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Human Remains Audiobook

Human Remains

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Publisher's Summary

Highly intelligent but socially inept, Colin spends his free time collecting academic qualifications and searching for ways to meet women, until he stumbles upon a new technique that proves both potent and deadly. Police analyst Annabel is shocked when she discovers a decomposing body in the house next door and realises that no one, including herself, noticed her neighbour's absence. At work she finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own town and sets out to investigate, convinced she is on trail of a killer.

About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 thanks to the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was the winner of Amazon's Rising Stars and has been translated into 30 languages. Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published in March 2012.

©2013 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It's hard to put the uniqueness of Elizabeth Haynes' writing into words. Her stories grip you by the throat and force you to acknowledge that this is what real crime and real horror look and feel like, as well as real love, hope, fear. Suddenly, much of the other crime fiction you've read seems, in comparison, rather like stories made up by writers. Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time." (Sophie Hannah)

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  • MarcF
    Liverpool, UK
    2/5/17
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    "Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes"
    Would you listen to Human Remains again? Why?

    Yes. I'm sure I missed some points.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annabelle. She had a load of courage under her socially awkward personality.


    What about Karen Cass’s performance did you like?

    The narration was excellent and the portrayal of the various characters sounded very authentic.


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

    Yes - but I don't want to give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to and read a LOT of horror/thrillers, as well as watching horror/thriller movies of a range of quality, and this is by far the most disturbing book I've listened to. But it kept me captivated from start to finish. Not for the squeamish, but wow - brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs s j knox
    1/17/17
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm sure the story would have been good if I could have listened to it. Unfortunately, the narrator spoilt it and I couldn't bear to listen to it anymore - such a shame.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator springs to mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs j o'kane
    6/13/16
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    "Unusual and disturbing"

    I loved this. An unusual story and vividly drawn characters, especially Colin. Some very black humour too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LauraPS
    9/27/15
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    "Totally unbelievable story, and very disturbing!"

    Could not believe anything in this book as it was just so ridiculous. Extremely disturbing also and very graphic. If I could give it no stars, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    8/6/15
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    "Good story but a disappointing ending!"

    A very good story well read and absorbing but a weak ending full of loose ends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lily Riddle
    England
    5/5/15
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    "Decent listen"

    The basic premise was good, along with the storyline. Feel it could have been executed better however, but the characters were likable if not a little unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    11/22/14
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    "Loved the story..."

    Loved the story - HATED the reader! REALLY bad!
    I had this on read and listen and I started reading it on my kindle - really like the story, intrigue, suspense and overall not bad at all.
    BUT when I listened, I found it terrible!! The reader was just awful! Her "accents" were shocking and why she decide that all the men (with exception of Colin) were Londoners and very common, I will never know!
    If I see this reader again, I will avoid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    Newcastle, England
    10/8/14
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    "Quite Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Human Remains?

    The narrative is clever, unexpected and intriguing. The characters are exceptionally well drawn. I don't like to give, or to read, spoilers. Therefore, suffice to say that Colin was quite horrible, but entirely as he should be. I loved Annabelle. I especially liked that it was mentioned that she was overweight and that, although it was hinted at that this negatively effected her self-esteem, she remained fabulous and was never described negatively. Its depressing to note that virtually all other authors (including all my favourites) use any female mentioned as overweight as a scapegoat, even if briefly! The last 'legitimate' prejudice it seems!


    What about Karen Cass’s performance did you like?

    I found her narration to be very good indeed. I agree with one reviewer that this book may have benefitted from a man reading the male parts, especially Colin, but Karen did a sterling job. One reviewer said her reading of Colin was unrealistic. I don't agree. He was supposed to be a narcissistic 'odd ball'. I'll resist saying any more about him, but for me, he sounded as he should.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know, but I do think this story would transfer to film really well.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a gruesome forensic tale and not for those who's taste is for Miss Marple, but if you don't mind intelligently gruesome, I highly recommend it. This is my first book by Elizabeth Hayes, I look forward to reading her others and suspect she will become one of my favourite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris W
    Kent, UK
    5/22/14
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    "Way too gory for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing really - I just hated the level of description of rotting bodies and substances


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Haynes again?

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    Just a bad choice for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Barlaston, United Kingdom
    11/20/13
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    "Makes you think about your neighbours"

    It took me a third of the way into the book to put everything where it should be. It flips between characters so you will need to concentrate at first but once sorted it carry's you along desperate to make sure it is not too late

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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