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Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

Length: 4 hrs
3.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing and the circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast. 

Melissa quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties. She had disappeared for a week earlier in the year, only to return with perfect hearing but with increasingly unstable behaviour. Investigating these events, Melissa's attempts to shed light on the truth descending into an increasingly dark story, that shocks and surprises at every turn. 

This serialised, fictional investigation blends elements of murder-mystery, the supernatural and psychological thriller. 

Can you believe what you hear? 

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Critic Reviews

"The mystery is intriguing and the effects are creepy." ( SFX)

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Hokey, a total miss

Ugh. Painfully contrived, hokey beyond belief and most people's endurance. Irritating narrator, a lack of conviction from the rest of the cast.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Give it a miss

Would be returning it if I bought it. There is clearly a lot of effort put into it, but it's overacted, the main character is annoying and the storyline jarring. Hate to leave a poor review when clearly someone has put their heart into it. Maybe their next book will be a winner?

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A few things don't make sense

I wanted to rate the story higher, but the final episode (the big reveal) proved to be a confusing let-down. There are several things that don't add up, though the story as a while was entertaining. I would class the performance and writing as a student-quality effort. It has the feel of a college assignment, which is strangely comfortable, given the setting. I enjoyed it, but it has the feel of a first attempt at writing.

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Ok because it’s free.

I didn’t mind this story, it was quite interesting and exciting at times. The ending was disappointing though. It was better than listening to idiots on the radio and had some themes that I enjoyed. I quite liked the main character and it was cool with all the different voices and sounds. I would recommend as “ok”.

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  • Linda L.
  • 27-02-2019

every chapter recapped previous chapter,

each chapter reviewed the previous chapter, it was a struggle to get to the finish.

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  • Brandi Dronet
  • 01-02-2019

I loved the drama acting

The acting was a great touch! I loved it. I didnt want to stop listening. I would like to listen to more like this. It was a great thriller.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2019

loved it!

the Suspense in this book was crazy I couldn't stop listening! wow great read I'm so happy I chose this book

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  • Adam Koehn
  • 21-04-2019

Must hear

I enjoyed thus story very much. From the different characters to the story line, I was on the edge of my seat. Definitely will recommend to others.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 29-04-2019

weird

I thought the story was slow and boring and weird. I would rate it to a B movie.

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  • Gerald Collier
  • 25-06-2019

Actually liked it

As it bgan I thought it was going to be a bit hokey. But in the end, it was actually very entertaining even though a bit predictable.

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  • Nic Turner
  • 20-06-2019

lit af

this is a great fiction book. it's a great thriller would recommend for content but the format is off. I have to select the best episode to play instead of it automatically moving onto the next. no big deal realistically but just something to note

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  • Danielle M Spencer
  • 20-06-2019

Repetitive, poor content

If the narrator were a journalist, amateur or not, there'd be a lot more drama and depth to the interviews. There's no natural logic or curiosity, just hard and fast scripts. I guess to cost of this (free) is commensurate of the content and quality.

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  • 18-06-2019

Bad acting

Thank God I did pay anything for this a waste of time. There's nothing worse fake realisme

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  • chrisp1128
  • 18-06-2019

Silliness

I could barely finish this. I felt as though they played the same thing over and over again. At least once an "episode" they played the voicemail from Anna. And the ending was odd. I dont want to give anything away, but this reminded me of the Ring. like this is some silly endless circle and there is no real point.

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  • Ryan M
  • 13-03-2018

Hooks you in, then lets you down

This story begins with quite an interesting premise, and really makes you think it's a school project. It hooked me in with enough to keep me listening through until the end, where honestly, I wish I would have just stopped...

There's three reasons I would suggest you don't listen to this title.

The first one being that every time the main character seems to have hit a wall, there's exactly ONE thing that pops up to progress the story. I feel like she never had to make a choice, every step was just in front of her.

There is also an entire episode with just a series of voicemails, back to back, with an incredibly annoying "BEEP" between each message. Some of them have content, but by the end I just wanted to throw my phone out the window of my car.

