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Trust Your Eyes | [Linwood Barclay]

Trust Your Eyes

Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.
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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas's brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy. And now they are in the crosshairs.

©2012 Barclay Perspectives, Inc. (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 07-16-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 07-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "totally creative idea, well done!"

    I'm a huge mystery fan, but I get tired of reading the same old "whodunit" style books. When a unique style of mystery comes along that is done well, I'm all about it. That's why I was a big fan of this book. When you first hear the premise - crazy dude sees murder on google street view, drama unfolds - it sounds a bit sketchy. But you've got to just trust Linwood Barclay to pull this one off. The idea is so bizarre and the whole concept is written so wonderfully well, with comic moments and every possible detail covered and explained, that you'll end up a satisfied listener. It was definitely a risk to write something this creative and 'out there', and it is a risk that paid off. Very fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca 06-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "EXCELLENT STORY! Narration ok, just ok"

    I hesitated about purchasing this book because so many books from this genre sound really great when reading the editors review, but end up kind of hoaky. This one grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on. I will gladly listen to more books from this author.

    However, the narration left a little to be desired. There were 2 male narrators which I couldn't understand why, but that didn't bother me. My complaint about the narration is it sounds sort of stilted, as though the narrators are "reading" the book.

    I know that is exactly what they are doing, and perhaps I've gotten spoiled listening to narrators such as Barbara Rosenblat, Roslyn Landor, George Guidell, Scott Brick (who I think would have done a great job on this book) and countless other narrators.

    The true testimony of this book is despite the amateurist narration, I finished the book and will now look for more books by this author.

    Well worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 09-25-12
    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!

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    "I love this author!"
    What did you love best about Trust Your Eyes?

    Interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


    Have you listened to any of Ken Marks and Rick Holmes ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Always good.


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

    If I had the time yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 09-09-12
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 09-09-12
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    "The Family That Yawns Together, Deletes Together.."

    I have always enjoyed Barclay's books, and was anxiously awaiting the publication of this one.I admit that I immediately downloaded it and started listening to it, the moment it was available here on Audible. Well, after hearing the narrator announce that I had made it to chapter 12, and I was still finding, "Trust Your Eyes," to be slow, uninteresting and peopled with only one character I liked, that being the briefly appearing psychiatrist, I asked my husband what he thought. He said he thought I would never ask, judging it to be tedious. So I did the thing I do rarely, I deleted it.

    "The Accident," had been so fast moving, so engaging, from the very beginning, this one was, for me, a major disappointment. Should I have finished it, prior to reviewing it? Maybe, but I think by chapter 12, I should be interested in what is happening, or at least wondering about what will be happening...but I was not. I don't like writing negative reviews, and usually just write about the books I love, but I had read the reviews on Amazon, and almost everyone seemed to think this book was the best Barclay book they had ever read, which confounded me. Perhaps Audible listeners will feel the same, and it will wind up with a wondrous rating, but not from me. There are far too many books out there that do engage me from the very beginning, and whose narrators add to the enjoyment of the listening experience, and i did not find that the two narrators of "Trust Your Eyes," added any enjoyment or excitement. Okay, maybe it all started revving up in chapter 12; maybe the crazy brother and his older brother, who is trying to deal with the map and Internet obsessed brother, stop their repetitive conversations and begin to be relentlessly chased at a mind boggling pace and I would have been unable to tear myself away to feed my face...although I don't think I would have cared. (BTW, the schizo brother believes he has an ongoing relationship with the government, via Bill Clinton...so he sort of lost me, right there.) Maybe the bad girl waitress, looking to lie money out of her mom or blackmail money out of a rich lover with political aspirations will wind up to be the possible victim of foul play we first hear of at the very beginning of the book, but I definitely have next to no empathy for her; she is far too much like people I have been hit up by. I usually appreciate Barclay's victims often being people who are less than lily white, but in this instance, I was not intrigued...I was just bored by it all. I must be getting jaded in my old age, but this sure did not do it for me, and I am not investing any more time in it; there are far too many books out there that will keep me interested and anxiously listening, nonstop, to the very end, to spend one more moment on "Trust Your Eyes,"

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-14-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Engrossing thriller I didn't want to put down!"

