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The Unkind Hours

Narrated by: Tom Jordan
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Steven Burns, a former major league baseball player, has the perfect life...until his five-year-old daughter is abducted and murdered. With zero suspects, the police are left baffled, and Steven must accept the haunting loss without justice. Until a shadowy stranger offers Steven an opportunity to exact ultimate revenge. Compelled by fury and grief, Steven finds the stranger’s unspeakable proposition impossible to resist, despite fears he's headed down a path of no return.

©2018 Dwayne Smith (P)2018 Dwayne Smith

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This my first audio book by Dwayne Alexander Smith 5 out of 5 and narrated 5 out of 5

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omg amazing

Steven Burns, a former major league baseball player, has the perfect life...until his five-year-old daughter is abducted and murdered.

amazing book best one for a long time 100% amazing must buy

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Favourite book of the year so far!

What a story! Loved it all the way through and couldn’t put it down.
Perhaps because I have a daughter of my own, I found the story very easy to relate to?
It’s a thriller full of suspense and intrigue and many twists and turns! Very well written and superbly narrated! Tom does an excellent job with the characters and portrays the suspense and emergency of the situations brilliantly!
Hope to see more from an Alexander and Tom pairing in the future!

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Not Your Typical Child Abduction

WOW! Literally could not stop listening. This thriller will had me wholly engrossed from start to finish and then left me thinking about it for hours afterward.

At the beginning I thought that the author was writing a typical kidnapping story, I was SO WRONG. I was surprised that (outside of the very beginning) we never experienced the story from the kidnapper's perspective. I also really liked that it was from the father's point if view instead of the mother's point of view. However, the mother seemed oddly unemotional about the loss of the child.

The author does kind of leave you hanging at the end a little though, but in the big scheme of things, its relatively inconsequential.

The narrator does an impecable job of bringing out the feelings of the fear, anger, uncertainty, and loss that the main character, Steve, experiences. He also perfectly heightens the creep factor of the eerie stranger. This performance intesified the author's masterful writing.

I received a review copy of the book and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • ZOE R
  • 24-08-18

Unkind Hours

Very tense and unpredictable. Never slow in action or suspense. This does not go the way you expect. There are surprises each and every page. Narration is great.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 13-09-19

Don't Hesitate. Use the Credit. Do It.

This was a great story, both the story telling and the writing. I picked this story because of the subject matter, as a father, this scenario is unimaginable and the suspense and thrill of seeking justice is in my mind the greatest reason to seek justice. Everything about this story was a thrill ride and anyone who likes a suspenseful revenge story will be sure to enjoy this.

As I said, as a father the seeking of justice for a killed child is absolute. The emotional wreck Steven became after he lost his daughter was immense. The writing truly described in detail how I would handle the loss and made me feel Steven’s pain. I didn’t always see what was going to happen next, and I was definitely kept on my toes. The first half of the story was an emotional journey which took me through all the stages of grief. The second half was pure raw emotion that settled on one stage and carried that through to the end. There was a lot of twists in the second half and I really liked how this spans a good period of time so you get to see a good piece of Steven’s life and recovery.

The writing was so well done that you get not only a good story, but good characters. In the brief time we see Luna and Steven together you get our close their relationship is and it pains you just as much when she dies. I kept waiting for something magical to happen to help ease my pain as well as Steven’s. I really liked Steven as a character and think he was portrayed quite realistically. I liked how his friend was a voice of reason that in his anguish he just couldn’t listen to. The mysterious stranger is the perfect antagonist. He is smart and calculating while seeming benign, up until he isn’t.

Tom Jordan does a great job with the narration. He really did this story justice with his narration and character voices. He nailed the voice for the stranger and provided a subtle creepy and raspy voice that matched that character perfectly. Tom really brought this story to life and passes on the characters emotions such that you feel them yourself. Truly a great performance that shouldn’t be passed up.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Tammy C. Evans
  • 18-09-19

Very suspenseful

This book moves along pretty fast. Sure keeps you guessing and on edge of what’s happening next.

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  • MANI
  • 15-09-19

The Unkind Hours

The Unkind Hours is a thrill ride full of "what would I do" moments that are provocative and terrifying. It makes you pause and do some scenario that may or may not happen.

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  • mwdiver
  • 12-09-19

Great Read

The Unkind Hours is a book that grabs your attention from beginning to end. The story moves along with a pace that keeps your interest. While the plot of a missing child has been done many times, the author does this one with a twist that many a family member in such a situation has surely often thought of, but rarely acted upon. The plot twists in such a way that most readers will never see coming, and what a twist it is. You'll have to read or listen to find out, as I won't give it away. Tom Jordan does an excellent job in the narration, making the listener feel as if they are alongside the characters for every twist and turn. Tom Jordan has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. So much so, that now I often search for new books to listen to by narrator, rather than by author. Tom does not disappoint in The Unkind Hours.

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  • G. Parlee
  • 27-08-19

Thank you

I was given the opportunity to listen to this book as a promotion of the narrator.
I was hooked right away and held on through all the turns. I was pleased that the plot would veer off from where I assumed it would go. An attention grabber for sure. I'll be having a look at some more from this author.
The narration though was excellent. Tom Jordan read this well. An easy to listen to voice, great pace, the characters were distinct, and really promoted a suitable atmosphere for each scene. I will most assuredly be listening to more from this narrator.

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  • M. McAvoy
  • 28-06-19

Fantastic! <br />

I absolutely love this book. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Gave me nightmares. I very rarely ever post anything other than the stars as reviews but I had to for this one. The narrator was superb and it's not your typical storyline that we see over and over. Definitely a top 5 favorite and i read a lot!

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  • stlblue1
  • 12-06-19

The unkind hours

This book has twists and lots that I didn't see coming! The performance is excellent. I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator kept me engaged and wanting more. The story was very good!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-19

Great Read!

Really enjoyed the twist and turns of the story! Amazing writing....would totally recommend this book.

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  • Adeline Austin
  • 13-02-19

sweet Adeline

love the book. unable to but it down if u like suspense this is one u will love

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