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The Woman Who Walked into the Sea Audiobook

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath.

The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew.

Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried....

©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"Simply intoxicating." (Library Journal)
"Entertaining and gripping mystery." (The Herald)
"A classic whodunit." (The Scotsman)
"Cal McGill is a triumph...a wonderfully unique creation." (crimefictionlover.com)
"Great writing, enjoyable story-telling and wonderful characterization." (The Scots Magazine)

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    Renka 26/01/2016
    Renka 26/01/2016
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    "Every bit as good as the first book"
    What did you like most about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    Good story with a few twists


    Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

    David Monteath is a good narrator who makes all the characters believable


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Douglas-Home has captured the 'detective with a difference' perfectly. Good to have this type of story without the seemingly obligatory Detective Inspector as the main character

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 06/04/2016
    Rogayah 06/04/2016

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "Benign appearances"

    This as not as good as the first book. The sea and Cal don't play a very strong part in the action, coming a poor second to Violet Wells and her quest to find out about her birth mother who seems to have abandoned her at birth and died or disappeared by walking into the sea.

    It was quite interesting enough to listen to the end to find out more about the reticent, hostile natives but it did not live up to the standard set by the first book nor was it as lively.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colette 28/01/2016
    Colette 28/01/2016

    Spend my time cycling, reading, listening to audiobooks and music, baking and running about after 3 grown up kids, cats and chickens.

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    "Great series"

    Even better than the first book in the series. Strong, well developed characters, a brilliant story line and a wonderful setting. Beautifully read. Really looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 10/12/2016
    mollyeyre 10/12/2016
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    "Less involvement by Cal - but still good"

    I like the way this author writes, his characters are interesting and one cares about their lives. Cal's investigative skills were less used in this book - but he was still a nice addition, I am quite fond of him!

    Interesting story, a few red herrings and a good finale.

    Nicely read by David Monteath

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Shepherd Northants, England 14/04/2016
    Jane Shepherd Northants, England 14/04/2016 Member Since 2008

    Jane

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    "Enthralling but sad"

    A wonderful second instalment in the "Sea Detective" series. Simpler in construction than the first book which had two distinct plots which were woven together so expertly. In this novel there is one plot but involving the past again, with all the main characters playing a significant role in the past and present. Fascinating story. Once again David Monteath's brilliant narration was perfect for the story, making the different characters instantly recognisable. At the end his voice is full of empathy for the characters and almost made me cry. A very satisfying audiobook and I can't wait for Audible to make the next book, The Malice of Waves, available to preorder. Mark Douglas-Home is a wonderful discovery and I hope he writes many more books featuring the very sympathetic and unconventional oceanographer Cal McGill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 10/02/2016
    Mrs 10/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly recommended!"

    I rarely write reviews but was so impressed by this book, and the Sea Detective, that I felt compelled to recommend what are two excellent reads. It's only when I stumble across and listen to such great, well written books that I realise how badly written some books are! There was no fluff or annoying phrases - every word had a purpose and was relevant to the plot.
    The characters are portrayed as believable, the story gripped me and I listened every available minute I could find.
    For me, it's also 'all about the voice' and I wasn't disappointed. David Monteath's narration and character interpretation was excellent.
    I rate 5 stars without hesitation

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John D. Brooks 11/09/2017
    John D. Brooks 11/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Another excellent story by Mark Douglas-Home. "

    Now to download the next book in the series. I can't get enough of Cal and the narration is spot on

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela London, UK 21/08/2017
    Angela London, UK 21/08/2017 Member Since 2012

    Angela

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    "Gripping to the end"

    Although I didn't like this book as much as the first, that was a veery hard bar to reach and this was an excellent tale of a young woman who finally discovers the identity of her birth mother and goes looking for the truth of her abandonment. The story is filled with bitterness, spite, craving and fear and picks up momentum the further the tale is spun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lizzie uk 23/07/2017
    lizzie uk 23/07/2017 Member Since 2015

    lizzie

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    "An interesting story well written and narrated "
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my second read with the same author/ narrator combination I liked The Sea Detective and sought out this one


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well thought out and keeps the interest going with interesting well written characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janette hughes 10/07/2017
    janette hughes 10/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Good"

    I found the character of Violet poorly portrayed, she was a very stupid woman who was easily fooled, no strength. Not as good as books one and two

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  • Fay
    Seattle, WA, United States
    04/09/17
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    "A Disappointment after the first book"

    I was actually intrigued by the info in the first book about sea currents and how the "detective" used his work to follow them. This book had none of that. It was a mystery with pretty stock characters and not about the sea currents at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Emslie
    14/07/17
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    "Let me down just a little at the end.."

    Loved the whole story.. engaging, interesting, so well read... & liked the twists and turns near the end, but was very disappointed (&angry) with suicide of a character who could have helped & end up well herself, if she'd not been so daft. Also disappointed & saddened with suicide of her endearing cousin. Also. Wanted $$ provided for full & complete education of Anna & any other future children..
    Can I rewrite the last part?? Instead of fizzling, it could have crackled!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    HOUSTON, TX, United States
    11/10/16
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    "Very soapy opera"
    What disappointed you about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

    It takes too long to get where it's supposed to be, lost interest


    Has The Woman Who Walked into the Sea turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is the second book by him that I have read. I have trouble liking any of his characters, and the ones I do like tend to die.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Monteath?

    Narrator was good, kept me listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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