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These Things Hidden Audiobook

These Things Hidden

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.
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Publisher's Summary

Author Heather Gudenkauf won instant acclaim for her USA Today and New York Times best-selling debut, The Weight of Silence.

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

©2011 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Elizabeth 04-26-11
    Elizabeth 04-26-11 Member Since 2015

    Love to listen to all books via audible. Member since 07. Listen to 4 to 6 books a month. Retired RN. Excited to be part of a new book club!

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    "A great listen"

    Wonderful story. Great narrators. Interesting characters. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-12-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Pure Drivel--Beware!"

    I can't believe I got through the entire book, but I did. So much drivel! The story line is so implausible and unbelievable. Coincidences abound and I kept shaking my head in disbelief. The writing is very simple and filled with minutiae. Action is sorely missing from this book until the very end and that action was so ridiculous I would have preferred to do without it.

    The characters were not well-developed, and their behaviors had almost no explanation or basis. Too many of them were unlikeable or downright unpleasant. And following the old trite pattern, the parents of the adult characters must be evil and hateful.

    As for the narration, it was passable but not exceptional.

    With all these complaints, I managed to stick with the book and finish it in a few days. My recent listen of another of this author's books left me with the feeling it was messed up by the narration. I cannot, however, blame a bad narration for my dislike of this book. I am thinking that Heather Gudenkauf is not my cup of tea. I won't be purchasing any more of her stories.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cambridge Mn reader Cambridge, Mn 12-09-13
    Cambridge Mn reader Cambridge, Mn 12-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "voices didnt match characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book although it was not a so called suspense. Kristen Hannah fans would love it. But the audible readers didn't seem to match the characters. i was very disappointed and i listen to lots of audiobooks and am a huge fan.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Loved this"

    Excellent narration. Loved the different voices, like listening to a play. Made me drive slower to work.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-23-15
    Simone 07-23-15 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "Movie of the Week"

    I enjoyed this story very much; it was compelling, kept me guessing and even surprised me at times. It had a “movie of the week” dramatic quality about it which I don’t mean as a critical remark, on the contrary I found it captivating.

    The plot follows a reliable pattern: seemingly unrelated stories that are all connected in ways we slowly discover as the book goes along and then the climax when the characters themselves discover the connections we as the readers have learned.

    It’s a tried and true blueprint, and with a good story woven in it makes for a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
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    "Predictable"

    I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.

    For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.

    The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.

    And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.

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    Anne 10-13-14
    Anne 10-13-14
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    "Premise ruined the experience"

    The book starts out reasonably well. The narrators do a pretty good job although the woman who voiced Claire and Charm overdid it - too much "drama" in her voice. People don't talk like that.

    Here's what gets this book 3 stars - SPOILER ALERT - we are asked to believe that whoever passed for Social Services in this small town placed a foundling infant who had been left in a fire station at the age of 1 month with a couple who become readily identifiable to every single person involved in the existence of that child. Apparently, in this small town, privacy laws don't exist.

    But that wasn't quite good enough to ensure lives enmesh. When the child's mother returns from prison where she has served 5 years for drowning the child's twin sister, she *just happens* to get a job in the adoptive mother's bookstore - not the diner across the street or the nearby drug store but in the actual bookstore - where she, of course, instantly recognizes her son because he looks exactly like his father.

    The premise ruined the experience for me. It was a cheap plot devise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "A bit too predictable"

    This is one of those books where every one in the book knows the answer but you. I find that mildly annoying. It gave a left turn kind of ending without building up to it, and it somewhat spoiled the book for me. The parents are also simple caricatures which really doesn't work for me. Pleasant enough but not solid, real or compellling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Keller, TX, United States 09-30-13
    Gretchen Keller, TX, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cried several times!"
    What made the experience of listening to These Things Hidden the most enjoyable?

    I listed to audio books during my marathon training. I literally cried during three different runs.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice selections were incredible. Loved hearing the emotion in their voices


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-19-14
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    "An ending I never saw coming!"
    What did you love best about These Things Hidden?

    I loved the complex nature of the relationships to a little boy. The end was brilliant and unexpected!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Bryn or Alison. Angela Lin is a good narrator as Claire, but I think another narrator might have been better as Charme.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Heather Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence." This book was a well-written and well-read follow-up, well worth the time and credit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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