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Into the Water Audiobook

Into the Water

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Publisher's Summary

From a writer proven to have a masterful touch when it comes to atmospheric dread, this is a suspenseful story of two sisters and the deceptiveness of human emotion and memory. Hawkins' prose manages to put a fresh spin on an age-old story of family secrets and their devastating effects.

The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Jane Syd 11/05/2017
    Jane Syd 11/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't wait to finish this dragging disjointed story"

    What a disappointment this book is. It felt like girl on a train and into the water were written by different authors. The story lacks mystery, purposelessly slow paced sucking you into false sense of grand mystery about to be revealed only to reach disappointing conclusion. The narrators are dull and monotonous. If it hadn't been for the fact that Paula's first book was great, I would have stopped listening 1/3 into her second.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 01/06/2017
    Jacqueline 01/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many characters!"
    What disappointed you about Into the Water?

    Way too many characters, every chapters i listened to i was scrabbling to remember if i had already been introduced to this character and what part they played in the story


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    The jump from how riveting Girl on the train was compared to how confusing Into the water is


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrators were not the issue


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Water?

    Honestly i would of just told the story from two point of views rather than giving everyone in the town a voice


    Any additional comments?

    I can see how the story would of been interesting but as mentioned i think it could of been conveyed just as well from less characters

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rod 14/05/2017
    Rod 14/05/2017
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    "Another fine mystery"

    Like her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ latest mystery weaves its story from multiple perspectives, fleshing out the curious deaths of two linked people within weeks of each other, both at a local suicide hot spot nicknamed The Drowning Pool.

    The use of five narrators in the audiobook adaptation separates out the different viewpoints with clarity and drives home the unique traits of each individual in this thickly-populated story. The marvellous Imogen Church, Doctor Who’s Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman keep our attention and curiosity burning despite the largely unlikeable characters.

    It opens with the death of unpopular newcomer to Beckford, UK, Nell Abbott. She’s found in the water of a popular picnic cove that runs off the Beckford River; a spot with a history of murder and suicides dating back to the drowning of witches hundreds of years ago. A steep cliff face and shallow waters have combined to give the area a dark history.

    Nell had been drafting a book, offering fictionalised accounts of the actual deaths at The Drowning Pool, both historical and more recent. It was a deeply despised idea that the townsfolk were against. Already an outsider, her persistence with researching and writing the book had been making Nell increasingly unpopular.

    Nell’s death leaves behind her rebellious teenage daughter, Lena, who is still grieving for the loss of her best friend, Katie, only weeks earlier at the same spot. Placed under the care of her estranged aunt, Jules, it soon becomes evident that there was more going on under the surface of Nell and Katie’s lives. With resistance from the local police but some help from the new Detective Sergeant, Erin Morgan, the family duo begin to question if the two deaths were, in fact, murders.

    From violent past boyfriends, to misogynistic old men, an interfering psychic busybody, and Katie’s wimpy brother Josh, there are only a few moments of likeability to be found amongst the people of Beckford. Their personal agendas drive the story forward however, and the stellar narrators make them real. Into the Water is not as tense as The Girl on the Train. This book is more a mystery than a thriller, and a character study of those within a defined community. The ending offers the expected twists that you won’t see coming, but it doesn’t tie up all the loose ends clearly and the tension is not as high nor as impactful as the previous novel.
    What continues to surprise me the most about multi-cast audiobooks is the lack of direction given to the performers in how to present the characters. There is a lack of continuity, allowing each narrator to put their own slant on each character for the chapters they read, whether it be a character’s accent, tone or mood. The reading of Into the Water suffers from this lack of direction but no more than other multi-cast audiobooks – although it’s perhaps more noticeable here because of the large number of characters and readers. Multi-cast narrations are still quite effective however, and do make so many perspectives easier to follow.

    Into the Water may not be as good as The Girl on the Train but it’s still a worthwhile mystery that unfolds in Paula Hawkins highly enjoyable and unique style. Read this and more audiobook reviews on our site at GlamAdelaide dot com dot au, including a review of The Girl on the Train.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Jones 12/05/2017
    Rachael Jones 12/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Gripping"

    I loved her previous book so was excited to read this one. Its premise sounded good, if not obviously a bit depressing but also intriguing.
    I loved the way she wrote it, always changing people's point of view so you had to keep reading to get the whole story about an event or person.
    I didn't love the ending, somehow I felt like there should have been more to it. It almost felt anti-climatic. But not necessarily bad.
    It held me captive all the way through which is rare for me so I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shayna Teneriffe, Australia 08/05/2017
    Shayna Teneriffe, Australia 08/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping, well crafted listen"

    This is a book that is particularly well suited to being listened to. With multiple characters speaking from their own viewpoint it can get confusing. Thankfully the vocal talent in this rendition is outstanding and makes each character instantly recognizable. Highly recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 15/06/2017
    barbara 15/06/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "boring"

    the narrator was ok but the storyline lacked the suspense that her previous novel had. All in all a pretty lack luster novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09/05/2017
    09/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Page Turner, Easy Read!"

    A captivating story full of interesting characters & many twists & turns. A recommended read!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 10/08/2017
    Stuart 10/08/2017
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    "Really, truly awful"
    What disappointed you about Into the Water?

