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  • Listen by Rene Gutteridge is a remarkable break from the author's growing oeuvre of humorous fiction. The small town of Marlo was voted the Nation's Best Place to Raise a Child a few years ago, and things haven't changed much since then. It's quiet, successful, and filled with model citizens. That's how it appears on the surface, but when a website starts reporting the private conversations of Marlo's residents, the dark side of the town is exposed where gossip, rumors, and backstabbing reigns s

    Listen by Rene Gutteridge is a remarkable break from the author's growing oeuvre of humorous fiction. The small town of Marlo was voted the Nation's Best Place to Raise a Child a few years ago, and things haven't changed much since then. It's quiet, successful, and filled with model citizens. That's how it appears on the surface, but when a website starts reporting the private conversations of Marlo's residents, the dark side of the town is exposed where gossip, rumors, and backstabbing reigns supreme. As the town descends into abuse, violence, and even murder, newspaper reporter Damien Underwood tries to find out who is behind the website, even as his own family falls apart. Gutteridge is a talented writer well-known for her ability to perfectly render likable characters with all of their foibles. She tackles the tough topic of personal integrity. Do the words we say about other people behind their backs effect them? Do they effect us? Who are we really when the masks we wear for society are stripped away? Despite the novel's heavy message, Gutteridge never allows it to become a diatribe or preachy. The story is intriguing and thrilling as well as thought-provoking.

  • Randy77 More than 1 year ago
    Listen by Rene Gutteridge I really enjoyed this book. A mystery person is recording the conversations of the people of Marlow, a small supposedly a friendly town. It shows the power of the tongue and how fast people can turn on each other. The book exposed bulling and gives an answer to it. This was one book that had me up in the middle of the night. I was glued to it as each scene moved fast. There was not a dull section in Listen. The main characters were very interesting and life like. I grew to like Frank Meritt, a long time cop friend to the family of Damien Underwood. Damien, a newspaper columnist, tries to solve the mystery. Listen has a very surprising ending that I did not figure out. (And believe me I tried.) I highly recommend this book as it will change the way you communicate.

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