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Carl Herbold enjoys being bad. After all, he is terrifyingly good at it. Stimulated by violence, he and his brother, Cecil, had easily graduated from being juvenile delinquents to full-blown killers. And when Carl, serving a life sentence in an Arkansas penitentiary, carries out a daring escape with a fellow inmate, he heads back to where he began - Blewer County, Texas - and sets in motion events that will threaten and change lives forever.

Anna Corbett had been widowed right before her son was born. Beset by debt and personal tragedy, she faces the toughest challenge of her life - holding on to the ranch that is her son's birthright - unaware that she is at the center of Carl Herbold's vengeful plan. Ezzy Hardge is a retired lawman who is haunted by the one crime he sacrificed everything to solve, but could not. And Jack Sawyer, a seemingly easygoing cowboy and drifter whose past is shrouded in mystery, understands Herbold's twisted mind and his hate-filled lust for vengeance. Risking exposure of his own troubled past, Jack arrives at Anna Corbett's ranch asking for work, but in reality hoping to protect the innocent deaf woman and her young son from Herbold's rage.

Carl Herbold's prison break draws them inexorably toward a day of reckoning: Ezzy, an over-the-hill peace officer seeking redemption; Jack, a man stalked by dark secrets he can no longer outrun; and Anna, a beautiful woman locked in silence and self-imposed isolation. All must grapple with their own demons before their tumultuous confrontation with a diabolical killer.

©1998 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd.; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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  • Cathryn
  • Allegan, MI, United States
  • 03-12-03

Unspeakable - unbelievable!

Excellent book! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to listen to it. John Henry Cox is a wonderful storyteller. Great voice! Although, I was able to guess some of what would happen, there were so many twists and turns at the end - it kept me guessing. 14 hours is worth it!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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C+

I enjoyed many of Sandra's books, but this one I found to be full of depressing, twisted situations and left me feeling that only evil wins in this book. The author has a morbid fascination for detail that is a put off in my opinion. The rape and murder of a 14yr old girl does not need to be expanded in detail. Why the author thinks this will be interesting for the reader is a "mystery" to me. Also the vulgarity in this book is over done. Most of the men in this book are portrayed as so low and disgusting that it leaves me to think this is only the author's view made evident. The narrator made the child out to be an annoying little brat with a whining voice that was almost too unbearable to hear. I probably won't buy any more of her books. I rate this selection a C+ only because I couldn't wait to hear the end where I expected justice to prevail in some sick sort of way. Uhhhhg!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 12-15-10

An Excellent Thriller

It has been a while but I listened to this book twice and it sticks in my mind as an excellent thriller with strong characters, plot twists, and great narration. Sincerely it is one of Brown's best.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice
  • Enfield, CT, USA
  • 10-16-03

Enjoyable

This book kept moving and kept my interest all the way through. Very interesting story. There was enough background on each character woven in to give you understanding and get to know them without being too much to get boring. I found myself not wanting to stop listening and get out of the car. I also found myself yelling at the characters at points to look out or be careful. I found myself really hating the bad guys and cheering when they got what they deserved. The ending was interesting and tied up all the questions you had through out the story. I recommend this book highly. It shoud definitely keep you entertained. There was really not much at all in this story that was predictable. Actually, quite a few unpredictable things happen throughout.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Unspeakable is un...just okay

I am a fan of SB, but this one was mediocre...entertaining, but not a have to listen/read. I found myself wandering and missing part of the story, only to not miss much. The story contains several subplots that intertwine with the main plot. The deaf woman is interesting, but her son is sickening. Jack, who appers out of nowhere and has a mysterious background, is the superhero who saves the day. This story has several murders including some shocking ones that are unexpected. Seems like it is the same storyline just in a different part of the country and with accents. I am not sure if it was the narration or the story forumula of which I am tiring. There is always a prominent female character, a child(or one on the way), and 2-3 male characters. Some are extremely evil and while there is at least one with a dubious background. There is always someone on the run...blah, blah, Perhaps I need a break from SB.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A fun read

Fast moving and typical of this author who knows how to keep your attention and not let the cat out of the bag.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • 02-16-10

Unspeakable

First time I have done a review, this book is AWFUL!!I can not even make it through, the narrator is that bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great!

This is the third SB book I've tried and was far far superior to the other two. I loved this book!! All of the characters were believable and flawed. It was suspenseful and thrilling. I hated the "bad guys" so much by the end, I couldn't wait for them to get theirs!!! I went back and listened to the end again. I highly recommend this book but credit user beware.... Some of the violence is gut churning., and one scene in an underage girl. The details are kept from us,as far as, a moment by moment of her torture, but enough to know the true evil of the escaped convicts. Anyway- I will definitely listen to this book again!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nice break

The information contained about the deaf is fairly accurate. There could have been a few more things added about etiquette dealing with the deaf community that would have been beneficial. The plot held together generally and the book was a nice break. The only weak spot to was the child, but he had a small part

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unspeakable

Any additional comments?

Audiobook read by John Henry Cox, 14 hours of listening. The story arc, as a whole, is formulaic. Cowboy with mysterious past is hired by an old rancher with a widowed and deaf daughter-in-law and her small son. Guess what? Yeup, the cowboy and the widow fall in love … this was predictable early in the process of defining the characters. No surprise in a beautiful-woman-meets handsome-cowboy-scenario.<br/><br/>Given the predictable basics, Unspeakable is a good title, because the behavior of the bad guys will make you squirm. The interesting aspects of the story are in the peripheral characters, a retired sheriff obsessed with a 20-year old cold case, the old rancher and his love for his daughter-in-law, the absolutely Unspeakable acts of his psychopathic stepsons.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • graeme
  • 02-19-12

excellent audiobook. great story really enjoyed it

Have listened to this audio book twice now, and have enjoyed the story both times. couldnt stop listening and even had to continue listening, when car up drive after I had returned hom