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Looking for Madeleine

Narrated by: Samantha Dakin
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

Looking for Madeleine is the not-to-be-missed account that the online haters tried to silence. Its award-winning authors, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, feature in the Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.   

The audiobook: 

  • Identifies the blunders made during the police search for Madeleine 
  • Draws on confidential police sources
  • Analyses the thousands of pages of the Portuguese police dossier 
  • Pinpoints the misreading of forensic evidence that - for a time - turned Kate and Gerry McCann into formal suspects 
  • Follows the clues indicating that the McCanns' apartment was watched, that the apartment had been visited by a phony 'charity collector'
  • Reports, in frightening detail, on the many earlier sex assaults on British children in the area

Twelve years on, as Scotland Yard and Portuguese investigators continue their work, the Yard is reportedly focusing on a specific suspect. A senior officer told the authors: 'The case is solvable'.  

©2014 Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

 "Explosive." (The Sun

"Delves beneath the hysterical headlines to tell the real story of this heart-breaking mystery." (Choice Magazine) 

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Totally Biased

Like the majority of people I am open minded about what happened to Madeleine and yes everything points towards an abduction, however this book totally plays down the other potential scenarios. There may not be any concrete evidence that any foul play happened with the parents and/or friends, however a neutral approach would be to at least accept there are some discrepancies. Apart from Madeleine not being there what concrete evidence is there to 100% confirm she was abducted??
I appreciate the awful treatment the McCann's have been through via social media but is it really necessary for a book to essentially do the same back to the haters in naming and shaming them?? This again only adds fuel to the feeling that this book is only interested in one side of the story rather than being balanced.
My advice would be to give this book a miss and try another source for a more balanced view.

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nothing new, but a good reminder of the events

Slight bias towards the abduction theory of the McCann's and lacks any new insight or evifence but well narrated and thorough in its coverage

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Riveting

Absolutely fascinating to hear a detailed account of the story of what happened to Madeleine McCann. Lots of new information was given much of which I haven’t heard before. Spine chilling in moments. Fantastic if you’re a fan of true crime or have an interest in the news story.

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Mind Blowingly Informative.

Wow! A thoroughly excellent listen.

Extremely well read.

The information shared within the words ought to be made more widely broadcast to every parent and guardian worldwide. Yes, they may frighten many. However, on the other hand, they will educate and put readers on their guard to ensure the safety of those youngsters in their charge.

I would love to meet with Kate & Gerry as well as one of the Metropolitan Police investigators to wish them well in their efforts to find Madeline and to bring any wrong doer to justice.

10/10 to the authors.

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  • Margaret Lain
  • 13-04-19

Amazing!!!

This book is amazing. It kept my full attention from the beginning all the way through the end. I would definitely recommend this book. The facts speak for themselves. Thank you to the authors for presenting me with the knowledge about the abduction.

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  • angelals922
  • 11-04-20

Interesting Read

I found this to be well researched and interesting. They lay out new evidence and many plausible explanations.

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  • Cheree D White
  • 09-07-19

Not very interesting

I was very upset with the lack of information. I had followed the story about Madeline, and had hoped the book would give more info. I had a lot of trouble getting through it. I wouldn't recommend it to others. Very boring. Cheree'

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  • Valerie
  • 18-05-19

Spoiler

This was pretty much ruined right off the bat by the author's fervent assurances that there's no reason to infer that any of the main characters had anything to do with the events described. So, what's the point of investing the time to listen?

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