Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins



Read from October 6, 2018 to December 6th, 2018.

I listened to The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins on audiobook, and I can say it was definitely confusing when going from one chapter to the next because it switched characters and time periods every time. It’s easy to physically see and memorize a date, or be able to flip back really quick to remember when and who was speaking before, but was super hard for me to do so with audio, both the memorizing and flipping back to the date and speaker. I would suggest reading this not-in-chronological-order book physically.

I’m tempted to give this book a 3 1/2 stars out of 5 only because I almost quit listening to it a million times in the beginning. The only reason I continued was because I remembered I had a 12-book reading goal before the end of the year and I was 2 of the 10 hours into it.

The beginning of the story is very slow, and that’s why I really didn’t touch it for a month or so. I’d say after 3 hours or 30% of the book, though, it finally starts to pick up. I flew through the rest in a matter of days. It was a great mystery, maybe a little predictable at moments, but I enjoyed it. There were some great plot twists. If they cut out the first couple of chapters, I could see myself giving this book a 4/5. But whatever you do, don’t watch the movie adaptation. It completely ruined it for me.

I’m going to give The Girl On A Train by Paula Hawkins a 3.75/5 stars. My rating system is below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Making an Audiobook! (ACX)

ACX is a great way to get an audiobook out for your book! Although there are negative aspects to it, it offers more than any other company. They’re planning to catch up with their other platforms soon so that the author can make even more money.


ACX will distribute your audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, which are the leading providers for audio! Not convinced yet? Let me keep going.

ACX also allows you to distribute through other platforms besides the ones I listed above. You will, however, no longer be “exclusive” with ACX if you distribute through other platforms besides Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and will get a smaller royalty payout. Exclusive receives 40% of their royalties, whereas nonexclusive gets 25%. My advice is if you are confident enough in other platforms besides the top distributors, then definitely go nonexclusive!

You can give 25 promo codes away for free to anyone who wants your audiobook!

Professional narrators will make your story sound crisp and follow the necessary guidelines to sell on ACX. You can choose your payment plan with them at the start of the project. If you decide to split the royalty rate with your narrator, you have to go exclusive so both of you get at least 20%. But if you want to keep all 40%, just do it yourself!


ACX does NOT provide CD distributions. (If you go nonexclusive, you can find someone else who will make the CDs!)

ACX does NOT distribute to libraries or schools, not even digital copies (again, you can go nonexclusive for this option).

ACX controls the price of your product. Below is the chart they use to price your audiobook:

  •  under 1 hour: under $7
  •  1 – 3 hours: $7 – $10
  •  3 – 5 hours: $10 – $20
  • 5 – 10 hours: $15 – $25
  • 10 – 20 hours: $20 – $30
  • over 20 hours: $25 – 35

I’ve personally found more benefits behind going non-exclusive. You’d still be part of the biggest distributors and have easy access to narrators. Since I’m voicing my own, I have to make the decision of choosing between going through the leading distributors without libraries, CDs, or schools, or go through leading distributors along with other distributers with CDs, libraries, and school, but lose 15% royalties from all leading platforms.

If my audiobook ends up being ten hours long, selling at $20 on leading sites, 15% can make a difference of $3. So I have to be confident that the schools, libraries, CD sales, and other smaller distributors will match the difference. Which it could be possible.

Thanks for reading,

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