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Refuge

By: Gillian White
Narrated by: Jacqueline Davis
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Summary

Does true evil exist in the world? Are people really what they seem?

Abandoned by each of her children’s fathers, Shelley Tremayne’s having a tough time raising six kids alone. When she sees a TV newscast about five boys committing a horrible crime and recognizes her eleven-year-old son Joey in the surveillance camera footage, her life becomes infinitely worse. Although Joey swears he only witnessed the incident, the other boys point to him as the instigator, a charge supported by the evidence. But Shelley simply can’t accept that her Joey could be responsible for such a heinous act.

Shelley and her children can’t return to their grubby home, where their neighbors are waiting to express their outrage. Fortunately, good Samaritans John and Eunice Bolton volunteer to shelter the family at their farm, and offer them the help and caring that they’ve given to so many others in desperate straits. But who will believe Shelley when she discovers that the Boltons are not as kind as they appear?

©2002 Gillian White (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Strangely compelling, but poor narration & writing

I finished this book due to the strength of the overall plot, and the uniqueness of the subject matter.

The narrator was irritating throughout. Her tone tended to sound over-excited, but the main annoyance was the fact it was impossible to discern when a paragraph or chapter began. Not only were there no extra pauses (which might indicate an editing problem), the intonation of the reader didn't change. Every single chapter change, or transition from one scene to another, would catch me unawares, disrupting my immersion in the book.

I also found the dialogue very implausible. Our protagonist uses syntax and vocabulary that might sound natural from a university professor of a bygone era - it's stilted and overblown. I understand she grew up in a hamlet, but who uses that word in day to day speech? A natural word would be "village". I was similarly annoyed to hear "remote croft" when a natural phrase would have been "middle of bloody nowhere". I find it hard to believe our protagonist would have all of the ten dollar words in her active vocabulary. I don't.

If the author had had the confidence and maturity to write our protagonist's dialogue more true to life, I would've enjoyed the book much more. As it was, the OTT adjectives and improbable nouns make me cringe. Paired with a young sounding narrator, it feels a little like listening to a primary school child read an essay, after their teacher told them to use as many adjectives as possible (and gave examples).

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Such an unusual story

I was gripped from the beginning. The total blind love of the mother for the child was really eye opening. Even when she remembered things from his past it didn't make her think twice. We were seeing a total little *** but she only saw her beloved son. She thought that because she gave the children a clip round the ear that she was disciplining them. The story was really unusual and I was especially happy because it was a freebie. I will definitely look for more by this author and narrator.

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Distracting narrator

The narrator inhales heavily after every sentence or two and it’s VERY distracting so had to stop listening which was a shame.

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Soap Opera Narration

Bad writing, worse narration. Very melodramatic OTT. The piercing shrill voice was annoying and patronising as though being read to 5yr olds. If you like soap operas you'll love this as it was like listening to a 10hour episode of Eastenders.

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Gripping story

Slow start but gripping end.
Marred by the annoying loud intake of breath by the reader but worth persevering.

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Awful

If I heard “ speccy four eyes “ once more I was going smash my phone so I did the sensible thing and gave up on the book !
A difficult subject handled poorly with cliched writing ( in my humble opinion) and I only got to chapter 7
Don’t understand the positive reviews at all

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The End???

Really enjoyed the storyline, didn't even mind the narrator too much although certain pronunciations were said wrong and pauses were non existent.
I was, however, gripped by the story itself, but the end was terrible. very abrupt, no easing down of the story, I feel like it was such a rushed conclusion.

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Refuge

Good book, well read, quite a gripping storyline but I did feel the ending was a bit of an anti climax and overall quite a sad story

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good suspense

started strongly, the middle was long and parts unnecessary information, the end was brilliant but felt rushed x not one 2 use your credits on but a fab listen if free. Allison x

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Enjoyed

Well written and the story was very believable. I really got into the story.

Well Done

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