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Into the Water Audiobook

Into the Water

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Publisher's Summary

From a writer proven to have a masterful touch when it comes to atmospheric dread, this is a suspenseful story of two sisters and the deceptiveness of human emotion and memory. Hawkins' prose manages to put a fresh spin on an age-old story of family secrets and their devastating effects.

The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 03/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 03/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!"

    I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.

    What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.

    It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.

    The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.

    So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.

    52 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Dublin, Ireland 04/05/2017
    Sheila Dublin, Ireland 04/05/2017 Member Since 2016

    SOK

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    "Disappointing"

    The narration is good, but the story is all over the place and the characters never came alive to me and none were very sympathetic. Too contrived. Wouldn't recommend – and I loved The Girl on the Train

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    N 05/05/2017
    N 05/05/2017
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    "Don't bother."

    Unlike most people I was never that impressed by the girl on the train. So when I saw this book I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing it. I thought I'd give the author a second chance and really wish I hadn't.

    This book is infuriating, completely ridiculous, unbelievable characters. You know what this is about? Miscommunication, that's it. If the characters weren't so pathetic at communicating half of the events wouldn't have occurred. I had about three hours left and had to return it before I ripped my hair out.

    Non of the characters are likeable and just infuriate you with their complete stupidity.

    I will never read anything by this author again in the future.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    carole SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom 08/05/2017
    carole SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom 08/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Does not deserve all the hype, huge let down"
    Would you try another book written by Paula Hawkins or narrated by the narrators?

    Perhaps.


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    Rambling, pointless, confusing. Tried several attempts to get interested, to no avail.
    Hugely disappointing.



    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too many voices for pretty boring characters. Narrative doesn't warrant such excellent performers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    shamsher ali 18/05/2017
    shamsher ali 18/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved it not your average book"

    this book is fantastic & requires full concentration very well told excellent story not a casual book better remember or your lost with character's splendid work thank you more please from this team

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 15/05/2017
    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 15/05/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "Disjointed and disappointing"

    Like many people, I bought this title based upon how much I enjoyed ‘The Girl on the Train’, but have to admit it is nowhere near as good.

    The story itself has potential; a small village in the North-East has a nearby river that feeds a deep pool that was, in olden times, used for ducking women suspected of witchcraft. In more modern times it has gathered a reputation as a suicide spot, as a number of women have died there. A writer from out of town comes to the village to write a book about the pool, only to end up as its latest victim. So far so good.

    What I found though, is that practically everything that made ‘Girl on the Train’ so enjoyable is in very short supply here.

    For instance, the approach of telling the story from the differing viewpoints of the three main characters was inspiring, especially as their timelines weren’t always aligned, and so the listener had to piece together the parts of the puzzle as the story progressed. I personally found this very engaging and kept me glued to the story. The author has tried the same tack here, only there are many more characters involved (I actually lost count, but I think there are more than 10) which made the story, for me at least, dis-jointed and hard to follow. The larger character base also means it takes a lot longer for each character to be established and for the story to move forward.

    Another aspect I really liked about ‘Girl on the train’ was the precision of the writing; every word was there for a reason, with no padding or fluff. Sadly, this has not been the case with ‘Into the water’, where the dialogue and descriptive passages are so drawn out that, by the time a chapter has come to an end, I’ve forgotten how it started, and why we were even there.

    The story itself progresses at a snail’s pace with some less-than-successful attempts at plot twists, as the author falls into the trap of the clichéd idyllic country village that in truth masks a hotbed of intrigue, corruption and promiscuity, where everybody has a secret to hide, mostly revolving around who they are currently sleeping with.

    Overall then, a big disappointment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 06/05/2017
    Sharon 06/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "So disappointed 😔 awful"

    I am so disappointed with this . I had high expectations.,the characters jumped around so much and didn't make sense at times
    Boring mismatch and sometimes the narration sounded the same and I had to stop and think who was what. It certainly for me was not a listen that you could get lost in .....
    So so disappointed 😔

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    karen 2000 UK 06/05/2017
    karen 2000 UK 06/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader from Bournemouth

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    "Utter disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book, I am afraid.


    What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Thrown the first draft away and started again.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Little Mix?


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was easy to return and get my credit back


    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Newcastle, England 06/05/2017
    Ann Newcastle, England 06/05/2017 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "Confusing and un-engaging!"

    I persevered for 7 hours, but I have to give-up with 4 1/2 to go. There are too many characters and too many narrators. I quite like the character Jules and could have really engaged with her if only she wasn't repeatedly lost amongst all of the others. Beyond that I couldn't care about any character, most were superficially drawn. Several chapters were devoted to various character's dream sequences, others devoted to stories of women drowned as Witches in times gone by. Listening felt like being slow walked to an epiphany. However, I fear there won't really be one. Finally, the repeated flicking between first and third character, together with the large number of supposingly significant characters contributing to making the story confusing.

    The narration was mostly good, but the Geordie accents voiced by a female narrator (not Imogen Church) were a bit OTT and forced.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Maria Rusanova 14/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    At the beggining I found the amount of characters very confusing, even tryied to find explanation online, but I couldn't. Nevertheless, it proved to be a captivating story, only the end was a bit unsatisfying.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • P. Clarke
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    05/06/17
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    "Very hard to follow for me."

    There were so many different facial points I got totally lost with who was who. Gave up on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GB
    03/06/17
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    "A Great Read"

    I bought this book because of The Girl on a Train, which had been a good pot boiler and I wanted to read more.
    This book is very different. It is a better story and better written. It draws you with twists ans turns that that psychological rather than thriller like.
    It is slower and weaves a tale of a more complex nature that shows how everybody is involved in a small town society
    On the critical side: the tale has much more potential than the writer develops and there are a few flaws that one might nit-pick over if your were inclined,
    On the whole it is a great yarn, well told and entertaining. It shows a developing style as an artist that is full of promise.
    To sum up I loved the book, I was riveted to the tale and I look forward to the next one.
    The production is solid. The readers are wonderful, they develop a feel for characters in their reading which gives a nice depth to the story.
    All in all and excellent buy and an excellent investment of your time to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    11/05/17
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    "Into the Water"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but did not find the ending as suspenseful as Girl on the Train. The author has a good way of writing though and the narration was good. Now looking forward to the next book. Enjoyed the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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