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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller and USA Today Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Every day the same

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

©2016 Paula Hawkins (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl.... The Girl on the Train is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too.... The Girl on the Train is full of back-stabbing, none of it literal." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery...hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend." (USA Today)

"Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.... The welcome echoes of Rear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl on the Train an absorbing read." (The Boston Globe)

What listeners say about The Girl on the Train

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A modern masterpiece, expertly performed!

A great story, full of plot twists and suspense.
Expertly narrated, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Highly recommended for all the thrill seekers who enjoy a good mystery.

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Easy and catchy story

Super easy read, fun to listen to. Story grew with each chapter, and the ability to sympathize with the protagonist even though she was rather unstable was a mark of how clever the writing was.

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thought it was boring

It lacked character and plot depth. felt like I'm listening to an alcoholic complaining about her marital issuesl

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Good build up, decent pay off, ending could have been condensed

Overall I thought the plot was interesting, the writing felt very natural and personable, and the voice acting was very good (however one of the voices I wasn’t too keen on but that can’t be helped).

I thought the build up of the plot was good and that it was detonated between the three characters very well. Only issue was once you figured the mystery out in your own head it felt like it took forever to get to a point where the actual characters figured it out in their own heads.

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Enjoyable

Very enjoyable listen with excellent narration. Light years better than the awful movie! I recommend.

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Terrible recording

I read the book which was great. I went on a road trip with my friend and downloaded the audio version. The beginning of each Chapter was cut off which made it really confusing to determine which character was being represented... very important to know. The only reason we could follow what was happening was because I could pause it and explain it to my friend. It was difficult even for me to follow. Anyway, the audio version was disappointing but it was a really exciting book.

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Great Perfromance of an enthralling mystery.

Guided by an unreliable narrator, the story is full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing. The main character is infuriating at times but her realistic experience of alchoal addiction and ptsd makes her feel real. The book can be summed up as "the things men put us through" and I'd definitely recommend it.

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Tedious and Depressing!

Do not expect a thriller: this very long novel by Paula Hawkins deals essentially with the ups and downs of unstable, amoral, thirty-something women, so self-centred that they have great difficulty functioning in society. All major male characters, for their part, are deceitful and manipulative.

Oddly, the book is entirely in the first person, though it is not explained to whom each of the three characters involved is writing … and how such messed-up persons could ever possibly formulate coherent texts, including as one of them dies. Unsubtly, one character’s contributions are systematically offset chronologically from the others’, in order to maintain a modicum of suspense. Occasionally, there are unfortunate slips, such as “Maybe, it won’t get me nowhere” and “I could smell the carbon monoxide coming from the street” (it is actually an odourless and tasteless gas).

In the audio version, it is difficult to perceive that there are three different narrators since their voices are quite alike. Their hopeless efforts to make things more interesting are embarrassingly discernable, however.

The result is a gloomy, laborious work that, contrary to what one may hope, does not improve as the story develops _ or, as some may see it, degenerates.

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surprisingly strong story

I was turned off at first when yet another audible book brought up sex in the first half hour, but this one has a good reason for it and a very compelling story to tell. better yet, it was very implicit wherever it wasn't necessary to be explicit. It let you imagine as much as you wanted to know about the story all the way through. very immersive, as well.

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So Good I Finished the Book in 6 Days

Really enjoyed the story line and the narration. I am looking forward to watching the movie next!

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  • 2017-07-29

such good suspense, held throughout the book

loved listening to this book! it really kept my attention, always wanting to hear more!

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  • 2017-06-13

Thrilling!

The performance is great. It helps to have 3 different voices while listening to this book.

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  • CT
  • 2017-05-30

Excellent and Gripping!

I'm sad it's over, I'm done and need to find another great book like this. This was a very captivating book, nice plot twists and the narrators were excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-05-01

Loved this book

This was a book that I couldn't stop listening too I loved it. enjoyed all the characters and loved the narrator.

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  • soobster911
  • 2017-03-22

Loved it!

Couldn't stop myself from listening. Addictively good! Great story and great reciters! Kept me hooked all the way through. Don't watch the movie, listen to this instead

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  • Ruth
  • 2019-12-16

This was not what I was expecting.

I had heard great things about The Girl On The Train, but was extremely disappointed. I was quite excited to start this book, for I had heard other people enjoyed it, and I was hostly trying to like it; however the story seemed to really drag. I never really got close enough to the characters to care for them because none of them seemed very likeable. I understand characters having flaws, and I understand that it builds character to have small or large issues that create conflict in the story, but I just can’t connect to the character for the life of me!
I’m sure that it’s a very well written book, and it may just be me, but I can’t figure out why this book got so famous. To be fare, I did listen to this book over a longer period of time, but I don’t think that will make a world of a difference.
The narration was another thing that bugged me. Each narrator was just fine on there own; but having them all narrate the book altogether at different times did not work for me. The quality of the audio was very good, so that’s on good thing about the book.
I think the book would have been better if the Rachel didn’t always find everything so hard to do. I understand that she has drinking issues, but all of her emotions seem a bit much for this book at times. She just seems a little bit whiny to me.
Although this was not the most completely review, I still respect the author and the writing. It takes a lot of work to write a book. Since this book is so well known I must have some weird option, but that’s my opinion anyway.

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  • Judy
  • 2018-10-31

An Okay Way to Spend Eleven Hours

Pay close attention to the opening chapters. If your attention wanders the least little bit, you will become hopelessly lost.

The story is somewhat longer than it needs to be, but does achieve a reasonable degree of tension and mild suspense.

The identity of the perp is a surprise, but the conclusion is rather clumsily executed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-29

Pretty good!

Enjoyed the story and most of the narration although the voice of Megan and when she did that accent of the psychologist were annoying for me to listen to.

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  • 2017-08-27

listen to the dates

Good story but I found timelines confusing and voices very similar. I advise listeners to pay particular attention to the chapter date headings.

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  • Gudrun
  • 2017-02-14

Started slow then kept getting better

I did not like most of the people in this book but I did like Rachel. This was quite far fetched but I enjoyed it more and more. It is worth the credit. The tension builds to a good conclusion.