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Into the Water Audiobook

Into the Water

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Publisher's Summary

From a writer proven to have a masterful touch when it comes to atmospheric dread, this is a suspenseful story of two sisters and the deceptiveness of human emotion and memory. Hawkins' prose manages to put a fresh spin on an age-old story of family secrets and their devastating effects.

The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 03/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 03/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    Another 20 downvotes from Wras and his other accounts. Why do audible not do something about him?

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    "Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!"

    I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.

    What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.

    It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.

    The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.

    So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.

    62 of 71 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Dublin, Ireland 04/05/2017
    Sheila Dublin, Ireland 04/05/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Disappointing"

    The narration is good, but the story is all over the place and the characters never came alive to me and none were very sympathetic. Too contrived. Wouldn't recommend – and I loved The Girl on the Train

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    "Don't bother."

    Unlike most people I was never that impressed by the girl on the train. So when I saw this book I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing it. I thought I'd give the author a second chance and really wish I hadn't.

    This book is infuriating, completely ridiculous, unbelievable characters. You know what this is about? Miscommunication, that's it. If the characters weren't so pathetic at communicating half of the events wouldn't have occurred. I had about three hours left and had to return it before I ripped my hair out.

    Non of the characters are likeable and just infuriate you with their complete stupidity.

    I will never read anything by this author again in the future.

    33 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Sue, Darlington UK 10/07/2017
    Sue, Darlington UK 10/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Dreadful narration"

    A confusing hotpotch of a story made even harder to follow by the grating female narrator attempting "male Geordie." Painful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    carole SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom 08/05/2017
    carole SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom 08/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Does not deserve all the hype, huge let down"
    Would you try another book written by Paula Hawkins or narrated by the narrators?

    Perhaps.


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    Rambling, pointless, confusing. Tried several attempts to get interested, to no avail.<br/>Hugely disappointing.<br/><br/><br/>


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too many voices for pretty boring characters. Narrative doesn't warrant such excellent performers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 06/05/2017
    Sharon 06/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "So disappointed 😔 awful"

    I am so disappointed with this . I had high expectations.,the characters jumped around so much and didn't make sense at times
    Boring mismatch and sometimes the narration sounded the same and I had to stop and think who was what. It certainly for me was not a listen that you could get lost in .....
    So so disappointed 😔

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ann D Newcastle, England 06/05/2017
    Ann D Newcastle, England 06/05/2017 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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    "Confusing and un-engaging!"

    I persevered for 7 hours, but I have to give-up with 4 1/2 to go. There are too many characters and too many narrators. I quite like the character Jules and could have really engaged with her if only she wasn't repeatedly lost amongst all of the others. Beyond that I couldn't care about any character, most were superficially drawn. Several chapters were devoted to various character's dream sequences, others devoted to stories of women drowned as Witches in times gone by. Listening felt like being slow walked to an epiphany. However, I fear there won't really be one. Finally, the repeated flicking between first and third character, together with the large number of supposingly significant characters contributing to making the story confusing.

    The narration was mostly good, but the Geordie accents voiced by a female narrator (not Imogen Church) were a bit OTT and forced.

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    S. Strudwick UK 05/08/2017
    S. Strudwick UK 05/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't bother"

    I tried, twice, but this is not a good one to listen to. Might be better to read. To many characters that don't seem to interact. Gave up in the end. Shame as I loved listening to Girl on a Train.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    smoofle 01/08/2017
    smoofle 01/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Complicated but worthwhile"

    First it seemed complicated with so many different people, names and times. Sometimes I wished I'd have the book in my hands to go back a few chapters to read up again on characters. But as the the plot thickened it was a well woven and suspense story, and all characters became intertwined. In the end it's all well rounded and very satisfying, as all characters have been drawn up to their own personal endings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brian 31/07/2017
    brian 31/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I would not recommend."

    I found it difficult to follow the thread. The girl on the train much better.

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  • P. Clarke
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    05/06/17
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    "Very hard to follow for me."

    There were so many different facial points I got totally lost with who was who. Gave up on it.

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  • GB
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    "A Great Read"

    I bought this book because of The Girl on a Train, which had been a good pot boiler and I wanted to read more.
    This book is very different. It is a better story and better written. It draws you with twists ans turns that that psychological rather than thriller like.
    It is slower and weaves a tale of a more complex nature that shows how everybody is involved in a small town society
    On the critical side: the tale has much more potential than the writer develops and there are a few flaws that one might nit-pick over if your were inclined,
    On the whole it is a great yarn, well told and entertaining. It shows a developing style as an artist that is full of promise.
    To sum up I loved the book, I was riveted to the tale and I look forward to the next one.
    The production is solid. The readers are wonderful, they develop a feel for characters in their reading which gives a nice depth to the story.
    All in all and excellent buy and an excellent investment of your time to read.

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  • barbara
    11/05/17
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    "Into the Water"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but did not find the ending as suspenseful as Girl on the Train. The author has a good way of writing though and the narration was good. Now looking forward to the next book. Enjoyed the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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