last. It gets you hooked from the start. Suspenseful, mysterious, dark and unpredictable. Recommend.

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Gripping

It had a slow start but was a great book. Something to really sink your teeth into. Gillian Flynn always has a good twist. You could really picture the whole thing very vividly.

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So good

Well written amazing book the person reading the book kept me intrigue the whole time

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Great novel, well written!

This was a very dark and interesting read. I loved the ending as it wrapped everything up.

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Toujours excellent

Comment toujours excellent. Histoire de famille briser et malsaine qui tourne mal. Très belle narration avec émotions

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Another great Gillian Flynn read

I had just finished reading Dark Places, and liked it so much that I had to get Sharp Objects. So, this review is going to be pretty comparative.

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I found the narration a little bit boring, but then again, it's told from the perspective of someone who is very depressed. It took a while for me to get into it because of this, but the story was compelling enough for me to get past it. Ann Marie Lee's voice reminds me of Amy Adams' voice, actually. However, I prefer under-acting to over-acting when it comes to audiobooks. The narrator seemed to have more emotion in her voice as the events of the story progressed.

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In Dark Places, there were many character arcs that were delved into in incredible an compelling detail, and each character changed greatly throughout the course of the book. The perspective switched back and forth between the days of and surrounding the murders, and then to present, so it felt like there was a lot more "action", although it's still labelled as a slow build.

In Sharp Objects, I found the character arcs a little less compelling, but it was also a completely different style of storytelling, so it makes sense. The story is told only from the perspective of the main protagonist, and she is left guessing as to the motivation of others - of course, this keeps us guessing as well. It also felt like a much slower build, as the truth is mostly revealed in the last ten minutes of the book, rather than in pieces throughout. Once you get there, you can see where the groundwork and clues were laid. I felt like the ending was slightly, slightly rushed, but I'm not sure how much longer it could have been drawn out without ruining the surprises and suspense.

I very much appreciated, despite the above, that these books were so different, as it keeps things from getting boring or repetitive. I will definitely buy and read another Gillian Flynn novel. One thing that was incredibly similar was that there are many things that will make you uncomfortable in the book - but that's sort of the point! I also appreciate how the romantic subplots that Gillian Flynn does or does not include in her books seem only to serve the character development of the main characters, and aren't added as a seeming afterthought to appeal to people who like romance.

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Meh.

Didn't find it as interesting and disturbing as a lot of people mentioned. Fell flat for me, was always hoping for something masterful but it never happened. Narrator did a great job.

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  • Kelley
  • 2008-01-26

I agree with Stephen King

There's something almost magnetic about this book. It quickly becomes hard to listen to and impossible not to. The author has virtually every family disfunction ever featured on Lifetime in this book and I did not roll my eyes once. I can't tell you what or how without ruining the agonizing unraveling for you but I think it takes a very skilled pen indeed to make so much seem so natural. At the end I felt real grief for the central character.
The narrator's performance is flawlessly understated and adds to the mesmerizing almost 'real-time hyper-reality' of this unbelievable story.
If you've any interest at all in the dark side of small town life and of the american family, I think you will love this book.

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  • theenglishmajor
  • 2014-02-14

Pitch Perfect Performance

I selected this book because I enjoyed "Gone Girl" so much. "Sharp Objects" is equally as brilliant and in some ways, better. Like "Gone Girl", there is an element of suspense that keeps the reader involved until the end. These characters are equally as flawed and as brilliantly portrayed as the characters in Gone Girl. When I was in college, a group of friends in my dorm used to recite dialogue from the movie classic "The Bad Seed" and I found myself thinking of that movie as I was listening. Part "Bad Seed", a little "Lolita" with a bit of Patricia Highsmith thrown in for good measure, the book leaves the reader wondering where the author comes up with her ideas.
The narrator was perfect, one of the best matches I have come across between a book and reader. Not only did she truly differentiate the characters, but her reading pace was perfect.
I knew nothing about the premise of the book before I started listening, and I believe that added to my enjoyment.
I think Gillian Flynn is a gifted young writer, and I look forward to reading more of her novels.

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  • Amanda
  • 2012-06-15

Cutting Words

Having discovered the author (Gillian Flynn) when reading her newest release, I promptly decided to try one of her other 2 books. I selected Dark Places, and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read. That is how I found myself here with Sharp Objects; looking forward to the anticipated quality of the work, but already bracing myself for the emotional hit this author packs.

Just as Camille violently cuts her chosen words into her skin, permanently etching them into herself, so does the author, Gillian Flynn, violently cut HER chosen words into the reader; permanently etching them into you. Each cut hurts; but like Camille, we continue on; by continuing to read the story.

