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He's Gone Audiobook

He's Gone

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

"What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?"

The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone.

As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations - he's hurt, he's run off, he's been killed - Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can - and cannot - remember.

As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

©2013 Deb Caletti (P)2013 Tantor

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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Gone Girl"

    I was looking forward to this since it was supposed to be LIKE Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. It's not. You know how Gone Girl was great to read/listen to the second time to get how awesomely screwed up those unreliable narrators are? Well, that moment of thinking "wow!.. COOOOOOooL.!" never comes with this book, it fizzles out like a lame firecracker. Don't waste the credit.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Didi Redmond, WA, United States 08-20-16
    Didi Redmond, WA, United States 08-20-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't bother, slow, dramatic, and depressing."

    This was quite possibly one of the worst audio books I've picked up yet. It ends up being a long drawn out monologue about a woman's depressing relationship history, filled with banalities and a series of unlikeable and annoying characters. The narrator doesn't do much to reduce the irritation of just wishing the author would, 'get on with it'. I had guessed the ending at the very beginning, although you have to wait until 9 hours into the book for possible interesting plot twists; which end up being ridiculously disappointing. Please trust me when I tell you to skip it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lane New York 03-12-15
    Julie Lane New York 03-12-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Held my attention"

    While it lacked the twists and turns of Gone Girl, it held my attention and was well done. I would definitely recommend it.
    Also, well performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jmazur 02-23-15
    jmazur 02-23-15
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    "Ending not a surprise."

    The ending really wasn't a surprise. I don't want to ruin it for others, but police usually follow procedures. They did not in this case. Otherwise, an enjoyable diversion.

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    Pegeen 07-13-13
    Pegeen 07-13-13

    reading is pure joy

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    "Who could blame him? I wanted to be gone too"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    less self introspection and sighing and guilt. Stop being so sorry about all the harm you keep doing and stop inspecting your sad self in excruciating detail -- change and forgive yourself and move on -- please!!! VERY good writing wasted on self indulgent self guilt ideas / philosophy drove me crazy. Soap opera -ish IMHO. .


    Has He's Gone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes -- but I did not know going in this was such a self-romance; chick lit at its worst. Not a fan of this type of story. That said -- this IS well-written.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    satifactory


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from He's Gone?

    almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.


    Any additional comments?

    not a mystery, the place he had gone to was obvious; if you like self examination and guilt driven relationships -- this is a well written book. maybe it is a Romance novel not a mystery? (I don't read Romance. )

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 04-21-14
    MissSusie66 04-21-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Not really a mystery"

    This is a quiet, slow moving mystery that felt like more of a deconstruction of a marriage than a mystery. I kept waiting for a Gone Girl Twist that never happened. After Dani’s husband goes missing she goes through every minute their relationship and realizes it wasn’t the great love story she thought it was. And honestly the more she reveals about who Ian is I can’t help thinking why the hell would you want him back anyway! Plus Dani’s self-deprecation and whining got on my nerves, she wasn’t a very likable character either.

    I’m not sure I liked this book, but I didn’t hate it I just didn’t feel like it was a mystery. Yes there is the mystery of what happened to Ian but that feels almost secondary to Dani going through their entire relationship with a fine toothed comb.


    Cassandra Campbell’s narration was really good, she had just the right amount of emotions in her voice and when Dani is feeling overwhelmed and frantic the narration conveys this superbly. As always Cassandra’s narration is very well done.

    I’m sorry but this book was forgettable and the reveal of what happened to Ian felt rushed and didn’t have any impact on me at all. I wanted to be shocked or even the least bit interested and it just didn’t happen.

    2 ½ star book
    4 ½ star narration

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    karinzart hawaii 03-02-14
    karinzart hawaii 03-02-14 Member Since 2016

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "Enjoyed reading this book"

    I was a bit dubious about purchasing this book since it sounded like the story line was going to be similar to "Gone Girl". I didn't like "Gone Girl" because of all the nutsy behaviour between the husband and wife and I had a difficult time finishing that book.

    However, a friend had read "He's Gone" and recommended it highly, so I took the chance. Glad I did. A fast read and entertaining. Wonderful narration as well.

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    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 07-21-13
    Ann Gastonia, NC, United States 07-21-13
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    "This is such a disappointment!"

    When I read the review, I was so very excited! My audible experience had been "dry' for a long time, and I thought that this would be the end of the drought. At first, I thought that Dani's remarks about life & situations were interesting and much the way I would think about things. Little did I know, that the entire book would be full of these remarks. There was no build-up and certainly the end was just as blah! What a waste of time. I will definately not look for this author again.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie W. 04-20-17
    Frankie W. 04-20-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story but horrible reader!"

    It took me awhile to get through this book. The story is good but the voice of the reader is so grating. It's like a sad whiny scrape across s chalk board. She just snatched all joy from the story. I'm sure I missed some good parts so I'm purchasing the book today.

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    michelle 02-07-17
    michelle 02-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow and flat"

    the performance was good, but the story was no mystery. no twists, just a sad, long tale of a woman's sad life.

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