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Boasting a cast of narrators including Golden Earphones recipient Gabrielle de Cuir and Golden Voice awardee Stefan Rudnicki, this unique audiobook features each narrator taking on a different character and performing chapters from their point of view. Listeners will be electrified by their performance of this story where a mysterious little boy who begins appearing in an artist's paintings, even though the artist has never actually seen him; a partially-blind agoraphobic is expelled from his apartment by a strange entity; a widower begins to have nightmares that his long-missing son is still alive and in danger; and a young runaway realizes his companion is actually a malevolent presence. The narrators keep up an urgent pace, and link these four stories together seamlessly to an unpredictable end.

Summary

In Drawn, a mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of an artist who can't remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity. A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing, presumed-dead son is still alive and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor...and a predator. The lives of four very different people, driven by different but very powerful forces, crash together as they fight to solve their individual mysteries, to defeat a brutal enemy, and to save the life of an innocent boy.

©2012 James Hankins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliantly crafted

I loved this book from beginning to end. Great characters and a great story. I would highly recommend it. Can't wait to read the rest of Mr Hankin's books.

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Good little story with a unique reading style

Where does Drawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best, but entertaining and ranked higher than some of the more well known books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't have one, but prefered Boone. Just had more story to his character

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

That there were 5 narrators portraying each main character in the story. I actually liked this idea as I like audio dramas and this added to the overall feel of the story. It also definitely helped because it would sometimes switch quickly between characters and you knew which you were listening about this way much easier.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I never do. I prefer good long books that I can pick up anytime. This one had moments where I couldn't stop and had to find ways to listen longer. But no it's not so great you can't put it down.

Any additional comments?

Good story overall, fun read. Not everyone will be happy with the resolution and overall ending, but no one ever is.

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  • Michelle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21-12-13

A bit scary for me

I have an embarrassing secret, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to the paranormal so this book was a little difficult to listen to alone at night and at points I did find myself turning it off even though I really wanted to know what would happen next my nerves couldn't take it . However during the light of day I did enjoy it. I liked the different characters and there story's but I never found myself bonding with any of them. Not my favourite audio book so far but not a bad listen.

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  • Port Talbot
  • 17-03-16

Drawn-cleverly written story but unbelievable

Drawn-cleverly written story but unbelievable, I even liked the characters in the story
Narration by various artists was good

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Not good.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure who would enjoy the book, someone who wouldn't notice the at times terrible writing?

What was most disappointing about James Hankins’s story?

It was slow, the characters were annoying.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

No.

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

Exasperation.

Any additional comments?

The female narrator had THE MOST annoying breathy voice.

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  • Wayne
  • 11-06-18

This novel is a first for me!

I've listened to and enjoyed five other James Hankin's novels. Unlike the others this one has a supernatural character. And DRAWN is the first supernatural novel I have ever rated 5 stars! It is a wonderful story! The narration is simply fabulous!

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  • Heather
  • 11-05-16

DRAWN FOUR HAUNTED

This was a great listen. Different for a change. I enjoyed the different narrators for each character. It helps keep track of who's who as the story unfolds. Each character is a stranger to the other with their own issue's and yet they all have one thing in common, a haunting. Time is running out! Will they figure out what haunts them before it's too late?

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  • Harriet
  • 06-05-16

Excellent!

Drawn is a curious mix of early Koontz and Mitch Albom. The full cast narration was wonderful (Rudnicki is a personal favorite). It is my second Hankins book and I'm officially a fan.

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  • Dr. Meggin McIntosh
  • 30-12-13

Another Great Hankins Book

Completely different from Brothers & Bones, his first book I'd read (listened to) and this one was fabulous also! Different narrators added to it rather than distracting from the story as can happen in some audio books. I have already purchased the third book that I know of that Hankins has written and will be listening soon!

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  • Jan
  • 23-07-14

So Worth a Credit!!!

I was not expecting to like this novel nearly as much as I did. As I have admitted before, I am an extremely picky reader and have to be engaged from the first page of a book until the last. "Drawn" kept me interested and creeped out from the beginning until the end. This paranormal listen has an original storyline that weaves in and out of four people's lives, and neatly comes together at the end. It reminds me of Koontz and King's earlier novels. The narration was outstanding with the one exception. The female character's narration had a voice that was a cross between whining and sexual frustration or something, ... I don't know what the hell was going on there. The other performances, fortunately, made up for it. Overall this book is definately worth a credit, and worth your time.

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  • Amber
  • 30-10-17

Entertaining

I enjoyed this book a lot. Was interesting and creative while being intense and suspenseful!

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  • Laura reid
  • 03-05-17

Loved this book

James Hankins is up there among my favorite authors. This one is VERY different from his other books and I loved it sooooo much. def a good listen/read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-17

I was hooked the whole time!

If you could sum up Drawn in three words, what would they be?

Interesting. Different. Scary

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the narrators. They each added their own flare to their characters and made you feel like part of the story. I also liked the story line, though it was a bitch far-fetched at times, especially how it all pulled together. Still, the fear was there in some of the situations, as it could undoubtedly happen in real life.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't give anything away, but let's just say the scene with Boone and "Robert" was freaky.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Every action has a reaction

Any additional comments?

This book moved along very quickly and I was focused on it the whole time. Very well done.

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  • Autum Peterson
  • 07-02-17

Amazing

Loved it great story keep you at the edge of your seat! Recommended to anyone.

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  • Yumna
  • 17-11-16

The name certainly is apt

The name of the book certainly is an apt description of how I was drawn into this book. I lost myself in the characters and loved how I experienced the emotions with them. It was a journey of mystery, anxiety suspense, fear, intrigue, sadness and joy. I enjoyed every minute of it and hope you will too.

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