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Summary

The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling true account of how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction....

Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at night to go deep into the woods near their home. He has spoken of meetings with a friend, Thomas, but no one else has seen him or knows who he is.

As Shane tries to discover what's going on, a sexual predator he helped bring to justice years before reappears. The man is looking to settle a score and has picked someone close to Shane as his next victim.

In The Boy They Tried to Hide, Shane Dunphy revisits cases he encountered during his time as a child protection worker and journalist and, in doing so, once again discovers that leaving the past behind is harder than it seems.

©2016 Shane Dunphy (P)2016 Hodder Headline Limited

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Brillant and very engaging

I finished it in less the 24 hours. It's fine through so many topics. Highly recommend it.

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Really enjoyed this book .

True stories are always the best. Very well narrated. Looking forward to reading more of his books

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Terrible recording, brilliant book

The recording on this is awful; the listener can loudly hear pages being turned, sometimes the sentences repeat, sometimes there is terrible fuzzy noise over the recording (and not the outside recordings, I mean the studio ones), occasionally there are gaps in the middle of a sentence.
Where was the sound editor?

Although I have written all of that about the sound I have to give this 5 stars. As always, Shane Dunphy is tenacious and brilliant. He has written his own story and tells it with dignity.

As with all of Shane Dunphy’s books, the story isn’t an easy listen, but it is a necessary one.

Brilliant.

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  • Al
  • 17-11-20

Fantastic narrative, production needs work

This is the third audiobook I have purchased by Shane Dunphy. All three are beautifully written and narrated, but this audiobook needs some serious work on the production. All through it there are clicks and pops, no silences between chapters which makes Shane sound like he's rushing through it, and at the end it seems the production was abandoned altogether. We can hear Shane pause to turn pages and even repeat phrases.

Shane writes beautifully and narrates with such conviction that you are transported back to environments he was in. For this reason I highly recommend The Boy They Tried To Hide.

Shame about the recording.

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I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it very very thought provoking . Shane has a very enjoyable voice to listen to.

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Rambling nonsense.

Unfortunately not for me. I found the story quite boring and disjointed. The characters were flat which is very surprising considering this is a "true account". Descriptions were clumsy and a lot of it felt like filler. The authors take on rural Ireland didn't sit well with me, it didn't make any sense for a young man who took his own life to have only 2/3 people at his funeral, even if he was a criminal, that's absurd.
Why did the kids speak like 3 year olds? Gregory who was supposed to be very bright spoke like a peasant child from the 1700's. The narration grated on me as well, the voices were almost cartoonish at times, Ballsack was ridiculous and his voice actually changed a few times.
Really disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book.

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Poorly presented

The reading was dreadful. No pauses where there should have been, and very long pauses in other sections , sentences repeated, and the sound of the page turning at one point. Spoilt a good tale.

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Boring

I found this book quite boring but i had to finish it.. I didn't chose very well and returned the book

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  • BSUforever
  • 13-10-17

Gripping

Heard a little bit of this story on Spooked podcast, intrigued both by the author and his soothing voice I downloaded it. So glad I did. Listened every spare moment. Will be downloading another Dunphy book for sure.

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  • Stephanie Morgan
  • 20-09-20

interesting

heard about this story on Spooked podcast, this audible is a great exploration into the details of the story. there are a few editing blips but overall solid story amd performance. would recommemd

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  • Christopher Pillsbury
  • 10-12-20

Misleading title but good story

I initially heard part of this story on the podcast Spooked. I was very intrigued about the supernatural aspects of the ghost boy. However, when I started listening to the book I discovered that this was a pretty small part of the book. The book has three different stories going on. 1. Ghost boy in forest 2. Investigation into a death in a prison 3. Interactions with a psychopath. I felt that the ghost boy was only 20% of the story. Overall the story was pretty interesting but I feel that the main point of the book was exposing a flawed legal system.

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  • GN18
  • 02-09-20

Entertaining Read

Heard about this story on the Spooked podcast, so decided to take a listen. Author’s voice and delivery sounds like a fireside story time, which was very entertaining. There were some audio and editing edits (I.e static on occasion, a few pauses, etc) but nothing that detracted from the story in the least. Would recommend to friends!

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  • Christina S. Ramirez
  • 16-07-20

GREAT STORY

Enjoyed the details and Irish accent of the author/narrator. Audio has a few hiccups but nothing you can not understand. I have listed to it numerous times that’s how much I enjoy it.

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  • Anne
  • 27-05-19

Great story!

A few editing issues, but not enough to detract from the story. I have recommended to others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-18

A lot going on.

This book consists of 3 tales apparently happening simultaneously took the narrator/ author. Each could have made for its own book or short story. Was a little too much for me but I know life doesn't happen in plot form. Excellent listen though. I like it when the author narrates their books like they are sitting by the fire telling you a story. This was pretty close to that.

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  • Westbrook
  • 02-03-18

Author 5 stars, Audible 3

Fascinating story, very well narrated by the author. Entertaining from beginning to end. The sound quality left a lot to be desired, as the story skipped in many places, played static and interference.

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  • Brian Duncan
  • 18-10-17

Good story, poor editing

The story is very entertaining; it is the combination of some ghost story, an investigation, and a stalker drama. While the book is great, where the audio book breaks down is the editing. Shane does a good job narrating but the book was riddled with static and jumping words throughout. At the end of the book you can hear Shane back up and retry a phrase a few times and once there is a minute where he gets his papers in order and composes himself before going on. The book is well worth the money, it could just use another round of audio editing.

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  • 54321
  • 17-10-17

Unbelievable

If I didn’t know this story was true, I would not have believed it. I was gripped from the very beginning, still haven’t finished it and cannot put it down.