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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary McGarry Morris Narrator: Kimberly Schraf Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307734952
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Martha Horgan is not like other women. She stares. She has violent crushes on people. She can’t stop telling the truth. Martha craves love, independence, and companionship, but her relentless honesty makes her painfully vulnerable to those around her: Frances, her wealthy aunt and begrudging guardian; Birdy, who befriends her and then cruelly rejects her; and Colin Mackey, the seductive man who preys on her desires. Confused and bitter, distrusting even those with her best interests at heart, Martha is propelled into a desperate attempt to gain control over her own life. The sense of impending calamity is almost unbearable in this portrait of a woman who teeters on the edge of madness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Morris’ magnanimous ability to portray her characters with so much tenderness and cruelty may be her novel’s finest strength.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A powerful tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “In this compelling, suspenseful narrative, Morris speaks to larger issues while limning an unforgettable portrait of a vulnerable woman.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Doyle | 2/4/2014

    " a very good book..Martha is alien and totally relatable at the same time. the writing style makes you feel as compulsive and obsessed as Martha, and by the horrifying climax of the book you can totally sympathize for her. a quick juicy read, that is disturbing and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/26/2014

    " This is both a disturbing and fascinating book that held me captive the entire time. It is a glimpse into a very different life full of pain but also a desire for love and friendship. It gave me insight into what a painful life some lead in a society that still is not accepting of those who are "different." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reva | 1/16/2014

    " i read this book like 9 years ago so i don't remember the specifics. seems like i might have also seen the movie...but can't quite remember. i do, however, remember that the ending to this "ok" book was awful. it was like she was done with the book but didn't know how to end it...so she just did. even at 15 i knew it was lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/5/2014

    " Good story about a mentally challenged woman and what happens to her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Lamers | 1/4/2014

    " This book was so strange in terms of its (lack of) plot and unrealistic conflict that I skimmed it more than read it, really. Parts of it are dark and twisted in a way that seems implausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/3/2014

    " The dedication page says to so and so, "who wanted a love story". Don't be fooled. This is some depressing shiite here. Martha is socially outcast and treated like the village idiot because of her ausberger-like behavior. Her desperate, obsessive attachments to people who show her any affection result in mayhem and despair for everyone involved. She is a thyphoid-Mary of the heart. Despite the dark note of the novel, the story kept pulling me. Good writing and characters that you love to hate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/31/2013

    " Painfully dark story of a misfit. The characters are well-drawn; although the main character can alienate the reader, it's difficult not to feel some empathy. Morris' writing is eloquent, but I recommend this to readers who are not averse to a sad tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Faires | 12/31/2013

    " Struck out on this one. :( just read The Lost Mother which was great and then back to....bleh. Not my style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 12/9/2013

    " read about 20 pages and just didn't care about the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale Doran | 9/19/2013

    " I liked this book a lot - it really kept you guessing. A great beach read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 9/14/2013

    " Rather unhappy novel but, like all her books, compels me to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 7/6/2013

    " Excellent! I really expected an alternate ending, so I was mildly surprised by this one. It was a creepy but I bet almost all of us know or know of someone like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/28/2013

    " I love Mary McGarry Morris! She never disappoints. This book is an oldie but a goodie. The main character is someone you haven't met before. You go through bouts of feeling sorry for her and wanting to shake her up. This is definitely a book that is worth your time. It gets an 8 on my 10 scale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate W | 2/27/2013

    " I basically skimmed the book for book club. I normally don't do that with fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/6/2013

    " Dark. Consumed my feelings while reading...not in a good way; however I was compelled to keep turning pages and finished quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/6/2012

    " "Carrie" if she had no special powers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezlee Hays | 4/12/2012

    " Although I felt slightly let down by the ending, and the writing seemed un-even to me at times, the story itself was compelling and contained a lot of emotion and suspense. Compulsively readable, I found it difficult to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Anderson | 3/15/2012

    " I didn't enjoy it as much as Morris's VANISHED, but this is still a very good book. Morris creates great characters and refreshingly veers away from the glamorous or even middle-class pretty little families, into an unacknowledged section of our world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 12/20/2011

    " A fascinating look into the life of a complex and misunderstood young woman...manic, obsessive, brutally honest, and basically out-of-control...I felt a lot of compassion and anger as I read and I have never forgotten this main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nannette | 12/5/2011

    " I found this somewhat difficult to read, hard content but utlimately a good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 3/20/2011

    " LOVED THIS BOOK. Thank you Mary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana | 3/6/2011

    " you will get completely frustrated along with the main character in this! I liked:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezlee | 5/21/2010

    " Although I felt slightly let down by the ending, and the writing seemed un-even to me at times, the story itself was compelling and contained a lot of emotion and suspense. Compulsively readable, I found it difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denidevine | 10/3/2009

    " This is a heartbreaking story that I couldn't put down and have never forgotten... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/10/2009

    " a very good book..Martha is alien and totally relatable at the same time. the writing style makes you feel as compulsive and obsessed as Martha, and by the horrifying climax of the book you can totally sympathize for her. a quick juicy read, that is disturbing and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 4/25/2009

    " Interesting story of a woman who doesn't fit in and what she goes through.

    Good, "cozy" read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 12/28/2008

    " I think this book is mistitled, Marthorgan isn't dangerous she's misunderstood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/1/2008

    " I thought this was a great book. Teaches tolerance and that everyone is different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/1/2008

    " "Carrie" if she had no special powers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 8/25/2008

    " one of my faves....glad i'm not her. "

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About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris is the author of several highly acclaimed novels. Entertainment Weekly included Fiona Range on its list of the best books of 2000, Vanished was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Dangerous Woman was made into a feature film starring Debra Winger in 1993, and Songs in Ordinary Time was a 1997 Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Schraf is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Running Out of Time, Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague, and Karen Joy Fowler’s The Jane Austen Book Club, among many others.