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Gone the Next

Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
Series: Roy Ballard, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts - the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report - and with his history, who can blame them? - it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.

©2012 Ben Rehder (P)2013 Ben Rehder

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  • Wayne
  • 20-07-17

Nice start to a series!

Insurance fraud photographer Roy Ballard had his young daughter kidnapped when she was with him years ago, so although it is not a part of his business he becomes interested when another young girl is kidnapped. He works on the case despite police telling him to stop. Along the way he convinces waitress Mia Madison to join him in his business. Author Ben Rehder uses a lot of witty dialog in his fast paced novels. Narration is excellent.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 31-05-16

Here One Minute...

What made the experience of listening to Gone the Next the most enjoyable?

The protagonist was awesome. Very engaging main character.

What about Johnny Peppers’s performance did you like?

It didn't sound like a performance. His reading blended so well with the story it was like a movie in my head.

Any additional comments?

Just a note that there are two story lines going on here. Past and present. I think Mr. Rehder does a good job signaling but just be aware.

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  • Kandi P.
  • 30-06-14

Creepy Fun right from the start!

If you could sum up Gone the Next in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, unpredictable, sarcastic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone the Next?

Learning about Roy's background - how his lost child gave him a personal stake in finding the little girl.

What about Johnny Peppers’s performance did you like?

I liked the pacing of the narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times at some of Roy's comebacks. He obviously has a need waiting to be fulfilled.

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  • Beatrice
  • 15-12-16

Not for me

It's not fair for me to give this book a review. I simply can't read books about vulnerable children.

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  • Nathalie
  • 19-11-16

Narration makes all the difference

Story often difficult to follow because of the narrator's lack of pauses between key events, and the use of only one voice throughout. It would also have been a lot less tedious a listen if narrator would have used different voices.

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  • Sara B
  • 24-12-19

Entertaining!

This was a surprisingly good story and entertaining, I really enjoyed it. The storyline is well-developed, and characters are engaging. It's well-plotted, well- written, and well-paced.

The Narration by Roy Ballard is excellent. He does a great job with the different character's voices. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Linda
  • 04-12-19

Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, every aspect of it was well put together and kept me engrossed.

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  • D. Merz-Stavis
  • 05-08-19

Fun book

Enjoyed this book immensely. Lots of unexpected plot developments , unexpected twists and good characters.

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  • TVNerd95
  • 12-07-19

Enjoyable Mystery

As a Texan, this review may be a little biased considering the book is set in Texas. The story was engaging and I loved the characters. Roy was a great new character and I loved how different his job was compared to other mysteries. I just found his sarcastic smart-ass humor likable. Mia was a great grounding character for Roy and she was a great balance to him. The author developed the chemistry between Roy and Mia with some great banter that seemed natural to each way the character was portrayed.

The mystery definitely grabs you from the beginning and the author builds the suspense for both sides of the story. Roy’s reactions as the mystery deepens seem realistic and not too extreme in any sense. The only issues with the story I think relate to the audiobook version – it was very difficult to keep all the timelines organized and then there was an extended time at the end where the author closing out loose ends that may the story drag a little.

The narrator Johnny Peppers did an excellent job. I can some other reviewers didn’t like the narration but I did. He was telling me a story and I was listening with rapt attention. I didn’t need different characterizations to keep me engaged.

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  • cathy
  • 20-11-18

Narrator

Loved the narrator. Made the story come real.
Looking forward to more of his stories.