Boasting a cast of narrators including Golden Earphones recipient Gabrielle de Cuir and Golden Voice awardee Stefan Rudnicki, this unique audiobook features each narrator taking on a different character and performing chapters from their point of view. Listeners will be electrified by their performance of this story where a mysterious little boy who begins appearing in an artist's paintings, even though the artist has never actually seen him; a partially-blind agoraphobic is expelled from his apartment by a strange entity; a widower begins to have nightmares that his long-missing son is still alive and in danger; and a young runaway realizes his companion is actually a malevolent presence. The narrators keep up an urgent pace, and link these four stories together seamlessly to an unpredictable end.
In Drawn, a mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of an artist who can't remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity. A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing, presumed-dead son is still alive and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor...and a predator. The lives of four very different people, driven by different but very powerful forces, crash together as they fight to solve their individual mysteries, to defeat a brutal enemy, and to save the life of an innocent boy.
©2012 James Hankins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I was not expecting to like this novel nearly as much as I did. As I have admitted before, I am an extremely picky reader and have to be engaged from the first page of a book until the last. "Drawn" kept me interested and creeped out from the beginning until the end. This paranormal listen has an original storyline that weaves in and out of four people's lives, and neatly comes together at the end. It reminds me of Koontz and King's earlier novels. The narration was outstanding with the one exception. The female character's narration had a voice that was a cross between whining and sexual frustration or something, ... I don't know what the hell was going on there. The other performances, fortunately, made up for it. Overall this book is definately worth a credit, and worth your time.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
Completely different from Brothers & Bones, his first book I'd read (listened to) and this one was fabulous also! Different narrators added to it rather than distracting from the story as can happen in some audio books. I have already purchased the third book that I know of that Hankins has written and will be listening soon!
only because of all the different narrators.
I loved all of it. this is the sort of book that makes you think about it for days after..
the reason I chose this book is because of christen rummel, I'm so glad I gave it a go all the other narrators were great..
you can run but you can't hide
this book is just the right amount of scary. its scary real life scary and paranormal scary. it makes you think about how one action can change your life and about the imprint you can leave on someone even if your not aware of it.
No, although the narration was compelling, the story itself was not worth another listen.
I love supernatural thrillers, but the mechanism that tied this one together was very far off, and didn't make any sense. Suspension of disbelief only goes so far.
With maybe one exception, all of the narrators are top notch, embodied their individual characters well, and kept me listening.
I almost quit at the beginning. Didn't like the voices, didn't like where it was going, but I stuck it out... and I shouldn't have. Predictable for the most part, as was the ending. I try to keep an open mind, though, so I may try one of his other books in the future.
Retired educator, long-time reader
Probably not. It is like so many stories to come out of occupied countries of the 1930s-40s. Basically, it took up too much of my time--would have been interesting as an article in Time or chapter in a book, but I have heard this basic story before now, with a different cast of characters. There is little to no suspense .
From the opposite side of the box," Diary of Anne Frank"
Good modulation--more than one speaker, which I liked, giving variety and a bit more believability.
Possibly--with stars like Meryl Streep, and a, If handled correctly, this could have been interesting with a good director,such as George Lukas, etc.
I do not with to deny the courage and sacrifice show in this book, but, to me, it just was the same as so many accounts of the period.
"Shame about narration!"
I bought this in a 2 books for 1 credit offer-and cannot decide if I regret it.The story,is pretty intriguing,although it does get off to a slow start.I am a third of the way through and half of me wants to quit and ask for a refund.Multiple narrators and they are all grating on my ears to the point of giving me a headache.3 hours in has got me wondering what is going to happen,so I will probably finish it-1 chapter at a time,in between other books.It may take a while!
Only a third of way in so cannot say yet.
Not if I can help it!
Would probably work well on screen-from what I have heard so far.Not sure about who stars could be.
I will finish this -maybe put it on quietly in bed and let it play in the dark.
I'm not sure who would enjoy the book, someone who wouldn't notice the at times terrible writing?
It was slow, the characters were annoying.
The female narrator had THE MOST annoying breathy voice.
"Good little story with a unique reading style"
Not the best, but entertaining and ranked higher than some of the more well known books.
Didn't have one, but prefered Boone. Just had more story to his character
That there were 5 narrators portraying each main character in the story. I actually liked this idea as I like audio dramas and this added to the overall feel of the story. It also definitely helped because it would sometimes switch quickly between characters and you knew which you were listening about this way much easier.
No, but I never do. I prefer good long books that I can pick up anytime. This one had moments where I couldn't stop and had to find ways to listen longer. But no it's not so great you can't put it down.
Good story overall, fun read. Not everyone will be happy with the resolution and overall ending, but no one ever is.
"A bit scary for me"
I have an embarrassing secret, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to the paranormal so this book was a little difficult to listen to alone at night and at points I did find myself turning it off even though I really wanted to know what would happen next my nerves couldn't take it . However during the light of day I did enjoy it. I liked the different characters and there story's but I never found myself bonding with any of them. Not my favourite audio book so far but not a bad listen.
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