    I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train and had modestly high expectations for this book, however it was just a mess - incoherent, too many characters, too shouty. I tried to listen all the way through, but in realising that my days on earth are numbered switched it off with 4 hours to go and moved on to something else.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators detracted from the listening experience with their almost comically bad regional accents. It was grating


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Just 02/08/2017
    Graham Just 02/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "did not finish"

    didnot finish this book
    i had trouble recognising which character was who
    found it awkward to listen too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    19/07/2017
    19/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very interesting"

    This book gets you from the very start. Just when you think you know what is going to happen and where the story is headed it changes. The ending wasn't as good as I hoped but overall a great story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • P. Clarke
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    5/06/17
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    "Very hard to follow for me."

    There were so many different facial points I got totally lost with who was who. Gave up on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GB
    3/06/17
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    "A Great Read"

    I bought this book because of The Girl on a Train, which had been a good pot boiler and I wanted to read more.
    This book is very different. It is a better story and better written. It draws you with twists ans turns that that psychological rather than thriller like.
    It is slower and weaves a tale of a more complex nature that shows how everybody is involved in a small town society
    On the critical side: the tale has much more potential than the writer develops and there are a few flaws that one might nit-pick over if your were inclined,
    On the whole it is a great yarn, well told and entertaining. It shows a developing style as an artist that is full of promise.
    To sum up I loved the book, I was riveted to the tale and I look forward to the next one.
    The production is solid. The readers are wonderful, they develop a feel for characters in their reading which gives a nice depth to the story.
    All in all and excellent buy and an excellent investment of your time to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    11/05/17
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    "Into the Water"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but did not find the ending as suspenseful as Girl on the Train. The author has a good way of writing though and the narration was good. Now looking forward to the next book. Enjoyed the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    3/05/17
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    "Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!"

    I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.

    What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.

    It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.

    The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.

    So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.

    62 of 71 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    Dublin, Ireland
    4/05/17
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    "Disappointing"

    The narration is good, but the story is all over the place and the characters never came alive to me and none were very sympathetic. Too contrived. Wouldn't recommend – and I loved The Girl on the Train

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • N
    5/05/17
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    "Don't bother."

    Unlike most people I was never that impressed by the girl on the train. So when I saw this book I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing it. I thought I'd give the author a second chance and really wish I hadn't.

    This book is infuriating, completely ridiculous, unbelievable characters. You know what this is about? Miscommunication, that's it. If the characters weren't so pathetic at communicating half of the events wouldn't have occurred. I had about three hours left and had to return it before I ripped my hair out.

    Non of the characters are likeable and just infuriate you with their complete stupidity.

    I will never read anything by this author again in the future.

    33 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Sue, Darlington
    UK
    10/07/17
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    "Dreadful narration"

    A confusing hotpotch of a story made even harder to follow by the grating female narrator attempting "male Geordie." Painful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • carole
    SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom
    8/05/17
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    "Does not deserve all the hype, huge let down"
    Would you try another book written by Paula Hawkins or narrated by the narrators?

    Perhaps.


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    Rambling, pointless, confusing. Tried several attempts to get interested, to no avail.<br/>Hugely disappointing.<br/><br/><br/>


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too many voices for pretty boring characters. Narrative doesn't warrant such excellent performers.


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

    All three emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    6/05/17
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    "So disappointed 😔 awful"

    I am so disappointed with this . I had high expectations.,the characters jumped around so much and didn't make sense at times
    Boring mismatch and sometimes the narration sounded the same and I had to stop and think who was what. It certainly for me was not a listen that you could get lost in .....
    So so disappointed 😔

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    Newcastle, England
    6/05/17
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    "Confusing and un-engaging!"

    I persevered for 7 hours, but I have to give-up with 4 1/2 to go. There are too many characters and too many narrators. I quite like the character Jules and could have really engaged with her if only she wasn't repeatedly lost amongst all of the others. Beyond that I couldn't care about any character, most were superficially drawn. Several chapters were devoted to various character's dream sequences, others devoted to stories of women drowned as Witches in times gone by. Listening felt like being slow walked to an epiphany. However, I fear there won't really be one. Finally, the repeated flicking between first and third character, together with the large number of supposingly significant characters contributing to making the story confusing.

    The narration was mostly good, but the Geordie accents voiced by a female narrator (not Imogen Church) were a bit OTT and forced.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • S. Strudwick
    UK
    5/08/17
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    "Don't bother"

    I tried, twice, but this is not a good one to listen to. Might be better to read. To many characters that don't seem to interact. Gave up in the end. Shame as I loved listening to Girl on a Train.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • smoofle
    1/08/17
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    "Complicated but worthwhile"

    First it seemed complicated with so many different people, names and times. Sometimes I wished I'd have the book in my hands to go back a few chapters to read up again on characters. But as the the plot thickened it was a well woven and suspense story, and all characters became intertwined. In the end it's all well rounded and very satisfying, as all characters have been drawn up to their own personal endings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • brian
    31/07/17
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    "I would not recommend."

    I found it difficult to follow the thread. The girl on the train much better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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