Martin Misunderstood

Martin Misunderstood

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by Karin Slaughter
     
 

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A riveting, darkly humorous tale narrated by Seinfeld's "Newman" - Wayne Knight!

Martin Misunderstood is trademark Karin Slaughter: quickly paced, cleverly crafted, darkly themed, and utterly unputdownable. It tells the story of Martin Reed, an average man who wonders how he has wound up with such an abysmally empty existence. Working as a senior accountant

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A riveting, darkly humorous tale narrated by Seinfeld's "Newman" - Wayne Knight!

Martin Misunderstood is trademark Karin Slaughter: quickly paced, cleverly crafted, darkly themed, and utterly unputdownable. It tells the story of Martin Reed, an average man who wonders how he has wound up with such an abysmally empty existence. Working as a senior accountant at Southern Toilet Supply and still living with his nagging mother, his sole source of excitement is the crime novels he cherishes. So immersed is Martin in these escapes he fails to notice the crimes going on all around him. When first one, then another, of his co-workers is brutally murdered, Martin steps in to help the investigation, bringing his amateur detecting skills to bear. But Martin realizes too late that what he has mistaken for the glow of the spotlight, is actually the harsh glare of interrogation.

Presented unabridged on 2 CDs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099525899
Publisher:
Arrow Books Ltd.
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Pages:
147
Sales rank:
219,742
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Knight narrates this lively recording. Knight achieved television immortality as mailman Newman, Jerry's nemesis, on TV's long-running hit, Seinfeld. Fans also know him from the blockbuster films Jurassic Park and Basic Instinct. He continues to be a leading character actor in television, film and on the stage, and also works as a voice artist in cartoons.

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Martin Misunderstood 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Martin Misunderstood is a short-story written by Karin Slaughter. It's both dark comedy and murder mystery, and it works! One of the many things I love about Ms. Slaughter's writing is her talent for character development and she excels with all the characters in this novella. It's so thorough that I had a hard time finding it funny at times because I just felt so, so sad for poor Martin. His character is simple, innocent, put upon, always gives others the benefit of the doubt...he's the ultimate underdog that can't seem to win. To be clear, the comedy is there - I laughed a few times for sure but I just had a hard time getting past my own heart I guess. I did enjoy how this story ended and thought it was humorously fitting for most all characters involved. Unfortunately, I can see this being a love it or hate it experience for readers. I liked it - and may re-read it on a day I'm feeling a little less sensitive. If you have enjoyed some of Ms. Slaughter's other humor-based plots, then consider Martin Misunderstood! Note: If you're going to read Martin Misunderstood, consider going the audio route! Wayne Knight narrates and that was an experience all on it's own!
NatalieTahoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, Martin. Martin is so sorely misunderstood, the poor guy. For cryin' out loud, he's been picked on by everyone since he was a kid, and even his mother (yep, still lives with her), is a manipulative mess who never misses out on a low blow insult. And for whatever reason, Martin as an adult, has never moved from his hometown. In fact, he works as an accountant at Southern Toilet Supply, and every co-worker is either a former classmate, or someone who just picked up the bullying because Martin is just a simpletons' idea of a perfect target. Insults normally directed to women are even keyed onto his car. There is no end to it. So when Martin, a fan of crime fiction novels, becomes a suspect in a murder, the out-of-control spiraling of his life takes an even darker turn. Ann, the delightfully ordinary detective with her own secrets becomes the lead on his case, and it becomes even more demented and confusing. And I mean that in an extremely good way. The compelling twists that come about for Martin are preposterously simple, but satisfying, and the characters surrounding him are unintentionally, but stupidly evil. I enjoyed every second of it and the final reveal was a bit of a shock, I must admit. At only two and a half hours, this audiobook is simultaneously hilarious and also terribly gloomy. The characters were perfectly constructed and the plot was a tightly woven maze of one bad coincidence and mistake after another. I can't imagine anyone listening to this in an afternoon and not enjoying it. It really was, in an odd way, the perfect way to spend a day. There are some sex scenes in which I would advise that you turn the volume down if you have the windows open...it is an absolute riot. I picked this audio copy up from BEA in New York City this year when I attended the APA Audiobook and Author Tea event. Karin Slaughter, Brad Meltzer, and Tony Horwitz were the featured speakers. I've never read a Karin Slaughter book before (I know, where have I been?), but she piqued my interest when she informed the audience that when she first started writing her crime fiction novels, the general response from the reading public regarding a female detective using the F-word was extremely negative. As she stated, "People didn't seem to have a problem with the rape and murder of women, but to have a female cop drop the F-bomb? That got a response." Can you believe it? I'm certainly going to read her other books. I'm a happy camper for picking up Martin Misunderstood - the writing was unique, unexpected, and absolutely demented with its humor. I mean, I can't believe I laughed at some of the things that happened.