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.
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.
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!!!
If I get over the voice or it gets better I will re-rate the book.
None of the main characters had any redeeming factors.
The one female character's voice lilted up at each pause and sentence ending - could not bear to listen.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing stays a secret.
It's worth a credit - it's entertaining, but take a valium when Claire is reading.
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.
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.
Not one with the particular narrator mentioned above - definitely NOT!
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.
I almost closed the book and walked away from it. I found the start too much like an immature first person character talking non stop with little action for what seemed like chapters. At that point I almost gave it a three star review. While considering leaving that review, I read the story blurb and that changed my mind. I decided to give it another attempt.
Once I restarted the book, I got interested. In fact. I couldn't put the book down. Give it a go to get past what might at first appear to be a slow and uninteresting start. The best part is the last quarter. That lifts it way beyond the average standard of writing.
The last quarter.
I did not like the long drawled out final sounds of the female narrator doing one of the characters. I'd not consider that an accent, more a bad speaking voice, I almost stopped listening to the book.
No, I almost chucked it. The first third of the book I thought was appallingly slow, and read like an immature character in a YA. But then I hated Twilight. It was not until well beyond the middle of the novel that I felt as if I was reading the work of a mature writer writing for a mature reader. From then on the work improved. By the end, I was impressed by the novel.
Worth listening to. Give it time, it is slow to hook.
I saw this in my audiobook library and thought it was one I didn't listen to yet. Then I read the summary and was like, "Oh, yeah, that one." And it hasn't even been two months since I listened to it.
So, I guess that means its pretty unmemorable.
I had read the book and really enjoyed it, so I looked forward to listening to it while driving. The story was time well-spent, the narration hard to listen to at times.
I'd compare this book to The Husband's Secret. It has the same type of characters (husbands, wives) and is equally engaging. (The Husband's Secret is a bit better.)
The narrator for the wife is very hard to listen to. Her words are elongated and has a strange prosody.
I wish Audible had vetted the readers better. This would have been a five star audible book if the narrators were better.
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