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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan Abbott Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781400171514
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How does a respectable young woman fall into Los Angeles' hard-boiled underworld? Shadow-dodging through the glamorous world of 1950s Hollywood and its seedy flip side, Megan Abbott's debut, Die a Little, is a gem of the darkest hue. This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney's office. Lora's comfortable, suburban life is jarringly disrupted when Bill falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a murky past. Made sisters by marriage but not by choice, the bond between Lora and Alice is marred by envy and mistrust. Spurred on by inconsistencies in Alice's personal history and possibly jealous of Alice's hold on her brother, Lora finds herself lured into the dark alleys and mean streets of seamy Los Angeles. Assuming the role of amateur detective, she uncovers a shadowy world of drugs, prostitution, and ultimately, murder. Lora's fascination with Alice's "sins" increases in direct proportion to the escalation of her own relationship with Mike Standish, a charmingly amoral press agent who appears to know more about his old friend Alice than he reveals. The deeper Lora digs to uncover Alice's secrets, the more her own life begins to resemble Alice's sinister past - and present. Steeped in atmospheric suspense and voyeuristic appeal, Die a Little shines as a dark star among Hollywood lights. "Ellen Archer takes Meghan Abbott's stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance." -AudioFile Magazine Download and start listening now!

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  • “Ellen Archer takes Megan Abbott’s stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance.”

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  • Ellen Archer takes Meghan Abbott's stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance. AudioFile

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Bates | 2/12/2014

    " The first read of an Abbott novel- I found it by accident in my local public library and was hooked by the cover image. Yepped, I made my judgement right then and there. I was hooked forever on her works after that. Great twisted tale of envy, jealousy, and skewed family norms. Won't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/9/2014

    " Beautifully written, nice descriptions. Not your average mystery book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/6/2014

    " Fast-paced female-centric noir in which a new sister-in-law exposes a schoolteacher to the seamier side of Hollywood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 2/4/2014

    " Megan Abbott must be James Cain's daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/3/2014

    " So good. I think one of the blurbs on the book jacket called this a "modern twist on a classic noir tale" or something like that. This is a good description. Some of the scenes that could have come off as cheesy are balanced out by some seriously dark and seamy revelations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yves Fey | 1/31/2014

    " Darkness twisting under the Souther Californian brightness. Deception, betrayal, illusion and disillusion. The style is poetic with a touch of the surreal. I love that the two main characters are both women, both brilliantly drawn. Megan Abbott made me an instant fan with this book, which is now one of my all time favorite noirs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Sadowski | 1/22/2014

    " Audiobook Sometime in the 2000's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Faustus Buck | 1/16/2014

    " A totally absorbing, stylish period noir. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/4/2014

    " This book has a continuing suspense that I love in books. It's a sort of noir Nancy Drew for adults. Otherwise it's sparse and lacks plot and character...except for the chilling character of that dangerous sister-in-law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen McLean | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, it's a real page turner and the 50's them is engrossing, but the story was pretty one-dimensional and didn't stay with me the way some books do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloë Yates | 12/26/2013

    " An absolute corker. Read it in two sittings. Cracking characters and a twisted plot, that isn't really that twisty, but in the main character's mind it is. Without wanting to repeat myself too much, an absolutely splendid read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/4/2013

    " All atmosphere and tension, not enough plot. took way too long for something to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 10/14/2013

    " Cool, contemporary noir. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasscer Hill | 7/11/2013

    " Megan Abbott is a fine writer and this book, like her others is a Good Read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jj aitken | 4/29/2013

    " I just hope Megan Abbott keeps on writing. I love crime novels as they were in the beginning, in the tradition of chandler and woolridge this is talented crime noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 4/13/2013

    " Good modern noir from a female perspective. I plan to read the others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Drake | 4/3/2013

    " I felt there were a few too many holes in Alice's story, too many to keep track of. Otherwise a fun and interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Mansfield | 3/4/2013

    " I just love this series of books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 10/30/2012

    " I thought this book stunk - sorry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/13/2012

    " A fresh look at Ellroy's turf - psychologically intense with darkness and warped relationships humming just beneath the surface. Admirably twisty with a just-strange-enough protagonist and a great noir ending. The cover art is a beauty, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Lanier | 10/5/2012

    " Of her generation, she inherits Chandler's mantle. "

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

    " No complaints...I heard her future novels are much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/16/2011

    " For some reason its swoony prose reminded me strongly of Kelly Link's Stranger Things Happen. It's like trying to read through a fog, but in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 6/3/2011

    " My grandmother is listed in this book as a potential suspect! Look for Jeanne Horrelly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 5/6/2011

    " You have to like the style. I didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nigel | 2/7/2011

    " Classy through and through and perfect for old noir fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/15/2011

    " No complaints...I heard her future novels are much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nolan | 1/5/2011

    " As the old saying goes, "It's not how the detective works the case, it's how the case works the detective." This one was a great example and the female lead shows a little clearer just how much the bruises bare. The first half is a slow build up, but the character exploration is great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 12/12/2010

    " Probably need to re-read it but seemed to not explain enough of the ending to be truly satisfying. Maybe the ending wasn't that dramatic and that's why I'm disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/23/2010

    " Crime thriller/mystery evoking the Los Angeles noir of the 1950s, all dames and gin joints and men in sharp suits. While not brilliant, it was still enjoyable enough and I'd certainly look up more of this author's work. Sugar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/25/2010

    " I felt there were a few too many holes in Alice's story, too many to keep track of. Otherwise a fun and interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2010

    " I wish I'd learned of Megan Abbott right when this novel, her first, came out. It would have been so exciting waiting for each subsequent book to come out. No one writes these period-based noir novels -- this one touches on the seedy underbelly of 50's-era Hollywood -- quite like she does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chips | 4/28/2010

    " Could have got a 4 star rating,but ending was lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/29/2010

    " This book was more about the mood than it was about the plot. But I'm not complaining. I loved the whole 1950's Hollywood noir thing. This is an undiscovered genre for me. I definately want more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/22/2010

    " A bit better than the first one I read by this author but still didn't care much for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/21/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, it's a real page turner and the 50's them is engrossing, but the story was pretty one-dimensional and didn't stay with me the way some books do. "

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About the Author
Author Megan AbbottMegan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.