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My Absolute Darling

A Novel
Lu par : Alex McKenna
Durée : 15 h et 47 min
2,8 out of 5 stars (4 notations)

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

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: Her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The listener tracks Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero - and, in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving book that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

©2017 Gabriel Tallent (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Commentaires

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

"Alex McKenna's performance of Tallent's disturbing debut novel is likely to incite goose bumps and nightmares." (AudioFile)

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Pas incroyable, passer votre chemin

Ce livre est bof. Pour moi l’écouter est une perte de temps. Il est encensé par la presse, mais je trouve l’écriture "bizarre" et peu pertinente. On alterne de longue description de la nature avec des moments ultra violents qui se mettent en place en une fraction de seconde. Le choix de raconter a la 3eme personne les pensées de Julia/Turtle est a mon avis un mauvais choix. Raconter avec justesse ce que pense une victime de traumatisme et réussir a décrire "l’anesthésie générale" qu'elle vit est une tache délicate, et l'auteur n'a pas réussit a le faire avec justesse. Du coup, on a seulement une description froide d'actes de brutalité sur une gamine de 14 ans... sans grand intérêt. Par pitié, que l'auteur arrête de décrire les parties intimes de Julia avant d'avoir lui même des parties intimes féminines! C'est juste ... beurk... Pour moi des parties sont carrément incohérentes. Par exemple, lorsque Julia décide de demander de l'aide a un ami de poker de son père et que ce dernier réagit de manière la plus étrange possible.

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  • MmeLibb
  • 15/11/2017

Too much.

This man can write! That said, he needed a stricter editor. There are several set pieces too many, and the disappearance of “Daddy” and reappearance with a 10-year-old girl is a clear plot device to both give Turtle a chance to see what a normal life might be like and to give her a victim to protect and thus permission to finally kill dear old dad. The last scenes of rape and torture and the bloody battle at Jacob’s home - no parents in sight for a large group of 15-year-olds - were too, too much. Despite the great writing and the wonderful narration, I wish I’d never bought this book.

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  • A. Sparks
  • 29/11/2017

Want my money back

After reading rave reviews from authors and reviewers I hold deep respect for, I downloaded this book.

After listening to 5 chapters I am so done.

I think the phrase "engorged pussy" from the mind of a 14 year old just sexually assaulted by her own father was the straw for me. I think that was used in chapter one.

Besides the gruesome and disgusting descriptions of Turtle's abuse, I thought the detailed descriptions of nature, the house, the guns were clumsy, bloated, annoying and out of place with "the voice" of the author.

I thought I'd try to keep going, and I like dark books, but this one just plain sucks!

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  • saw
  • 03/05/2018

Painful

Beautifully written but I’m not sure the pain is worth it in the end. While reading the harrowing details of Turtle’s life I felt anxious and depressed but I pushed through for the payoff of happy or meaningful ending or at least lessons learned. I didn’t get any of that—maybe I just didn’t get it. I really want to like this book but not sure I could recommend it w a clear conscious.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/10/2017

Don't give your time to this read

An absolutely pointless story. Gruesomely graphic language, describing extremely disturbing situations which were abundant and unnecessary. I am left wondering why I spent hours waiting for the story's perversity to redeem itself.

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  • Chris
  • 10/10/2017

Weird and completely underwhelming

This was a weird book. I kept waiting for it to hook me but it never did. I had to force myself to finish but honestly was never really interested.

The characters are not relatable, the graphic scenes feel gratuitous and don't really add anything, and the story as a whole feels disjointed. I had to keep skipping back to see if I missed something because the transitions were so abrupt.

That being said, the narrator did a great job and her voice was perfect for this book.

1/10 would not read again.

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  • Mel
  • 08/09/2017

Talented writer that needs direction

What on earth possessed me to read this I'll never know. After spending years in a profession where I had to read patient bio's similar to this story, I might have just drifted into it out of habit; or maybe it was my other habit of reading what the Editors and Critics list as the *Best Of* books. Very profound abuse of a young girl by an eccentric father. The mother has passed away, possibly intentionally -- you'll come to wonder. The psychological manipulations by the father are horrendous, teetering between equally repulsive strategies of treating the girl as a willing lover and as a little girl he wants to protect from a world he believes is coming to an apocalyptic end, interspersed with beatings.

I can't blame anyone for suggesting a book they thought was great...I have to admit Tallent shows promise as a writer far better than most of the debut authors; all the more confusing. He is even poetic at times. But, aside from any leanings toward the poetical...the book is loaded with profanity...loaded. The girl continuously refers to herself (and everyone else) fondly as a *C* word. Sadly, I didn't find the story itself compelling enough to justify the sickening feeling it gave me -- and I'm nowhere near a shrinking violet when it comes to the subject. With such extensive and prolonged abuse, I found myself wondering, where are the responsible adults in this story; where are the red flags and the charging bulls they should be attracting? Without more of a psychological foundation, the story slipped into sensationalism.

If you can take the details of abuse and endure to the end, be prepared for a Deus ex Machina conclusion that eliminated any positive points I may have wanted to give to a new author showing real talent.

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  • bungalabode
  • 23/01/2018

Not impressed

The narrator does a great job reading, and the authors environmental descriptions are beautiful. But the actual story moves pretty slow and is rather violent & depressing.

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  • Katherine S.
  • 13/01/2018

Precious meets Misery meets Die Hard

I bought this book on Stephen King’s much touted endorsement: “a masterpiece,” he called it. Overall an enjoyable but dark read which loses its way in the last quarter of the book when it moves from a tight psychological thriller to basically Die Hard 3 in an instant. I think the author was aiming to secure a film option — over-the-top machine-gun violence at a prom on a beach. Really?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/10/2017

Trauma Porn Disguised as Literature

I am extremely disappointed in this book. The protagonist, Turtle, is put through repeated and escalating traumas one after the other with no time for the character to develop or for the reader to really connect with her or any of the other characters. The author clearly believes he is very clever - he throws in references to classical literature and philosophy frequently and often with little relation to the plot. There has rightly been a pushback recently against the trope of using rape as a development plot point for female characters, and this novel takes that to its extreme.

The one bright light is Alex McKenna's performance, which is very well done.

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  • Dustin C. Manning
  • 10/10/2017

What an awful book

I’ve never read a book with more repetition since Dr. Seuss. Such a slog getting through what should have been a harrowing read. And while the material was written poorly the narration didn’t help : whiny and irritating. my Absolute disappointment.

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