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Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1 | [T. R. Ragan]

Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning....

Lizzy Gardner was just 17 when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a successful private investigator and self-defense instructor. Wracked with guilt over being the only victim to survive, she's devoted her life to helping others protect themselves from the horrors she endured. But a single phone call brings the terror of the past crashing back. Spiderman has returned and this time, he has no intention of letting Lizzy go. So begins a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, a terrifying, heart-pounding hunt for vengeance that only one will survive.

©2012 T. R. Ragan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sarah Perth, Australia 10-26-13
    Sarah Perth, Australia 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story but pretty disturbing torture scenes."

    Enjoyable story, easy to listen to. Hold your attention to the end BUT the torture scenes are quite disturbing.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 10-22-13
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Was hoping for better..."

    I did like this book BUT, the narrator was almost robotic at times, a couple of times sounding like she was reading a Dick and Jane book, so simplistic were the words/sentences. I got past it but it would creep up again in the next chapter so it never completely went away. Sometimes it did feel like you may have missed something and I didn't really find the reasoning of the killer that enthralling. There wasn't much depth there. And everything seemed a little too convienient with certain things. I felt at a point that it started to loose direction and things got a little more convienient and not told real well. I also didn't care too much for the ending. Anti climatic. Overall tho, I didn't shut it off, the story kept my interest, even with all this other stuff I didn't care for. I gave it a borderline 3.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this IL, United States 10-19-13
    Think about this IL, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just doesn't flow, info seems crammed in"

    I just couldn't get in to this book. The author seems to be cramming info in your brain so fast, as to get all the info out there. Kinda like an outline put on paper with no fillers. All the characters have dysfunctional families and she keeps piling one fact on top of the other about them. I just couldn't get attached to any of her characters. Lizzy is just plainly stupid sometimes and Ragan makes the FBI out to be bumbling idiots.The whole story just doesn't flow well. I kept wanting to give up on the book, then kept giving it another chance. Made it through this one, but wasn't happy that I bought the other 2 in the series. I'll go back to John Sandford, Michael Connelly, and James Lee Burke for a good crime mystery. Now, those guys know how to write a good book.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    shelley youngsville, NC, United States 02-17-14
    shelley youngsville, NC, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Edge of your seat"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely an edge of your seat "what happens next" page turner kind of listen. I thought the characters were well developed and I liked the way the past was tied to the present. I was not prepared for the finale when the antagonist's identity is finally revealed and why he did what he did. I think Kate Rudd's voice although whiney at times suited the part she was reading since the main character does complain about memory loss and nightmares having to do with her abduction. I hesitated purchasing because of the low price but am happy I finally purchased it. I will read the rest of the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Brighton, MA, United States 04-02-13
    Matthew Brighton, MA, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The title does this book justice"
    What did you love best about Abducted?

    The developed characters with a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    What other book might you compare Abducted to and why?

    It had the twists and turns of a Patterson or Grisham book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to get into a good book. It definitely keeps your attention from start to finish.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-05-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Just ok."

    I've listened to much better in this genre...it was on sale so I tried it. I probably will not continue on with the series. I still have a hard time listening to Kate Rudd, I am trying to like her style but just can't get there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 11-17-13
    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 11-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!

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    ""Off the record"! "
    What made the experience of listening to Abducted the most enjoyable?

    The story is good... I didn't want to like Lizzy, but I did. I also think the ending was clever.... Karma!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting & I liked the idea of it! Some of the thoughts came out of no where, but it is just a story - for entertainment purposes, so it doesn't really have to be logical.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

    The narrator almost RUINED this for me!! More than once I wanted to turn it off!! Her hard pronunciation of "TO" made it almost unbearable!! Other times, her narration makes a tense moment almost seem silly. She is either too sickeningly sweet sounding or robotic! My curiosity (the reason I like mysteries) about the ending is what made me continue listening. If I had the e-book along with this book, I would have stopped listening and started reading, but I only have the audio for this one, so I finished it. I found myself wondering if this was her first narration....


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

    I gasped aloud once or twice.


    Any additional comments?

    My main complaint is that the author seemed to run out of cliches and repeated them over and over.... "for the record" for example!! I think it was repeated about 8 times in the first half of the book! It got on my nerves. I did enjoy this book - and in the end, I bought the next two - even with the same narrator. I hope she gets better with each book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 03-16-13
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2011

    In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.

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    "Great concept; needs better execution."

    Once again a promising start of an audible selection fades into an uneven; sometimes excellent piece of literature. But at other times her dialogue is often reminiscent of a predictable network crime show. Ragan's third person writing is the strength of this work and is at times very good. Unfortunately all too often she falls back on cliches; particularly in regards to her dialogue. This is a selection that I recommend with reservations. There are enough positive aspects in this book that i'm willing to purchase her next work. Ms. Ragan is a talented writer and hopefully her future works will reflect the natural growth of most writers.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    barnaby JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 08-27-12
    barnaby JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 08-27-12
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    "thrilling book"

    The book will keep you gripped, once you start it is difficult to put it down.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Athens, AL, United States 07-28-14
    Leigh Athens, AL, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2009

    As a psychiatrist addiction is important to me. I am addicted to audible books, kindle books, my husband, and my thirteen cats.

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    "Rudd must go!"
    Where does Abducted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So I am trying to write more reviews because other people's reviews have been helpful. This was a good story. Very interesting approach to the family nucleus and how the victim is blamed for mistakes beyond her ability as a family tragedy takes place. The detective work is good, plot, speed and adrenaline are there. THE narrator is really stiff, mechanical and has no since of how to build a scene. She sounds the same no matter who she pretending to be. I don't know what to tell you, maybe just read the book and that will make you fall in love with this writer.


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    Brentwood, United Kingdom
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    "Want a page turner?"
    If you could sum up Abducted in three words, what would they be?

    A page turner!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hayley was like many if the children/young people that I taught.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s performance?

    Fast!


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

    I wanted to know more!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was one to keep interest and moved at a fairly fast pace. How realistic didn't come into it. It isn't a deep read but I should imagine a painful one if you have been involved in any of these types of abuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "Predictable and dull"

    I really wanted this to be good. I'd had to give up on the book I was listening to before this and needed my faith restored. It sounded a safe bet. In fact, it really should have been good, the concept is good but it's just not gripping. There's little or no tension and I found myself really not caring about any of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "good but could be great"

    I don’t usually listen to this kind of book and only got it because it was on offer. Saying that I don’t feel that I wasted my money and enjoyed it very much.

    I felt that most of the women appeared strong and very self-reliant which is a nice change to the usual kidnapping and assault stories. The plot kept me engaged and needing to know what’s next. So much so that I read it with-in 3 days, a bit of a recorded.

    The only complaint I might have is that the ending left me feeling rather flat. This my be because the rest of the book is so fast moving or it might be that everything seemed to be so neatly rounded and finished so fast. A bit like having a steak meal followed by an after eight chocolate instead of a big sticky steamed pud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Bayford, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "A pity"

    A good idea for a story, but I have to confess to feeling disappointed. The story is based around the main character building her life back up after being abducted whilst the abductor begins stalking her after a gap of a few years. I expected a bit more suspense and drama, and felt the sentimental side of the book was the main focus and not to my taste. I found I couldn't connect to the main character at all, and although well read felt the style of the narration played up to the sentimentality.
    A reasonable book but won't be rushing to listen to it again. Pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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