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The Magpies Audiobook

The Magpies

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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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    M.A. Wilson 12-03-14
    M.A. Wilson 12-03-14
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    "I Thought This Book Would Never End! Hated it!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story could have been told in 10 chapters at the most but it dragged on for 30 endless chapters that were boring and entirely too detailed. I had guessed the end by the first few chapters. The narrator was quite good. He sounded like Jude Law but the story just got on my nerves. Ugh. Save your money!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-02-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-02-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Really, really, really bad neighbors!"

    Magpies is a better psychological thriller than I suspected. There are some crazy people.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kerri c 04-22-15
    kerri c 04-22-15
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    "Extremely slow and disappointed "

    Struggled to finish this book as I kept expecting more to happen or there to be some black magic or mischief involved. The ending felt rushed and not complete with holes in the storyline. I wouldn't recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Leechburg, PA, United States 08-31-15
    Sandy Leechburg, PA, United States 08-31-15

    Sandra L. Wallace

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    "hard to read. starts out slow"

    good as it goes on but slow at first. not really a modern romance reader

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna California 08-15-15
    Donna California 08-15-15

    Dreamseeker

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    "Good intense"

    Story of a couple in love who move into a new apartment/flat. They are tortured by their neighbors. Slowly everything falls apart.
    I have to say I thought the villain may end up being someone else.
    A good listen. I listen mostly on my walks in the morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karri K. Seattle 08-14-15
    Karri K. Seattle 08-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stressful thriller"

    A couple buys a flat, meets their neighbors, and hangs with them. Everything seems fine, they all get along… don’they? Apparently not. Read The Magpies and you’ll find out why.

    I’m not sure how to review this novel. In the end, I liked it. It was getting to the end that was unusual for me. I am used to horror/thriller novels that are in your face, obviously some stuff is about to go down, type of feeling. The Magpies is more of a slow build, but you’re not entirely sure of what is building, and therefore unsure of where the story might go.

    I think this is intentional since the novel is based on the personal experience of the author. Now that you know this, you’re curious aren’t you? I hope so, give it a go.

    Elliot Hill (Narrator): Mr. Hill has a wonderful voice, and did a superb job with his narration. His voices were spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Killops 02-07-15
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    "Gripping"

    Couldn't get enough but was frustrated with the ending. Would gave liked to see some justice done. A bit like Gone Girl. I wish they had got what they deserved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki H. 08-19-16
    Nikki H. 08-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as Follow you Home"

    I LOVED Mark Edwardss book Follow you Hone so I was excited to read something else of his. This one isn't nearly as good. The story is very painfully slow and drawn out unfortunately. The narration is wonderful but I was not pleased with this story.

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    Linda 08-18-16
    Linda 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Different than I expected."

    It was good. held my attention. my first book by this author. will try another of his books.

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    Amazon Customer 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "slooow"

    slow.stupid.boring. unbelievable vampires and zombies more realistic. Performer very good great reading good voice but the story sucked

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Definitely worth a spin"

    The beauty in most scary stories is in the normal life that surrounds it, in Magpies all appears normal, what could be more normal than IT guy and nurse in their first home together. The story builds and becomes more sinister with each chapter, it is beautifully written to create that sense of unease and general concern. The characters are for the most part believable and likeable. The narration is excellent Elliot Hill reads at the right pace and is very easy to listen to.
    My only criticism is that some of the sexual scenes are a little over described, not in a James Herbert written for the hormone engorged teen, but a little unnecessary at times.
    This is not an expensive audiobook, might be less than the cost of a credit in some cases, so you might want to consider buying, or do as I did and add it to your wish list and wait for a sale. Worth giving it a go.

    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.


    8 of 9 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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......


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Messypig
    11/3/15
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    "Glad this is linked to my kindle!"

    I chose this because it is whisper synced and I had just signed up to Kindle Unlimited.
    Am loving the story (although it does go on an on about how much in love the couple are, how much they have sex - I get it - move on!)
    However I think the performance is not good at all.
    Too many long pauses between words, emphasis on the wrong word and the female voices are dire.
    Will finish on my kindle I think

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    12/19/14
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    "Good for a relaxing read, with reasonable tension."
    Any additional comments?

    Well written, good story, some surprises but a little predictable. I have read other work by Mark Edwards that was more gripping. That said, I was never bored with this tale and I enjoyed listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jennycola
    Middlesex UK
    7/17/14
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    "I've had neighbours like that"
    If you could sum up The Magpies in three words, what would they be?

    It does happen


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although fiction it is so true. I've had neighbours complain about me chopping onions so I could totally relate and sympathise


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

    The hippie witch lady lol


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

    If I had time I would have


    Any additional comments?

    I like books that make me speak out loud or shake my head when I'm on the train.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • kellyeleven
    West Yorkshire
    8/26/15
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    "The magpies"

    I have to say this is one of the poorest audio presentations I have listened to for a while. I think the story was only mildly creepy, and seemed amateurish - I have read the authors more recent work and it has improved, in my opinion. I think the problem for me was the narrator, as someone else has said, there were times he did not get the cadence right and strange pauses, there were several times when i rolled my eyes, it was so cringey. I read it to the end, but it didn't get any better
    for me 😢 sorry to say it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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