Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She's supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute 15-year-old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.
Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester's daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.
©2014 Stacy Claflin (P)2015 Stacy Claflin
This book does not have a conclusion .... You have to get the next book to maybe find out what happens ... What a con ! The narration is amateurish and annoying , lots of inaccuracy in the story line . What a waste of time
The plot is ridiculous. Maybe 15 year olds were like this in the 1940s but I doubt it. In fact there were no realistic characters in this
Anyone. Worst narrator I have ever heard. And why in the world did a man narrate this when the main character is a young girl? Especially a man who either reads in a monotone or uses a nasal whine when speaking as a female.
"Any parents worst nightmare"
Yes, good story, although pretty dark. I would clearly tell them up front, that the story isn't resolved in any way in this book. It's the first of a series. I'm not a fan of the narration, but then again, I'm very picky when it comes to audio books, and I'm sure others would enjoy that aspect more than I did. The story was good, and for those who prefer audio over reading, I would definitely recommend this book to them.
In some places, yes. There are some parts that goes of on tangents, that doesn't make that much sense to me right now, but perhaps it'll make sense when I finish the series. Other parts could easily have been left out, like a kidnapped girl, worrying about make-up and such. I feel pretty sure, that only a totally superficial girl would worry about that when being held against her will - and even that would be a stretch to believe. Survival drift would rise to the top, and push every other thing far down on the list.
The narration was awful in places. Sounds just like when I turn on text-to-speech on my Mac or Kindle. And it's weird, because the dialogue parts were mostly good. I don't know why it sounds so bad for all the other stuff. It sounds strangely like words were read separately, and then combined by a computer afterwords, depending on how they appear on the page. Also there were at least once, where a word was repeated. Unfortunately I can't remember where, or I would have told the author.A few places where the toning of the dialogue feels all wrong and so on.I will continue this series on Kindle, not in audio.
No. The story never goes deep into the feelings in this first book. More telling, than showing on that part, which distances the listener/reader from the emotions that the family is going through.
This story could have been a lot better with a better narrator. I will not be listening to any other books that has this narrator.
They ruined the story with this narrator. It was flat and characterless. Emotionless. Boring. It had no depth.
He is best suited to reading scripture and offering prayer on Sunday morning.
"If only I'd known."
I haven't read the book.
To Die For (audio). Both are mystery-suspense type stories about a missing child.
Most of it. At times he emphasizes the wrong syllable of words. Frequently he reads it as if a person who doesn't understand English well is listening to him.....such as; I DO NOT LIKE THE WAY HE READ IT.
The plight of the kidnapped girl when she was first punished.
The end frustrated me.
If I'd have known it was a 3 part story I would have made the other 2 books available on my reader.
Amazing book and story; narrator wasn't the best, but ok...I'm hooked already! I can't wait to start book 2.
"Made the Hard-to-Please Happy!"
Really difficult to find a book that grabs me in the first chapter or two. I return a lot of ones I try to listen to. Not this one! I'm ready for the next in the series! I can't wait!
"Could not be any worse..."
Getting a refund....story and narrator are just terrible. If I could choose zero stars I would.
"Another "to be continued""
Another book that doesn't have an ending. Can't anyone finish a book??? Seems li!e everyone thinks their books have to be serial. I don't mind books with ongoing characters but could they finish one story!!!!!
"Rip off- no ending unless you buy the other books!"
I am so disappointed because this would have been an excellent book. All of the elements were there but the idea that I must buy the 2 other books to find out what happens to Macy bothers me. Let me guess - she finally reunites with her family? Duh! I have read other trilogies and they did not treat me like this. Excellent narrator. I could picture Chester sounding like that. Sorry but I will not buy the other books just on principle. And by the way. All teens should read this book so that they won't make the same mistake as Macy! This is an excellent read but the reader has not been treated with respect.
"From an author I always enjoy"
I have read the printed copy of Gone and was enthralled with the story. You can see my review here. I am not going to repeat my review of the story; I am going to review the audio part of the story.
I am partial to male narrators. The narrator for this book was almost perfect. When using his tone for the different characters I could actually see the characters and feel their emotions. As he was telling the story I sometimes felt his voice was flat, sometimes dull, but I suppose this made differentiating between the characters and the narration more pronounced. I enjoyed how the chapters flowed easily, keeping listening very easy.
Although, I realize the length of the audio book is directly related to the number of pages in the book but Gone is the right size. It was long enough that I did not listen to it all in one sitting, but short enough that I did not feel like I was listening to the same story forever. I listen while I work out and enjoy listening to a book that takes me about a week or 5 days to listen to.
I am anxious for the rest of the books in this series to be released in the audio format. Stacy Claflin is definitely an author that I always enjoy, both in the written form and the audio form.
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