    4 1/2 stars all the way across.

    I have enjoyed two other books by Linwood Barclay. This one was a great listen, with a really unique plot that had unexpected twists and never disappointed me, all the way through. Thomas Kilbride, diagnosed schizophrenic, seemed more to me like he had Asperger's syndrome, possibly with a bit of savant thrown in. His ability to memorize maps was extraordinary. However, he admitted to hearing voices and was being treated by a psychiatrist, so it appeared he was a high functioning schizophrenic, too.

    I particularly like the relationship between the two brothers and how it improved over the period of the story into something more positive. The behavior of the characters was quite believable for the most part, despite the high number of murders occurring over the course of the story. This book had plenty of tension toward the end, and I had to keep reassuring myself Thomas and Ray would be fine. This book had a complex and interesting storyline that I really enjoyed. It has been adequately summarized in the book description and anymore details most likely would include spoilers.

    As to the narration, I am not sure why there were two narrators. The narrator who narrated the two brothers' parts was exceptional--I really loved his voice and stye. The other narrator was adequate but nothing special. He did not detract from the story at all but really lost out in the comparison.

    I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves an unusual mystery with well-developed characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 03-04-15
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 03-04-15 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Stunning Story!"

    Barclay has a way of creating great characters and in this novel, an equally great story line that will reel you into a complex web of mysteries. The only criticism I have is the use of two narrators. One was much better than the other, though I don't know which is which. The story didn't need the dual voices.

    Consider how a schizophrenic man sees the world and how that characteristic befuddles and frustrates others. Consider that there are evil doers who prey on the mentally ill. Consider how politics and politicos become evil doers on their rise to power. Those all combine to create a very memorable story.

    And by the way, there is no such thing as a truly happy ending. But don't miss this one. The ending of this story will shake you!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 01-26-15
    Calliope 01-26-15
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    "why is this so highly rated?"

    I'll start with the narration, which was my biggest problem with this audiobook. There are two narrators - one is fine, but not especially good, but the other is horrible. Bland intonation and slightly elongated pauses - Stuart McLean uses a similar pacing for comedy, but they just don't work for narrating a murder thriller. I thought the book was kind of painful to listen to, but my sister urged me to go on because of the quality of the story.

    The main story line is a good one, involving brothers after the death of their father. One is a political cartoonist, the other is a schizophrenic with obvious autistic spectrum signs who spend his days and night obsessively memorizing street maps from around the world from the computer website. When he sees what he thinks is a murder taking place, it reveals a past and starts a string of future events. That's great......but what isn't great is the myriad of back-stories and subplots that do nothing to help the characterization or clarity and simply add bulk and uninteresting information. A really strong editor would have been an asset.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    McGeezy Cincinnati, OH 01-21-15
    McGeezy Cincinnati, OH 01-21-15 Member Since 2010

    My personal reality exists in the many adventures from Audible

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    "Exceptional suspense novel...A Barclay best!"

    One of Barclays' better novels. The plot is twisted but able to be followed without frustration. A unique story involving mental illness and the struggles of such on a person and his family. A well thought out story with a great ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-14-14
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-14-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Pleasant Surprise"

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, and ended up being quite the pleasant surprise.

    The book is centered around the "Google Earth" concept, where one of the vans driving around taking pictures of city streets and then projected into Google Earth to show the user the streets online.

    The company here is fictitious and the story is a bit implausible, but the author makes it work and weaves a pretty suspenseful story that ends up being a "page turner".

    The narrators do a fine job, even though there is no need for two of them.

    Highly recommended!! A suspense novel that is a fun and enjoyable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Mc Lean 11-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trust Your Eyes to be better than the print version?

    Only listened, but the narrators' performance of this audio edition were nothing short of perfection. I think my favorite narration ever.


    What other book might you compare Trust Your Eyes to and why?

    No comparisons come to mind.


    Which character – as performed by Ken Marks and Rick Holmes – was your favorite?

    Thomas, definetly Thomas.


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

    Certainly amusement comes to mind, particularly the dialogue between the brothers. Also some spine tingles of anticipation as the plot twists develope.


    Any additional comments?

    My first Barclay book...not for long! Truly sad when the book ended and I would love a sequel book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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