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What You Wish For Audiobook

What You Wish For

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Publisher's Summary

Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth....

Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key.

But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.

Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in....

©2014 Mark Edwards (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Amazon Customer 05/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Strange but Thought provoking."

    An unusual storyline which I very much enjoyed.
    The narration was good even though the female voices were a little suspect to day the least!
    All in all a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SilentSinger London 14/01/2016
    SilentSinger London 14/01/2016 Member Since 2016

    Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.

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    "What You Wish For"

    This, the fourth novel by Mark Edwards I've purchased from Audible was another nail-biting treat for the ears. The plot centres around Hastings-based regional newspaper photographer Richard Thompson (yet another character named after a musician, which is a feature of many an Edwards book) meets the beautiful, young and mysterious Marie on a hilltop. He's investigating and documenting alleged alien sightings in the sky over the South Coast; Marie, and her two companions, form part of a small cell of believers. Richard soon falls in love with the enigmatic Marie, who introduces him to the phenomenon of 'visitors' from other planets. All is not as it appears though and Marie's disappearance invokes a series of events which Richard must work through to discover the truth.

    Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely - yes, it was classic Edwards in my opinion and contained all of his trademarks - geeky guy whom women wish to seduce!?; Internet trails; seedy goings on and most of all - an attractive flame haired heroine. I was drawn into the story and although it was slightly ridiculous at times, it remained entertaining throughout.

    I have now purchased one of Edwards' collaborations with fellow author Louise Voss. I hope it's as good as all of his other work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lyng17 14/04/2015
    lyng17 14/04/2015

    I love travelling and I love reading but I like listening to someone else reading even more. It is so relaxing especially when on a train.

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    "A bit disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I couldn't wait to read another book from this author as I find he is usually very in touch with reality. However I couldn't get into this one. There wasn't a single character I could empathise with or relate to and the story was too far fetched and contrived.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Edwards? Why or why not?

    Yes because I have really enjoyed all his others.


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Lister’s performance?

    His attempt at character's voices, particularly female was comical and distracting.


    Did What You Wish For inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark - do your heroines always have to have red hair?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 18/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"

    I usually like Mark Edward's books but this is awful. I stuck with it nearly until the end but was so bored I gave up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David M UK 28/10/2016
    David M UK 28/10/2016 Member Since 2016

    Only discovered reading since I joined Audible at the end of 2015. Mainly interested in suspense thrillers at the moment.

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    "No twists and turns, just the odd bend..."

    ...in an otherwise straight road.
    This is about Richard who falls in love with Maria, a girl who belongs to a group who believe in Aliens. Then she goes missing and he tries to find her. That's about it really. The book is not about aliens as reported by some, it's about groups of people who believe in aliens, like a cult. The story kept me interested the whole way through in a gentle kind of way, but the ending wasn't great when I got there. Another good book to listen to while you are doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Maddock UK 04/08/2016
    E. Maddock UK 04/08/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Possibly the worst book I've ever read..."

    ...made even worse than necessary by the narrator's unintentional panto style voices for women and dreadful accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DesignerL East Anglia 11/07/2016
    DesignerL East Anglia 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Mediocre story made worse by awful narration."

    After reading other books by Mark Edwards and loving them, I assumed this would be the same.
    The story had no real depth and the characters were so hard to get to know due to the horrendous narration of each voice. Each person had exactly the same cartoon villain voice except for Richard and Simon. Although Simon was just made to sound like an inexperienced hammy actor shouting his lines.
    The story itself is easy reading and isn't too complex to follow. It also made me think about how people can and will believe things that aren't always the norm so in that sense, it was interesting. But over all, it wasn't the standard I expected from Mr Edwards. I really do wonder if anyone actually tests out the narrators before they agree to let them record. While this book wasn't earth shatteringly amazing, it wasn't bad, but it could have been so much better with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MISS WENDY L CLARK 25/05/2016
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    "Not his best"

    A bit boring but listened to the end & well narrated. Subject not really my thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Newcastle, England 26/01/2016
    Ann Newcastle, England 26/01/2016 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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    "Could not get on with this!"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Edwards or narrated by Ralph Lister?

    I have really enjoyed several books by Mark Edwards. It would not put me off buying others.


    What could Mark Edwards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I get that this book is not actually about Alien abduction (or I assume it isn't), but I am half way through and the focus remains upon trying to get information and that information being about the beliefs and behaviours of the 'believers'. I find I can't care any longer and will return it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gaynor Lancashire 24/01/2016
    Gaynor Lancashire 24/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the usual brilliance"

    Hmmm. Well. An odd story which seemed to lose its way. I usually enjoy Mark Edwards books but this was slow, laborious and boring.

    The narrator is also usually pretty decent but most of the female characters in this book were subjected to the same whiney voice.



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  • Donna
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    26/08/15
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    "Aliens and cookie girlfriends"

    So a guy falls for a pretty girl and disregards her unbalanced behavior. Her belief in Aliens coming to take her and her fellow chosen ones off to paradise in another galaxy. One day she disappears and he follows her all the way to America to find her, even faking belief in aliens himself.

    Ok. Enough of the plot. I have read enough by this author (listened) to know that the guy seems to be the same in all the stories. He is a guy who falls almost obsessively in love with a beautiful girl who is somehow not who she seems, who betrays him in some way.

    This love I just couldn't buy. Why would the guy fall so hard for someone with beliefs so opposed to his own, someone who is obsessed with her beliefs. So what if she is beautiful? She was a crackpot. Sorry to all you alien believers out there.

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  • Petra
    24/08/15
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    "Good but not his best"

    Another easy-to-read, fast paced story by Mark Edwards. This one is exploring the dangers of sinister cults and the strengths of beliefs. Richard's girl-friend Mary believes in aliens. She is completely devoted to this cause. Richard is a non-believer. Then Mary vanishes and Richard goes on a thrilling search to find her leading him to some dark sections of society.
    Because of the alien theme I wasn't sure whether this would be my kind of book, but it turned out to be another really compelling suspenseful thriller. I just love Mark Edward's writing style. He creates characters that come to life and you become invested in what is happening to them. Ok, not his best book, but still thoroughly enjoyable.
    The narrator did a good job and was pleasant to listen to.
    3.5 stars overall

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Notimportant
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    23/11/16
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    "Not his best"

    I would have to say that out of all the Mark Edwards books I have read, this is my least favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    03/10/16
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    "An adequate book. Good read, not great."

    The narrator was very easy to listen to. It was why I stuck with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Regina Spicer
    30/05/16
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    "Disappointed"

    I should have stopped at chapter 3. It didn't get any better. Not at all the quality that I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Kromrie
    22/05/16
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    "odd but quite stellar in an unusual way"

    Interesting, and neither your basic cult story nor love story but somehow a unique blend of both. I enjoyed the author's unique figurative"voice" as well as the narrator's sexy British literal voice, and I am interested in hearing more of both...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haley Moore
    16/11/15
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    "Just terrible"

    First of all, the voice performance was just so bad! This guy voices the main character moderately well, but any other character sounds unnatural and breathy. American accent? Forget about it! And the story line is just plain weird. The climax of the story is...what? I'm just not sure. If I hadn't paid money for this book, I wouldn't have gone past part 1. I've enjoyed this author in the past, but this was just a swing and a miss for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace Hejnal
    Sheffield Village, Ohio
    15/10/15
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    "An otherworldly novel"

    This book was quite different from the quality I've come to love by Mark Edwards. The story and narration was strong, I just find this genre is not really one of my favorites. Wonderful, however, for those seeking life beyond our planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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