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A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.

Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights. Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

©2008 Michael Robotham (P)2008 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 02-11-18

Not As Good As The Other Books

I love Michael Rowbotham's books but for me this was not his best. I kept wondering why Joe was being so dense and not considering he would have been a target of the killer, not taking any precautions with his wife or children - it was quite frustrating. There also too much pycho babble and too much unnecessary detail making the listen a bit tedious. I think I prefer the books where Ruiz has a bigger presence.


Sean Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Same same but different

I was looking forward to this. I enjoyed his previous books but unfortunately this one, although often enjoyable was frustrating. The main character often does things that are slightly incredulous and it is a little frustratingly predictable. I would write more but don't want to ruin the story for others.

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  • Peter
  • Randburg, South Africa
  • 05-30-14

Keep on listening

Where does Shatter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I just wanted to keep on going. Especially good on the long drive.

What did you like best about this story?

Clever plot with continual twists

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

All books that I have listened to by Sean Barrett have been outstanding. It took me a while to forget Harry Hole but then I was hooked.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Duncan
  • Strathmore, Australia
  • 01-17-13

A great suspense

Would you listen to Shatter again? Why?

Yes because it was a well constructed story and was very well read

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes the plot provided many surprises and held my interest right through to the end

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene was overly memorable, however there were no flat spots so I was thoroughly entertained

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

Another Joseph O'Loughlin thriller that should not be missed

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  • krawle
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • 08-31-13

A very Disturbing character indeed

What made the experience of listening to Shatter the most enjoyable?

Getting a view of English People living in small communities and their daily lives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Joe, I have really enjoyed learning about his character, his strengths and weaknesses and his compassion for people in general and his family.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Police finally trapped the psychopath

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

When Charlie showed how strong she was, even as an innocent victim.

Any additional comments?

I found that I was disturbed on so many levels by the actions and personality of the villain.
I have know people with some of his traits and his ability to inflict mental cruelty upon others and now look at those people with new insightful eyes. Holy crap!

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  • blueskythinker
  • 12-13-08

Gripping!

This is the first I had heard of this author and I am very impressed.
The story has well rounded characters and moves along at a gripping pace. I listened to it more quickly than I've listened to other books, mainly because I was so drawn in to the story.
It certainly isn't a 'relax before you go to sleep' story!
The narration is excellent.
Of you enjoy Peter James' books I'm sure you'll like this.
I would thoroughly recommend this book and I shall be downloading more by this author..

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 11-14-10

Simply Brilliant!!

I used to think that crime books were 'two-a-penny' and I normally stay well away from the genre to avoid the disappointment of repeated cliches and predictable plots. But here is something different...

I clicked on the preview by chance and then risked the credit and found myself drawn into one of the best audio books I've ever downloaded.

The plot and character development are flawless and Sean Barrett's narration is top-notch!

Written in the first-person, the book alternates between 'good' and 'bad' and the style is both captivating and addictive. The book subtly digs its claws in at the beginning and then simply refuses to let you go. I got to a point where I simply could not stop listening until it was finished.

A Word of Warning! - Definitely not for the faint-hearted. The book is shocking at times (our 'bad guy' is really bad!) and some of the dialogue had me gasping out loud. How can someone be so cruel?

Warnings aside, this is a well polished, superbly narrated and credible story that is well worth a listen and I for one will be downloading some more from the same author / narrator.


22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 02-16-12

in my top 3

I listen to a new audio book every month usually whilst taking my dogs on a 4 mile evening walk. Some books allow the dogs to have a full 4 miles, some allow them to come out of the kennel, relieve themselves and go back in and occasionally a book takes them to 6 mile doggie heaven......this is one of them.
My favourite talking (and walking) books that have driven the dogs to 6 mile distraction are....
Michelle Paver - Dark Matter. brilliant, brooding, haunting and tiring as i couldn't stop walking!!
Reginald Hill - Woodcutter. Really well read, 8 miler...
Peter Robinson - Before the Poison - different, not his usual character and really enjoyable 7 miler
Michael Robotham - Shatter. Brilliant, as good as woodcutter and before the poison but not quite as haunting as Dark Matter.
Finally, something completely different- Locked on by Tom Clancy, brilliantly read by Lou Diamond Phillips, the talking book equivalent of a Bourne movie!!!




