Published by AudioGo on March 13th, 2012
Genres: Short Story
Source: Library Book
Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
There are several short stories in this collection, some I liked more than others. I’ve only previously read one novel and novella by Karin Slaughter, but I really liked both, but these stories are much different than her Will Trent series. Here Slaughter offers up dark and morbid stories, some with deadly little twists that I quite liked. Some of the stories were hard to listen to because Slaughter holds nothing back. My favorite story of the group was Necessary Women, which leads a reader one way until suddenly the truth is revealed. My least favorite was The Blessing of Brokenness, which I’d probably have skipped over if I was reading it in print rather than listening to it in my car. I had trouble connecting with the main character in that one, but all of the other stories were able to pull me in. Few of these stories will put a smile on your face, except for the revenge one ex-wife gets to extract, but I think the stories as a whole are worth the time to take a listen. Regardless, I want to get back to her Will Trent series!
The stories were narrated by Shannon Cochran, a new to me narrator. I thought she did a fine job on these stories. I listened to this on cd, so I didn’t get to put her to the speed test (I listen to most of my audiobooks on my Audible App on my phone, usually at 2x speed). Cochran’s voice was well suited for the characters, and she kept me listening even during the one story that I didn’t enjoy much. I don’t know if I would seek out books just because she narrates them, but I would definitely be happy to listen to future audio narrations by her.