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The Know Audiobook

The Know

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Publisher's Summary

Being in the know can be deadly. Joanie Brewer's children mean the world to her. She'd do anything to make sure they're fed and clothed - even if it means going on the game - and she lives in constant fear that one of them will be taken from her. Eighteen-year-old Jon Jon is knee-deep in crime, and Jeanette, only fourteen, knows more than is good for her. But it's Kira who really scares her, for in a world where no one is to be trusted, her eleven-year-old angel is the most vulnerable to danger. Then Kira disappears and Joanie's darkest fears are realised. She thinks she knows what's happened to her little girl, and her obsession to uncover the truth threatens to destroy them all.

©2003 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling.' (Daily Mirror)

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  • C. J. Lansdown
    Bristol, England
    24/10/13
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    "Brutal and Believable"

    This book deals with the people who struggle to survive in, and the people who run, the sex industry. To paraphrase the Beatles, it's a dirty novel of a dirty business. A business that turns the children who survive their initiation into this depraved world into the abusers of the future.

    If it has a fault (other than the hard to swallow violence) it is promoting the ideal of 'good' criminals over 'bad' ones.

    Martina Cole writes with conviction about the complexities of life as a prostitute in a world of sadism, crime and casual violence. She manages to make her characters three dimensional, showing the humanity in brutalised people as well as the inhumanity.

    A book for people with a strong stomach. It is bleak, depressing and powerful. You cannot help being moved by the compassion and resilience of its main character, Joanie, or by the conflicting elements good and evil in its many players.

    The reader is excellent and brings shocking life to this Booker listed epic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mo
    Woodford Green, United Kingdom
    18/12/13
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    "GOOD GRITTY DRAMA"
    What did you like most about The Know?

    Its pace. Kept me reading and making me annoyed when I had to stop to get dinner for the family. Good Essex girl is Martina - enjoy most of her books.


    What other book might you compare The Know to, and why?

    Sorry - can't remember names of books once I've read them.


    Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't but she is perfect for this author's style.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Martina involved us in the central family's world and made us sympathize despite some of its members not being very good people. As a mother, I couldn't stop a tear or two flowing when the mother lost her child. Every woman's greatest fear.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen, she aint - but for a good rollicking read without having to work too hard, she suits me.<br/><br/>Mo<br/>Eng Lit Lecturer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FELICITY GAINARD
    24/05/17
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    "Loved it"

    One of the best I've read ! Didn't want to put it down , have ignored my family for two days .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    4/04/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved it, one of my favourite Martina Cole books. Full of twists and turns. Gripping!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. Parnell
    united kingdom
    19/02/17
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    "Gripping"

    Great read, keeps you hooked and guessing constantly right to the end of the book.. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/12/16
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    "narrator quality poor"

    was excited to hear this book, but the Narrator's voice was boring. would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    18/10/16
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    "The sound"

    The book has a good story line but I am very disappointed in the sound as it goes up and down all the way through the book which is very distracting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemarie
    28/03/16
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    "can always depend on Matins Cole for a good read."

    good in both the storyline and narrative.
    makes the ironing less boring too with audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anna
    10/06/15
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    "hard hitting"

    Really enjoyed the story although it's sad but it keeps u guessing.
    I 💛 Martina Cole stories I'm a huge fan .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    4/07/14
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    "OK but nothing to write home about"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time well spent. I'd rather be listening to another book.


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

    I couldn't be bothered to get there so couldn't say.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that good in my opinion. I'm not sure I really believed the narrator which is not great if you're playing gritty, hard hitting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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