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Publisher's Summary

She kept moving forward. She didn't stop. She didn't look back.

Lily was abducted from outside her high school gates. For eight long years, she's been locked away from the outside world. During that time she's changed from a girl into a woman. She's had a baby. And now she has seized her chance and escaped.

Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know - to her much-loved twin sister, Abby; her mum; her high school boyfriend - and her freedom. But is it possible to go back?

Lily's perfect life as a teenager doesn't exist anymore. Since she's been gone, her family's lives have changed, too, in ways she never could have imagined. Her return, and the revelation of who took her, will send shock waves through the whole community.

Impossible not to listen to in one sitting, Baby Doll is a taut psychological thriller that focuses on family entanglements and the evil that can hide behind a benign facade.

©2016 Hollie Overton (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Dumb people. Story drug out.

Depressing. Not just the story, but the characters. Only one, Wes, is someone you'd like to know -- and maybe Skye, the 4yo daughter of the main character. Story has no depth and has the vocabulary of a 6th grader, but profanity of a gang-banger.
Reader was good but for one thing. Southern accent of teacher was way overdone -- especially since the text had said she only had a trace of an accent. She sounded like Dukes of Hazzard or Ellie May from Beverly Hillbillies. All characters had distinctive and consistent voices.

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CLAPTRAP DAY-AFTER FOR A FAMILIAR PLOT DEVICE

What would have made Baby Doll better?

Some editor should've pointed out to Ms. Overton her frequent errors in both procedure and psychology. Impossible not to lose patience with cardboard characters and unbelievable behavior.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Any thriller that doesn't boast a threadbare plot of a missing protagonist returning home after long absence/captivity, etc. (Readers aching for a first-rate treatment of this subject should take a look at Josephine Tey's mastertul BRAT FERRAR, also on Audible.)

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laurence Bouvard?

A performer who could manage believable characterizations for different sexes, ages, etc.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Baby Doll?

The confrontation/arrest of the kidnapper is so completely unbelievable, this entire sequence needed to be severely rethought and rewritten.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Overton has heart, ability, and will undoubtedly gain skills as her career progresses that will enable her to sidestep some of the problems on display here. With fresher ideas and more thorough research, another novel by her could easily be a pleasure.

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Awful narrator

Cartoon like voices, high pitch and unable to listen over a few minutes. There is another version available with a different narrator.

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GREAT BOOK

Would you listen to Baby Doll again? Why?

I LOVE THIS BOOK. I WOULD NOT LISTEN TO IT AGAIN JUST BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE LISTENING TO ANY BOOK MORE THAN ONCE.

Which scene was your favorite?

I LOVE WHEN ABBY AND LILY WERE TOGETHER AS SISTERS

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  • Chan
  • 02-21-17

terrible

I couldn't get into the story, mostly because the narrator had the most annoying voice! I really wanted to hear the story as the synopsis was good but no, I just couldn't as her voice was like nails on a chalk board. Especially when she did the child's voice! ARGH!!

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  • Lorna
  • 04-08-17

Like a low-rent Room...

...with none of the tension, emotional depth, elegance of expression, credibility. Just awful. As deeply satisfying as a Hallmark card.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • cat
  • 10-23-16

sounded promising

Would you try another book written by Hollie Overton or narrated by Laurence Bouvard?

no poor story, terrible narration

What was most disappointing about Hollie Overton’s story?

very bland

How could the performance have been better?

another narrator

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

not for me

Any additional comments?

if you like your books gritty and exiting give this one a miss

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Joan
  • 02-05-17

Far Fetched, Fast Moving.

I don't know what to say about this one. It has become a Richard and Judy book club choice and has a similar subject matter as The Room. That is where the comparison ends.
Baby Doll stretches the imagination. Much of the plot is far fetched and left me tutting with annoyance but at no point did I want to give up. I wanted to see what happened, and where the author was going with this story.
The conclusion was neat and yes, far fetched So much happened in such a short period of time.
It was an absorbing listen but I won't remember it with any satisfaction.
The narrator did an excellent job and that is always a plus.

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  • Cian
  • 02-01-17

Cold and dreary

This is my first read by this author and chosen purely as on Richard and Judy bestseller list. It is the story of Lily who has been held captive abused mentally and physically since she was 16 and now 8 years later she has managed to escape with her daughter by her kidnapper Skye. She goes home and is reunited with her family.
This book is along the same lines as ‘Room’ but Lily has escaped from the start. I thought this book would be somewhat emotional and hard to take but it was really bland with the characters feeling distant and uninteresting. There were several ’scenes’ with different characters at play around the same time making it somewhat confusing.
The characters were quite odd. Lily appeared to recover quickly from her ordeal although she did accept counselling in the end. Her twin sister Abby had serious mental health issues and to be honest really irritated me. Their mother Evie was sleeping with every man that moved near her. Rick her captor has his story told too.
The end did tie everything up in a bow but obviously questions remain unanswered. This was OK very middle of the road.

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  • Miss Claire A Phipps
  • 01-22-17

Bit slow to start but

Bear with it gets better with some interesting twists. Well narrated apart from some switch to male voice.

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  • Amanda W
  • 09-16-16

Rather slow but worth a listen

The characters are detailed and interesting but the performance irritated me, especially of the men. The plot is slow and could be fitted into half the amount of chapters. I listened to the end, though.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-17-17

I Wasn't Expecting That!

What a fabulous book! Talk about keep you on your toes! Honestly, my tootsies haven't hurt this much since I danced the lead role in Swan Lake at the National Ballet, (in a dream I had last Thursday!). Every minute I kept saying to myself, (OK, OK, it was out loud, but I didn't answer myself so don't judge), "NO! I wan't expecting that!" She's right good that Hollie Overton, she can write a story that will keep you captivated. That Rick, he was re-pul-sive, with a capital 'REPUL', you almost needed a shower after listening to him speak. Kudos to Laurence Bouvard. It must be incredibly difficult to narrate a book where the 3 main players are women, but she managed to make their voices distinctly different. Bravo that narrator! You simply must listen to this one. Then when you've finished let's talk about how brilliant it is. 5 stars and a standing ovation from me!

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  • Clare
  • 04-19-17

Gripping

I really enjoyed this story, it was very addictive, I think the author could have made it better by going in to more detail around the place where she were kept and the things that happened to her!
I think the narrator is a bit cringey when she does the child's voice and the male voices. But on whole an easy listen.

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  • Caz
  • 08-05-16

amazing

my book of the year! a roller coaster mystery yarn but touching and moving too!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful