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Publisher's Summary

There’s something wrong with this family.

Mary Shaw’s the doting mother, showering her children with gifts from the heart and the pocketbook. Wes Shaw’s different than his siblings - darker, awkward, the perpetual ne’er-do-well.

The Shaws have survived divorce and death, but something sinister is in their midst. The truth threatens to tear them apart. The lies threaten to tear them apart.

There’s no neutral ground, no place to hide. Ultimately, each family member must make a choice with irreversible consequences.

Adult language and sexual content.

©2017 Phil M. Williams (P)2017 Phil M. Williams

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Throughly enjoyed this book!

Great job again Mr. Williams!
It's a peek inside the life a sociopath. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride! I really like books that pull you into the characters. I felt real sympathy for Wes, one of the main characters of the book. His journey for truth was exciting, heartbreaking, and enlightening.
The author writes true to real life situations and isn't afraid to offend. I appreciate that in a writer, because life is sometimes offensive. I like it to be told how it is.
The narrators are top notch as well!
Another great book Phil!

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Didn't finish the first chapter

I devour psychological thrillers but this was vile! Not to give too much away but practically the opening scene was him graphically masturbating in a sock while watching rape porn, imagining he was doing the teacher at school. And I don't mind foul language but that too was WAY over the top. Narration was horrible too. Just terrible.

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Good basis but very disappointing

The story had a good start and the characters were solid (although the narrator did horrendous with different character voices) but even though there was quite a few dramatic instances in the characters' lives nothing ever really 'happened'. There was absolutely no climax. There could have been at several points. Just felt like a dramatic daily life. And there was no closure for one of the main characters. Not everything needs to be spelled out but come on Wesley just kind of disappeared without any finality.

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So many issues (and i never write reviews)

Would you try another book from Phil M. Williams and/or the narrators?

Ok so first of all, I never write reviews on here, so you know that I mean business.

Let's start with the narration. The different voices for each family members was a good idea in theory, I'm sure. However, in reality, the voices they picked for Wes' family were just awful. The mother was by far the most annoying narrator.

And the plot. Or lack there of, I should say. I can't figure out why this book was written. Like, what's the takeaway? There is zero climax, and I just kept waiting for something to happen.

AND if you think that's not enough, the book literally skips months at a time but for no reason, just so that different scenarios could happen, like family holidays, etc. HOWEVER, it would be much easier to follow and much more fluid if it was simply written to take place over a much shorter period of time, with flashbacks from each of the characters to build up the story rather than jumping six months at a time.

Warning you so you don't waste a credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Phil M. Williams again?

Unlikely.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Definitely not.

What character would you cut from No Conscience?

The ones who were in it but nothing about them got resolved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another great book by an amazing author!

Great book as always. I know when I start a Phil Williams book, I'm not going to be able to put it down.

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Wish I could get that 7 hours back

The story premise was good, execution was poor. The mom should have gotten her just.

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Great book

This is a great book. Like all of Phil Williams books this book held my attebtuon feom the beginning.

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  • Finn
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  • 02-24-18

The narration was the worst - story pretty good

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok - I had a long ride and it was ok to listen to (although Mary's voice was sooooo awful). I just kept waiting for the payoff and it never happened. Aside from Wes's transformation, Joe and Allison - all the characters were horrible. They had no empathy, pity or redeemable qualities.

Would you recommend No Conscience to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't recommend this book. It had so much potential, but it fell short in so many places. The narration (the voice of the mother was the worst I've ever heard) made me want to return the book several times.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Glad you asked - this was the WORST narration I've ever heard. I can't even describe how irritating Mary's voice was listening to - awful!

Was No Conscience worth the listening time?

No.

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Worst narration ever!!!

The narration was so horrendous I can’t even comment on the story!! Do not waste your time or your money or even a free credit.

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Interesting

I found this book interesting and I listened to it quickly. I thought the male narrator was great but not the female. When she spoke the parts of Mary they sounded annoyingly contrived. It distracted from the book so that I wished I had read vs listened.