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The Stranger Within Audiobook

The Stranger Within

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Publisher's Summary

Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder?

Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.

As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.

©2014 Kathryn Croft (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Rowena Bennett 17/10/2016
    Rowena Bennett 17/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this book. Great plot,plenty of unexpected twists and turns. would recommend and looking forward to hearing more from this author

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Flutter Bye UK 01/03/2017
    Flutter Bye UK 01/03/2017
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    "Flat narration spoil us a great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I'd recommend the book, not the audio as narrated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stranger Within?

    A few twists along the way and I missed a couple, so it's constantly exciting.


    What didn’t you like about Lisa Coleman’s performance?

    I found the voice flat and bordering on boring. The story kept my interest, but not the telling.


    Any additional comments?

    The story, at first, seemed a bit trite, but I became more involved as a few different threads emerged. It's well plotted and more complex than I first imagined, so worth sticking with overall. Some thought provoking themes throughout.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Corrinne 12/02/2017
    Corrinne 12/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Conclusion, not at all believable"

    No one is that selfless. No one! This is a novel to torment, bring you down and be glad when it's over. Depressing, unbelievable and the characters are one dimensional.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 08/12/2016
    Victoria 08/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Captivating and compulsive - loved it."

    Couldn't stop listening to this book. Really engaging story - plenty of twists and turns and a very unusual protagonist. The tension builds throughout with very satisfying ending. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for something slightly different from the usual crime/thriller.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Christchurch, New Zealand 31/03/2017
    Mary Christchurch, New Zealand 31/03/2017 Member Since 2016

    I always have at least one audiobook on the go, as well as at least one reading book. Favourite a/b genre is mystery.

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    "How many cups of tea does it take??"

    The main character certainly drinks a lot of tea! At all times, in every scene it seems, a kettle is being boiled for the bloody tea (or, to make it more exciting, coffee occasionally).

    The tea-making is, unfortunately, one of the main take-aways from this book for me. Unbelievable story, and some uncomfortable (to put it mildly) choices made by the main character. The fact that no one seems to like her is telling, and therefore makes her marriage unbelievable.

    I seem to be in a minority as not enjoying this. I did listen to the end, but won't be rushing back for more. Maybe my dislike of cups of tea made me too judgemental?

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    joshua t west midlands uk 04/12/2016
    joshua t west midlands uk 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "STRANGER INDEED"

    Enjoyed book immensely, unexpected ending. Book moved along at a great pace. Great read. Excellent.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    c WALSALL, United Kingdom 04/12/2016
    c WALSALL, United Kingdom 04/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't stop thinking about this compelling novel."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stranger Within to be better than the print version?

    There are some novels that I'm certain are improved by great narrators but this novel, even though it's read by the quite superb Lisa Coleman, will be equally superb in the written form too. Great writing and a terrific listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the sheer strength of the characters and the story-line which are nothing short of compelling and unforgettable. You might think at the early outset that you just know how things will turn out but forget that because you'll mostly be wrong!


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

    Easy to say that the lead female character, Caroline, was a favourite, but this means under-valuing the rest of the compelling and important characters that make this such a memorable novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, many moments in this great book moved me through various emotions but none as powerfully as the final chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book over 2 days because it was so well written and SO well read by the wonderful Lisa Coleman who never over-plays any parts of the novels she narrates. Always her 'pitch' is quite perfectly suited to the book. I just can't stop thinking about this whole listening experience. Quite special and how to follow this one?? Next one asap please Kathryn Croft.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs s j roberts 20/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant"

    this is the 1st book I have listened to by kathryn croft and what a treat brilliant story had me listening to the early hours of the morning. the narrator lisa coleman has a beautiful voice telling the story with great voices and emotions she is the best narrator I've heard and will be listening to more books with her narrating.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    flat 27/03/2017
    flat 27/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Pretty slow"

    Pretty slow going and didn't really feel like it was going anywhere... skipped ahead and wasn't compelled to listen further

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. K. Griffin UK 25/02/2017
    L. K. Griffin UK 25/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful to listen to"

    I usually adore audio books however this one was awful. The narrator is irritating. There are several places where she has clearly misread the punctuation, and her voice is unsuited to the role of the lead character whom your supposed to feel compassion for but can't. The story itself is repetitive, slow paced and boring. Painful to listen to. I cannot see how anyone could actually enjoy this - don't waste your money on purchasing this title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    30/09/16
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    "Amazing"

