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I Looked Away

Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of I Looked Away, by Jane Corry, read by Rachel Bavidge.

Every Monday Ellie looks after her four-year-old grandson Josh. The love she feels for him is different to anything she's experienced before. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband's affair. But he swore it was over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she's got.   

Then one day, while she's looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And in a moment of pure rage, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson.   

The accident that happens will change Ellie's life forever.   

Not least when the police discover that her younger brother died in suspicious circumstances 35 years ago.

©2018 Jane Corry (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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OMG!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!

Did not see THAT coming at all. Took me a bit to unscramble my brain. So many issues covered. It was sad at times and my heart hurt for Ellie in all parts of her life. Awesome read.

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Another amazing story!

Jane has quickly become one of my favorite story tellers. Her characters are complex and her writing keeps me wondering what will happen next. She Looked Away is a sad account of how early childhood experiences can truly shape your adult life. I was captivated by this tale and kept listening to see how it would end.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 06-21-19

Well written, but heavy

To start this on a totally honest note, this isn't a book I will read again. However, I finished it in one day, as I had to know what'd happened. It certainly wasn't what I expected when I started reading it. I reviewed a book only today which I enjoyed because there was hardly any background before it started. This one has a lot of background which at some points I thought was too much, but I suppose when you understand the whole thing, the large amount almost makes sense. It tackles some intense issues, which not so long ago society would've avoided, which I think is a good thing they're out there now, and people know more about them. As a story, I'll warn you now. It's not the kind of book you can read while relaxing, so to speak. It's the type where you need to concentrate, or you can easily get lost. I did, anyway. It can be tricky to keep track of otherwise. But fair play to Jane for telling us about her own experience, in her own voice, at the end of the book, and reasons why she wrote it, research, etc. So while it was one I won't read again myself, it's well written, and researched and I respect Jane for her empathy in researching and writing it as she did. It's certainly one which for me at least, made me go "wo," that was intense. It makes you think, that's for sure. Some heavy subject matter, but as Jane implies, sadly for some people, it's life. So my summary would be on this one, read it if you want a powerful, impacting Psychological Thriller, but it's heavy. For what it's worth, I had every sympathy for Ellie throughout, especially at the trial. On a totally unrelated note, I live in Bristol, and a lot of the places she mentions here, I know of, what they're like etc. Put it this way. Don't read it if you're looking for a work of pure fiction to relax with in my opinion. But well done Jane for getting it out there, issues which need to be heard, and our society to know more about.

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  • Ann D
  • 07-21-19

Excellent!

This really is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written, with richly drawn characters. Unusually, the psychology is accurate. Some serious contemporary issues are thoroughly explore. It is not a light read, often intense. However, it’s very satisfying.

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  • Nicks
  • 07-07-19

Bit confusing...

This book is very different to her previous books (which I have really enjoyed). There are a few main characters and the chapters jump around between them and sometimes I wasn't sure who was who - maybe due to 1 narrator. (Her voice didn't change that much and it would have been far better having a few narrators for this story). One of the characters is homeless and there is quite a bit about her travels on the road. The story does come together at the end but more of a summary than a highlight.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 07-06-19

Boring

Wasn’t a book for me , didn’t really understand it and found the narration annoying at times . Glad it’s over . Wasted credit

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  • Zoe
  • 07-03-19

Amazing

Jane Corry is my favourite author so have been excited for this audiobook to come out and it did not disappoint! I couldn’t stop listening! The performance of the book was also great. Defiantly one that I will listen again very soon.

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  • shaz
  • 06-30-19

Deep, well researched, the book cover does the book an injustice.

I could not stop once I started this book. Looking at the cover illustration I thought it was going to be a ‘beach read’ type book, which initially discouraged me from buying.
This is a thought provoking and relevant novel to our sometimes navel gazing society.
A voice for homelessness and, hopefully a boost for mental health awareness.
Well done Jane.
Now ..... I must get on with what I was meant to be doing before I started to listed to it .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-19

What an unexpected story

I’ll direct my response to the author Jane Corry, I’ve listened to every one of your books, I listen to audio books while driving daily to and from work and at the beginning of I Looked Away I was thinking I’m not sure if I’m going to finish this book. But I stayed with it and by the time I was half way thru I was enthralled in this story and left wandering how it was all going to come together and why. I was amazed at not only your research but also your telling of your own story at the end of this book and how this impacted the writing of this book. I looked away for me has been your best work.