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A dark cloud of suspicion and fear continues to hang over the town of Promise Falls.

A series of bizarre, ominously threatening incidents suggests someone is plotting to take revenge on the town. But who is the perpetrator, and revenge for what?

Now the time for threats is over. And the inhabitants are about to discover the truth, with devastating consequences.

©2016 Linwood Barclay (P)2016 Recorded Books LLC

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  • J Crosse
  • 09-26-16

brilliant!

Linwood Barclay is a genius! Jeff Harding is a great narrator. Wonderful story and a thrilling finish to a fantastic trilogy!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Holiday Reader
  • 10-11-16

A good book, kept me guessing to the end

Would you consider the audio edition of The Twenty-Three to be better than the print version?

The only thing I didn't like was Jeff Hardings' American drawl, and he was even worse doing the female voices! The previous two Promise Falls books had great narrators.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the police officer Barry Duckworth who added comedy intervals with his endless battle with cake!

What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s performance?

Annoying whining drawl

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

It made me laugh in places, and at times exasperated as the prime suspects kept getting killed off.

Any additional comments?

The Promise Falls trilogy needs to be read in order obviously. The last book has all the answers but it still leaves it open to further books. I really enjoyed these books.

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  • Lorraine
  • 10-05-16

Poor ending.

After having to wait for this the third book for an ending I found it very poor. The story was filled with lots of irrelevant content and the ending was very rushed and unfinished. Linwood has really let his readers down with this one.

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  • MargBlue72
  • 10-02-16

I'm definitely not moving to Promise Falls!

I thought Broken Promise was okay, but really enjoyed Far From True and this third and final book in the trilogy, was for me the best. I'd definitely recommend reading or listening to the other two first though. The story has several plot lines running in tandem and I like the way he uses characters from earlier books, although I haven't read all of his earlier books. I enjoyed Jeff Harding's narration, although some of his female characters can be a little whinny. I don't want to spoil the plot, but you'll be thinking twice before drinking tap water whilst you listen to this book.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-13-16

Keeps you guessing till the end.

I've 'read' all of this author's books & have never been disappointed. This book has a very intriguing plot with lots of twists and turns.

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  • DEBORAH
  • 10-09-16

As always brilliant, first class

Excellent listen had you involved from beginning to end. Can't wait for the next instalment. Linwood Barclay can't write them quick enough!! Hurry up and write the next one!! Please 📚

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  • Taghrid Jammoul
  • 10-06-16

Brilliant

The best in this series yet. Can't wait to read the others. Loved every minute of it

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  • pensioners rule
  • 09-30-16

Another winner for Linwood Barclay

Although I'm an avid fan of Mr Barclays books and can admit I'm a little biased but this climax to the trio of Promise Falls got me guessing right to the end plenty of twists and a possibility he hasnt finished in Promise Falls I recommend this to all thriller readers but you need to read Broken promise and Far from true first. Thanks Linwood and please hurry with next one

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  • Mr Brian Rogers
  • 09-11-17

Terrible delivery of a great story.

The narrator's staccato delivery absolutely ruined this book for us. I will look out for and avoid any book narrated by Mr Harding in future.

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  • Verner
  • 07-09-17

Small town USA - very strange as usual

Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Jeff Harding?

The intro was good and captured your interest but it felt like the intro went on into the main body and only ended near the conclusion. The narrative developed well and was consistent and mostly believable - given it was small town USA.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Like a good Agatha Christie all the suspects were in the plot. Did not appreciate all of the false leads - some were far too obvious.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Generally good. Not sure about the characters under stress.

Could you see The Twenty-Three being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Lots of bodies is usually attractive to a movie execs though probably too close to reality to be taken up.

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  • Joe
  • 04-07-17

Guessing to the end

After the second one, this was starting to become a soap opera. Jeff Harding saved it. I have always been a fan of his and his ominous voice, when he warns some one.

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  • Mackster
  • 12-20-16

Why change the Narrator?

Really wrecked the series by changing the narrator. After listening to the first 2 books in quick succession- I couldn't finish this one due to the annoying change of characters voices. And the girls voices were just plain pathetic. Will try one if his earlier stand alone books.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-12-16

Absolutely incredible

What can I say .... Thanks linwood Barclay for yet another nail biter! Incredible read! I love everything this guy writes