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The Other People

Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room....

Shortlisted for the Best Fiction Audiobook at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2020.

Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. 

Most people believe that his daughter and wife are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.  

Three years later and Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, sleeping in his camper van in service stations, searching for the car that took her. Searching for his daughter.  

Katie spends a lot of her life in service stations, working as a waitress. She often sees Gabriel, or 'the thin man', as she has nicknamed him. She knows his story. She feels for him, because Katie understands what it's like to lose a loved one. Nine years ago, her father was murdered. It broke her family apart. She hasn't seen her oldest sister since the day of the funeral - the day she did something terrible.  

Fran and her daughter, Alice, put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people that want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe's daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows that if they ever find them, they're dead.

©2020 C. J. Tudor (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Loved it!

Beautiful and captivating story to listen to and Richards narration was amazing. I love how one person can sound so different for each character. Felt like I was listening to so many different narrators.

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It was ok

It was just ok. There was too many things not fully explained and some parts of the story that I didn't find credible. Overall, was reasonably enjoyable.

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Brilliant

Wonderfully captivating until the end. Beautifully written by CJ Tudor and complimented with the equally brilliant Richard Armitage whose narration was superb.

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A journey

There were parts of this book I struggled with but...overall a journey well worth taking!

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Super Fast Paced with twists and turns

This is one of the most entertaining books I’ve listened to in a long time. Great pace, no long winded descriptions of scenery, sunsets or the colour of some waiter’s shoes!! The author has gone to extraordinary lengths to interweave characters and make you say “oh what the...” quite a few times as things unravel. Not because the twists are ridiculous (quite the opposite) - they’re just not what you expected over and over again until you can’t believe the author is still pulling out more twists and you still aren’t entirely sure exactly what’s going on!!

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Leave out the supernatural

I found the story very gripping, with some good twists and turns that surprised me. The characters were believably complex. However, I didn't enjoy the supernatural element near the end. I can accept a psychic connection between people, but the rest of it just didn't seem to be a good fit for a novel that seemed to be realistic in nature. Perhaps I'm just not into the supernatural. I was disappointed with the male narrator as he consistently talked in a flat, almost resentful tone. There were certainly some parts of the novel that required this, but certainly not all.

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Love this

C J Tudor is one of my favourite authors I’ve been waiting months for this book and I’m not disappointed. Richard Armitage has the best voice and reads beautifully. Now I’ve got to wait for her next brilliance Poopie.

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  • Kolya
  • 22-09-2020

Rivetting book.

A must read this will keep you guessing to the very last. It is brilliant.

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  • Ester vdD
  • 18-02-2020

Twists and turns

Another story with twists and turns, it starts slowly, introducing the characters but then, the story takes off. I don’t want to give away any clues but something like this can happen to all of us. The narration by Richard Armitage is superb as always, his ability to give every character their own voice and accent amazing

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  • Luccia Gray
  • 27-01-2020

A brilliant thriller

The Other People is a brilliantly executed thriller by C. J. Tudor. Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered and buried, but he is convinced his daughter is alive, because he believes he saw her in someone's car on the motorway, so he spends the following three years travelling up and down the motorway, looking for the car and Izzy. The first half is a little slow, and I was wondering where the story was going, but it soon picks up, as Gabe discovers the lies and complex web he's entangled in, because he has a dark secret nobody knows and so do the others. The second half is fast paced and suspenseful and well worth the slow start. Richard Armitage's reading is brilliant, as always.

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  • Simon
  • 27-01-2020

Tudor Steps it all up a Level!

