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Gather the Daughters

Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Emma Cline's The Girls and Emily St John Mandel's Station 11, this dark, unsettling and hugely compelling story of an isolated island cult will get under your skin.

On a small isolated island, there's a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home, while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood. But before that time comes, there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating reprieve. Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild: they run, they fight, they sleep on the beach and build camps in trees. They are free.

It is at the end of one of these summers, as the first frost laces the ground, that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home, muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever.

©2017 Jennie Melamed (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Couldn’t finish it.

I found this book a little disturbing and I couldn’t get into it. Not a fan of it

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Confusing at times

A boundary pushing book which explores some disturbing and important concepts. The plot was sometimes a bit weak and occasionally the magical realism is not quite pulled off seamlessly, but overall an important, challenging and creative exploration of gender sexuality, family, religion and all that goes along with it.

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girls gone wild

shocking, in tradition of handmaids tale but worse. Not for the faint hearted. An interesting read.

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weird and sick

I have no idea who would enjoy this story of incest on an island with an unsatisfying ending. I kept listening hoping it would make sense in the end, but no such luck.

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  • Wendy
  • 29-09-2017

Good novel, kid story book narration.

I'm actually still listening to this, and it's a good novel. But what is it with American narrators? They perform like we're an audience of 6 year-olds, or like they're doing the voiceover for a detergent commercial. I usually avoid American narrators for that reason, but I really wanted to get this audiobook, so now I have to put up with this bright, bouncy, optimistic, sing-song delivery. This is a dystopian novel, for heaven's sake. It shouldn't be read like it's Winnie the Pooh. But some people won't mind this, I suppose.

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  • Anneli Olsen
  • 02-11-2017

Could have done with some more details (spoiler)

How did they end up on the island? Why? What motivates the men? A lot of questions remain unanswered after having finished the book.

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  • Ana Silva
  • 23-03-2019

Nothing much gping for this one

Story is pretty directionless and depressing. Totally unnecessary element of paedophilia. End only concerns one character, all the others forgotten. The whole world of the story is nonsensical to some degree and unrelatible. Feels like a very long, relentlessly depressing prologue. Narrator has a nice voice, but insists on all her characters speaking in varying degrees of a horrible, grating, whiney tone. It's pretty unbearable and, like elements of the story, completely unnecessary. Read The Last Midwife or The Handmaid's Tale if you want a good, compelling, dystopian,p anti-female novel.

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  • REC
  • 14-05-2020

Incest, child abuse and domestic violence

This is a novel about community sponsored child abuse in a society were little girls become ‘little wives’ to their fathers. When they hit puberty they are forced to partake in orgies before being selected as actual wives. If they don’t comply they are drugged. Wide spread domestic violence is acceptable and the malformed babies that result are murdered at birth. When a plague hits the island one mother ridiculously asks ‘what have we done to deserve this’??!!! There is no resolution to conclude the narrative so I was just left feeling complicit, unable to shake the feeling of revulsion. Although the reading of this was fantastic, I wish I had gone with my gut and switch it off.

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  • Tamorinia
  • 27-03-2020

Mediocre

It’s a shame really as the concept was quite good but never really seemed to go anywhere. There are lots of things that are left unanswered and the plot just sort of ticks over with no gravity. The performance is OK but when the cast is a group of young girls a lot of the voices inevitably go down the high pitched whiney route to make then distinctive. This is incredibly hard to listen to. If I was to describe this book in one word it would be ‘meh’.

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  • Fiona Tyrer
  • 22-10-2019

Awful

This was a bizarre story, it could have been amazing, but it lost itself midway.

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  • Alex
  • 10-02-2019

A great performance delivering both innocence and bleakness

The reader is never quiet sure, neither are the girls, when realisation of the sickness both physical and moral becomes apparent its appalling, a chilling warning of twisted patriarchy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-2019

Challenging, heartbreaking and utterly riveting

Trigger warning for child abuse/ sexual abuse but well worth listening to if you can stomach it. Very well thought out and executed, this book was an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish. I'd recommend listening to it in segments due to the nature of the topics within.

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  • Rose Kolodony
  • 27-04-2018

Political Relevance, But Turgid Plot

Struggled to finish. Lacks detail in word building, with slow plot. Found characters frustrating in inability to achieve anything. Generally unsatisfied.