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.
I purchased this book because I really enjoyed other audiobooks in the 'Neil Gaiman Presents ' collection ('The Land of Laughs' was awesome) however….
First of all, I'm not crazy about the narration. I believe this book is 13 hours long because Suzy Jackson reads so slowly. The pacing is also weird and she takes awkward pauses between sentences and words. My mind starts to wander every few minutes.
As for the novel itself, I keep expecting something (anything!) to happen. I'm a few hours into the book and I'm ready to give up. How many paintings is this girl going to describe? And what's going on with this jumping from first person to third person?! Maybe this narrative style works in print but in the audio version it makes no sense.
I feel like this book could potentially pay off if someone has a lot patience and time. This just wasn't for me. Wish I could get my $22 back!