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  • A Gripping and Emotional Roller-Coaster of a Novel About Love, Life, and Not Giving Up
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
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Stella won't give up, but she doesn't know how to go on.

Stella North, a rising star in the police, has her life torn apart by a gunman's bullets. She has often faced danger, but these injuries mean she must give up the job she loves. Her grandmother Beth is her rock. And Beth is no ordinary woman. At 70, she runs marathons and has a past that Stella knows very little about.

Beth calls in her friend, Michael, to help with Stella's recovery. But this man means a lot more to Beth than she reveals. And Stella's ex-husband, Edward, and old police partner, Robbie, want to help, but Stella puts up emotional barriers, and they have problems of their own. Her old friends from her days of Urbex (exploring old abandoned buildings) offer a glimmer of hope for the future.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Tantor

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Simply beautiful!

GUIDE STAR is a different novel by Joy Ellis. It's not a mystery/suspense thriller, not at all. If that is what you want this novel will disappoint. It is a novel about not giving up even when the odds are stacked against you. British actress Shiromi Arserio does a wonderful job of narration.

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not my thing

I am just not entertained by romance novels. otherwise if it's your thing the story is well written and the characters are interesting

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What a lovely, encouraging story!

An enjoyable cast, nice story and well read. Not Ellis’s normal genre but a few familiar characters woven in to this gentle story about friends, family and real life. Very enjoyable.

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Not a mystery/thriller

Why did this book pop up in my mystery/thriller search?

It's by Joy Ellis and I like a lot of her other stuff. I stuck with it to the end in the hope that someone would be murdered. No such luck. Dull. dull. dull.

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Nothing happens to these ordinary people...

I i usualy realy like joy ellis books. I was therefore very surprised to be listening to a joy ellis book where no exiting events take place. I waited all the way to capter 16 for the storry to begin,,,but finaly gave upp,,,could not care less about what happened ro these people.
The story was well read. That could have saved something,,it did,,,but not enough.

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Charming.

Loved the narrator who wove a basket containing complicated lives and emotions. The story was human and full of flaws. How good it felt to be able to share a happy ending. Resolve to move forward and live in the present is to be admired.

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Stick to crime Joy!

Not her best effort. After listening to her Fens books narrated by Armetage this one seemed flat. And Marie sounded Asian not Welsh!

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Disappointing

I love Joy Ellis but this one was disappointing. I kept expecting something to happen but it never picked up. It is sweet, kind, reassuring - a bit like a hallmark movie.

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Not to old to enjoy family romance and excitement

Thank you Joy for including the grandma who loves life and is young at heart. Still wants a love in her life and knows it’s possible
I love your books and look forward to reading your books, they give a sense of hope and promise but with true life experiences
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Enjoyable overall.

Not exactly a mystery but the storyline had enough to keep it interesting. Narration was a bit disappointing. While the main character had a well presented narrated voice, the other characters had virtually the same, making it difficult to keep the characters separated.

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  • Jill
  • 03-02-20

An addictive story

My very first audiobook and by default my first audiobook review so I will start by saying I don't have anything to compare it to so this is completely unbiased and my own personal opinion.

Stella is a successful detective, happy with her life until she wakes up in hospital. She is lucky to be alive but was shot in the head and side so she has brain damage and a long road to physical recovery and an even longer one to mental wellbeing.

Her life as it was is in shreds she can no longer do the job she loves and is mad at the world. Taking it out on her friends and family is not helping. At her wits end Stella's grandmother. Beth, picks up the phone and rings the one person who may be able to help but the one person who will crack open the break in her heart. But she will do anything for Stella.

As the tag line says this book is an emotional rollercoaster but not so much in the romantic sense. It follows a young woman's struggle to rebuild her life and it is told with such compassion and knowledge it had me in tears at times and smiling at other times.

As Stella struggles to find the way forward she contacts her old Urbexing friend, Tom. Now urbexing is something I knew nothing about so I was immediately drawn in to learn more. Photographing decaying buildings to capture something that will be slightly different every time is, I felt, amazing. The idea of having a physical record of wonderful old buildings preserved for future generations must be so rewarding and this brought a new level of interest to the story.

I loved the narration I think the narrator 'got' the accents perfectly especially Michael - not German not English but something that worked perfectly. Also the other characters each voice slightly different. I thought it all worked brilliantly.

5 stars for the awesome writing and 5 stars for the audio - A very enjoyable book in every way.

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  • Ange Simpson
  • 02-02-20

Made my Saturday very enjoyable!

Different from the other books, but still very enjoyable with a couple of well loved names creeping in.

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  • avocet
  • 05-24-20

Quality writing from one of my favourite authors

I really enjoyed the book and the overall storyline. As a fan of the Jackman and Evans series of books it was great to have them featured too.
The narrator's accents were a tiny bit off putting occasionally, but didn't lessen the enjoyment of the story overall.

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  • B-rocks
  • 08-06-22

Kept me listening to a good plot

Loved it even though it's not what I expected. Superb writing with totally believable characters working to help eachother. The UrbEx stuff is fascinating.
A bit different to the other numerous Joy Ellis books I have devoured.

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  • Beni Pardy
  • 02-16-22

A change from crime!

This book was a change from the normal crime novel, but just as enjoyable all the same.

A warm, heartening story about how a policewoman comes back from the trauma of being shot.

The story and plot are well put together and it is well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-20

cracking story of love and survival

really enjoyed this book! heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Once I started listening I couldn't stop

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-20

Wonderfully astute and emotionally uplifting.

wonderfully astute and emotionslly uplifting book. I love all Joy Ellis's books and her different storylines.

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  • sam
  • 03-19-20

Joy Ellis great variation from her murder mysteries

Joy Ellis with a difference Really enjoyed it. Easy listening and story gripping at times always ready for the next chapter

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  • J T.
  • 11-25-22

Another one under my belt.

Since Covid I have renewed my interest in books again. I found Ellis while browsing the catalogue. Captivating story read well.

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  • @amalthea10
  • 10-07-22

I loved every minute

This was such a lovely story. Well written , and very well narrated. I will look out for more audio books narrated by Shiromi Arserio. For me , she made this book so much more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Kate Robertson
  • 05-20-20

Off Day

Having now read all of Joy Ellis’s books I wish i had not read this one. Started with potential but then went nowhere. Stella was a pain from start to finish. If she wanted to do a story on what’s next for a damaged ex cop she had the perfect candidates as the next book from the Matthew Ballard series.

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  • carolyn gladwin
  • 03-26-20

almost no story line!

I usually love this writer but this fell well short of any mark! there actually was almost no story line, unless you count a rather feeble attempt to bring together a cast of reasonably interesting characters. extremely disappointed. half way through the book, I thought this book is developing rather slowly and then it ended!

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  • Sheryl Campbell
  • 01-02-22

Lovely story

After listening to all the other Joy Ellis books and being introduced to some of these characters before, it was lovely to hear this back story and how it fitted in. Great story, my favourite fromJoy Ellis.

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  • Kayezzz
  • 05-10-21

Good story, worth a listen...

I don't agree that it was a story focusing just on Stella's physical and mental problems. It was her journey, of course its about her! The other factors in the story show yet again Joy Ellis has done a lot of in-depth research on the subject matter, and it gives the reader or listener something to think about. I love the way other characters from other series of hers have come up. I was hoping for a different ending, but it was satisfying...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-20

Guide Star

Loved it, could not put it down. her stories just get better and better. brilliant.