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The Second Life of Amy Archer Audiobook

The Second Life of Amy Archer

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Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember: The name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can't be Amy, she hasn't aged a day...

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

©2013 R.S. Pateman (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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    aussiegirl 05/10/2015
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    "Enthralling"

    I couldn't stop listening. I just wanted to know what happened to Amy. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley 22/01/2015
    Hayley 22/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Not impressed with the ending"

    It just felt like it didn't end. I feel like the story changed half way through and just got worse and worse the farther I got past the half way point

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    salcolgan 23/07/2016
    salcolgan 23/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great performance; story a bit disappointing"

    great performance; clare corbett is a brilliant narrator; story a bit disappointing and expected a but more from the ending as the plot was well developed but seemed to end prematurely!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. D. Lace 19/06/2016
    L. D. Lace 19/06/2016

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    "It ended without finding the truth."

    book was too long. I had zero empathy for the morher or father. weird story. plenty of better authors out there to enjoy without wasting 12 hours listening to this fairytale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 09/02/2016
    Melissa 09/02/2016
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    Easy to follow storyline, great characters and good narator. I usually hate those ending where you have so many questions but this one makes you question everything in a good way! definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 10/09/2015
    Barb 10/09/2015
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    "fantastic"

    loved it but would have preferred a different ending!
    worth the listen and the narrator is the best!

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    chelsea 06/06/2015
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    "amazing book!so intense and emotional I rate 10/10"

    loved it! most memorable moment was the ending. I felt so in touch with narrator.

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    christie 17/05/2015
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    "Fantastic book."

    Could not put it down. The reader was very easy to listen to. Written very well.
    I wonder how often this happens in life?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine 09/04/2015
    Jeanine 09/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this narrator"

    This book was so enjoyable. I love the story, but Clare Corbett made it even better with her amazing narration. She makes it so interesting & clear. Never boring like other narrators can be. I will be choosing other books narrated by Clare because of this. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 06/04/2015
    Monica 06/04/2015
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    "Fabulous !!!"

    if you are seeking a story that will keep you guessing to the very end this is the book for you! make sure you have time as you wint want to put it down.

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  • Saffy
    UK
    24/05/14
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    "An outstanding debut"

    What an amazing, unexpected listen. This is an original, gripping and compelling book that kept me guessing throughout. If like me you are a fan of Lottie Moggach or SJ Watson I would highly recommend this outstanding debut novel which is beautifully narrated by Clare Corbett.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Pinkbee
    Kent, UK
    12/07/14
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    "Interesting but unsatisfying"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who never learnt that a book needs a beginning, a middle and an end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from R. S. Pateman? Why or why not?

    I would not be willing to read another book by this author, the premise of the story was interesting but the book overall was a massive disappointment. There was no conclusion, there was quite a lot of repetition and I was left with a feeling of "what, is that it?"


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

    I have not listened to any other of Corbett's performances but I would, she was an excellent narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment. Of course there were moments of sadness because of the subject matter of the book and it did make you think but I expected more.


    Any additional comments?

    I genuinely can't understand why people have given this listen such rave reviews.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
    9/06/14
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    "A very belivable story"

    I did not think I would like this book due to its re-incarnation content - but was pleasantly surprised and intrigued - It had me gripped so much that I did not want it to finish.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Wendy Huggins
    Gloucestershire
    20/06/14
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    "Astonishly brilliant story telling"

    I just couldn't put this book down 'so to speak😀). Utterly brilliant story telling and read wonderfully as always by Clare Corbett. I would recommend this to anyone and am actually envious of those just about to listen to it as you have hours of story to enjoy ahead of you. I just wish there were more by this author. Can't wait for the next........

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Bellshill, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    27/06/14
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Second Life of Amy Archer the most enjoyable?

    The story, the few characters that populate it and the narator was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wasnt sure what I was expecting with this book but it immediately caught my imagination. It was a bit different from the run of he mill fantasy stuff which I am not always a big fan of. Its the story of a mother trying to cope ith the dissapearance of her daughter 10 years before. Its a mystery story of the very best kind. I actually gasped in shock a few times.


    What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I believed in the characters. Each one had a distinctive voice and it was almost like listening to a radio drama. She was excellent


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

    Yes. The book hints at the possibilities and reasons for various events happening and I certainly didnt see the ending coming. But I also wanted to savour how good it was and felt quite gutted at the end because of the ending and also because it was finally over


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a good story and something a little bit different. Its certainly the best book I have listened to for a very long time and only the second, from the hundreds I have listened to, that I have ever commented on.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london, United Kingdom
    11/08/14
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    "This kept me guessing"

    Really good listen with amazing narration. Frankly i can't imagine anyone else do such a great job at a variety of voices - male/female/young/old. Good supernatural thriller with endless twists. Would buy other books by this author and this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacq
    Wales, UK
    27/07/14
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    "Something a bit different, thought provoking..."

    This is a very interesting story - along with the main character, you don't know from one moment to the next what is true - is this supernatural or a con? I did really like that the book never gives too much away too soon, so you are keen to keep listening to find out what exactly is going on... is Esme a reincarnated Amy? Is it all a hoax? And an ending that leaves you mulling the book over for days after. Narration is generally good, while the male voices are a little irritating, this is more than excused by Esme's brilliant Mancunian accent. A good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    12/09/14
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    "Disturbingly convincing! Beautifully narrated."
    Any additional comments?

    First of all - the narrator was superb. She did all the accents excellently and she did fear frighteningly. I kept thinking I knew everything on at least 5 different occasions. I was usually wrong. I am not sure why I couldn't give the story more stars. It is possible that I found it so disturbing that I am not sure I could say I "enjoyed" it. Very well written though and I will be looking for more from both the narrator and the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gwyneth
    Palma de Mallorca
    27/07/14
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    "Interesting subject."
    What did you like best about The Second Life of Amy Archer? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the idea that the book was based on, I found that it did go one a bit in the middle and I became a bored.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorter perhaps


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    I really like Clare Corbett so enjoyed hearing her read,


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    errrrr yes i would


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    17/10/16
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    "Terribly plotted"

    Good idea poorly executed. Started well but became circuitous and never answered its own central question - not in a deliberate way, in a way that suggests the author wrote themselves into a corner. By the end, I couldn't stand the main character, who had become too bitter even for someone with her backstory, and skipped through chunks of it. A shame because the actual writing and idea were good, the story just needed more planning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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