17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Tanya
  • 10-21-10

The best Robotham book so far

If you only read one then this is THE one.

Could not stop listening... bedtime, care, washing up, totally enthralled.

When are we going to get more like this on Audible.
Naration superb..but then I love books read by Sean Barret

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • 04-07-09

Shatter

The first book I have read from this author and was totally absorbed by it. Brilliant reading, as ever, by Sean Barrett. I liked the central character and had great sympathy for him. Not so for his wife! Off to buy another now.

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  • Sid Warburton
  • 02-28-09

Fantastic!

We had never come across this author before, but couldn't wait to finish it, it was gripping,exciting and well paced. Loaned it to my parents, they were listening to it just about all day until they had finished it. Didn't want it to end. will get more by this author.

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  • Mark
  • 12-31-08

I'm hooked on Michael Robotham !

I chose Shatter after I had listened to Lost by the same author. Lost is an excellent read which I would recommend to anyone, this book maintains the very high standard.
It has a very solid and plausible plot which keeps you hooked... and guessing !
I agree that it is a gripping book which you just can't put down, I would thoroughly recommend it.
I am now off to find my next Michael Robotham book !!

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  • Robyn
  • 01-12-14

whew....

Un-switch-off-able! Disturbing in so many ways, yet compelling listening. My first listen from this author, and it won't be my last.

Definitely a book which will stay with me, like Emma Donoghue's, Room. It's uncomfortable, and disturbing. One of those stories that hits close to home for any parent....

Although I could guess what was going to happen, this gave it a sense of distressing inevitability, rather than boring predictability.

A good, if somewhat emotional listen. Well narrated. Will definitely need some light relief after this....

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • 10-11-11

Chilling and gripping!

This book had me gripped from the start. The story didn't always take the turns I wanted it to and is pretty chilling. This was the first Michael Robotham book I have read - it will certainly not be the last.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 10-24-11

Hooked from start to finish

My first audible title and turned out to be a great selection from the vast number of those available. It had me gripped from the first minute and kept me wanting to listen to more each time I pressed the play button.

Story was excellent as was the narration. I felt for the innocent and wanted to get my hands on the 'baddy'.

Highly recommended.

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  • Peter
  • 05-22-15

On the edge of your seat!

At first I thought this story was going to follow a Hollywood plot - that's an unkind thing to say I know. But it soon become obvious this story was in a league of its own and I couldn't wait for every chance to listen to it. On the edge of your seat is a cliché, but it applies to this chilling and perplexing story. Shatter is an excellent book by Michael Robotham - I highly recommend it!

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  • j r tilbrook
  • 02-25-18

Possibly the best audiobook I have heard.

This book grabbed me from start to finish. A gripping and constantly intriguing story line, and characters who are totally believable, brought to vivid life by Sean Barrett's narration.
I now intend to work my way through all the Robotham titles available.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-18

best psychological thriller ever<br />

gripping story from go to woo
believable
Robotham's best yet
another great narration by Sean

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  • Tony Wood
  • 08-03-16

A Gripping Read

A very different kind of story - a psychological thriller where the next move cannot be predicted.
This is the fourth Joe O'Loughlin book I've listened to, and I found I was more attached to this one than the others, and making time to listen to the next instalment.
Overall - a damn good story.

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  • Jo
  • 05-25-16

Leaves you wanting more!

Would you consider the audio edition of Shatter to be better than the print version?

I don't know as I haven't read the print version but the audio version was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it portrays a mothers love for her children and what she will do to protect them.

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  • Linda
  • 09-14-15

Page Turner

I couldn't stop listening. This audio book is full of suspense - the on the edge of your seat kind of suspense, the kind that makes you keep driving for an extra 10km because you desperately need to know what happens next. The kind that stays with you long after you turn the ipod off for the night. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a scare and a shudder at the horror of what goes on in some people's minds.
I have just found out that Michael Robotham is Australian - I must have been living under a rock to have just discovered him now, but I am glad I have!
Sean Barrett does a fantastic job as narrator. He is very articulate, can manage different voices with ease and can be as creepy as all heck.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-23-15

Very Black

A very dark and nasty killer in this one. Kept me listening and Sean Barrett's excellent as usual. Looking forward to more from Michael Robotham. Decided I don't like Joe's wife very much