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The String Diaries Audiobook

The String Diaries

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Publisher's Summary

An imaginative, tight, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller which follows an historical mystery through to its nail-biting contemporary conclusion.

The String Diaries. A jumble of entries, written in different hands, different languages, and different times. They tell of a rumour. A shadow. A killer. The only interest that Oxford Professor Charles Meredith has in the diaries is as a record of Hungarian folklore... until he comes face to face with a myth.

For Hannah Wilde, the diaries are a survival guide that taught her the three rules she lives by: verify everyone, trust no one, and if in any doubt, run. But Hannah knows that if her daughter is ever going to be safe, she will have to stop running and face the terror that has hunted her family for five generations. And nothing in the diaries can prepare her for that.

©2013 Stephen Lloyd Jones (P)2013 Headline Digital

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    Rosie London, United Kingdom 06/05/2016
    Rosie London, United Kingdom 06/05/2016 Member Since 2009

    Call me Rosie. Bookaholic but converted to being an audiblaholic. The narrator is key.

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    "Tense beautifully descriptive gothic"

    I really enjoyed the unraveling mystery - you are in the edge of your seat from the beginning trying to work out the mystery as you travel through time.
    I loved the descriptive language and the narration is excellent
    Dracula updated

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 15/11/2016
    Wras 15/11/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "I have traveled oceans of time to be with you"


    Supernatural story that is different and intriguing, with some truly charming characters and a fairy tale kind of charm, that keeps you interested and preoccupied for the character for most of the book, it maintains a level of suspense that most books do not achieve, but loses steam when the plot developments make it hard to sustain believability, it is more to do with motivation than the supernatural part of the tale.

    A good read, that delivers more thrills and action than most books of this kind.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roger S. 29/02/2016
    Roger S. 29/02/2016
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    "Best book for me this year"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The String Diaries to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters well developed and have depth


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending was a cliff-hanger and, even though aspects were predictable as the plot drew to a conclusion, there was an excellent twist.


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

    The story (and particularly the narration) gathered momentum as it progressed. I was quite breathless at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Scotland 14/04/2015
    Gerard Scotland 14/04/2015 Member Since 2013

    Gerard

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    "nonsense"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm sure that some readers will enjoy this book. On the whole it is well put together and competently arranged. The problem is with the story itself, a tissue of nonsense and inconsequential mumbo-jumbo. Listening to it I understand that the writer believed in the narrative and thought it a worth while thing to write. I just disagree.


    Has The String Diaries put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes. I'll be very careful to avoid in future.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gemma Whelan?

    It wouldn't be a consideration. Gemma was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The String Diaries?

    Too big a task for me. Won't be improved by tinkering with details.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Bristol, United Kingdom 03/10/2013
    Kay Bristol, United Kingdom 03/10/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "fabulous book do not miss this one."

    This is a fab book, it is captivating to the end and the story line is superb. I could not stop listening to it and was upset when it finished. I have never heard of Stephen LLoyd Jones before but will look out for him in the future

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Woodbridge, United Kingdom 13/09/2013
    Michael Woodbridge, United Kingdom 13/09/2013 Member Since 2013

    Someone who loves a good read. Big fan of Stephen King.

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    "Brilliant! Highly recommended."
    If you could sum up The String Diaries in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping
    Fast-paced
    Superb


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The String Diaries?

    When Hannah did't know if Nate really was Nate and she had to verify him quickly


    Which character – as performed by Gemma Whelan – was your favourite?

    Hannah


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

    Yes, it made me feel tense, anxious, excited, sad and happy! (Not all at once)


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this audio book. It's taught thriller, describing a centuries old obsessional chase and a fight for survival, with a wonderful twist on the gothic horror genre. Couldn't wait to start listening again and bereft when it finished. Please god there will be many more books in the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sarahmoose2000 19/11/2013
    sarahmoose2000 19/11/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Give it time"

    It is a slow start, but it's worth the wait.

    You know a couple and their child are stranded in Snowdonia, something is after them, but you don't know what. The author cleverly ups the tension with each chapter as you flit between Hungary, Paris and Cambridge; all the time wanting to know what is chasing at their heels.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    fiona Ireland 20/08/2013
    fiona Ireland 20/08/2013 Member Since 2014

    librarian, bibliophile

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    "great story, bad editing"

    This is well written. Separate timelines and pov's woven well. great build of tension and suspense. I'd highly recommend it for a binge listen.

    There are some problems with the narration, the narrator does a good job, however there ate numerous swallowing sounds- throat clearing , quite loud and a bit off putting.

    Also the Irish accent was pretty awful, is that how dara o brian, Ardal o hanlon, Liam neeson or Graham Norton speaks? I think it would be worth updating these accents, also the Irish character mentions leprechauns, seriously, leprechauns.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LJ Bishopsworth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013
    LJ Bishopsworth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Breathtaking, brilliant and beautiful"
    Any additional comments?

    An intriguing and exciting supernatural thriller that grabs your attention from its opening words and never lets go. Written in beautifully evocative prose, The String Diaries is full of characters that draw you in, and scenes that feel as though you’re there in the heart of the story.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Bromyard, United Kingdom 01/10/2013
    Laura Bromyard, United Kingdom 01/10/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Intriguing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The String Diaries is an intriguing book and very well ready. I loved the part set in the past. The disappointment for me was the end! Way to predictable, I thing Stephen Lloyd Jones ran out of ideas.....shame but still an enjoyable listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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