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Hidden Audiobook

Hidden

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Publisher's Summary

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

©2013 Catherine McKenzie (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • E.
    New York, NY, United States
    15/05/14
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    "The Voice of Claire"

    I do not know if this is part of the character herself, or is a vocal tic of the woman reading her, but the intonation of a bored valley girl's complaint infects the end of EVERY SENTENCE or phrase spoken by "Claire." It is making it very hard for me to progress in the book or comment on the story. I'll come back and revise the review if there is something in the character herself to warrant the narrator applying such an appalling whine to every sentence. At least, if I can stand it that long.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Warrensburg, MO, United States
    19/05/14
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    "Ugh! Claire's voice!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have just started listening and am not sure I can continue. Claire's voice draws out the ends of every sentence!! It is annoying and difficult to listen to. I wish I had listened to a sample before I purchased. I won't make that mistake again!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If I get over the voice or it gets better I will re-rate the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    27/04/14
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    "Like Nails on Calkboard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    None of the main characters had any redeeming factors.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine McKenzie again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Hidden?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    The one female character's voice lilted up at each pause and sentence ending - could not bear to listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • ellegreenland
    Seattle, WA United States
    23/05/14
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    "#Clairesvoice"
    Would you listen to Hidden again? Why?

    No, there would be absolutely no reason to ever listen to this again and put myself in that kind of agony when Claire's whiny voice was narrating. Nails on a blackboard would be a delight, a song, a chorus of angelic voices compared to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden?

    While the story was interesting, nothing really pops out as a "WOW" moment. It flows along and keeps you wondering how things will play out - but overall it's not edge of your seat material.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure which person performed Claire's voice, but it deserves its own hashtag for being one of the worst voices I've listened to in the over 70 books I've downloaded.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing stays a secret.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a credit - it's entertaining, but take a valium when Claire is reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CSeal
    12/08/14
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    "Story was enjoyable - audio, not so much!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I can't say I would recommend the audio version of this book. I enjoyed the story but found one particular voice jarring, one that was like chalk down a blackboard. The voice, not actually of Claire, but the one used when Claire was narrating. Her speaking voice was quite pleasant. I finally gave up and just read read, rather than listened, to the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Not one with the particular narrator mentioned above - definitely NOT!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • brendanstallard
    lilburn, GA, United States
    31/07/14
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    "As others have said"

    This book is a perfectly adequate read in the Kindle edition, reading the text. I'm afraid the audio is less acceptable. Claire, read by Amy McFadden-who is perfectly capable of excellent work elsewhere, seems bored with the text and I just don't know how Audible could have released a narration so awful. We often hear that this performance was produced and edited by some character or other, surely someone should have grasped the nettle at page 2 on this and said, "sorry, this simply will not do!".

    The writing, at the beginning is a little confusing, but once you get ahold of the characters, it's an okay story, but the audio edition, save your credits and sanity.





    brendan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tooonce72
    29/06/14
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    "Peculiar"

    This is a quirky little book. There was too much detail about things you didn’t really want or need to know and not enough information to allow the reader to feel complete after the book was finished. I am now left to wonder if I missed some finer details while attempting to determine why the audio was horrible.

    After much contemplation, I have determined that Claire’s voice was not done at the same time or studio as the other two voices. It comes off like a ten hour conversation on walkie talkies – one louder than the others. Naturally, the louder one has a voice like a cement mixer. That added with that fact that she screams AT you, rather than tells the story. It’s not a good audio book. Was there no editor?


    Note to self – Dealing with death in your own life is hard and depressing enough. Don’t waste energy and money on depressing books about this time in fictional people’s lives.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    19/09/17
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    "Ok book but....."
    Would you try another book from Catherine McKenzie and/or the narrators?

    I would definitely give another one of Catherine's books a chance. Not sure about the narrator that portrayed "Claire."


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine McKenzie? Why or why not?

    I am always willing to give an author another chance if I did not like one of their books. "Hidden" was the only one of her books I have read so far and I was not that fond of it.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    The performance was good but I did not like the way "Claire's" character sounded. Her voice was "whiney" and she dragged out the last word of each sentence. I found it annoying and it made the book that much harder to get into.


    Was Hidden worth the listening time?

    No. Honestly, no. I did not enjoy it. I felt like I struggled through it and it did not captivate me like a lot of books have.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate giving reviews when I have not enjoyed a book for fear of hurting someone's feelings but I feel it only fair that the author and other potential readers see what I thought of it. The beginning had a good start and the male narrator that portrayed "Jeff" was refreshing after having listened to other books all narrated by women. Once the second character started telling her version of the story I was immediately turned off. Not by the character herself but by the narrator. I hated her voice. It was whiny and she dragged out the last word of every sentence. It was really irritating and I almost gave up on the book on that reason alone but I decided to stick with it. I am glad I did, because I hate leaving things unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erin
    19/06/17
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    "Claire sucks"

    I can't get past the half hour mark in this story. Amy McFadden does such a terrible job as Claire that can't keep going. She's doing this lilting-drawn-out-whiny-as-hell thing at the end of Every Single Sentence. I honestly think it's funny looking at the reviews now and just about everyone has the same complaint. How did this get released for people to actually spend money on when it's this bad!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D
    4/06/17
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    "Hidden"

    This book seemed to be a slow take off but the more the chapters went on the better it became.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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