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The Girl On The Train Audiobook Review

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The Girl On The Train

Written by: Paula Hawkins

Narrated by: Clare Corbet, Louise Brealey and India Fisher

Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Penguin Audio

As an avid reader, you will discover many aspects of reading novels that does not compare with any other hobby. For those that enjoy taking their inner sole on a virtual adventure can truly get lost in a book. A beautifully written novel will offer so many moral lessons, as well as providing the reader with historical accuracies. Not only can this offer a deep look into the past, but it can provide a lot of insight into one’s future. Paula Hawkins speaks for many women in this fantastic read and allows the reader the opportunity to look into the heart of a broken woman.  

Thanks to the audiobook version, readers now have an opportunity to explore the inner beauty of the book in a different aspect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this 11 hour adventure that will take many different twists and turns.

The Narration
While most audiobooks are narrated by only one narrator, The Girl on the Train takes a different angle, with three different narrators taking a turn telling their side of the story. The three narrators are very likable and hold the ability to bring each character to light in a special way. They will pull you into the novel, while inviting you to virtually join in on the adventure. Your mind will drift away and you may find it difficult to return to reality.

Clare Corbett has a reputable history of narration and she just recently completed the novel, Shopaholic to the Rescue, which was very successful. She never ceases to amaze the listener and she is not alone, because Louise Brealey also has more than a few successes under her belt. She completed the narration of The Wolf Border in March of 2015.

India Fisher has proven herself to her virtual audience numerous times. She just recently participated in the narration of the Sherlock Holmes – Holmes and the Ripper, where she joined Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl in bring this book to life.

The narrators are capable of working together beautifully, without one standing out above the rest. The trio should be complimented on their abilities to win over their audience and enough cannot be said about their amazing ability to obtain and maintain the audiences’ attention throughout the 11 hour narration.

While the unabridged audiobook appears to be extremely short for many, this is not an attempt to condense the story line down, by no means. As a matter of fact, the listener will be allotted enough time to ingest the story and another few moments to recap the compendium. As you will very well discover that there is no rushing in getting this story told.

This trio is capable of showing the audience Rachel’s loneliness and her dedication on trying to solve the murder. You will be taken on a thrilling train ride through the lives of many characters, especially the delusional Rachel.

Examining The Novel

The mass majority of successful audiobooks stem from novels from the past. These timeless novels are generally passed down from generation to generation. Of course, an amazing new classic is released every so often. In 2012, readers salivated from the amazingly gripping tale of Gone Girl. The tale easily seemed realistic in today’s society and managed to garner praise across the national. Now, The Girl on the Train is receiving the same type of accreditation. In fact, many are referring to the novel, as the next Gone Girl! The novel has quickly become a major success in both the United States and the United Kingdom. DreamWorks Pictures also purchased the film rights and plan on adapting the tale for the big screen.

This should speak to the quality of the psychological thriller. The novel takes the reader and shows them the point of view of three women, Anna, Megan and Rachel. Each character is equally enthralling and each has their own troubles, which follow them throughout the book. For instance, Rachel Watson is an alcoholic, who has hit a rough patch in her life. On the other hand, Anna is forced to deal with infidelity at home. Although the three tales are unique, they all come together in a startling manner and will keep the reader or listener on the edge of their seats throughout.

The most amazing aspect of the audiobook is undoubtedly the realistic nature of the story. By looking around your current neighborhood and inner circle, you could likely find individuals dealing with problems similar to those in the book. This helps to put the listener directly into the tale and ultimately results in an eye opening experience, which will stick with you for a long period of time. Paula Hawkins has definitely crafted a masterpiece with The Girl on the Train.

There is no doubt that the book will be talked about for many years to come and the film adaptation, which is due to be released in the near future, will propel it to new heights. Of course, the audiobook version, which is narrated by a professional trio, cannot be ignored. At this point in time, it is likely the best way to experience the gripping tale.

Overall Assessment

At the end of the day, there are many excellent audiobooks on the market. However, The Girl on the Train is definitely one of the best. The book is an absolute thriller, which will keep you on the edge of your seat and will keep you guessing, until the end. The characters are captivating and enthralling. The listener will be drug into a world of chaos and confusion. Slowly, the curtains will be pulled back and everything will come together.

Once that happens, the gripping tale will leave an impact on the reader for a significant period of time. Although the book is great, the audiobook version is undoubtedly better. The narration is spot on and definitely enhances the overall package. If you’re looking to experience this thriller, be sure to check out the audiobook right now!

The Girl On The Train Audiobook (Review)
Date Published: 11/09/2015
4.5 / 5 stars

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