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Publisher's Summary

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

©2013 Catherine McKenzie (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • E.
  • 05-15-14

The Voice of Claire

I do not know if this is part of the character herself, or is a vocal tic of the woman reading her, but the intonation of a bored valley girl's complaint infects the end of EVERY SENTENCE or phrase spoken by "Claire." It is making it very hard for me to progress in the book or comment on the story. I'll come back and revise the review if there is something in the character herself to warrant the narrator applying such an appalling whine to every sentence. At least, if I can stand it that long.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Ugh! Claire's voice!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have just started listening and am not sure I can continue. Claire's voice draws out the ends of every sentence!! It is annoying and difficult to listen to. I wish I had listened to a sample before I purchased. I won't make that mistake again!!!

Any additional comments?

If I get over the voice or it gets better I will re-rate the book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Kailua Kona Hawaii
  • 04-27-14

Like Nails on Calkboard

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

None of the main characters had any redeeming factors.

Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine McKenzie again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from Hidden?

All

Any additional comments?

The one female character's voice lilted up at each pause and sentence ending - could not bear to listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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#Clairesvoice

Would you listen to Hidden again? Why?

No, there would be absolutely no reason to ever listen to this again and put myself in that kind of agony when Claire's whiny voice was narrating. Nails on a blackboard would be a delight, a song, a chorus of angelic voices compared to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden?

While the story was interesting, nothing really pops out as a "WOW" moment. It flows along and keeps you wondering how things will play out - but overall it's not edge of your seat material.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

I'm not sure which person performed Claire's voice, but it deserves its own hashtag for being one of the worst voices I've listened to in the over 70 books I've downloaded.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nothing stays a secret.

Any additional comments?

It's worth a credit - it's entertaining, but take a valium when Claire is reading.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Story was enjoyable - audio, not so much!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I can't say I would recommend the audio version of this book. I enjoyed the story but found one particular voice jarring, one that was like chalk down a blackboard. The voice, not actually of Claire, but the one used when Claire was narrating. Her speaking voice was quite pleasant. I finally gave up and just read read, rather than listened, to the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Not one with the particular narrator mentioned above - definitely NOT!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As others have said

This book is a perfectly adequate read in the Kindle edition, reading the text. I'm afraid the audio is less acceptable. Claire, read by Amy McFadden-who is perfectly capable of excellent work elsewhere, seems bored with the text and I just don't know how Audible could have released a narration so awful. We often hear that this performance was produced and edited by some character or other, surely someone should have grasped the nettle at page 2 on this and said, "sorry, this simply will not do!".

The writing, at the beginning is a little confusing, but once you get ahold of the characters, it's an okay story, but the audio edition, save your credits and sanity.





brendan

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Peculiar

This is a quirky little book. There was too much detail about things you didn’t really want or need to know and not enough information to allow the reader to feel complete after the book was finished. I am now left to wonder if I missed some finer details while attempting to determine why the audio was horrible.

After much contemplation, I have determined that Claire’s voice was not done at the same time or studio as the other two voices. It comes off like a ten hour conversation on walkie talkies – one louder than the others. Naturally, the louder one has a voice like a cement mixer. That added with that fact that she screams AT you, rather than tells the story. It’s not a good audio book. Was there no editor?


Note to self – Dealing with death in your own life is hard and depressing enough. Don’t waste energy and money on depressing books about this time in fictional people’s lives.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Irritating narration performance

The story was decent, and worth reading...which I wish I had done. The narrators voices were almost cartoonish. When they mimic other characters voices, it's even worse! Do yourself a favor and read the actual book.

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Disappointed with Narration

I enjoyed reading the book awhile back, so I thought that I would listen to the audible version. I struggled through four chapters before I gave up. The voice of the wife, Claire, was the most montone, boring voice I have ever heard narrating a book . I generally don't complain, but I actually had to stop listening because it was taking away the pleasure of the story for me. I will be deleting the Audible version although I will likely read the Kindle version again in the future.
This is strictly my own opinion, and I am sure that other people may have liked her voice, but it brought a 4 Star rating for a decent story down to an overall 2 Star rating for me.

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How did they release with Claire’s voice??

This book would have been enjoyable if it weren’t for the voice of Claire..... it was an effort to continue listening until the end, I was tempted to abandon the effort every time it was a “Claire” chapter .....

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  • Christine
  • 05-24-18

Twenty minutes did my head in

This is the most dreadful narration I have heard.
Even if the author has written a great novel, the first 20 mins of the narration was enough to do my head in. The fake voices, come on. A definite narration problem.