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Afraid Audiobook

Afraid

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Publisher's Summary

When 15 year old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins.

No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an Internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay....

Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother....

Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents, which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, '70s soul cover bands and blues jam bands.

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©2015 Mandasue Heller (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Andy Russell New Pitsligo 04/12/2015
    Andy Russell New Pitsligo 04/12/2015 Member Since 2016

    Listening to audible while walking the dogs is one of life's true pleasures.

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    "Disturbing but worth it"
    What did you like most about Afraid?

    It would be difficult to say I 'liked' anything about the book as I found listening to it a very very unsettling and at times upsetting. I knew what the book was going to be about so this is no complaint but normally I can listen to any genre without feeling upset. It's a great book but the subject is very harrowing and I hadn't been prepared for how much so.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Afraid?

    I quite liked the epilogue so you weren't left wondering about loose ends.


    What about Colleen Prendergast’s performance did you like?

    Great voice performance, several characters to do and she gave them all a great recognizable personality.


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

    Very upsetting book. Apart from the obvious , that is the plot described in the blurb, there are brief descriptions of rape and animal cruelty which I found hard going.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listened to this book and I feel it's probably quite realistic. The one very strange this is that the language and descriptions used are almost like those used in teen / young adult novels. Over use of 'hooded look' and 'crooning' which was a little annoying. I would recommend the book but I feel this will stay with me for some time. I had to listen to the last 5 hours in one go just to get it out of the way as I was unable to look forward to the next listen as I was anxious about what the next horrible thing would be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    just for charity midlands uk 04/12/2015
    just for charity midlands uk 04/12/2015

    just for charity

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    "Harrowing"

    Gripping page turner couldn't put it down but a painful storyline and subject matter, especially for parents

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kates1963 14/02/2016
    kates1963 14/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "loved this book "

    the book was really good and easy to listen to and to follow recommend this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sylv Sheehan 15/01/2016
    Sylv Sheehan 15/01/2016
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    "I loved this book"
    What did you like most about Afraid?

    It was mostly credible. The storyline was a bit different, and it was set in the north of England.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Afraid?

    The way the perpetrator controlled his victim, and how he manipulated the situation


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

    The reading was really good, as were the voices and intonations


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I listened to it within a week. I couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read this author's work before but would certainly do so in the future

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I taylor 30/12/2015
    I taylor 30/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant suspense"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I needed a break from the intensity and to make it last longer. When you get a good book you don't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me gripping the edge of my seat the entire way through. Skye doesn’t have grand ambitions, but they don’t include having her life turned upside down by her mother and her mismanaged illness. If only she had stayed at her friend’s house that day, instead of walking in on the chaos of her home life. Things quickly jump from bad to worse and then continue on the slippery slope, and Skye has to reinvent herself to hold onto the small bit of life that she is left with. This is a tragic and moving story about a girl who, from no fault of her own, finds one terrible situation after another. The people that love her are not able to help and she is at the mercy of those who continually harm her. I shed tears for Skye; the character was well-written and the story unfolded in a fantastically suspenseful manner. A brilliant story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katie 12/12/2015
    katie 12/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good all-rounder for a quick book"

    At first this book appears very predictable but it was very surprising. Hard to pit down this gripping story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 07/12/2016
    Rose 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016

    I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.

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    "Talk about a good book spoiled well this was it"

    Oh dear oh dear. What positive things can i say about this bookj? Well, it began well and up to around chapter 27 was pretty good if a bit naive and predictable in places. After that it descended in to the worst case of bovine excrement I have ever heard if you know what I mean. It became jsut an excuse to talk about social workers and how good they can be as reported in your average magazine or newspaper so you gained the impression that the book was written purely as a way of putting across fats. In other words a long exercise in info dimping. Before taht it twisted and turned and reminded me of rats in a maze running first down one passage and then another so that jsut when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the main characters they did. Then it go bad. Skye became utterly unbelievable and totally stupid not knowing things that any child of fifteen living in any big city knows insticntively and the book contradicted itself. A child quick to believe one person over anotehr suddenly does a U-turn and stops believing the truth. Then they all lived happily ever after. God what a soppy ending. Overall a disappointment but it promised so much too.

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    Clive Norman 11/12/2015
    Clive Norman 11/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth a listen"

    Great story, keeps you listening to find out the next twist in the story.
    Well worth a listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lutas england 04/12/2015
    J. Lutas england 04/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story ruined by very explicit language"

    This was a very good story, exciting and shocking. However real life though the C*** and F**** throughout didn't sound right, or natural and spoils a really good story line.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pauline BUNGAY, United Kingdom 22/03/2016
    pauline BUNGAY, United Kingdom 22/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Suitable for teenagers"

    This is a story about the sexual grooming of young girls.The plot is good but the narrator makes it sound like she is reading for a seven year old audience.This book should be on the curriculum for teenagers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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