The Drowning Girl

  • by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Narrated by Suzy Jackson
  • 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on The Drowning Girl: "As with all "Neil Gaiman Presents" titles, it's very important to me to find the voice that comes closest to the voice in the author's head; for Caitlin, for this book, that was Suzy Jackson. It was not until the second round of auditions that we found someone who sounded young but not naïve, someone who could catalogue the sharp detail of Imp's carefully observed daily life but also convey the blurred edges of her reality. Caitlin and Suzy kept in touch during the recording, and the result is a reading that is precise but not "stagey", a literary but accessible reading of the novel."
India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....
Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.


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Drowning in repetition

Firstly I'll hold my hand up and say that I did not listen to this book all the way through. And that, unfortunately, is the point. I got bored listening to the same thing over and over again, the seemingly endless circles that the protagonist moves in. I appreciate that it reflects the mental health issues that this character experiences but it left me screaming "Just get on with it." It felt like a visit to an elderly relative in the throes of dementia; the same questions being asked over and over, the same conversation being had every time. It had me pleading for something to happen...until I finally gave up. Which is a shame as it is well written and performed beautifully. However, it just not did work for me.
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- Paul Snook

Real or not?

Imp is schizophrenic, it runs in the family, and has caused her mum and gran to commit suicide. When Imp starts obsessing over a painting of a drowning girl, and its relevance to the original telling of the fairytale Red Riding Hood; the listener is left to decipher what is real and what is mentally evoked imaginings.

I found this quite distressing, as Imp was in so much turmoil, and having a knowledge of OCD, those sections were painful to listen to as the author had obviously really done her homework.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2012
  • Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents