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Girl Number One

Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)
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Summary

A young woman, out jogging in the woods, finds a body.

Eleanor Blackwood discovers a woman's body in the same spot in the woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years previously. But before the police can get there, the body vanishes.

Is Eleanor's disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother's killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman's forehead signify?

©2016 Leigh Russell. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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An interesting, convoluted story.

The story seems to revolve around an eighteen year old, unsolved murder. The main character, Eleanor Blackwood, discovers a body, with a number 3 written on it, in the same spot where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. As.she goes for help, the body disappears and no-one believes her.

Then she finds body number 2!

Although I tried, I could not get over the feeling that Eleanor needs to grow up and get on with her life.

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Gripping

Excellent story very gripping took 2 days to listen to it, thoroughly enjoyed it, will look for more from this author.

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Good story

This book has a good story line but I felt something was off throughout. The characters were not believable and I spent much of the time thinking somehow I had missed something. Perhaps because the author kept alluding to things and then didn't follow it through. Nevertheless, apart from the poor accents, (Ellie's father sounded like a brummie) i quite enjoyed it

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Story fab - accents confusing

Loved the story it was very gripping but the accents are all over the place. Not enough to put me off too much though.

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Spoiled by extremely poor voice characterisation.

Very poor Cornish accents in this narration, which were all over the place and not often Cornish, spoiled this book for me. All the males voices sounded the same with the exception of the 'father' which even sounded Brummie. If there are distinctive regional accents they need to be spoken by a native speaker.

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Awful narration.

So so story. Awful narration. It was a struggle to finish it. Not worth it.

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I struggled to finish

I found the narration difficult to get past, I think the narrator was trying to see how many R's she could get into each work. all the characters came across as dim witted country bumkins.
The story was equally contrived and I pretty much worked out who, where and why half way through the story.

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good story, got the plot early on though

good story, but too descriptive. some chapters went on far too long due to this reason.

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Meh!

Would you try another book written by Jane Holland or narrated by Anna Parker-Naples?

Maybe, but definitely not the narrator

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story line would have been ok I think ...

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Parker-Naples’s performances?

no

If this book were a film would you go see it?

probably not as I don't usually go to the cinema

Any additional comments?

I skipped the last 10 chapters jumped straight to epilogue because I couldn't stand the narrators voice any longer.

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story...... what story?

found this to be a very long, drawn out, tedious and pointless read...... there was far to much going on with very little to the actual story line that pulled u in!! it went so far of the mark at points that I couldn't actually tell if I was reading a comedy or a thriller!!

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  • rachel w
  • 05-05-17

Narration was torture

It's hard to rate the actual story because the narration is just unbearable. The accents/voices for different characters, especially male, are just bad. The story is ok, drags on a bit in a somewhat predictable fashion, but do yourself a favor and read this one instead of listening if you must.

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  • Davida R Clifton
  • 06-11-16

Boring

you knew who the killer was very early...the writing was dry...everything about this book was completely boring

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  • Eva
  • 20-09-18

riveting

I was completely lost in the story. The author paints her landscape of characters with such perfection I can see them. It was a thriller that started out strong and didnt let up on the gas.

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  • mrsc
  • 26-01-17

Might have liked it.

Could not hear narration of book, so wasn't able to "read" it. Don't know what the issue was.