Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Audiobook Review - The Good Girl by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica @BlackstoneAudio

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Narrated by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, Andi Arndt
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Date Read: June 28, 2017
Length:  10 hours 38 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and Detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how, even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I enjoyed this audiobook quite a bit.  I have seen this book around but never gave it too close of a look.  I noticed it recently during an audible sale and decided to listen to the sample.  I was immediately sold on the book after listening to the sample.  I tend to enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators and the premise of the book sounded really interesting to me.  I ended up listening to this audiobook for hours at a time and finished it in just a few days.

This story is told from three main points of view.  Mia's mother, Eve, describes her fear for her daughter and everything she does to try to put things back together.  Detective Gabe Hoffman is the detective assigned to this case and it was really nice to get his point of view.  Colin is the man that abducts Mia and his point of view was by far my favorite of the group.

The three points of view jump around in time a bit.  There are parts of the book that focus on before Mia was rescued and other parts that focus on after.  I think that by mixing the timeline up a bit the story really became more intense.  I really wanted to learn everything that had happened to Mia that caused her to be as she is in some of the scenes.

The narration of the book was very well done.  There were four different narrators that helped to bring this audiobook to life.  Andi Arndt is one of my favorite narrators so I admit that I was a bit disappointed that she didn't narrate more of the story.  She was the voice of Mia and only came into play for the epilogue.  Tom Taylorson voices Colin's point of view and did a fantastic job.  His parts of the story always completely held my attention.  His delivery was very well done.  Johnny Heller really sounded like a Detective to me and I enjoyed his sections.  Lindy Nettleton narrated the sections that were from Eve's point of view.  Her accent was great and she did take on the role very well.  I think that her sections of the book were my least favorite but that would be due to the story instead of the narration.

I would recommend this book to others.  I did figure out the big twist before the end but still enjoyed the journey.  I really enjoyed the fact that this was one of those books that made me really like the bad guy more than any of the other characters.  The pacing was well done and I found myself very hooked by the story.  I do think that I enjoyed this book a bit more on audio than I would have in print form.  I plan to read more from Mary Kubica soon.

About the Author

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

10 comments:

  1. This sounds awesome. I am adding this to my wishlist. Great review.

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  2. This one sounds soo good! I remember seeing it around on Goodreads but I completely forgot about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've been really wanting to give an audiobook a try. I still never have. I feel like I could get a lot more done if I listened to an audiobook. lol!

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  3. Sometimes you just see those twists coming :)

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  4. Well, well, well, I hadn't noticed this one before, but after scanning the blurb and getting your thoughts on a captivating villain and good narrators, it must go on my list. Thanks, Carole!

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  5. I loved this book, as a matter of fact, I really enjoyed all Kubica's books. Glad to hear the audio was good too. Great review!

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  6. I have yet to read this book! Check out my book reviews blog at https://elsbookreviews.blogspot.ca/ for more book reviews! I'll be reviewing this one soon! Feel free to follow my blog and comment on any of the posts! Looking forward to your comments! 👍

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  7. I just picked this up today and I'm looking forward to reading it. Great review.

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  8. Awesome review, Carole. I'm new to audiobooks. I just got one and can't wait to start. :)

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  9. I have a book by this author but I haven't tried it yet. soon!

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  10. Whoa on all the narrators! I've never read anything like that. So far only one narrator at a time. That alone has me wanting it :D Sounds great!

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