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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.

Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her mother, left behind at the previous station, alerted the crew immediately. But as the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the girl was nowhere to be seen.

To Inspector Alex Recht of the Stockholm police, this looks like a classic custody row. But none of the evidence adds up, and young Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is convinced the case is far more complex than her boss is prepared to admit.

So when the missing child is found dead in the far north of Sweden, with the word "UNWANTED" scribbled on her forehead, the rule book is finally thrown out of the window.

Now on the trail of a ruthless murderer with a terrifying agenda, will Alex and Fredrika manage to put aside their differences and work together to find the killer before it's too late?

©2015 Kristina Ohlsson (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Narration made this impossible to listen to

Would you try another book written by Kristina Ohlsson or narrated by Maggie Mash?

Yes to the author

How could the performance have been better?

Voice too dramatic, the main character's voice was painful to listen to as a performance, bad choice for the word actor

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  • 17-10-2015

Another great mystery by this author

This is the second title by this author I have listened to and I plan on listening to them all now.
Interesting and complex characters and great mysteries. My only issue with this title was that I got a bit frustrated that the characters hadn't worked out the main mystery when it was pretty clear much earlier. Other than that a really entertaining read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great holiday reading.

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  • 15-10-2017

childish characters, s l o w , absurd voices

After spending HOURS searching for a new series to commit to, I was determined to see this through. The most painful part were all of the character's voices. VERY, VERY, VERY slow even at plus 25%speed. They all had unnatural pauses in the words and between their words that made listening excruciatingly painful. The rambling, halted slur of a heroin addict would have been more tolerable.
In the excerpt, the narrator's natural voice was good. had we heard the bizarre character voices, I doubt that anyone would buy this book. The story was maddening. The well written parts were fewer than the immature drone of the rest of the story. The story is not worth listening to. Especially given the awful narration. To quote Dr Who, 'Run, run for your life!'

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Irritating yet able to listen to

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  • Elizabeth
  • 07-01-2017

Appalling narration

What did you like best about Unwanted? What did you like least?

Whilst the story itself was pretty good, I really did not like the narrator. Whilst her narrative in her own voice was normal and easy to listen to, nearly every character was read in a dreadful slow drawl or growl which soon grew really irritating. Only the interest of the story kept me going. I will certain avoid anything narrated by Maggie Mash in future as she so nearly completely ruined a decent story.

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  • Jacqueline M. Bullen
  • 09-03-2016

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The narrator, Maggie Marsh, spoiled the story as she was very OTT, deliberately very breathless and hesitant and, in my opinion, didn't make the best of the characters. Very disappointing ending. The story was dragged out in places but had an abrupt ending that in part, didn't make sense. Not sure that I would listen to another of the author's books especially if with lthe same narrator

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  • PC
  • 04-11-2015

the narrator

Would you listen to Unwanted again? Why?

I love my scandanavian crime books and I was really looking forward to listening to this new author (to me) but the woman who is narrating the book is extremely irritating therefore it is making it really difficult for me to listen to unfortunately.

How could the performance have been better?

A new narrator would be excellent

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  • Nezzy
  • 24-11-2020

Narrator was Hard to listen to

The story was good and that is the only thing that kept me listening .
Maggie Mash is fine in her own voice but oh my god her male voices are terrible and why oh why does she make all the characters sound either like they smoke 50 cigarettes a day or feeble and why does everyone sound so breathless!.
Took me half the book to ignore her bad voices and just listen to the story . Nearly returned it but persevered as i was intrigued about how it was going to end. Wouldn’t recommend for narration but story is ok.

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  • Jo
  • 04-11-2020

Ruined by narration

Sorry to have to say that it was not possible to listen to this due to the appalling narration. When reading a book it is not necessary to “act” (badly) every voice. Just read the book! If a specific accent is required and can be done well, that’s fine but in this every man has a weird gruff growl and every woman sounds pathetically “girlie” . Truly terrible. Absolute waste of money. Buy the book!

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  • michelle Bennett
  • 15-08-2019

Brilliant

loved it was guessing right till the end also the narrator was someone who brought the book to life

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  • Kelly
  • 08-02-2016

Maggie Mash is is a brilliant narrator!

The book itself, though not long, is a brilliant start to a series. I definitely recommend!

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  • Di
  • 14-01-2017

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Would you listen to Unwanted again? Why?

The story, although I'm only halfway thro' the book is really holding my attention but I'm finding the narrator's voice harsh, abrasive and unrealistic. This does occasionally happen but the voice usually softens, probably as the narrator settles down. This hasn't happened however. I will persist as the story is gripping but I won't have another of Kristina Ohlsson's books with this narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Fast moving although evil, good escapism. Haven't finished it yet.

What didn’t you like about Maggie Mash’s performance?

Harsh voice, abrasive, not realistic.
Do not want to be mean.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Uncomfortable at times but that's the nature of the genre.

Any additional comments?

All said.

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