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The Take

Narrated by: Annie Aldington
Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Summary

An uncompromising and haunting story of betrayal and violence from the best-selling author Martina Cole. Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she's forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie's star rises.

In love with Freddie's cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister. Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone's life is infected. And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. Because in their world you can trust no one. In their world everyone is on the take.

©2005 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

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Gripping!

A gripping, but dark tale about a family detached from reality, with so many scars left unnoticed. Well written. Worth a listen!

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Great

Slow starter but by the end i could not stop listening.
Great characters and storyline.
The 4 episode programme is not bad either

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Brilliant story ruined by the narrator

I love Martina Cole's books but this narrator's voice really greated on my nerves. On checking I can see she's narrated for some other authors in this genre all I can say is I won't be getting anything she reads EVER!!!!!!!

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Loved it as always

I am a great fan of all Martina’s books and love listening to them while walking the dog 👍🏻 this one doesn’t disappoint

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Amazing

I could listen to it again straight away love Martina Cole!! Brilliantly written and so entertaining

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loved this book very gritty .

wonderful book couldn't stop listening to it. very well read . great insight by the author in to gangland way of life.

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one of martinas best

great listen, even though the attempt at a jamaican accent was almost painful to listen to

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Another stormer from Martina!

I love this book, my favourite by Martina and fab narration from Annie Aldington. Fabulous!

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Great narration, love it!

Love the narration, story was gut wrenching at times. Some of it was a wee bit repetitive. The characters (of which there are many) we're hard to grasp initially, but came to life through the story. Overall a gripping listen and I really enjoyed it.

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Brilliantly read

Your nailed this one Annie Aldington, as with all the books you have narrated..... a brilliant narrator 10/10 Annie and 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • 23-03-18

Un-put-downable!!

the story and narration was great. lots of expletives, but necessary to capture the real characters in the story.