Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills. Still, he's surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven't had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they're either cursed or hiding a terrible secret-whose discovery Ray can't help suspecting is connected to Rose's disappearance.
©2012 Stef Penney (P)2012 Penguin
I purchased this audio book based on two things . . . First, Dan Stevens was the narrator and, in my opinion and without a doubt, Dan Stevens is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. He truly enriches any book he reads. Second, after reading the reviews, it sounded like a worthwhile read.
The story was interesting, but it seemed to plod along. It took so long to get through the plot and then it suddenly ended. I liked the two main characters Ray Lovell and JJ and how they shared the story. I felt sympathetic toward both of them . . . especially JJ.
You may be right; I may be crazy. But I just may be the lunatic you're looking for!
Absolutely! Even people who aren't
Yes! A plot within a plot within a plot within a . . .
He is perfect for the book. My book club friends who read the book saw it in a whole new way when I played them exerts of Steven's voices
If only it were possible - yes
So satisfying I wish I had a cigaret when it ended.
Engrossing, Informative, and Touching.
JJ Without a doubt was my favorite. His vocalization of the character added so much life to the story and to the Janko family. It made me feel as if JJ was real and was telling his story.
Yes. I admit I am a fan of Dan Stevens' work but I was so moved by his interpretation of this book that the buildup to the 'big reveal' was perfectly executed.
Well constructed and excellently narrated. I did figure out the "mystery" well ahead of the end, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this book. I will be looking for more works by both of these artists.
the characters were wonderfully drawn and the writing was fantastic. Put it all together with one of the best narrators, and it's a hit!
Dan Stevens performs The Invisible Ones with an wonderful conversational style as though your having coffee with a great story teller. Very clever choice that matches the excellent first person narratives to a T. Stef Penney's novel is a really neat investigation into the culture of travelers. It also blends in the life of a private detective and has a significant oblique exploration into what happens when you do a great job according to the rule book but miss the human factor. It's dark in some places; however, it's not a downer book at all (to my estimation). It's kind of a "Guy" book, I think. It's always a great sign when an author perfectly gets the opposite sex.
The narration is first rate. I really enjoyed the story about modern day gypsies and the problems small communities have with too much intermarriage. The story is engrossing, and the ending surprising.
I really liked J-J. His story was so personal and interesting
Dan did a great job with both J-J and Ray.
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