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  • Summary

  • Harper McKenzie wakes to the worse possible day: her 18-year-old son has vanished from her Manhattan apartment without trace.

    Worse, no-one knows what she’s talking about. 

    No-one thinks she had a son. 

    Ever.

    Has she lost her grip on reality?

    Or has the world shifted in a terrifying and unpredictable way?

    The Effect is a taut psychological thriller that challenges everything we thought was real, as Harper’s quest to find her son pushes her to the very edge of reason.

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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Vanished

    Sep 15 2021

    Harper’s son has vanished, but no-one else thinks he ever existed.

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    23 mins
  • Ep 2: Conspiracy

    Sep 15 2021

    As the apparent conspiracy against her becomes more tangled, Harper’s paranoia spirals. Is there anyone she can trust?

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    22 mins
  • Ep 3: Evidence

    Sep 15 2021

    Just as she fears she’s lost her mind, Harper discovers a single piece of evidence that turns her world upside down. Again.

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    23 mins

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Listened to all episodes in one sitting.

Absolutely love the story. Totally believable. And the amazing sound left me craving for more. Definitely my fav type of sci do, where the sci-go element doesn’t dominate the world building.
This week I was wondering if it’s possible at all to find a thriller without violence and dead bodies. I thought it wasn’t possible. This story is a proof that no dead bodies are required to make a thriller. Absolutely recommend it.

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Interesting story - bad American accents

The idea behind this is really interesting and there were some really exciting and interesting moments, but the characters were really not credible. I love Sci fi, and I love finding characters in original situations, but they have to be believable characters - not characters who are happy to believe in one insane theory whilst denying another. Also, I cannot believe for one minute that someone wouldn't try and find their lost son on social media! The most frustrating thing though, was the dodgy American accents from a number of the characters, it made it harder to get in to the story when the accents were so wobbly.

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Really enjoyed this book

It had me gripped right from the beginning. I'm normally pretty good at guessing the twists but this one had me flummoxed. It was a brilliant twist, but I feel like there's at least one chapter missing at the end, there was definitely unfinished business, did she make it for one thing. So apart from the disappointing ending, it was brilliant.

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Very enjoyable

I don't normally go for fictional type podcasts but I tried this on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. Great story, great cast and great sound effects. I felt like I was watching a movie at some points. I would recommend this.

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A compelling listen

Listen with headphones if you can. Great sound and it's an interesting story. Well acted.

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clichéd and hammy

I am a big scifi fan and this was really cheesy and poorly executed. The main character was deeply annoying, the dialogue clichéd and the plot and exposé jumped without any consistency... like a teenage amateur production.

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Excellent story

Loved this story as it is so different to anything I have ever read/heard before.

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Started really interesting

but ended rather disappointing. I was left feeling that there couple have been a chapter or two more.
The actors were great, the story was intriguing until chapter 6 then it just got silly and ended rather bluntly!

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Excellent! 😃

Left me thinking 🤔 I didn't want it to end, would make an Great film!

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Great premise and interesting plot

But I hated, hated the main character. Harper is just so irritating and inherently unlikeable, it distracted me from the story. The other characters were far more interesting but their development was left wanting.

The overall idea and plot is excellent, I just wish the arbiters could do something about Harper and replace her with another character.

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  • 20-09-21

Excellent, Full Cast Audiodrama!

I loved the drama and action of this twisty, sci-fi storyline. It draws you in from the start and keeps you hooked until the very end. I hope to see more full cast productions like this from Audible in the future!!