Children disappear all the time. It's in the news every day. Where do they go? What happens to them? Who has taken them? While covering a story for his tabloid newspaper, reporter Bentley Noble accidentally stumbles onto something else entirely...a story about something so unspeakable, he doesn't know if anyone will believe it...a story that pulls him down into the depths of evil and depravity and threatens his very life. With the help of a best-selling true-crime writer, Noble descends into the dark world of human trafficking, where fear and pain are tools of control and innocence is sold to the highest bidder. As a handful of good and decent people try to combat a monstrously powerful and all too real evil, some lives will be shattered, others will be ended...but none will be the same.
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I would recommend this book in written form and not the narrated format as it is here. Seth Michael Donsky is the worst narrator I have ever cone across. He makes the characters sound like backwood idiots or B movie actors. The actual book is very good, however, the narrating really detracts from the overall enjoyment of this book. I will not buy another book narrated by Mr. Donsky.
The subject matter in this book is gruesome, and although the introduction seemed to treat it with the seriousness it deserves, the narrator did not. He made a parody of many of the major characters- giving them voices that sounded as if some gross jerk was doing stand-up in a seedy bar. The geeky teen computer genius sounded as if he was dull, high, and sucking on marbles. The worst is the preacher, who slowly enunciates at all times as if he is a comedian mocking the delivery of a sermon to a very slow audience in a tent revival- even during those scenes I'm sure the author intended to be thrilling, and fast paced. I actually laughed out loud, which is a reaction I'm sure the author never intended. His rendition of characters who are supposed to be expressing really intense emotions during some really extreme situations renders this a grisly comedy.
Although the ending is a little clunky, regardless of the narration;
my advice is read the book- because without the comedic rendition, it's a good story.
I think I might recommend this book to a friend, but I would say that you can only enjoy it if you can get past the narration. If you can get past the cartoonish characterizations. Every character sounds russian, or sort of british. The laughs are all the same for every character, sort of maniacal!
Only if it had another narrator.
I would recommend reading the book. The horrible narration was so distracting it was hard to really get into the story.
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
This one is about as brutal as it gets. Every bad thing that could possibly happen, happens. In spades. Yep, this baby has it all.
Clocking in at over 24-1/2 fricking hours, the narration was not very good and that was a big problem for me. I honestly don’t know why I listened to the whole thing. Evidently, I didn’t have anything better to do. I wish I would have read it instead, because the story was good and dark, but it lost at least a full star for the Toontown-esque narration.
da' book guy
The author was very passionate about the story and the background info which is readily apparent from the "data dump" provided in the first third of the story. After that the tale devolves into something of a cliched 90 action movie but with more sex, child abuse and faux religion. Usually I enjoy Ray Garton tales for the fast pace, great monsters, and gratuitous sex. Unfortunately, by the end, this one seemed like a James Bond villain rehash. But the narration was truly bad. If the narrator had just read the book without inflection or trying to change his voice it would have been MUCH better - but all the bad accents, terrible inflections, racist portrayals, maniacal laughter, and bad pronunciation made it a chore to listen to. The story moves fast but the narrator s l o w s everything down by doing such a poor job.
This book had me gripped from the very start. At times very hard to listen as the subject matter is heartbreaking, but this is the first book by this author I have read and I will definitely be back for more. Even though it was written in the 90s it doesn't feel dated and I love the techno aspect in the book. Also big credit to Seth Michael Donsky for narrating this so well. Fab.
"good story, silly performance"
The story is good, the reading, however, ist extremely silly: the speaker's imitation of people's laughter has you cringe with embarassment, and his exaggerated theatrical reading takes away quite a bit of the enjoyment.
This is the worst book I have listened to,the narration is overacted,and the story line is sick,I only listened to the first part,but it made me phisically sick.If you care about children do not buy this book as you will be upset by its contents
"An intriguing story that got me thinking"
Shackled is a story about a parents worst nightmare
A child disappears and is taken by a group.of people traffickers.
The.story is.shocking and, hopefully unbelievable, but a good story, with a number of.characters developed through the book.
The narrator became annoying, with a strange range of accents / voices that irrate rather than add to theater. A particularly irrateing false laugh.
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