Die a Little

Written by:
Megan Abbott
Narrated by:
Ellen Archer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2005
7 hours 30 minutes
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
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This book was okay. Simple as that. The story moved along but didn't keep me in suspense or on the edge of my seat. I did finish it. A bit predictable. The recording quality is not the best I've heard and there are repeated lines so that was distracting a bit.

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Although this is an entertaining noir novel, the audio quality of the recording is bad enough to distract listeners from the suspense of the story. Repeated sentences, flubbed lines, even the accidental recording of some instructions from the engineer/producer result in a very unprofessional-sounding recording.

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