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Since moving to Austin to ease the pain of tragic mistakes, Paris Gibson has led a life of virtual isolation, coming alive only at night when she hosts her popular radio show. Then one listener - who identifies himself as "Valentino" - tells Paris that the girl he loves jilted him because of Paris's on-air advice. He intends to exact revenge by killing the girl and then coming after Paris.

Desperate to stop the sinister Valentino, Paris enlists the help of the police - including crime psychologist Dean Malloy, the very man she had hoped never to meet again....

©2003 Sandra Brown (P)2007 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"A gripping story of abduction, betrayal, and murder that could have been ripped straight from the headlines." (The Early Show, CBS)
"Fascinating.... Will keep you up past your bedtime." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 09-04-12

Not bad - but not her best

I do love to hear Victor Slezak read Sandra Brown books so it was a fine way to spend a rainy afternoon. It is not in the same league with many of her other books though.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States
  • 03-10-13

Another winner from Sandra Brown

A romantic thriller that kept me guessing all the way through. I really enjoyed this book. Never a dull moment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing...

This is a good mystery using flashbacks which develop the mystery little by little. Subplots involve betrayal between friends and typical family conflicts. Of course there is murder. The story ended very well with plenty of twists and turns along the way, especially in the last few chapters. The story held my interest throughout, wanting to know what happens next. The sexual content is minimum and not over the top, however, the central story revolves around child sexual perpetrators.... mostly older men having and paying for sex with minor girls Child abuse is one topic that I try hard to avoid in my recreational reading, and I was happy that the descriptive passages were limited.

The romantic portion of the story involves a couple who falls in love (in a love at first sight sort of way), but one of them is already in a engaged, ready-to-be-married relationship. This was not a typical boy meets girl love story. It was refreshing that Sandra Brown found a way to bring what could have been a typical romantic triangle to a conflicting point with interest and suspense.

Narrator Victor Slezak is one of the better narrators that I've heard. His voice is smooth which is a 'must have' for me in order to listen for 13 hours.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Finally the full story.

If you could sum up Hello, Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Hot and Sexy an exciting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dean, who wants to be a good dad

Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

Victor Slezak makes all the Sandra Brown books he reads so great!

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

When Dean protects his son at the police station

Any additional comments?

Waiting for full story of White Hot, all time best story

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Sandra Brown rocks another one.

Exceptional listen. Loved it. Has all the usual twist and turns. Suspenseful. I hate when one of her books ends you get so involved with the characters you miss then . Narrator was good easy to follow and to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suspense to the end

Fast read. Story kept you guessing, intrigued and in suspense to the end. Totally worth the read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but not Great

Where does Hello, Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed listening to this Sandra Brown romance mystery. It was not overly erotic and had a good story line. It was not as good as Brown's Envy or other similarly themed books but was still enjoyable.

Have you listened to any of Victor Slezak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I like Victor Slezak as a narrator. He does a good job of telling the story without sounding phony or down right weird by trying to imitate women's voices.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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awesome book!

One of Brown's best. was guessing until the end. highly suggest this one. great characters.

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 04-22-17

It kept my interest,

but I didn’t feel like it was a good story. Parts were depressing.

It was more about victims than intriguing problem solvers. Somehow things felt contrived. I’m not sure why.

I liked the ending. It was complete.

The romance was good.

One bad guy threatened to kill the loved ones of a good guy if the good guy said what he knew. So that good guy was silent until the very end. That frustrated me. I did not enjoy reading that. It’s a helpless feeling of being blackmailed or held hostage for life.

The story is about sexual perverts: men having sex with underage girls, and underage girls who want sex and give it away or sell it. A kidnapped girl is sexually assaulted.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Victor Slezak was excellent. He does female voices well with good emotional interpretation. He also used a good sound editor to remove his breaths.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 13 hrs and 31 mins. Swearing language: Christ plus a sexual slur used once. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day mostly Austin, Texas. Copyright: 2003. Genre: romantic suspense thriller.

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A VERY ENGAGING STORY

Where does Hello, Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put this story in the top 25% of all the audiobooks I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters seemed real. It was easy to relate to them, especially Paris.

What does Victor Slezak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Victor Slezak did a magnificent job of narrating the book. Listening to him was the equivalent of watching a movie.

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

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

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  • Skinfull
  • 07-15-16

A little contrived but still engaging enough.

It was simple enough to call the reveal in this story and the added in characters felt like last minute additions. The performance was good enough but at times it was difficult to tell the characters apart.