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The Magpies | [Mark Edwards]

The Magpies

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly, too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet the neighbors from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and listeners describe as "fast-paced", "chilling", and "impossible to put down".

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly, too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back - but he has no idea what he is really up against....

The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.

©2013 Mark Edwards (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    E-Lane MILWAUKEE 03-11-14
    E-Lane MILWAUKEE 03-11-14
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    "Unexpectedly awesome"
    What did you love best about The Magpies?

    You just keep waiting for the sprit or something demonic to happen. Does keep you listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magpies?

    SPOLIER: When I found out who the owners of te falt were and how they were ripping people off by making their life miserable to the point the would need to move, buy from them for cheap then sell high to make a profit. The spiders...the go-cart accident and when he came out of the coma.(a$$)


    Which character – as performed by Elliot Hill – was your favorite?

    Jamie


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

    It made me laughe at some things and just feel really sad when she lost the baby. It also pissed me off, but I had a fist pumping moment when he burned it down. I thought about what he really could have done with what he found,


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good listen most likely will listen to it again. Few good jaw dropping moments. Was the police in their pocket or did they just get so many calls that they was like, "Whatever! Crazy peolpe move in here."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alex J. Littlewood
    Bradford
    1/14/14
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    "WARNING! This book is highly adictive"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magpies the most enjoyable?

    The story is compelling, it made me want to listen to more and more, twists and turns aplenty. Makes you question how well you know your neighbours?


    What did you like best about this story?

    How seemingly perfectly stayed and sensible people can be driven to certain actions through junk mail. The writer guides you into the story with expertise


    What does Elliot Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration was fine, perfectly listenable although if I had to nit pick I think female narrators voice males better than males voice females, however as the lead is a man it is understandable why this book is read by a man. I think Elliot Hill does however bring to life the character of Jamie well, in respect of his age and lifestyle.


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

    Often sent a shiver down my spine


    Any additional comments?

    Highly reccomended

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha L
    Berkshire, UK
    5/2/14
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    "Horrific happenings but not a horror"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Edwards or narrated by Elliot Hill?

    Not sure. I found the sex scenes gratuitous and dull and I found myself not really warming to the couple - there wasn't much depth to them.


    Would you recommend The Magpies to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe, however I think there are other books that I would recommend before this.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elliot Hill?

    I didn't like his narration - at times he read sentences with totally the wrong cadence. Also there was some weird editing every now and then, when there would be an unduly long pause between sentences.


    Was The Magpies worth the listening time?

    It's worth a listen for sure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • natasha
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    5/15/14
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    "Don't waste money or a credit on this rubbish."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like a really easy and child like story.


    Has The Magpies put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elliot Hill?

    Not sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and amazement that a book this bad can be published


    Any additional comments?

    This has to be the worst written book i have ever read. I would say it is aimed at 12 yr olds, but that's an insult to authors to do aim at 12 yr olds.
    I kept thinking i could write a better story that this and i have NO desire to write a book whatsoever.
    Don't waste your time money or a credit on this bilge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Luton Beds, United Kingdom
    4/16/14
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    "A good piece of pulp fiction"
    What did you like best about The Magpies? What did you like least?

    Interesting plot but a few cardboard characters


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A male author writing about the mind set of female characters didn't. really work


    Did Elliot Hill do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes he was fine


    Was The Magpies worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting plot with a twist at the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. Bate
    Planet Earth
    1/22/14
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    "Very good psychological thriller"
    Where does The Magpies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many audiobooks of this genre but I really enjoyed this one & if I were listing my favourites over the past 12 months or so this would be quite high on that list


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had a real intensity from start to finish with a lot of stand-out moments


    Which character – as performed by Elliot Hill – was your favourite?

    Elliot Hill's performance of main character Jamie was superb


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare to be shocked......


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    6/1/14
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    "Enjoyable 'Easy read' thriller"
    Have you listened to any of Elliot Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but the reader is excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I would be spoiling the plot for anyone reading this review.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book very much as I was doing some tedious mindless physical work and it kept my thoughts aimed at 'what was going to happen next'. Not a pot boiler by any means, the limited number of characters and situations allowed me to listen without having to keep referring back to earlier chapters. I look forward to another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    5/10/14
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    "The Magpies"

    Wow what a creepy psychological thriller this book is, Not many books get you hooked from the start but this did, I finished this book so quick because I could not stop listening,
    This poor couple move in to this apartment starting a new life, but you may think you have the neighbours from hell think again!!
    Everything about this story is brilliant and you really warm to the characters I would put this book in my top 10 without a doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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