    I have to say I could only put this book down to take care of housework ect. But I also have to say the ending was a HUGE disapointment. For heavens sake, after I stuck with this story and loved it so much to have it just end was terrible. There was so much more to be done to finish it. I don't want to discourage others from reading it , because there were so many good things in this listen. Suspense was incredible, and I so wanted this to turn out much different. I can't say much because I don't want to spoil it for others, but after Callie went through so much with this dispicable, messed up family, I wanted more for her in the end. So many times I wanted her to just walk out on the whole bunch of them. James the father was an oblivious idiot who should have stayed around more to see what was going on in his own family. He didn't need a wife , he needed a shrink. And the boys needed serious attention. The story kept me tied in knots, and even after all my rants, I still consider this a listen to recommend. While I was listening to the story, I was thinking I want to read more of her books, but now I'm afraid I'll go all the way with another and find the ending just as diapointing. Write an epilogue or more of the story next time and don't leave the reader going WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING.

    76 of 78 people found this review helpful
  • Dana
    20/12/16
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    "Drama Queen with a capital D"
    Would you try another book from Kathryn Croft and/or Lisa Coleman?

    I read Behind Closed Doors and it was much better than this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made Callie not so self-centered. It got old and made me feel very sorry for anyone in her life who had to deal with her!


    Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favorite?

    The narrator was great, she did a good job with making Callie sound the way she is portrayed in the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe it would make a better movie than a book. With books you get to hear everything inside Callie's head and it was the same thing over and over. I never heard anyone so paranoid, delusional and so much a drama queen about every little thing. At least in a movie you won't get bored with her "poor me" mantra about every aspect of her life.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book reluctantly - several times I wanted to give up from being sick of the main character feel sorry for herself and make a big huge deal about every mundane thing. The ending was just OK. I didn't try to figure it out because I didn't care enough to want to.

    56 of 59 people found this review helpful
  • Shana Crawley
    10/10/16
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    "The Bloody English"

    They make more coffee and more tea in this book than you could possibly believe; complete with descriptions about how each cup tastes.
    Callie's decisions are so painfully stupid I want to slap her, but it's like watching a train wreck. You have to see it through to the end.

    64 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • jackie
    LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
    24/12/16
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    "Worst .Like she plays bad joke or gag at end."

    Ugg Asking for money back. Worst book I've gotten in all my years here. Like a joke with a bad gag at the end. Almost makes me angry it's so preposterous.

    47 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Pratheba Orth
    24/11/16
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    "excellent book - stay with it- the ending!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stranger Within the most enjoyable?

    I had just read behind closed doors
    and that book was great (but quite weird)
    I wanted something similar

    This book was very entertaining especially about 1/2 way in
    I thought I knew the ending too but a great twist was in store


    Any additional comments?

    Please have more books by this author

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • T-pong6
    Southern Calif
    10/03/17
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved this book and listened to it as often as I could, hard to put down. The narrator does a great job and keeps the listener engaged. The story moved right along and kept me wanting more. The ending wrapped up quickly and nicely. Highly recommend!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Boulder, CO
    05/01/17
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    "Incredible!"

    This book was fantastic. I love the way the author hops back and forth between times- it leaves a lot of suspense. The narrator was also great!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • ROBIN
    SODDY DAISY, TN, United States
    01/11/16
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    "I didn't really like it..."

    This book was like a wreck I couldn't look away from.
    I didn't like it , and can't really recommend it, but I'm still glad I finished it... odd.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • M. Ryder
    05/04/17
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    "Mixed Feelings"

    Liked the overall story and the narrator's performance, but thought the book moved a little too slow and the ending was pretty ridiculous. Much preferred the author's book, Behind Closed Doors, because it was extremely suspenseful! Will probably keep this selection, simply due to it being only a couple of bucks. However, sincerely believe there are plenty of others worth listening to first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MARY L.
    10/02/17
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    "Wow!"

    I've read/listened to so many books I had decided there were not any left that I couldn't predict the ending. Boy was I wrong! Held my interest to the point of distraction from my surroundings....a bit unsettling. Kathryn Croft is an extremely talented writer and will be reading/listening to more of her books.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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