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These Things Hidden Audiobook

These Things Hidden

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Publisher's Summary

Author Heather Gudenkauf won instant acclaim for her USA Today and New York Times best-selling debut, The Weight of Silence.

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

©2011 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    C. Morris Denver, CO 10-03-14
    C. Morris Denver, CO 10-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Please save yourself the time"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is the first review I've written for Audible and I have listened to so, so many. This was described as a psychological thriller. It was not. It was not thrilling. It was interesting but slowly paced. There was a BIT of a surprise at the end but a twisty, shocker of a close? No. No, not at all. The narration was very well done by the sisters. A bit overdone by Claire and Charm. I expected more.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Gudenkauf again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Allison


    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Monika 03-17-14
    Monika 03-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disjointed"

    At the onset of the novel, the author bounces back and forth too much as she introduces the different characters of the story, making it difficult to get a grip of the plot. It drags along for over an hour of listening before the reader actually finds out what crime the main character was accused of committing. However, once at the halfway point, it does pick up enough to hold your interest.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 03-12-14
    Susan 03-12-14
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    "For Teens"
    What did you like best about These Things Hidden? What did you like least?

    I knew whodunnit long before it was finished.


    Would you recommend These Things Hidden to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too young. Not for adults looking for a more complex or exciting or scary story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the readers were very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad, but as I said-it's for teens.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    R. Romm Santa Fe, NM 07-19-14
    R. Romm Santa Fe, NM 07-19-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun x-country listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was looking for a book for the road and this one is fast-paced with many reveals. Made a long drive way more fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of These Things Hidden?

    Good plot-twists and risky plotline with female protagonist.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    They all sounded a little the same. That wasn't great.


    If you could take any character from These Things Hidden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I am so happy I don't need to go to dinner with anyone from this audiobook.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Psychological Mystery for Kind Hearts"

    I started listening to this one and couldn't stop. I like Heather Gudenkauf's writing, her depth of perception, and her intuition. She has a way of picking out the wounded in this world and rooting for them, despite the horrible things that have been done to them, and shows us that light that is hidden deep within them. She shows us the selfish, all-wrapped-up-in-themselves people, too, and what they do to those around them. I am never disappointed with the outcome of her stories. If you are a thinker and want to see below the surface, you will love These Things Hidden.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tania S Dawson 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing characters and several levels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of These Things Hidden to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print, but the ladies reading this book were awesome. The voices were spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was a few dynamic layers showing real love between sisters, parents and children. Then there was a great portrayal of selfish and demanded love. These were heartfelt and realistic. I thought that was great.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Having more than one so the main characters had their own voice. Much better than just one reader.


    If you could take any character from These Things Hidden out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Alison. She has to be the one who does the best she can. Trying to please everyone, keep up her grades and social standing, do the right thing as a parent and sister.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and not what I expected, but worth reading.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-12-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Pure Drivel--Beware!"

    I can't believe I got through the entire book, but I did. So much drivel! The story line is so implausible and unbelievable. Coincidences abound and I kept shaking my head in disbelief. The writing is very simple and filled with minutiae. Action is sorely missing from this book until the very end and that action was so ridiculous I would have preferred to do without it.

    The characters were not well-developed, and their behaviors had almost no explanation or basis. Too many of them were unlikeable or downright unpleasant. And following the old trite pattern, the parents of the adult characters must be evil and hateful.

    As for the narration, it was passable but not exceptional.

    With all these complaints, I managed to stick with the book and finish it in a few days. My recent listen of another of this author's books left me with the feeling it was messed up by the narration. I cannot, however, blame a bad narration for my dislike of this book. I am thinking that Heather Gudenkauf is not my cup of tea. I won't be purchasing any more of her stories.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-23-15
    Simone 07-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Movie of the Week"

    I enjoyed this story very much; it was compelling, kept me guessing and even surprised me at times. It had a “movie of the week” dramatic quality about it which I don’t mean as a critical remark, on the contrary I found it captivating.

    The plot follows a reliable pattern: seemingly unrelated stories that are all connected in ways we slowly discover as the book goes along and then the climax when the characters themselves discover the connections we as the readers have learned.

    It’s a tried and true blueprint, and with a good story woven in it makes for a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable"

    I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.

    For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.

    The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.

    And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 10-13-14
    Anne 10-13-14
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    "Premise ruined the experience"

    The book starts out reasonably well. The narrators do a pretty good job although the woman who voiced Claire and Charm overdid it - too much "drama" in her voice. People don't talk like that.

    Here's what gets this book 3 stars - SPOILER ALERT - we are asked to believe that whoever passed for Social Services in this small town placed a foundling infant who had been left in a fire station at the age of 1 month with a couple who become readily identifiable to every single person involved in the existence of that child. Apparently, in this small town, privacy laws don't exist.

    But that wasn't quite good enough to ensure lives enmesh. When the child's mother returns from prison where she has served 5 years for drowning the child's twin sister, she *just happens* to get a job in the adoptive mother's bookstore - not the diner across the street or the nearby drug store but in the actual bookstore - where she, of course, instantly recognizes her son because he looks exactly like his father.

    The premise ruined the experience for me. It was a cheap plot devise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • poppy
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    "brilliant book"

    I love how the chapters are in characters like jodi picoult, a great book with a great twist :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    5/15/15
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    "Well told but incredibly sad story"
    Would you listen to These Things Hidden again? Why?

    No, it made me cry. It was a good story but I got too emotional. I would recommend it if you are not as soppy as me.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There was several narrators which worked well for the most part although one of the narrators was not great at doing the child's voice and he did not have a dedicated narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I obviously can't elaborate.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    5/23/14
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    "This is a truly terrible book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could never be a 4 or 5 star listen.


    What could Heather Gudenkauf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Everything. The story was totally unbelievable, totally impossible and the self pitying, victim bearing characters were enough to make me want to throw my iPad out of the window. Ridiculous, morose and deeply irritating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Well read if you like an earnest miserable book. Too earnest for my liking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger!


    Any additional comments?

    How this book ever got published defies belief. Sometimes I admit a book is just not for me, but this one should be for no one. Horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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