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The Stolen Ones Audiobook

The Stolen Ones

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Publisher's Summary

In Richard Montanari's chilling new suspense tale, a sealed-off network of secret passages connects all of Philadelphia to the killer hidden within.

Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.

A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.

As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.

©2014 Richard Montanari (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-19-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book-would have been better with Scott Brick"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't know what is going on with some of my favorite authors these days. They come up with a winning author/narrator combination and then they switch narrators. All of Montanari's previous books have been narrated by Scott Brick who I thought performed them perfectly, Why the change to someone else?


    Any additional comments?

    This was really a good book. Richard Montanari's Bryne/Balzano team is always an exciting roller coaster of a book. From page one the listener or reader is on the edge waiting to find out "who done it". This book however gives one final shock at the end. When I thought the book was finished and was listening to the epilogue wrap everything up the last line in the book BLEW ME AWAY!!!! I had to go back and listen again, I could not believe what I was hearing. I will not spoil this for anyone and don't get me wrong, the rest of the book is good but this was GREAT!!! It's worth the credit.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    lauren 06-10-14
    lauren 06-10-14
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    "Really, really awesome."
    Would you listen to The Stolen Ones again? Why?

    I would 100% listen to this novel again. It was as I said, totally awesome. Twists at ever turn, and you are guessing until the end. The narrator in my opinion is also very good-- he actually does the voices of the characters pleasingly AND when he speaks as the criminals, he is haunting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could almost guess what was happening, but then I would be wrong. It was highly entertaining and creepy. You could also relate to the characters on an emotional level since they are quite likable which makes the storyline even better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end! The last three sentences. Just great.


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

    I was in shock! And it kept me up some nights since the thought of how the murderer reached him victims was just utterly terrifying to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! But maybe not when you have to get to bed early.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ma'at Nefer Ra 05-19-15

    Ma'at

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    "The Reader's Voice"

    The story was overall good. Not to much rehashing over Colleen & Jessica's lives. However, how in the world could every single character sound bored in the story. Another, thing that bugs me about the character Colleen is they never said she was a deaf mute....so why not gave her some type of voice. Yes, yes I do know how someone's voice sounds that was born deaf but if she could have said some things as a child growing up that would have been really cute. Since, every book had to rehash her life. Overall, the series did bore in certain places when characters went on monologues however, the series all together deserves a 4.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Wood Columbia, Maryland United States 04-15-16
    Mark Wood Columbia, Maryland United States 04-15-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Not one of his best."

    The story was along the same vein as other books in this series and the story was pretty good but the narrator killed it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Skip New Hope, PA, United States 01-16-15
    Skip New Hope, PA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator and Producer ruin this one"
    What did you like best about The Stolen Ones? What did you like least?

    Story best, performance least


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Story is fine


    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    Little


    Did The Stolen Ones inspire you to do anything?

    Stay away from this producer


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is capable, but the producer allowed him to pronounce words like City as "Sit-tee" (sometimes - other times he got it right), Conshohocken as "Chonshowken" and compost as "compahst". If you are going to take a producer credit, then that's your fault. The narrator shows he is capable and his various accents are good, but such blatant inconsistencies really take away from the story. It's the narrator's job to read ... not to be smart. That's the producer's job and this one failed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Washington, PA, United States 06-29-16
    Sue Washington, PA, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    The story was far fetched and hard to follow. Have loved previous books. Hope the next one is better!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LISE A JOHNSON CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS United States 02-22-16
    LISE A JOHNSON CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS United States 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "luv"

    author and narrator team is superb! another great murder whodunnit kept me guessing until the very end!

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    Maria 10-31-15
    Maria 10-31-15
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    "Balzano and Byrne continue to be great"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I found this storyline to be different, which kept me interested throughout


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

    His narration was flawless. He brought the different characters to live, which is one of the reasons I prefer audiobooks over books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Bytenski 10-20-15
    C Bytenski 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, strong finish"

    I have read and listened to all the books in this series and they never disappoint. My only issue with this installment is that the first third of the book is very slow which made it hard to engage with the story and characters. But once I got past the first third I couldn't put this book down. Very strong finish which left questions of dream vs reality with one of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Voltaire 10-09-15
    Voltaire 10-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Like a literary corn maze"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant spoiler alert- but I want to re-read #8 to see if I missed end of #7 left open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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