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Don't Hang Up

By: Benjamin Stevenson
Narrated by: Luke Arnold,Sibylla Budd
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‘You and I are going to have a chat. If you hang up, this girl dies.’

Adam Turner works the mid-dawn shift at his local radio station. From 12am to 6am, it’s his job to fill the airtime with old songs, inane chatter, and the occasional talkback caller. It’s a long way from his prime-time slot from over a decade ago, when he was a star in the making. Now there’s no producers, no billboards, no stakes, and, crucially, not many listeners. His frequent callers are drunk college students headed home from a night out, or long-range truck drivers. He is completely alone in the studio from midnight until dawn every night.

And then one night at 12:45am, he gets a different kind of call, with higher stakes than he could ever have wanted. The caller’s rules are simple – stay on the line, live on air, until dawn, or the woman they are holding captive will die.

The night wears on and Adam is tormented by his caller, forced to answer increasingly personal questions, exposing his fall from grace for all to hear. He must try to figure out just who is calling him, what they really want, and how he can stop them. All while staying live on air, and keeping the psycho talking.

But as the conversation gets deeper, is Adam willing to broadcast his darkest secrets to the world in order to keep a stranger safe?

©2023 Benjamin Stevenson (P)2023 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Great suspenseful, right to the end.

I loved this story,voices and sound effects really well produced. Riveting right to the end.

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Captivating listen from start to finish.

A captivating listen from start to finish, clever and fast paced. Enjoyed the performances and audio features.

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unexpectedly addictive

some of the best narration I've heard and very hard to stop listening to. Well done

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Rivetting listening.

Great story, well delivered. I'd like to read more by this author.
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predicable and immoral (spoilers!)

easy listening crime suspense, but the idea that the perpetrators were the victims, the protagonists unbelievable behaviour... i.e. clubbing a cop to save his mistress, but he's supposed to be so selfish he's considering letting her die? but most painful was that the ending, the mistress that was responsible for the entire hoax, as well as the initial crime, and the final assault (or attempted murder) - was somehow not held reasonable because she didn't know the famous middle aged man she was dating was married? like, didn't bother with a quick Google search?

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good Aussie voice captivating story

was a great listen
found it weird they called the cops cherries when the rest is so Aussie... but got me hooked and finished in record time for me cause had to know what was gonna happen

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And the truth will set you free?

Great plot. Loved the backstory to it. Great narration. They should make a movie using this storyline.

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Absolutely gripping from go to whoa

loved it. was going to listen for 30 minutes, ended up finishing it off

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Absolutely loved it

This book kept me engaged from beginning to end. I liked how easily it flowed and was a lot shorter than most other audiobooks.

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Wonderful read

The story line was unbelievable and full of surprises till the end. The characters were well played by the narrators.

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  • James Perkins
  • 15-07-2023

I don’t understand the reviews

I only selected this book because of the reviews! I felt like I waisted my whole time ! It’s not a good book or story line.

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  • 23-09-2023

Better than expected

It kept me wanting more so in my book… 5 stars
Story was great and believable…well for fiction.

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  • 28-11-2023

Sexist undertones…


All in all the plot was great and well executed. However, due to the ending I can’t help but feel this book kinda went off the deep end in its portrayal of the main character. Yes. I am aware a man wrote this book, but all the same, SPOILER ALERT It turns out he was cheating on his wife and she got revenge by setting this whole thing up. I hate how it normalizes the revolting actions of the women and chalks it up to “Payback”. Also BS that the women served no prison time, and it frustrates me how they tried to portray the mistress as blameless. She knew she was stealing money from the radio no matter what the excuses were. Maybe in a fantasy world we can put cheaters through hell and not go to jail, but not in the real world, you can’t threaten a life on live radio and ASSULT someone, (literally knocking him out cold.) and not face legal action. All in all felt like the usual “All men cheat.” and “He deserves it” crap.

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  • Debbie
  • 22-11-2023

Pretty good

Not bad, but had some issues. I thought it dragged a bit after a while. Also, the end didn't thrill me. Spoiler alert. While Adam was obviously not an innocent and deserving of getting busted. Not enough punishment for the ladies. They deserved it just as much as him. Disappointed.

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  • Rebecca Gnirke
  • 17-11-2023

Stupid plot; poor narration.

Don’t waste your time listening to this. It was awful. The worst book I have listened to on audible.

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  • 01-11-2023

Ending was such a disappointment 😞

The narration was perfect! The story was ok, but the ending was so annoying!

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  • Joan L. roberts
  • 23-09-2023

loved this story...

Wow...I really enjoyed this book. Listened to it while packing for a trip. Never could figure out the ending....so many twists and turns....loved it... The narrator was marvelous...could listed to him for hours..

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  • Cindy McDonald
  • 22-09-2023

Amazing.

Such a good story. I didn’t guess the ending at the beginning like I usually do. Highly entertaining. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Corrie Worou
  • 21-09-2023

Story was twisted

It was entertaining, but man I felt sorry for the main character at the end. without giving anything away, I left feeling like he's not the real bad guy.

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  • 21-09-2023

Clever !

A new favourite author kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book

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  • 11-07-2023

Excellent

What can I say. It was excellent. All the twist and turns. I didn’t see that coming. I highly recommend this book.

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  • 07-07-2023

Amazing plot

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  • Craig A.
  • 30-11-2023

I wouldn’t hang up either..

Great story. The plot twist was fantastic. I thought I’d had it sussed until I was proven wrong. For less than 5 hours it doesn’t drag. There’s no “filler” chapters so I highly recommend a listen 👍🏼

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  • R.Royal
  • 29-11-2023

Great short story

Kept you on your toes and guessing until the end. Would recommend to anyone for a short story!

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  • Moxy
  • 28-11-2023

How bad the volume is - turn up ur sound guys

It was ok. Poor sound quality.
Worth a listen off audible……… freebie!
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  • Aave
  • 23-11-2023

The awful sound effects

It was difficult to hear the person who was supposed to be on the other end of the telephone, however it didn't really matter as I could not have cared less about any of the characters

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  • Mrs B Moore
  • 16-09-2023

VG

Good twist to the end. V well performed and almost the right length - 20 minutes less would make it tighter.

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  • 11-07-2023

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Well written quickly drawing in the reader and keeping them close. Despite the main protagonist being somewhat unsavoury, there is a definite empathy created and sympathy for his situation. The narration, performed by Luke Arnold, is very successful, increasing the atmosphere of fear and tension: a first class production with an occasional inclusion by Sybylla Budd
This is a free to download Audible Original, and recommended as an easy read.

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  • 09-07-2023

Intense

An intense story , well told and narrated with some surprises along the way . Only 3 hours long.

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  • Lily
  • 17-02-2024

Brilliant!

Wow, what a listen! Great narration of this edge of your seat story. I usually go for much longer novels but thought I'd give this a try and am so glad I did. Great narration of this edge of your seat story. I'll certainly be listening to more by Benjamin Stevenson

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