Shirley Barthelmie offers a tension-filled performance of Celia Rees’ paranormal YA novel, The Vanished.
At their school newspaper in a small English town, three students - Alistair, Jake, Cassie - start publishing imaginary ghost stories in their school paper. Soon, readers begin to send in their own tales of the supernatural. Investigating these claims, the three friends stumble on the discovery that children have mysteriously disappeared from their hometown over the past century.
With her British accent, Barthelmie offers a brisk, emphatic performance that rises in inflection and urgency in tension-filled moments.
A tale to make your blood run cold...It all started as stories - playground tales handed down for generations, stories of plague graves, vanished children, and hidden steps leading to a festering underworld. A world so real you could almost smell it....
But when another child goes missing, Fraser wonders if there's some truth in the tales. The dank tunnels running under the city are real enough. Who knows what horrors their depths contain? Only Billy - he knows about a decaying kingdom far more terrifying than anyone could imagine.
the story wasn't bad. but the reader must have had a head cold b/c there was a lot of wheezing and background noise.
I'd pass on this one.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A more in depth storyline, fully developed characters and better narrator.
Would you ever listen to anything by Celia Rees again?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was disappointed. There was a good foundation for a brilliant story, but it never really hit the mark.