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Gemma

By: Meg Tilly
Narrated by: Meg Tilly
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.
©2006 Meg Tilly (P)2006 Meg Tilly

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"Tilly achieves moments of raw beauty and genuine fierceness while sustaining the intensity of an X-rated thriller and driving this harrowing story all the way to the courtroom." ( Booklist)

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  • kristabela
  • 14-10-2008

wow

I've never written a review on audible before and I've listened to countless books. I felt that I needed to on this one.

The story itself made me sick, sad and at times disgusted with myself for continuing to listen. I couldn't put it away though. It's like a car accident on the side of the road. You just have to see if somebody's ended up a bloody mess.

This book was written with a viscious, foul and truthful voice. It's painful to think of a helpless child in this type of predicament and it's sickening to hear the thoughts of the predator but I think it's a necessary story. I think there are far too many people in the world who don't realize the horrors that await children around every corner.

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  • Todd DellaPorta
  • 23-09-2008

Disturbing but a must listen... right til the end.

Despite the fact that at times the story was downright difficult to listen to, it is sadly a clear and graphic representation of the sexual exploitation of a child. Tilly does an amazing job narrating. it's incredible how believable she makes it with her dramatic skills. The sad parts are that much more difficult but the happiness when it comes is absolutely beautiful.

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  • David
  • 01-09-2008

So you think your day was bad.

I always wondered what happened to Meg Tilly because she never showed up in People or Enquirer or blah blah blah. Then I stumbled across Gemma and was intrigued with the admonition to beware of it's brutality. Even if I hadn't googled her and found out about her writing career, I would have said that this book rings true like a crystal bell. Her kid voice is perfect. I bought every word of it. The voice of Haven slipped and he sounded a lot like Gemma. But that is a minor quibble that means nothing. The important aspect is that it doesn't look away from the minds of predator and prey. Her look into Haven's mind, especially toward the end, is too twisted not to be true. I will buy a hard copy of this book and send it to a publisher friend of mine, and that's how much I liked the book.

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  • Kim
  • 14-11-2011

Disturbing but if you can take it...........

I am reluctant to say I enjoyed this book thoroughly because it contains some extremely brutal imagery that only a real sicko would enjoy. However, the narration is nothing short of amazing and the story will quickly have you engulfed if you let down your guard for a few minutes and just listen. This is not "easy listening" but it will make you feel something.

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  • Mark
  • 04-10-2008

Good Listen!

This is a good listen, but like the others say in these reviews, it's not for the faint of heart. The book moves at a good pace and the author/reader is incredibly dynamic. She is an actress, for those of you who haven't figured that out already, and she brings these characters to life...almost a bit too realistically at times. The only real issue I had with the reading is that Gemma (the young lady in the book) is read at a super-fast pace that can be grating and annoying; just like a REAL kid! Very few breaths are taken when she speaks as Gemma and that, coupled with the speed wore on me a bit. Otherwise, she did a phenomenal job!

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  • Sharon S.
  • 29-09-2008

Disappointing ending

As in Meg Tilly's "Singing Songs" this story leaves the reader wondering how the story ends??????????? Great listen but a very disappointing ending

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  • Kim
  • 08-09-2008

This one will stay with you.

I just finished this audiobook (in record time;) I didn't want to hear anymore, but I couldn't stop either. I have to be honest; about 2 hours into the book I thought to myself, "What kind of sick b*%$ is this?" (referencing Ms. Tilly)

Meg Tilly's writing and performance was amazing - I felt I was with her character every traumitizing and hope filled step of the way.

This book is not for the faint of heart, and I can understand the reviewer with children that couldn't finish it. This book doesn't cut close to the bone - it saws to the marrow.





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  • Glen Gaines
  • 06-09-2008

Outstanding!

This book was absolutely awesome! The story itself broke my heart. This book is not for the weak. It will tear you apart. Meg Tilly voice & narration was excellent! I've listened to countless audio books on this site, but never have I heard a narrator deliver such a powerful performance.

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  • donna
  • 02-09-2008

graphic fantastic

wow, what a story. You start wishing for redemption in any form for the broken child. The story has simple metaphores,for the complex subject matter. If you liked "The Lovey Bones" you will like this.

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  • Alan
  • 28-08-2008

Outstanding audio performance

This is a very harrowing, ultimately redemptive story. But the audio performance by the author is utterly outstanding, among the best I have ever listened to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2013

Well Worth a Listen

To begin with I wondered if I should / would / could listen to this book, the subject matter is to say the least a little sickening. However, I found the story although harrowing at times very interesting & the use of having the story from the 2 perspectives was an eye opener. Not a "cuddle up on the sofa" listen, but not a disappointing book.

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  • Emma
  • 17-04-2012

A harrowing tale of surviving against all odds.

This audio book, read by the author Meg Tilly is sexually explicit and while it is very graphic, and I cannot stress that highly enough ,it is not filthy for the sake of it. Do not expect it to be titilating. I found it quite harrowing.

Meg Tilly is extraordinary in the way that she reads. When she is being Gemma, the subject of this book, I could really imagine her as a child, and I found myself willing her to breathe before she passed out from being so tearful and distressed. Meg also reads the part of Hasen Wood, the predatory misfit. There is no doubt that he is a disturbing individual, but somehow I felt some sympathy for him, and his situation.

Gemma is a gulible, naive little girl who has already led a difficult life at the hands of her self centred, alcoholic mother and her boyfriend. When she is sold to Hasen Woods for his sexual gratification her life spirals out of her control,and she suffers beatings, humiliation and degradation.

The story goes on to explain how she is liberated from her tormentor and is then helped through the difficult legal system, and the traumas of coping with her experiences, with the help of a female detective and her husband.