Regular price: $24.50

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills. Still, he's surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven't had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they're either cursed or hiding a terrible secret-whose discovery Ray can't help suspecting is connected to Rose's disappearance.

©2012 Stef Penney (P)2012 Penguin

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    44
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    38
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Robyn
  • United States
  • 03-25-12

Great narration! Slow story that plods along.

I purchased this audio book based on two things . . . First, Dan Stevens was the narrator and, in my opinion and without a doubt, Dan Stevens is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. He truly enriches any book he reads. Second, after reading the reviews, it sounded like a worthwhile read.

The story was interesting, but it seemed to plod along. It took so long to get through the plot and then it suddenly ended. I liked the two main characters Ray Lovell and JJ and how they shared the story. I felt sympathetic toward both of them . . . especially JJ.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Stacy
  • GOODWATER, ALABAMA, United States
  • 06-21-12

One of the Best Listens Ever

If you could sum up The Invisible Ones in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, Informative, and Touching.

Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

JJ Without a doubt was my favorite. His vocalization of the character added so much life to the story and to the Janko family. It made me feel as if JJ was real and was telling his story.

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

Yes. I admit I am a fan of Dan Stevens' work but I was so moved by his interpretation of this book that the buildup to the 'big reveal' was perfectly executed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Never a Dull Moment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Even people who aren't

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

Yes! A plot within a plot within a plot within a . . .

What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

He is perfect for the book. My book club friends who read the book saw it in a whole new way when I played them exerts of Steven's voices

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

If only it were possible - yes

Any additional comments?

So satisfying I wish I had a cigaret when it ended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great plot and narration keep you reading!

Well constructed and excellently narrated. I did figure out the "mystery" well ahead of the end, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this book. I will be looking for more works by both of these artists.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Once again I erred ...

...because I got it due solely to the narrator. Dan Stevens is great, but, in my opinion the story is lame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Molly
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • 10-21-13

Dreat story, excellent Narrator!

What did you love best about The Invisible Ones?

the characters were wonderfully drawn and the writing was fantastic. Put it all together with one of the best narrators, and it's a hit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I chose this because of the narrator!

Where does The Invisible Ones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audio book. I only chose to listen because of Dan Stevens and his dreamy voice; however, I found I couldn't turn the story off!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved JJ. He was written as such a sweet boy.

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

This was my first Dan Stevens performance. It will not be my last!

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

When JJ was in Lourdes, filling up the cans with holy water. So much sweetness and innocence and love in that character.

Any additional comments?

I love how Dan Stevens's is able to give each character an individual voice without sounding like he is doing an imitation of them. I don't know how to better explain that. The story is interesting and the ending is totally unexpected.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Absorbing!

Dan Stevens performs The Invisible Ones with an wonderful conversational style as though your having coffee with a great story teller. Very clever choice that matches the excellent first person narratives to a T. Stef Penney's novel is a really neat investigation into the culture of travelers. It also blends in the life of a private detective and has a significant oblique exploration into what happens when you do a great job according to the rule book but miss the human factor. It's dark in some places; however, it's not a downer book at all (to my estimation). It's kind of a "Guy" book, I think. It's always a great sign when an author perfectly gets the opposite sex.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Judith
  • Pennington, NJ, United States
  • 02-07-15

A very interesting and unusual story

What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Ones the most enjoyable?

The narration is first rate. I really enjoyed the story about modern day gypsies and the problems small communities have with too much intermarriage. The story is engrossing, and the ending surprising.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked J-J. His story was so personal and interesting

Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

Dan did a great job with both J-J and Ray.