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Palindrome Hannah

Narrated by: Lawrence Alexander
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

Enter a cruel palindrome world: a symmetric place where disturbing situations displace the common; where good acts transmute to evil ones; where windows and mirrors are interchangeable. Within, characters influence each other through macabre arrangements of involuntary happenstance, and learn the inevitabilities of coincidence. A segmented story of a mother and daughter intertwines the others. This hidden sixth story, assembled from the five separate narratives, uncovers the sad life of a child who carries a palindrome name, and her struggling teenage mother. With five stories heading one direction, and Hannah traveling the opposite, the story unfolds like a palindrome. A puzzle within a puzzle.

©2012 Michael Bailey (P)2019 Michael Bailey

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Some memories never seem to go away.

This is a strange book, separate stories which move around each other, occasionally touching. This reader found it initially difficult to relax into, but this soon changed and the first section was reprised as the ending approached. All too soon: it could have continued for much longer.

Narrator Lawrence Alexander is superb, his soft, mix tonal voice reading with full recognition of the text and voicing any protagonist individually and with appropriateness. With good pacing, cadence and a lightness so well suited to the text, his is an excellent performance.

I was freely gifted a complimentary copy of Palindrome Hannah, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. Although I finally intrigued merely by the title, I soon discovered so much more to draw my attention to the diverse characters, briefly becoming involved in their lives, and wanting more. It was a book which not only brought me pleasure in the listening but also made me think. It is a book I know that I will revisit again in the future, something I only very rafely do, and it is a book I would be happy to recommend to all but the youngest of readers.

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Great stories but a bit confusing at points

Five great stories that intertwine with each other. Only lost a star for my review as I found it confusing at some points and found myself relistening to parts to try make sense of it. Overall enjoyed though.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • michael martins
  • 29-04-19

Very Complex interweaving tales.

Palindrome Hannah was written in a very interesting style, it is 5 separate storylines that interweave with eachother at points. The content can be a bit dark and bleak at times but it is all very interesting and entertaining. You definitely have to pay close attention and keep characters straight or you might miss something. I found myself confused at a couple points and had to go back and relisten to get myself back on track, so I wouldn't recommend listening to it at times where you are not giving it your full attention.

The narration was very well done and really added to the story.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • timj26
  • 18-04-19

Excellent

I loved this
I enjoyed all 5 story’s the way the author blends elements of each story really kept it interesting
a great idea I found myself going back several times just so I dident miss a reference
Lawrence was spot on narrating a large cast of characters highly recommended
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  • Courtney Odor
  • 12-07-19

Horrifyingly Thrilling

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

I think this author did a fantastic job of showing how some of us experience life.

I really connected with this piece but I also felt that it had similar connections and styles as other novels I have read in the past. I still connected really well to the story and was hooked pretty much after the second part.

Having different parts of a novel is intriguing. I really enjoyed the play on palindromes. It was a bit of a story within a story.

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  • Deedra
  • 17-06-19

Palindrome Hannah

I really should read the blurbs better.This book wasn't what I expected,and though it was well written with sympathetic characters,I did not care for it. Lawerence Alexander was a fine narrator.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 25-05-19

Fantastic

I was very impressed with the unique way the book was presented. Telling five stories and interweaving them to make one overarching story. It was a different approach and was done to perfection. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Brian
  • 14-05-19

Puzzle Box in Book Form

Five intersecting bleak and dark stories are interwoven in this story, with a sixth that travels against the stream and each one is framed fantastically. Sure while listening to the first it's somewhat difficult to conceive of where the story will lead, by the time you reach the subsequent narratives they fit into the framework left by those previous. Each is sufficiently individual, yet each overlaps with one another in a well-constructed way. The characters don't suffer from the complicated structure, rather they're able to leave a greater impact given their orthogonal perspectives and the overlap, with the differences in their perspectives and motives playing in stark contrast with one another.

Narration is done well as well, considering the puzzle of a narrative, it might require some revisiting/re listening in order to stay up to speed with what's going on and where one is in the story. The narrator definitely holds his own however and aides in the delivery of a complicated story rather than hinders it.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review. Definitely recommended.

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  • Becca
  • 08-05-19

Suspenseful Mix of Interwoven Stories

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This was an interesting little suspense story with layers of interwoven characters and plots split into five parts. The story started a bit slow, in my opinion, as I couldn't seem to make sense of what was actually happening in the first of the short stories. I pushed through it, though, and I'm glad I did because the subsequent stories were much faster-paced and more exciting. Each story had its own unique plot, and they were all suspenseful in their own interesting ways. All the characters had unique and engaging perspectives, and Bailey can clearly write a wide range of perspectives. I also loved the way they all kind of came together at the end. After the first story, I was always interested to see what would come next and how it would fit into the puzzle.

The narration was okay. His range of voices was very limited, and he tended to fall flat during some of the most suspenseful parts. I would have loved more variation to really make the horror elements come to life.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I would be interested in Michael Bailey's other works. I would recommend this book to mature fans of suspense and horror.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 01-05-19

Great batch of creepiness!

I received a free audiobook copy for an honest review.

I always hate coming across 5-star books that have only a few reviews. It's sad. On that note, I loved this audiobook! The stories were any combination of dark, creepy, and sad, all of them interesting. I always love reading or listening to a book that takes multiple short stories and, in the end, combines certain aspects; typically a character from one story will be present in another story. I had no issues keeping track of what was going on or who was talking. I was totally focused on this story, as in, even when it was time for bed, I didn't want to stop listening. I think the author did an amazing job with this batch and the narrator definitely added to it..

The narrator did a great job as well. I'd definitely listen to and read anything by either of these men.

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  • Jenni
  • 04-05-19

Brilliant

I received a free audiobook copy for an honest review. 

I can't say enough how good this book is. The way the characters in these five stories connect to eachother is brilliant. Unraveling more information about each characture in the surrounding stories. It's hard to believe this is Michael's first book.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 25-04-19

5 stories

the book was very very good its story had a very interesting plot the narrator was very good as well and I enjoyed it very much

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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