Extended Audio Sample

Download Hardly Knew Her Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Hardly Knew Her Audiobook, by Laura Lippman Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond, Francois Battiste Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780061710094
Regular Price: $24.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $17.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

“Lippman is a writing powerhouse.”

USA Today

 

New York Times bestselling author and winner of every major prize awarded for crime fiction—including the Edgar®, Anthony, Shamus, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards—Laura Lippman brilliantly demonstrates her astonishing agility as a short story writer with Hardly Knew Her. A sterling collection of sixteen suspenseful short fictions and novellas—most set in and around her beloved Baltimore and several featuring her popular series character private investigator Tess Monaghan—Hardly Knew Her was called, “Riveting…One of the best collections released in some time” by the Boston Globe. The Seattle Times says, “something in the short-story form brings out the wicked in Laura Lippman,” and this exceptional collection is indisputable proof that Lippman is without peer as she walks boldly on the dark and dangerous side.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HARP_001721

Quotes & Awards

  • “Lippman…writes suspense stories of startling emotional depth.”

    Washington Post

  • “Lippman is a writing powerhouse.”

    USA Today

  • “Lippman shows herself to be a master of short fiction…this is a treasure.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of today’s most pleasing storytellers.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • Winner of the 2008 Anthony Award for Best Short Story
  • Selected for the November 2008 Indie Next List
  • A 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Short Story Collection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Sanders | 2/13/2014

    " I like this author and enjoyed this book, it was a collection of short stories, a pick up and read when you have time...I will def be reading more of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/10/2014

    " Superb writing, if not exactly uplifting as the characters in some of the stories are sociopaths. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 1/31/2014

    " I knew in under 5 minutes that I wouldn't listen any further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 1/25/2014

    " "Hardly Knew Her" is a collections of short stories. I was a bit taken aback at the ending of the first one. Then, I read another and could start to see every story was going to end with someone's untimely death by the hands of another character. The author cleverly drew in characters from previous stories in the ending chapter. I thought many of the stories would be good Alfred Hitchcock episodes. Some were funny and others not at all. A very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2014

    " Good collection. Enjoyed the stories about the porn lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/11/2014

    " I love this mix of stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 1/3/2014

    " This is a collection of short stories. Although rougher subjects than I usually read I did enjoy them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/28/2013

    " I'm not a fan of a lot of short stories but these were good. I like her novels much better though (: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/30/2013

    " Some people can write novels, but can't write short stories. Some people can write short stories but struggle with novels. A few people can do both well. Laura Lippman is one of those people. This was a solid collection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 11/24/2013

    " this was not one of Laura Littman's best - its a set of short stories, with unappealing characters. Not worth the time.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed the Tess Monaghan stories and the last - longer - story in the collection. The stories which were originally written for magazines were too thin (without character depth or emotion) for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Robertson | 11/24/2013

    " I'm halfway through and liking it a lot. I'm a fan of short stories with twisted characters, and this is up my alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/23/2013

    " Short stories by Laura Lippman....love her writing, just didn't like the subject matter very much. I didn't finish this one.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/12/2013

    " This is for my October book club selection. Wonderful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britta B. | 11/4/2013

    " What a revelation; very good collection of stories. Some made me burst out laughing in public, and some made me gasp as it dawned on me where the story was headed. Definitely a keeper and I already shared the book with a friend. Looking forward to more from Mrs. Lippman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/4/2013

    " I don't like her short stories as much as her novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 6/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book of short stories. Endings were surprising and she even mentions my home town in one of them. My home town is small so it was a nice surprise . A thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/22/2013

    " Reminded me a bit of Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected," although the number of stories that ended in murder made this book a bit more like "Tales of the Expected" by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonna Doughty | 11/22/2012

    " These funny & occasionally creepy short stories are definitely worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monteith | 10/11/2012

    " Unusual crime stories with humor and unexpected twists, mainly featuring Baltimore settings. Can read them before going to sleep. :-) Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/19/2012

    " I really, really, really enjoyed this book of stories. It was a quick read, and I am a big fan of Lippman's in general. Very twisty and interesting, and I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 8/31/2012

    " eh. I must have purchased the one online for only 1 short story. It was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 5/31/2012

    " This is an amazing writer. With just a few words, you get a feel for the narrator of the short story, and get sucked in right away. Even though the stories are short, they are memorable and very vivid. They are sort of mini-movies in my brain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 12/30/2011

    " Loyal Lippmann fan here have read all her books and always look forward to the next one. Great story teller and always interesting the way her characters are the story and not just in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 9/5/2011

    " I am generally not a big fan of short stories, but I was on a Lippman high and I've read all of her other books. This is a fun and diverse collection, great for picking up and putting down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Mackler-Paternostro | 7/13/2011

    " An interesting collection of short stories ranging from the questionable to the bazaar, Lippman weaves together a book full of suspense, sexual tension and of course murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 7/6/2011

    " These are short pieces about people who kill. There is something really intriguing about all of the set-ups---each one a different situation and motivation. This is the closest you can get to murder being like a box of chocolates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/18/2011

    " I am generally not a big fan of short stories, but I was on a Lippman high and I've read all of her other books. This is a fun and diverse collection, great for picking up and putting down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 4/10/2011

    " I'm halfway through and liking it a lot. I'm a fan of short stories with twisted characters, and this is up my alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi | 4/7/2011

    " I generally enjoy LL, especially the Tess series. These short stories were an interesting departure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 3/29/2011

    " audio -- short stories
    the muders kind of get old but I liked the stories with Heloise -- the madame
    for a mature audience "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/26/2011

    " A very entertainig collectioln of eccletic stories. "

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

    " Some good stories, a few I really liked, but also a lot of predictable endings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 10/28/2010

    " compiled of short stories, I will give it two stars for Laura Lippman, and only her name, didn't like the book at all this is not the lippman I like to read! and I couldn't even finish it! not like me normally when I pick up a book it's start until finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/16/2010

    " This book was collection of short stories. I just couldn't finish all of them. They didn't really hold my interest. Sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 8/16/2010

    " well written, surprising, few of the characters were people that i wanted to know "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 8/16/2010

    " Short stories. Some good, some not so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indra | 8/8/2010

    " I liked this book and the writing a lot, but I think a full-length book would be a lot more satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/4/2010

    " This is a collection of short stories. Although rougher subjects than I usually read I did enjoy them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/20/2010

    " This was either free or on sale from amazon. It's not my type of book. Though it is well written, and the characters interesting, the easy attitude of killing and murder is a bit too much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 4/23/2010

    " I usually prefer novels over short stories, but this collection is just so wickedly delicious that I have to recommend it to all Laura Lippman readers and all mystery fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/31/2009

    " weird ... but can't put it down "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.