Martin Misunderstood

Martin Misunderstood

by Karin Slaughter


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

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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 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
adeptmagic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
STORY (no spoilers): The plot could be interesting. Multiple points of view allow us to watch from inside and out as a man's life goes drastically off the rails. Martin starts out as an accountant at a toilet supply company who still lives with his mother...and then things go awry. Or maybe not so much, from his perspective. There are parts that are funny--the products at the toilet supply company, for example, are a riot--but the plot moves painfully slowly as we are given multiple asides into the heads of various characters.And there's not much in those heads to attract a reader. I couldn't "root for" anyone. Martin is completely self-obsessed, as is An, the lead detective investigating the murder of Martin's co-worker. They're both pathetic and whiny, though I will say they both have very rich fantasy lives.READING: I think part of the problem with this book may have been the audiobook factor. So much takes place inside the heads of the various characters that it might be easier to do the necessary skipping around in time if you had visual cues. Wayne Knight is not a bad reader--his voice is smooth, not at all grating--but there's little demarcation when one switches into interior monologue or flashback which makes following the story somewhat confusing at times.All in all, I wouldn't recommend this, which I am sorry to say since I was hoping Slaughter would have done something different from the norm that I could follow as I once followed her thrillers.
devenish on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A complete change of style for Slaughter and I would imagine a disappointing one for most of her fans.Instead of the usual violent and bloody stories she usually writes,what we have here is a short black comedy.The main character is Martin Reed,a mother dominated loser,who works in the office of 'Southern Toilet Supply'. His life changes suddenly when he is accused of a murder followed closely by yet another.One of the police officers,Detective Anther Albada,becomes rather more interested in him than the case warrants.This is the ideal book to while away a few spare hours,but it does leave the reader curiously unsatisfied at the end.
jbrubacher on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Martin never grew out of being the awkward kid that everyone teased. Now an adult, living with his cruel mother, working with the people who used to torture him at school, he's a nobody until a co-worker is murdered and he comes under suspicion by a police detective just as awkward as he is.I couldn't *not* read this novella after seeing so many mixed reviews. From readers angry that it was so short to readers angry that it was so peculiar, it doesn't often inspire much praise. My impression is that the author had an idea for a character and wrote a story that amused her, and that's that. It isn't terrible, and neither is it great. The mystery is sound and satisfactorily explained. The characters are ridiculous (on purpose) and the ending is sweet enough that if you did connect with Martin or An at least you're happy for them (sort of.)It's an odd novella that's as well written as any odd short story. If she wrote another, I'd read that, too.
wulf on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is refreshingly short; at least you only waste about 150 pages of reading time compared to the longer works Slaughter normally delivers. I found the writing style very simple and wondered for a while if it was a new departure for the author, venturing into fiction for the teenage market. However, some explicitly detailed scenes of sex and violence left me doubting that conclusion.Perhaps it was a project to write a story without any attractive characters or a proper ending. If so, it succeeded in those goals but fails to rise to any loftier ambitions.
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 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.