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Gone

Gone Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Dave Wright
Series: Gone (Claflin), Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She's supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute 15-year-old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.

Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester's daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.

©2014 Stacy Claflin (P)2015 Stacy Claflin

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Wrong narrator

They ruined the story with this narrator. It was flat and characterless. Emotionless. Boring. It had no depth.
He is best suited to reading scripture and offering prayer on Sunday morning.

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Awful

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

What could Stacy Claflin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The plot is ridiculous. Maybe 15 year olds were like this in the 1940s but I doubt it. In fact there were no realistic characters in this

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dave Wright?

Anyone. Worst narrator I have ever heard. And why in the world did a man narrate this when the main character is a young girl? Especially a man who either reads in a monotone or uses a nasal whine when speaking as a female.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Absolutely horrible

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Another "to be continued"

Another book that doesn't have an ending. Can't anyone finish a book??? Seems li!e everyone thinks their books have to be serial. I don't mind books with ongoing characters but could they finish one story!!!!!

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  • Christine
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 11-21-15

Rip off- no ending unless you buy the other books!

I am so disappointed because this would have been an excellent book. All of the elements were there but the idea that I must buy the 2 other books to find out what happens to Macy bothers me. Let me guess - she finally reunites with her family? Duh! I have read other trilogies and they did not treat me like this. Excellent narrator. I could picture Chester sounding like that. Sorry but I will not buy the other books just on principle. And by the way. All teens should read this book so that they won't make the same mistake as Macy! This is an excellent read but the reader has not been treated with respect.

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Any parents worst nightmare

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, good story, although pretty dark. I would clearly tell them up front, that the story isn't resolved in any way in this book. It's the first of a series. I'm not a fan of the narration, but then again, I'm very picky when it comes to audio books, and I'm sure others would enjoy that aspect more than I did. The story was good, and for those who prefer audio over reading, I would definitely recommend this book to them.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

In some places, yes. There are some parts that goes of on tangents, that doesn't make that much sense to me right now, but perhaps it'll make sense when I finish the series. Other parts could easily have been left out, like a kidnapped girl, worrying about make-up and such. I feel pretty sure, that only a totally superficial girl would worry about that when being held against her will - and even that would be a stretch to believe. Survival drift would rise to the top, and push every other thing far down on the list.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was awful in places. Sounds just like when I turn on text-to-speech on my Mac or Kindle. And it's weird, because the dialogue parts were mostly good. I don't know why it sounds so bad for all the other stuff. It sounds strangely like words were read separately, and then combined by a computer afterwords, depending on how they appear on the page. Also there were at least once, where a word was repeated. Unfortunately I can't remember where, or I would have told the author.A few places where the toning of the dialogue feels all wrong and so on.I will continue this series on Kindle, not in audio.

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

No. The story never goes deep into the feelings in this first book. More telling, than showing on that part, which distances the listener/reader from the emotions that the family is going through.

Any additional comments?

This story could have been a lot better with a better narrator. I will not be listening to any other books that has this narrator.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. Its a book that all young girls and boys should read. The narration was wonderful. I hope that the other books in this series are put in audio.

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Disapponting

Immature characters, poor character development and limited writing. I have no interest in reading any further in the series.

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TERRIBLE Narrator!!

I really wanted to like this book. The story (as far as I got) was good, but the narrator ruined it. It was like I was trying to run through mud to get through it. I couldn't finish it. Don't waste your credits on this one.

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egh at its finest

Although this book was okay, I feel like the person reading us the book very lack luster. I also understand this is part 1 of a 3 part book and did not realize that until after all ready starting the book. I looked for the other two and Audible does not carry them. so terribly disappointed :(

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Whose gone?

Actually frightened me but plan to finish all books no matter what. Gone 2 next.

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  • Sb
  • 07-22-16

Disappointing !

This book does not have a conclusion .... You have to get the next book to maybe find out what happens ... What a con ! The narration is amateurish and annoying , lots of inaccuracy in the story line . What a waste of time

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  • Mike
  • 03-10-19

Poor narration

Note: Audible version.
Written in a style most likely aimed at school aged children.
The story is mildly interesting but the narration really spoils it.
The narrator sometimes sounds like he’s calling a sports event, and other times like a newsreader.
I gave it a fair go, but unfortunately I can’t continue with it.