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Never Look Back

Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 10 hrs
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Expect the unexpected in this gritty, tense, and pause-resisting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much as it pains her to admit, she needs backup.

Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs. The whole situation brings back memories for Melina - why does this particular case feel so connected to her painful past?

Before time runs out, Melina must catch not one but two serial killers, both ready to claim another victim - and both with their sights set on her.

©2020 Mary Burton (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • lsk
  • 02-07-20

Hmmm

I love Mary Burton and the story was great, but the narrator just didn't work for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-20

RUINED BY A TERRIBLE NARRATOR

Hard to focus on the story past an absolutely terrible narrator. From the random pauses to the terrible and almost offensive attempt at the male voices...OUCH. I typically really like Mary Burton, but come on- redo the story with a good narrator, PLEASE!!!!

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  • A Customer
  • 07-07-20

Excellent but complicated murder mystery with two unrelated serial killers. Contrived and unnecessary romance subplot.


I enjoyed this stand-alone serial killer mystery, but the associated police procedural is only middling. I listened to part of this book via Audible, but the narrator is terrible, especially when she voice-acts male characters. I preferred my Kindle.

I rated this 4 stars mostly for the storyline and subplots, which author Mary Burton heroically juggled throughout the book. I liked both protagonists, but in many ways, the MCs are stereotypes: 1) a lone-wolf white male FBI agent, married to his job; 2) a strong, intelligent but TSTL female TBI agent, who happens to fit an obsessed killer’s vision of his ideal woman, making her a target; and 3) a serial killer who drives a windowless white van, kitted-out for torture/murder. OTOH, the second killer, who takes grisly trophies, is more interesting—as is his sociopathic mom, who still attaches herself to her son.

Here’s something I’d druther-not-read about again: 1) Another female cop whose house has easy-pick door locks and zero security systems; and 2) author trying to force a contrived romance and sex between characters, who lack chemistry—especially when it’s not organic to the storyline.

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  • Grass hopper
  • 06-07-20

The narrator makes it not worth it

I love Mary Burtons books but I could not stand this narrator. She has no clue about tone and
Pitch with voices. Please get good narrator 's they make all the difference.

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  • C. Whitehurst
  • 05-07-20

Never look back

I enjoyed the story but I have listened to the narrator perform all the October Daye books and I associated each male voice to one of the fantasy characters. For me another narrator would have been less distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-20

poor production

recording issues, many long breaks obviously not intended. also changes speed. very poor production.... yes my connection is fine.
story is decent, but follows a format this author uses.

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  • Jansel
  • 03-07-20

Narrator made it difficult

The story was great but this narrator made it so hard to finish. The random pauses and some if the male voices she gave were just terrible. A trick for anyone who wants to listen to this is to turn up the speed to 1.2x and it should make it easier for yourself.

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  • Doris
  • 03-07-20

Narrator is THE Worst!

The narrator is terrible. The pauses, fits, starts and voices are grating. Mary Burton should never have her narrate another book. I wanted to enjoy the story and finish, but I just could Not!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-07-20

A little too much to keep up with.

I normally enjoy Ms. Burton's books, but this one, I didn't enjoy as much. The story line itself was great, but the constant going back and forth between two serial killers' point of view was very confusing and hard to keep up with. The narration wasn't the best either. The narrator would pause in the middle of a sentence for a second or two which was very annoying.

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  • Holly
  • 11-07-20

narrator used ridiculous multiple voices

You cant get past the fake voices for 9 or 10 people some are laughable. The book also is written with the "so ans so said" so many times it causes stress.
I rarely review books i like most all but this is awful and i am sure the story is ok but all i cant think about are the fake voices.