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The diary chronicles Laura's life from age 12 to her death at 17 and provides a harrowing backstory to the event that set the entire series in motion. In intimate diary entries, Laura goes from a happy and naïve tween to a tormented soul posing behind the phony smile of homecoming queen. Plagued by visions of a creepy man with long hair - a demonic presence she comes to know as "BOB" - Laura falls into a world of drug addiction, sexual promiscuity, and prostitution to escape. But as she's swallowed deeper and deeper into the abyss, Laura is forced to question the reality of who and what BOB really is.
With hidden Easter eggs, glimpses at the origins of principal characters, and clues to the identity of her eventual killer, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is required listening for diehard fans of the original show, and essential background for the 2017 revival.
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By Phillip Frangules on 05-08-17
Wrapped in plastic
As a newcomer to 'Twin Peaks' I hadn't read this novel when it came out so the audio recording was my introduction to Laura's diary. It's a very raw, dark story and a far cry from the quirkiness of the show (take this as a warning if necessary). Jennifer Lynch's writing is very strong and elevates what could have been a gimmick in other hands.
As to the narration, Sheryl Lee gives a very powerful performance as Laura, delivering a very emotional, harrowing and devastating experience for the listener. Her performance as BOB in particular is downright sinister. It's hard to listen to at times, which is a compliment to be talent.
One minor issue: Flipping to my Kindle version I noticed that at various points throughout the story the reader is informed that pages have been ripped from the diary. In the recording there are no indications that the diary has been tampered with. I imagine most people will miss out on this element just listening to the audio.
Small caveats aside, this is essential listening for 'Twin Peaks' completists.
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By Anna Prehler on 05-27-17
I love Twin Peaks!!!
As a fan of Twin Peaks and being so excited about the news season it was a special treat to listen to "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" read by the voice of Laura Palmer Sheryl Lee. I really loved it and if you are a fan of the show, you will love it too.
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