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Distress Signals Audiobook

Distress Signals

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Publisher's Summary

The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a business trip to Barcelona, his life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads, 'I'm sorry - S' sets off real alarm bells.

Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called The Celebrate and to a woman who disappeared in eerily similar circumstances. Adam must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground....

©2016 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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    A. McKechnie 05/09/2016
    A. McKechnie 05/09/2016
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    "Very silly and completely implausible"

    The story descended into complete farce in the second half of the book especially. There was also a sub-story which was unnecessary to the plot and went nowhere. I regret the hours of my life spent on this poorly written tale. No redeeming features whatsoever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann D Newcastle, England 03/05/2017
    Ann D Newcastle, England 03/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Not one for a Cruise holiday!"

    This is a good, original, well written story. There is however a sub-story, which, despite being reasonably interesting in it's own right, was superfluous to the main story and I don't really get why it is there!

    The narration is not good. The rhythm and pace are fine, but the accents are terrible, to the point of being laughable if I hadn't been desperately trying to disattend to them whilst staying with the tension created by the story. The English accent changes between nearly English, with a smattering of Irish within sentences and, what I believed to be Eastern European for the first half of the book, is apparently intended as French! It's truly awful, and only recognisable as French because we were told, and also because half way through the narrator began speaking like a cast member from Allo, Allo!

    The book must be good. Otherwise, I would have abandoned it part way through due to the poor narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie S 01/08/2016
    Sophie S 01/08/2016
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    "Interesting story that kept me focussed"

    The story was as described in the description. Interesting idea and although it was obvious from the beginning that the French side story had something to do with it, the revelation didn't come too soon. The characters were believable and I could identify with them.

    Now for the narrator. His accents were just ridiculous! His French was bordering on the German and sounded like he'd watched too many episodes if 'Allo 'Allo! He couldn't make up his mind between Northern Irish and southern Irish accents. If you're going to do such poor accents it would be better to do none at all.
    The accents did really distract me and definitely took away from the overall experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Coleman 17/01/2017
    P. Coleman 17/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic story brought to life by amazing narration"

    Either the best or joint best audiobook I've listened to in the 2 years since I joined. Hard to describe the plot without any spoilers but a page turning mystery that had me listening in every spare moment and puzzling over it when I was dragged away to do anything else. Pretty believable most of the way through whilst still exciting. An excellent job by the author to keep us guessing right to the end without getting boring or silly. I find very few mysteries that aren't boringly obvious or totally unrealistic but this couldn't have been better.

    I usually prefer female narrators but this book could have been written for this narrator, he managed the accents and gender differences to the point where it was more like a full cast. In fact this story really lends itself to this format as most of it is narrated from the perspective of the main character and most of the larger sections of dialogue involve characters that have different accents so it's very easy to follow. A credit very well spent and I hope this author and narrator can collaborate again soon.

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    The Earnest Critic 08/09/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic novel"

    really terrific crime thriller. one of the best I've read since I Let You Go and that wasn't as twisty as this.

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    junem england 12/08/2016
    junem england 12/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant really enjoyed this!!!"

    first time I've listened to this author. Couldn't stop listening till it finished! will be looking for more by this author!

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    Tony Batton 12/05/2016
    Tony Batton 12/05/2016
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    "Gone Girl on a boat!"
    What made the experience of listening to Distress Signals the most enjoyable?

    A great book matched with the ideal narrator. I finished it in less than 2 days.


    What other book might you compare Distress Signals to, and why?

    It has strong echoes of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, but it's very much its own book. There is a slow and steady realisation that things are not as they seem, and in a possibly terrible way. As with both those books, I had to keep listening to find out what happened next.


    What about Stephen Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration - in particular I really felt I was inside the main character's head, hearing his thoughts.


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

    The moment when Adam realises that there is more to things than his girlfriend having failed to return his messages - quietly chilling.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a criticism of this book, but I'd have liked even more about the cruise ship - it was a compelling part of the story and setting, and I felt like the author showed us something that many might think they grasp, but quickly realise we had no understanding of at all! As a reader/listener it's always great to get a secret glimpse into the inner workings. MORE PLEASE.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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