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The Know Audiobook

The Know

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Publisher's Summary

Being in the know can be deadly. Joanie Brewer's children mean the world to her. She'd do anything to make sure they're fed and clothed - even if it means going on the game - and she lives in constant fear that one of them will be taken from her. Eighteen-year-old Jon Jon is knee-deep in crime, and Jeanette, only fourteen, knows more than is good for her. But it's Kira who really scares her, for in a world where no one is to be trusted, her eleven-year-old angel is the most vulnerable to danger. Then Kira disappears and Joanie's darkest fears are realised. She thinks she knows what's happened to her little girl, and her obsession to uncover the truth threatens to destroy them all.

©2003 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling.' (Daily Mirror)

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    C. J. Lansdown Bristol, England 24/10/2013
    C. J. Lansdown Bristol, England 24/10/2013 Member Since 2005

    Disabled and no longer able to drive, I live with my wife and two dogs. Reading (ok, listening) helps when I can't sleep or do much else!

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    "Brutal and Believable"

    This book deals with the people who struggle to survive in, and the people who run, the sex industry. To paraphrase the Beatles, it's a dirty novel of a dirty business. A business that turns the children who survive their initiation into this depraved world into the abusers of the future.

    If it has a fault (other than the hard to swallow violence) it is promoting the ideal of 'good' criminals over 'bad' ones.

    Martina Cole writes with conviction about the complexities of life as a prostitute in a world of sadism, crime and casual violence. She manages to make her characters three dimensional, showing the humanity in brutalised people as well as the inhumanity.

    A book for people with a strong stomach. It is bleak, depressing and powerful. You cannot help being moved by the compassion and resilience of its main character, Joanie, or by the conflicting elements good and evil in its many players.

    The reader is excellent and brings shocking life to this Booker listed epic.

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    Alison 18/10/2016
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    "The sound"

    The book has a good story line but I am very disappointed in the sound as it goes up and down all the way through the book which is very distracting

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    Rosemarie 28/03/2016
    Rosemarie 28/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "can always depend on Matins Cole for a good read."

    good in both the storyline and narrative.
    makes the ironing less boring too with audio books

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    anna 10/06/2015
    anna 10/06/2015
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    "hard hitting"

    Really enjoyed the story although it's sad but it keeps u guessing.
    I 💛 Martina Cole stories I'm a huge fan .

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    Sarah 04/07/2014
    Sarah 04/07/2014

    Brand new to audio books. And loving them!

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    "OK but nothing to write home about"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time well spent. I'd rather be listening to another book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't be bothered to get there so couldn't say.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that good in my opinion. I'm not sure I really believed the narrator which is not great if you're playing gritty, hard hitting characters.

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    Emma Hemel hempstead 10/04/2014
    Emma Hemel hempstead 10/04/2014
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    "great story line very real"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Know to be better than the print version?

    i thimk either would be just as good


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was all good really , very real and very much true in all aspects of life now


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mo Woodford Green, United Kingdom 18/12/2013
    Mo Woodford Green, United Kingdom 18/12/2013

    Ret'd Eng Lit tutor but now love popular fiction - no more impenetrable James Joyce or Milton's "Paradise Lost", enjoyed at the time but..

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    "GOOD GRITTY DRAMA"
    What did you like most about The Know?

    Its pace. Kept me reading and making me annoyed when I had to stop to get dinner for the family. Good Essex girl is Martina - enjoy most of her books.


    What other book might you compare The Know to, and why?

    Sorry - can't remember names of books once I've read them.


    Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't but she is perfect for this author's style.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Martina involved us in the central family's world and made us sympathize despite some of its members not being very good people. As a mother, I couldn't stop a tear or two flowing when the mother lost her child. Every woman's greatest fear.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen, she aint - but for a good rollicking read without having to work too hard, she suits me.

    Mo
    Eng Lit Lecturer

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    S Stourbridge, United Kingdom 05/12/2013
    S Stourbridge, United Kingdom 05/12/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good"
    Any additional comments?

    I had not read any Martina Cole books previous to this was tempted to purchase due to an offer on Audible.My expectations were not that high but I was wrong, An excellent listen with a story and characters that are entertaining, engrossing, vile, the whole spectrum.At times very bleak and dark but never less than enjoyable. I will be listening to more Martina Cole books

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    Jo GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013
    Jo GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Lifes knocks"

    I found this novel an interesting take on the criminal underworld and its interaction with the police and everyday life of those living on the fringe of society. It is based on the life of a working girl and how this impacts on her family and friends. This is reflected in the language and some might find this a little uncomfortable as it is peppered throughout with choice words.

    It delves into prostitution, their pimps and some might find the explicit child abuse difficult to deal with and cringe worthy, especially the way some of the minor characters see, speak and use their children. It does however show how some children follow in their parents’ footsteps.

    Nevertheless, I did enjoy the novel and its juxtaposition of different styles of mothering from the same social settings. It follows the route of honour among thieves and how they look after their own which at times seem a little cliché but at others have you thinking ‘good on you’. All in all the story is a bit like Christmas cake, not to everyone’s taste and sometimes comes with cheese and at other times soaked in brandy.

    I loved the way Annie Aldington adds character to each personality through her narration of the book. I would definitely listen to another of her performances.

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    Linus Sweden 14/10/2013
    Linus Sweden 14/10/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but a little clichéd"
    Would you try another book written by Martina Cole or narrated by Annie Aldington?

    I would try another book by Martina Cole. The story can't quite decide whether to be feel good or totally bleak and I like that about it. The narration is excellent with subtle and sometimes not so subtle differences between characters and I guess that the accents are OK. Since I come from Sweden I can't be a judge of that.What I don't like quite that much is that I get a picture in my head of Lock, stock and two smoking barrels at times. The crooks are a little too cliché for my taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character that stand out is Joni, the warm loving mother, who in the middle of all the misery tries to raise her children the best she can.


    What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Anne Aldingtons narrative brings life to the book.


    Could you see The Know being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I could see this turned into a TV series starring some of those brilliant unknown British actors that seem to grow on trees. I think that a visualisation would be a lot bleaker than the book.


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