Finally, each episode starts with a few minutes recap of the previous episode. This would make a lot of sense if it were released as a weekly show, but it's not, it's been released all in one go. For those of us who listen to a lot of audio books, it's much easier to just play the last 30 seconds of the previous episode if you can't remember where you left off.

All up, this story is poor. You can see the "climactic" ending a mile away.

However, if you do decide to listen, save yourself and skip the episode with the voicemails.

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  • carol
  • 21-03-2018

Waste of time

I'm sorry to be negative but this is just poor. I left it and came back to give it another chance but couldn't listen to it even to while away a long car journey. Irritating and improbable.

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  • Phil
  • 18-04-2018

Move along... Nothing to see here

What would have made Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow better?

Just poor. It's like listening to some poor student's attempt at a docu-drama that completely misses any targets...

What will your next listen be?

West Cork. Again

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

Irritating.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None!

Any additional comments?

N/a

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Southworth
  • 30-03-2018

Mostly very compelling but the ending is a letdown

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrator?

Yes, I would - I couldn't fault the performances (though it was a bit distracting, and ultimately pointless, to have the protagonist be American when everyone else is British) and the writing, for the most part, provides a compelling mystery in an interesting epistolary format.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending spoiled the whole thing for me. First, the events in the final episode leading up to the ending felt anticlimactic. Second, a lot of the questions raised in the story are never given proper answers. Third, partly because of the second point, I didn't really understand some elements of the ending and how it equated with what had already been established - much better explanation was needed.

Was Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow worth the listening time?

I enjoyed the first seven episodes a lot, both the mystery and the tension that built up. But Episode 8, by failing to give a satisfactory conclusion, made me question if it had been worthwhile.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela Jeffery
  • 16-03-2018

Creepy and intriguing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend - in fact I already have!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna, although we very rarely 'meet' her character. Although she is a main character, we only learn about her through other people. Her fellow students, her professors, parents, doctors etc. No one REALLY knows Anna, and neither do we. Some may find this infuriating, but I found it intriguing.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Due to the Podcast premise, I found this more like a radio play, rather than an audiobook. The voice actors all did a great job - all had distinctive voices, so I always knew which character was speaking. All were believable, and helped immerse me in the story.

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

I binge listened this! I hate earphones, and I even suffered them to listen to this on the bus.

Any additional comments?

A truly immersive experience! Some of the sound effects had me questioning my own sanity. Well worth a listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • yh30264
  • 01-06-2018

Good idea, marred due to irritating main character

The idea was interesting, but having an American student as the main character wasn't a good idea (unless Audible want to sell this to the US).
First of all, the girl's voice is irritating.
Secondly, she seems to be a continuous advert for Apple's iphone. She seems to mention it, every episode.
The character seems quite dishonest, and lazy, and seems to anything but study...
The co-incidences seem on a par with scenes from Coronation Street, and after 4 episodes the story lost
all credibility.
Waste of a cast ( I much prefer a cast of voices to just one narrator).

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  • Gabe Fleming (Audible staff)
  • 05-04-2018

Frantic, spooky fun

Takes a little while for suspension of disbelief to kick in, but from the end of episode two this is almost impossible to stop listening to. It's the audio equivalent of a Netflix binge fest. The central character is very well played, and gets more interesting as her own vulnerabilities loom larger. There's so many characters that some some do come across as a bit shallow, but the intention is to thrill, not win literary prizes, and it does that to perfection.

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  • kirsty bates
  • 24-06-2019

highly recommended supernatural mystery

loved it, the most gripping book i have listened to in ages a huge thumbs up

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  • Emily
  • 18-06-2019

awful!

didnt understand this book! fictional but pretending to be a real life documentary - this didn't work as the voices were all very 'acting' rather than believable real life. not a great ending either even though I perceived through it!

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  • Amy
  • 13-06-2019

Ok but ending wasn't great

I'm left a bit bemused by the whole thing I enjoyed all but the ending. Shame because I really enjoyed it up until that point.