Flowertown

  • by S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by Tanya Eby
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, a chemical spill brought the U.S. Army to rural Penn County, Iowa, where soldiers established a long-term, medically maintained quarantine. Officially, it’s called the PennCo Containment Area. But to the people trapped inside, their bodies tainted with chemicals that give off a sweet smell, it’s known simply as Flowertown.
The quarantine was supposed to save their lives, but many of the survivors have grown suspicious of the government’s real motives. But not Ellie Cauley - her rage long ago burned down to hard, cynical pessimism. When a series of deadly events forces Ellie out of her apathy, she must prepare to face an enemy powerful enough to unleash her greatest nightmare.

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Painful. Not sure I can finish last 60 minutes.

Sorry, this is just bad. I'm on the last 60 minutes or so, and I don't know if I can finish. I really could care less if I finish it. I'm just pressing on through sheer willpower.

The premise of this sealed off town starts off ok. Quickly devolves into this trite and convoluted story of this big pharm company conspiracy. The dialogue in the story is HORRIBLE. Completely phony witty banter. Seriously, S.G. Redling, NOBODY TALKS LIKE THIS AND IT IS PAINFUL TO LISTEN TO. The back and forth between Ellie and Bing is especially bad as is their constantly replaying the same scene over and over. The two talk amicably, suddenly get upset, one storms off, then they meet up again later and apologize, suddenly upset, one storms off, etc; I am not kidding, this happens a dozen times at least in the same book.

And lastly, no offense, but it you speak with a lisp, you should not be narrating audiobooks. It can be cute and endearing, I have no problem with it. However, it is just annoying in an audiobook, like fingernails on a chalkboard. Audible should start screening these books and post a freaking warning when the narrator has a lisp or is Stephen King.

There are a TON of better books on audible to use your credit on. Avoid this one.
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- bionichands "procrastinator"

My favorite new smart-aleck heroine

What did you love best about Flowertown?

The best part about Flowertown is the protagonist, a smart-aleck named Ellie. I could really identify with her attitude and appreciated the humor her dialogue added to an otherwise grim story.


Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

Tanya Eby did a great job performing the many characters. I liked her interpretation of Ellie and Rachel the best.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was smirking while listening to this audio book. It's really clever.


Any additional comments?

This book was difficult to put down. From the very beginning, I connected with the characters and was involved in the plot. Great work, S.G. Redling! I look forward to more enjoyable books from you.

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- GremlinGrrl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio