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Summary

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing and the circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast. 

Melissa quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties. She had disappeared for a week earlier in the year, only to return with perfect hearing but with increasingly unstable behaviour. Investigating these events, Melissa's attempts to shed light on the truth descending into an increasingly dark story, that shocks and surprises at every turn. 

This serialised, fictional investigation blends elements of murder-mystery, the supernatural and psychological thriller. 

Can you believe what you hear? 

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow to your library, you'll get all eight episodes, each with a runtime of about 30 minutes. 

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Critic reviews

"The mystery is intriguing and the effects are creepy." ( SFX)

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Hooks you in, then lets you down

This story begins with quite an interesting premise, and really makes you think it's a school project. It hooked me in with enough to keep me listening through until the end, where honestly, I wish I would have just stopped...

There's three reasons I would suggest you don't listen to this title.

The first one being that every time the main character seems to have hit a wall, there's exactly ONE thing that pops up to progress the story. I feel like she never had to make a choice, every step was just in front of her.

There is also an entire episode with just a series of voicemails, back to back, with an incredibly annoying "BEEP" between each message. Some of them have content, but by the end I just wanted to throw my phone out the window of my car.

Finally, each episode starts with a few minutes recap of the previous episode. This would make a lot of sense if it were released as a weekly show, but it's not, it's been released all in one go. For those of us who listen to a lot of audio books, it's much easier to just play the last 30 seconds of the previous episode if you can't remember where you left off.

All up, this story is poor. You can see the "climactic" ending a mile away.

However, if you do decide to listen, save yourself and skip the episode with the voicemails.

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Waste of time

I'm sorry to be negative but this is just poor. I left it and came back to give it another chance but couldn't listen to it even to while away a long car journey. Irritating and improbable.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Mostly very compelling but the ending is a letdown

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrator?

Yes, I would - I couldn't fault the performances (though it was a bit distracting, and ultimately pointless, to have the protagonist be American when everyone else is British) and the writing, for the most part, provides a compelling mystery in an interesting epistolary format.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending spoiled the whole thing for me. First, the events in the final episode leading up to the ending felt anticlimactic. Second, a lot of the questions raised in the story are never given proper answers. Third, partly because of the second point, I didn't really understand some elements of the ending and how it equated with what had already been established - much better explanation was needed.

Was Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow worth the listening time?

I enjoyed the first seven episodes a lot, both the mystery and the tension that built up. But Episode 8, by failing to give a satisfactory conclusion, made me question if it had been worthwhile.

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Move along... Nothing to see here

What would have made Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow better?

Just poor. It's like listening to some poor student's attempt at a docu-drama that completely misses any targets...

What will your next listen be?

West Cork. Again

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

Irritating.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None!

Any additional comments?

N/a

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Good idea, marred due to irritating main character

The idea was interesting, but having an American student as the main character wasn't a good idea (unless Audible want to sell this to the US).
First of all, the girl's voice is irritating.
Secondly, she seems to be a continuous advert for Apple's iphone. She seems to mention it, every episode.
The character seems quite dishonest, and lazy, and seems to anything but study...
The co-incidences seem on a par with scenes from Coronation Street, and after 4 episodes the story lost
all credibility.
Waste of a cast ( I much prefer a cast of voices to just one narrator).

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Creepy and intriguing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend - in fact I already have!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna, although we very rarely 'meet' her character. Although she is a main character, we only learn about her through other people. Her fellow students, her professors, parents, doctors etc. No one REALLY knows Anna, and neither do we. Some may find this infuriating, but I found it intriguing.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Due to the Podcast premise, I found this more like a radio play, rather than an audiobook. The voice actors all did a great job - all had distinctive voices, so I always knew which character was speaking. All were believable, and helped immerse me in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I binge listened this! I hate earphones, and I even suffered them to listen to this on the bus.

Any additional comments?

A truly immersive experience! Some of the sound effects had me questioning my own sanity. Well worth a listen.

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surprisingly good and bad

I don't really know how to rate this. It was an unusual concept and it unfolded nicely. Unlike other reviewers I didn't see the ending coming. I'm fact I thought it was just unbelievably far fetched. I did make a mistake and didn't read the blurb properly so I initially thought this was a true story podcast like West Cork ! I however soon realised the acting was so bad it couldn't possibly be true ! It was contrived. It was poorly acted. The clues kept coming and coming for Melissa without any work needed. But strangely I kept listening to the next episode. I ended up feeling I didn't like it overall despite the promise it showed.

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captivating listen

totally enjoyed this story. had me interested and captivated from the start. one to listen to again

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Brilliant from start to finish!

After listening to The Case of Charles Dexter Ward on Radio 4, I was inspired to try more of these types of dramas and I was not disappointed by Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow, twisty and spooky, it was just brilliant!

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Scooby doo

A little bit scooby doo but with a twist at the end. Enjoyable to listen to

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  • Sarah
  • 13-12-18

Disappointed in the ending

I really wanted to like this fictional podcast style book. The intro to each episode was unnecessary, and each episode did not signal the end, it would just stop.

The story line had promise, but the ending left something to be desired.

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  • T. Wenk
  • 12-12-18

Not worth it

This has the worst acting ever! Also, the story was very convoluted, although the initial premise was interesting: what if you received a voice mail from someone you didn't know, but found out later had disappeared in an odd fashion? The script was awful, the acting was terrible. I did finish it because I did want to see "who did it" but even then I didn't really get it.

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  • Tracy Winters
  • 11-12-18

Why waste time on fiction like this when there are so many non-fiction podcasts on this subject that are great?

Another Blair Witch Project. Poor acting. Although it appears to be a serious presentation, it just seems to make fun of podcasts dealing w real life situations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-18

Meh

Swearing which detracted from the story, and the story itself was improbable. Difficult to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

Disliked the ending

This story was great. I listened to every episode in two days. I won't spoil it for anyone, but I was really disappointed in the ending. I still would recommend, though.

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  • AUDDAUS
  • 16-11-18

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0 of 3 people found this review helpful