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Hidden Company

A Dark Psychological Thriller
Narrated by: Penny Scott-Andrews
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

A dark psychological thriller set in a Victorian asylum in the heart of Wales. 

Warning - contains highly disturbing material! 

It's 1893, and 19-year-old Flora George is admitted to a remote asylum with no idea why she is there, what happened to her child, or how her wealthy family could have abandoned her to such a fate. However, within a short space of time, it becomes apparent she must save herself from something far worse than that of a harsh regime. 

It's 2018, and 41-year-old Isobel Lee moves into the gatehouse of what was once the old asylum. A reluctant medium, it is with dismay she realizes there is a terrible secret here - one desperate to be heard. Angry and upset, Isobel balks at what she must now face. But with the help of local dark-arts practitioner Branwen, face it she must. 

This is a dark story of human cruelty, folklore, and superstition. But the human spirit can and will prevail...unless of course, the wrath of the fae is incited.

©2018 Sarah Elizabeth England (P)2019 Sarah Elizabeth England

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Edge of the seat stuff

it only took a couple of days to get through this; the story never letting up from start to finish.

This was my first book by this author, I just don't know how I've missed her work until now. Certainly I'll be off to get more.

I was also pleased with the narration. Usually I speed it up to match more to my reading suited, but I found the standard speed here to be just perfect.

if you're after a scary, fast-paced horror story, you'd be wise to stop here and give this I've a go

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Fabulous

Best book I have listened to for months. Narrator was excellent and brought the story to life.

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Irritating narrator

If you have already been infuriated by the stupid voices in the Betty Church series don’t go near this book. The over acted babyish tremulous voice of the narrator made it impossible to finish or even care about the ending of this book. She also seems to forget who she is wobbling on about as she seems to apply it to more than one player depicting the personality of a wet fish very well. Refund thanks, shame really as I think - when not distracted by the quavering voices - the story is ok.

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More needed from the final scenes!

I found the first approximate two thirds of this book to be absolutely compelling and listened to this book as quickly as possible. The story of Flora is horrific and I felt such sympathy for her and on occasions even had tears in my eyes. Her final scene is terrible indeed. Unfortunately for me, the author failed to sustain similarly high levels of dramatic tension in Isobel’s part of the story, leaving me with too many questions. What happens, for example to the Fox-Whateley’s and to the villagers? What about Flora’s revenge mentioned earlier on in the story? It was all over too quickly and seemed almost unfinished. Is there going to be a sequel perhaps?

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Gripping, right up until the end

This story cleverly weaves the events in a Victorian asylum in rural Wales, with the story of a somewhat disturbed psychic woman who comes to live in the same building in modern times. The asylum story is all too plausible, but the modern-day characters and events are less compelling. Once the dark secrets had been revealed, I thought the story kind of fizzled out. I didn't listen to the last twenty minutes, and I don't feel I lost out.

I found the narrator a bit too fraught and stressed. Of courses, she's telling a fraught, stressed story, so this is appropriate. Still, it gets a bit tiring after a while. Despite what other reviewers have said, the narrator's pronunciation of Welsh words seemed plausible to me. I'm not a Welsh speaker, but I spent some time working in rural South Wales, and I recognized the Welsh words perfectly well. I don't know many English people who would do better.

All in all, despite the slightly weak ending, a good read/listen.

Incidentally, Audible lists the author as "SE England" and "Sarah England", so finding other works by the same author isn't entirely straightforward.

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A wonderfully addictive dark gothic creepy read

Having read the Father Of Lies trilogy by Sarah England, thus quickly making her one of my favourite authors, I was excited to get going with this book. Ordinarily, I love the physical aspect of reading an actual paperback, to me, that is part of the magic. However I spend a lot of time out walking my dog and opted to get this in audiobook form. It's always a concern that the narrator may be annoying, or incongruent to the characters - but this narrator portrayed the characters brilliantly!
The settings, the characters, the plot fit together perfectly well, making you want to continue chapter after chapter! The author is obviously well researched, and isn't afraid to reach into the darkest corners of our psyche. Terrifying, and genius! LOVED it!! Highly recommended! Roll on Monkspike!!

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annoying narrator

managed until chapter 3 then couldn't stand it any longer. really didn't enjoy the narrator and the story didnt grip me. however I gave up at chapter 3.

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Fantastic

Wow!
Narrator was one of the best yet. . The story had me gripped from the start to finish

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Two lead characters constantly in fear!

Too depressingly exhausting to enjoy. The two leads are unbearably, persistent victims in what goes on and on, in a dreary purposeless journey of constant and unrelenting, nervous fear. That poor voice artist must have been completely drained by the end of it all!

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Creepy as!

This was creepy to read & I thoroughly enjoyed it then but Now I’ve listened to it. It’s creepier!! The asylum run by a Dr I’d name worse than Dr & his horrid staff. So well written & takes you into a freaky world of terror.
The narrator takes this story into freaky & I loved every minute of it!!

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  • 04-04-19

loved it

it's hard to beat her previous series but I feel like this is a fair competitor. the characters were super interesting and well developed. The story itself... Oh my Lawd, freaked me out!!!! love love love love love Sarah England and all of her stuff. The voice actor did a phenomenal job as well.

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