Now this, is simply top drawer. From the very start this had me enthralled, intrigued and anxious to explore. I've enjoyed CJ Tudor's previous two books 'The Chalk Man' and 'The Taking of Annie Thorne' but to me this dark mystery and the characters within it represent a step up. I always have difficulty making comparisons to other authors but as a few people have made this leap before there is definitely something of Stephen King's style again in here. The possibility of the supernatural is always in this one but never allowed to dominate the human side of the story. True, this tale, like many others relies on some big coincidences but seriously, don't let that bother you, enjoy the quality of the writing. The lonely other world that Tudor creates for some of her characters, a stark place it is too, even though it is situated right in some of our busiest places. People isolated in various ways from the largely happier world most of us inhabit. Richard Armitage is of course amongst the gold standard of narrators but it should be mentioned that small passages are performed by Elly Kendrick even though she doesn't seem to be credited here. It works very well, with Kendrick's ghostly, almost sepulchral whispers contrasting to Armitage's more dominant representation of the real world. This is a genuine five star story and performance, and I feel represents a step change improvement in Tudor's writing. This is dark, atmospheric and intriguing! Bravo! Just a side note, if like me you sometimes plan your listening time to include the end of a good book it's worth knowing that the three short stories by CJ Tudor included in this recording take up about 41 minutes and the main story finishes at just about 9 hours and 35 minutes including closing credits. You'll have to wait a bit longer for the "Audible hopes . . ." guy though :-)

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  • jmimz
  • 31-01-2020

Awesome, my favourite C J Tudor yet

Great story, didn't want it to end! Richard Armitage is also one of my favourite narrators so win win, definitely recommend

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  • Amelialegbar ♥️
  • 30-01-2020

BRILLIANT

Fantastic story!! Very well written like her other books, lots of twists and turns to the story that kept me on the edge of my seat! Kept me on tenterhooks waiting to hear the story unfold, and I had no idea how it was going to turn out! Couldn’t wait to find out what had actually happened but at the same time I didn’t want it to end!!! Can’t wait for her next book.

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  • Peter
  • 18-06-2020

Not the best fit for me

I thought that Richard Armitage gave an excellent performance of the book and lifted it, most of the book I found interesting and sympathetic with some moments of intrigue, but the main flaw for me was that it contained a supernatural element, it isn't the main element by far, but it is there and the moment supernatural elements appear my brain switches off a little and I lose interest, especially when a book is set in the 'real world'. Real-life is mysterious and chilling enough, we don't need supernatural nonsense to highen it. Other than that it was a good albeit predictable crime novel read by a very talented actor.

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  • A. Listener
  • 26-03-2020

A good story...

A good story, I quite enjoyed it. Although it felt cheapened by the paranormal bits. I would have preferred it if it had just been a straight-forward mystery, the paranormal part took me out of the scene. Other than that, it's well written and well read.

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  • SandraL
  • 06-02-2020

WOW!!! Superb!

Wow I really loved this dark, bleak, creepy story of Gabe, a man looking for his missing daughter, when everyone else believes she is dead. It is a book I didn’t want to stop listening to, and one which will stay with me. The prologue is very creepy, and this narrative continues throughout the book. As with Ms Tudor’s previous novels this one also has a supernatural element. The characters are all brilliantly drawn and I became completely immersed in their lives.. You can’t help but feel the terror Gabe must have felt seeing his daughter in that car window and his pain as he travels up and down the motorway looking for his daughter. Fran and her young daughter, Alice, who suffers from narcolepsy, are on the run. Katie is a hardworking single mother who works as a waitress in a motorway service station. And Isabella, who was left in a coma after being hit by a car, lives in a house overlooking the sea with her nurse. Gradually we find out what links them all. And then there are ‘The Other People’! The story is expertly plotted, and the writing is outstanding. I did see a slight similarity to The Chain, but this is a totally different book. Absolutely superb. The brilliant narration by Richard Armitage really enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

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  • bookylady
  • 04-02-2020

Eerie, atmospheric, addictive.

I couldn't stop listening to this superbly plotted thriller. It is every bit as good as C J Tudor's other novels and left me wanting more. Richard Armitage did a great job with the narration.

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  • Munny
  • 04-02-2020

Dark, intriguing

Like most people I thoroughly enjoyed Tudor’s previous novels. This book delves straight into the story and the character development is nothing short of brilliance. There are smaller mysteries and occurrences woven into the story and a hint of something supernatural. Really well written book and fantastic narration with some shorter stories at the end, The Lion being a particularly good one.

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  • M. A. Bond
  • 29-03-2020

Offbeat and fascinating

I loved this book. The author has an unusual and compelling way of storytelling. She sends eerie shivers up one's spine. Great work. Richard Armitage is a very talented narrator and actor. He brings each character to life and is brilliant at voice changes. I highly recommend this book.

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  • susan
  • 26-03-2020

great book

This was an excellent book. it was very compelling listening and the performances were brilliant. five star book.

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