• Ransom

  • By: Lois Duncan
  • Narrated by: Kim McKean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Ransom

By: Lois Duncan
Narrated by: Kim McKean
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Editorial reviews

A tale of interwoven lives and interdependent fates, Ransom is an adventurous and fast-paced piece of young-adult fiction. In this novel by Lois Duncan, five high schoolers find themselves in the captivity of a mysterious criminal. How will these students, each from different walks of life, learn to get along? And more importantly, how will they survive if their families can't meet the ransom demands?  Kim McKean's performance is thrilling. Her voice turns the excitement of Duncan's novel into a visceral feeling.

Publisher's summary

The lives of five captives hang in the balance while their families gather the ransom. Two brothers, their family frantic to find their sons. A loner whose uncle doesn’t even know he’s missing. An Army brat whose family will never be able to raise enough money. And a cheerleader who can’t count on her stepdad, but knows her father will come through.

©1966 Lois Duncan Cardoza (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting, Spectactular, Detailed Imagery

Very good but the narration was kind of off. Still a 5 out of 5.

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Terrible narrator

The book shouldn’t be listened to just read. I’ve listened to a couple books read by this lady and I cringe as soon as I hear her voice. I just keep forgetting her name but I won’t forget now. She speaks as if you’re an idiot, slow AF. Her voice makes any good book into a bad book. Authors take notice, she sucks. If you look up other books read by this lady the reviews always mention her god awful reading. I hate to leave bad reviews about this book, because the story was ok, but SHE just ruined it.

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Not much.

Characters seemed sporadic and hard to care about, story just seemed all over the place and the accents of the narrator had me finding it hard to listen to some parts seriously.

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Read years ago, really enjoyed listening to it now

Good character devs, the good actors seemed to grow and be better, the selfish of the bad actors did not show growth. That was sad, but unfortunately true to life so many times.

Narration well done.

Have actually met author and found her delights.

Highly recommended.

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Waste of time really just a stupid book in my opinion

It was a freebie so I went ahead and listen till the end but I do not recommend this book the narrator was awful the storyline was awful and the way it ended just stupid

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It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great

First off, the narrator did a terrible job with the Hispanic accent. It sounded more like Russian or something. This was a story about a handful of kids getting kidnapped. There wasn't anything memorable or really even likable about the characters. Turns out one kid was really a piece of work in some of the choices he's already made in his life. Bumbling kidnappers and a few scenarios that were just not terribly believable. I'd hoped for a better read.

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who talks like that?

The story line would have been great if the diction wasnt so horrible. Very hard to finish this book because the characters were so unrealistic with the words the author chose to have the characters speak or think.

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Good story, bad accent

The story was okay, overall. The narrator had a horrible Spanish accent. The characters were pretty simple.

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Enjoyable story

Sadly the narrator does a terrible job on the male voices. Also she needs to learn what a Spanish accent sounds like, she turned Mexican Juan into a really bad accented French man.

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Couldn’t finish it

The reader sounds like she doesn’t know how to read aloud, and the story is written in such proper grammar and wording that it’s hard to believe that’s how modern teens are talking and internally monologuing. Awful. Just awful.

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