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Always Watching Audiobook

Always Watching

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Publisher's Summary

She helps people put their demons to rest. But she has a few of her own....

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name of the group’s leader, Aaron Quinn, provoke complex feelings of terror in Nadine even today?

Then the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most...and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

Told with the trademark powerful storytelling that has had critics praising her work as "gripping" (Kirkus Reviews), "jaw-dropping" (Publishers Weekly), and "crackling with suspense" (People), Always Watching shows why Chevy Stevens is one of the most mesmerizing new talents of our day.

©2013 Chevy Stevens (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-02-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "Page Turner, or a Great Listen!"

    This was my first time reading a Chevy Stevens book. I will definitely be reading her previous works. Always Watching, kept me at the edge of my seat. It wasn't a nail bitter, but it surely kept me entertained and wanting to see what happened next.
    Dr. Nadine Lavoie works in a lock down psychiatric hospital.Were she meets her new patient, Heather Simeon. A distraught woman with suicidal tendencies. Heather starts to
    divulge her in most secrets and demons. It turns out that Dr. Nadine Lavoie & Heather have a lot in common. A man named Aaron Quinn, a group leader in commune on Vancouver Island. But Nadine has suppressed all her childhood memories, Why?
    As Nadine struggles to come to terms with her past. She also has to deal with her daughter, Lisa. Who is a drug addict, living on the streets.
    The more Nadine digs, the closer she is to danger.
    One last thing, the narrator Joyce Bean, brings this book to life. Her performance was a 5 out of 5 stars.
    Enjoy!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10-13-14
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10-13-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "You can feel the emotion in this book"

    The description and emotion of this novel are very powerful. There are a lot of very uncomfortable scenes of molestation and violence and thw book centres on those events. There are lots of flashbacks which seem lazy with respect to plot development but it still works. There is a lot great about this book and it's easy to spend hours at a time listening to it. Worth the credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Giles Boulder, CO, USA 05-09-16
    Kristen Giles Boulder, CO, USA 05-09-16 Member Since 2011

    Kea Giles (Asmus)

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    "Really had a hard time connecting with protagonist"

    Was it the character herself -- most likely. Also may be in part the voice of the reader.

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    Bob 10-16-15
    Bob 10-16-15
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    "Excellent like all of Chevy Stevens books"

    The book kept me guessing which one or more of the people the main character spoke with was going to be a "bad guy". Every book I have read of Chevy Stevens has been suspenseful, gripping and had an intriguing, unique story line. If you are tired of the same type of suspense/thriller books try one of this author's books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terryl Coffel 04-17-15
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    "Great Listen! "

    Having listened to this and Still Missing, I prefer this. The narrator is great, as is the storyline. Keeps you on your toes. Definitely recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 10-05-13
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 10-05-13 Member Since 2016

    For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.

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    "Perfectly awful"

    This is one of the worst literary experiences I've had in a very long time, thankfully. The plot plodded along, seldom advancing, and never capturing my interest. The character dialogue was unbelievable, disingenuous, and dull as paint drying. I've have happily settled for killing them all off in the first one-tenth of the book, adding a period, and ending my misery. Instead, out of an unfortunate streak of masochism, I forced myself to finish this thing, and believe me, it never got any better.

    The narration was perfect for this catastrophe; in other words, it was also horrible. It was stilted, the accents were extremely odd, and she sounded as completely bored as I was, which was probably true.

    I've never written such a brutal assassination of a novel before, but this book deserves it. If you're looking for a riveting thriller, something you can't bear to put down, look elsewhere. This book misses the mark by a mile.

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    Zendegy 09-15-17
    Zendegy 09-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "where are the editors?"

    This book gives new meaning to the word drag. It WAS a drag, and it draaaggggeeeeedddd. Every thought and motion the narrator had or made was recorded, with the exception of bathroom trips. She is totally unlikable and unsympathetic. As was every other character in the book.
    'Page turner'?!?! How?!?! The only 'page' I was happy to 'turn' was the last one.
    Honestly, I don't know that an editor guiding the author to pare things down would have helped much, really, considering how ridiculous the premise was and how unsympathetic the characters were. There isn't even any suspense, because that would require that I like a character enough to be concerned about his/her well being. I could not.
    The one purpose this book may serve is to make whatever I read next seem that much better in comparison.

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    nancybruns Hemet, CA, United States 09-08-17
    nancybruns Hemet, CA, United States 09-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed the story line however I did not care for the reader. I did do a sample listen but since I enjoyed the story it wasn't so bad.

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    Leslie Cox Atlanta, GA 07-01-17
    Leslie Cox Atlanta, GA 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad narration but liked the story"

    Narration was monotone, she was a psychiatrist but her voice made me depressed! Plot was good though!

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    Kindle Customer 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "slow start, pretty good ending."

    I almost quit this book several times because I felt the beginning was really slow. It didn't really pick up for me until chapter 27, and then I couldn't stop listening. Overall, I liked it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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