This is not a happy book. Not all all. Not one little bit. It's about petty people, hurtful people, evil people...and all the one-time innocents they have damage so badly, they grow into the next generation of hate. And the cycle, in the forsaken town of Wind Gap, continues on through generations.

And still, we read on; because the author has pulled us into this hypnotic web. We continue with the cutting words.

I found this book excellent. The story seemed to have a life of it's own, moving in unexpected directions and growing into the final chapter; by which you understand that no other ending would have been possible.

If the description above hasn't put you off, and you are prepared for the language, violence, and disturbing sexual content, then this book may be for you. I found it haunting and very well done.

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  • Connie G
  • 2012-10-04

Excellent Story. Excellent Writing.

This is the 3rd book by Gillian Flynn that I have read. I started with the most recent and worked backwards but it made no difference.
Ms Flynn's writing style is excellent and Sharp Objects is no exception.

Ms. Flynn is tuned into the emotions and feelings of her subjects and makes them come alive on the pages. It is as if I "knew" the protaganist, Camille, or I know someone like her.
I personally could relate to the small Midwestern town, the violence, the closeness.

Once again, I thought I had the story and the ending figured out and with a quick twist, it was completely different.

Ann Marie Lee did a great job with the narration.

Not only would I recommend Sharp Objects, but also any other book penned by Gillian Flynn.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-09-19

Unbelievable and Predictable

The narration is incredible, but the story leaves something to be desired. In the beginning, it seems to be really promising, but quickly falls apart towards the middle. I understand bullying and gossip in a small town, but as someone who is FROM a small southern town, I just couldn't believe any of it. The things the townspeople did just. Aren't things people do. There is also an obsession on sex, which makes sense somewhat, but it is drawn out way too much. Also there's a lot of forced underage sex, more than simple pre-teen/teen peer pressure, and it definitely gets uncomfortable after a while. Seriously, please stop describing a 13 year old's breasts. I got it the first time. Personally, the other "gore" didn't bother me, so I don't think it was a problem.

There are only TWO likable characters, and they are minor and only appear rarely throughout via phone calls. The entire plot is extremely predictable. No spoilers, but seriously I don't understand how people were surprised by the reveal. There were some really good moments that had potential, but overall the unbelievable characters and predictable plot left me disappointed.

Also the romantic subplots were a joke. They didn't make any sense and had no impact on the story other than emphasizing SEX.

P.S. You don't need to repeat the same foreshadowing line 300 times. I get it: "A woman would never do such a thing"

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  • FanB14
  • 2012-12-13

Gone Girl First?

Devoured Gone Girl and went in search of more. This, her first novel tells the tale of a flawed, off center woman who cuts the words of her anguish over every part of her body. She covers her mutilation with non-revealing clothing (even in the summer) also mirroring how she hides her true self; not letting anyone too close. She returns to her hometown to report on two murders. Her dystunctional family and the town serve as the backdrop for the mystery. Well written, and definitely worth your credit and a read. A little hurried and predictable near the end, but overall am happy to have listened to it. Flynn evolves her talent with each book.

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  • Whit
  • 2018-11-02

Super obvious

This is a mystery where the solution is so obvious that you’ll guess it quickly.

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  • Mary Lundin
  • 2018-09-30

Really Stupid

This book is filled with unbelievable characters. The main character is someone who is a cutter and has scratched words into every inch of her body, except her face and the middle of her back. At the same time, the writer wants us to believe that this person can have a reasonably normal life as a reporter. Her whole family is dysfunctional and unbelievable. The 13 year old daughter is one minute playing with an over the top, extravagant doll house and the next second is wearing a mini skirt and flirting with grown men. She acts 2-3 years old one minute and then 30 years old the next. It's ridiculous. The mother is another piece of cake and is also unbelievable. She puts up with the daughter's unconscionable behavior and is just plain weird, crazy and unsympathetic to the reader. I got through the book as it is well delivered but the whole time I was saying to myself; "This is really stupid!"

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  • AmazonShoppingQueen
  • 2007-02-01

There's a reason

This book showed up on so many best-of-2006 lists. It's unlike anything you've read,perhaps a bit of a thinking woman's Silence of the Lambs? Creepy but astonishingly smart and beautifully written and very compelling. Can't wait for her next book.

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  • Pro Grammer
  • 2018-09-19

no one to root for

Not even close to one likeable character. A downer from start to finish. Don't waste your time.

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  • 2018-07-26

simply perfect

Awesome story and great performance by Ann Marie lee. could not stop listening! definitely recommend

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-07-24

A must read!

I have no words! Gosh, the last part! What a twist... Love it! Want more!