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Had to stop listening mid-walk

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Not sure where the fault lies: the narrator with a 'little laugh in her voice' about every fourth sentence, trying to put too much feeling into it. Or maybe it's the author's fault I couldn't get beyond an hour or two of this - the annoying references to fairytales, or the ridiculous plot and the idea that someone who gets married quickly takes no time to find out anything about their partner - they got married a few months after meeting, not a few minutes.

Had hoped for better based on other reviews.

Please disappear from my audible library!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Having put up with this for almost four hours, I am going to return it. I do not understand the positive reviews I have read - I have just had to re-read them, and am dumbfounded we are talking about the same book.

The narration is awful. I have to slow down the male's playback speed, and speed up the woman's, which is very frustrating.

As far as I can see a third of the way in, Simon is some sort of sociopath since he has no emotions or feelings.

Far too many chapters start '25 years ago' - get over it, and let us know what's happening now.
Although it makes no difference to me now, as I am going to stop listening and, fingers crossed, replace it with a good book.

24 people found this helpful

my lost 3 hours

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Managed 3 hours and couldn't cope with the narration any longer. I'd even done my research and listened to a previous Joy Ellis book, which, on top of the reviews combined with audible's marketing of this title persuaded me to buy it.
Too much dialogue. I hate it when there's unrealistic dialogue convoluted to give info for the reader, such as police officers telling each other where the rich parts of town are.
Could have been an ok story but I didn't want to hear the narrator's whispering and awful rendition of female voices any more.

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Am I giving it justice?

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Am returning this. Very disappointed as I thought I was on to a winner from the reviews (4.7 stars), and a reviewer I follow highly rated it.
I didn't though! Managed three hours, and I was asleep for at least the last 20 minutes of that. The narrator was particularly off putting: too posh for me (I think I've been living away from the UK for too long, I'd forgotten that people really do talk like that); and his rendition of any female character makes them all sound very pathetic: too high pitched and soft spoken.
The story had some promise, and if the book was available in any of my local libraries I'd get it out to read, but it's not.

recommended, a good listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

A great listen, nice and long at over 12 hours, and an interesting story. Scenes well described - I am writing this several months after listening, but can still feel the pace of the story and have a very vivid picture of what unfolds.

Original and amusing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Luckily the narrator of this book was excellent, getting the nuances just right - in the wrong hands it could have been a disaster!
I didn't find it as rip-roaringly funny as some reviewers seem to have, but I did enjoy it, and kudos to the author for making me want the best for such a character.
Loved the list of who should be murdered - I found myself adding my own nominations to it. I do like to complain, but feel that my own level of complaining and finding people annoying is, after all, very socially acceptable.

Worth the wait

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

After a run of poor choices, it was great to have an original and interesting book to listen to. Although slightly ridiculous in parts, I found the story engrossing, and enjoyed the way it weaved through many years, and gave differing perspectives of the same events through the eyes of various characters.
Narration was good, although I'd have preferred Lydia's narrator to slow down - I had to keep reducing the speed for the chapters she narrated, which was a bit annoying - but otherwise it was all a bit breathless and stressful!
Will be looking for more by this author.

Very exciting ...for 10 minutes

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Read the blurb. Then listen to about 10 minutes of the book (which is suspenseful as you've already read the blurb).
And that's about it. Not much else happens. I didn't find it suspenseful or exciting, and only kept going to the end to find out whether it got exciting. (It doesn't!). Oh, and then, after all that, I feel it did actually need an epilogue, or to finish a bit later in the timeline. Add to that, some really unnecessary characters who didn't add anything to the story, but also didn't serve to aid the characterisation of the main characters.
So many publisher reviews use 'like Gillian Flynn' or 'for fans of Gone Girl'. In the future I must remember to purposely not choose such books, as I think it's shorthand for: not nearly as clever as Gillian Flynn.

Great story with Brookside bonus!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-18

The only frustrating thing about this book is that I obviously didn't click the final option when I wrote the review a few days ago, so am having to start again. Anyway I am stoicly not letting that detract from my enjoyment of this book.

Having had a disappointing run of several disappointing Audible titles (and, with the benefit of writing this in the future, I know there are more to come!), it was very refreshing to have nothing to be disappointed about with Then She Was Gone.
I thought the plot was very good - it's nice to look forward to a 90 minute run as I know I'll enjoy my audiobook. It skirted back and forth between timelines and characters well, with the emphasis on the present. We saw a few extra aspects of Laurel's life, such as the introduction of her mother and other side characters who were nicely rounded, and definitely added to Laurel's overall authenticness. I find that some (many?) books of this genre treat the characters as if they have no outside life apart from their interactions with other people directly involved in the action.
My only slight criticism would be the parts of the book that are 'written by' other characters - one, for example, is very much a diary style, but is really that characters' thoughts from many years ago, and therefore isn't quite credible.
The narrator was good, and I vote for her to give lessons to certain other Audible narrators. She could tell them that speaking in a measured tone is much better than rushing through; she could tell them that as a female imitating a man, there are better ways than just making one's voice very deep; and she could tell them that narrating as other characters doesn't always require an entire array of different accents and voices. I think I read in another review that it's Patricia from Brookside,so that was also nice to feel like it was an old friend reading to me (I realise that's very one-sided, but I did like those years of Brookside very much!)

3 hours, 49 minutes and 17 seconds

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-18

Unfortunately couldn't even manage four hours and I have decided to return this book. I re-read the reviews that had pushed me towards getting this book, and there's a theme that the story is excellent, but can be a bit slow to get into. I really can't be bothered to keep waiting It would have to be a miraculous turn-around to make up for really what's been quite a boring few hours of running and dog walks.
The narration was ok, I liked her voice, and maybe I'd have thought she was much better if I had any interest in the story or characters!