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Publisher's Summary

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts - the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report - and with his history, who can blame them? - it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.

©2012 Ben Rehder (P)2013 Ben Rehder

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Creepy Fun right from the start!

If you could sum up Gone the Next in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, unpredictable, sarcastic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone the Next?

Learning about Roy's background - how his lost child gave him a personal stake in finding the little girl.

What about Johnny Peppers’s performance did you like?

I liked the pacing of the narration.

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

I laughed at times at some of Roy's comebacks. He obviously has a need waiting to be fulfilled.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-20-17

Nice start to a series!

Insurance fraud photographer Roy Ballard had his young daughter kidnapped when she was with him years ago, so although it is not a part of his business he becomes interested when another young girl is kidnapped. He works on the case despite police telling him to stop. Along the way he convinces waitress Mia Madison to join him in his business. Author Ben Rehder uses a lot of witty dialog in his fast paced novels. Narration is excellent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Here One Minute...

What made the experience of listening to Gone the Next the most enjoyable?

The protagonist was awesome. Very engaging main character.

What about Johnny Peppers’s performance did you like?

It didn't sound like a performance. His reading blended so well with the story it was like a movie in my head.

Any additional comments?

Just a note that there are two story lines going on here. Past and present. I think Mr. Rehder does a good job signaling but just be aware.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-15-16

Not for me

It's not fair for me to give this book a review. I simply can't read books about vulnerable children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathalie
  • Saint-Marc, QC, Canada
  • 11-19-16

Narration makes all the difference

Story often difficult to follow because of the narrator's lack of pauses between key events, and the use of only one voice throughout. It would also have been a lot less tedious a listen if narrator would have used different voices.

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Gone the Next

Loved the story and the narration, but not fully engrossed in it. Still would recommend it as a good read.

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Fun, light, and a good mystery.

A good down-home-Texas story, with a surprisingly good plot, with great flashbacks that tell our hero's personal story. Very skillfully done with the flashbacks, with a good kick at the end. I WILL be listening to the rest of this series. Great job Mr. Rehder!

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Entertaining and fun to listen to.

If you could sum up Gone the Next in three words, what would they be?

A fun suspense and mystery novel.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the character development was good. I personally appreciate humor and there is plenty in this book to enjoy. The characters are believable.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

The main character of course was the best. I enjoyed his narration and his voice reminds me a little of Hank Azaria, which is a complement. The difference in this and other books I've read, is that Johnny Peppers read the book vs other people, like RC Bray, who performs the characters in the book. So in Peppers narration - by only reading, sometimes there was confusion as to who was saying what.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought the ending was particularly good.

Any additional comments?

It's a good and exciting book to listen to, very enjoyable.

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  • AJ
  • 05-28-17

Love the voice of Johnny Peppers.

The story and characters held my interest. The voice of Johnny Peppers contributed to the main character Roy Ballard. His delivery in many areas of the story were priceless. I enjoyed listening to him.

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Great listening

Great listening, definitely kept me from falling asleep behind the wheel stuck in commuter traffic ! Witty and at times hilarious dialog.
Suspense throughout the whole book

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  • Pamela
  • 03-10-17

Loved this book

Fantastic story, about a difficult subject, told with lots of twists and turns in a clever, light hearted way.