• The Boy They Tried to Hide

  • The true story of a son, forgotten by society
  • By: Shane Dunphy
  • Narrated by: Shane Dunphy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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The Boy They Tried to Hide

By: Shane Dunphy
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Publisher's Summary

The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling true account of how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction....

Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at night to go deep into the woods near their home. He has spoken of meetings with a friend, Thomas, but no one else has seen him or knows who he is.

As Shane tries to discover what's going on, a sexual predator he helped bring to justice years before reappears. The man is looking to settle a score and has picked someone close to Shane as his next victim.

In The Boy They Tried to Hide, Shane Dunphy revisits cases he encountered during his time as a child protection worker and journalist and, in doing so, once again discovers that leaving the past behind is harder than it seems.

©2016 Shane Dunphy (P)2016 Hodder Headline Limited

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Gripping

Heard a little bit of this story on Spooked podcast, intrigued both by the author and his soothing voice I downloaded it. So glad I did. Listened every spare moment. Will be downloading another Dunphy book for sure.

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interesting

heard about this story on Spooked podcast, this audible is a great exploration into the details of the story. there are a few editing blips but overall solid story amd performance. would recommemd

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Engaging, well narrated

Has the pace of an urban fantasy novel. Poses a lot of good questions about society, the world, and the paranormal without forcing any sort of answer. An engaging listen. I loved the author's narration, though there were some parts where the audio track crackled and I wish there was a longer pause between chapters to allow more time to settle

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Listen to the “Spooked” podcast story instead

Like most others, I came to this story from the telling on the WNYC podcast “Spooked”. The story seemed compelling enough on the show: A lonely young boy continually receives the nightly company of an old folk tale thought to be dead for over twenty years.
The podcast left me wanting to know more, so, I bought the book thinking that I would gain some more insight to the spectral story. Sadly, the paranormal story of a young boy in a dark wood is only 10% (IF THAT) of this book. The rest covers the lackluster accounts of a vengeful sexual deviant, and a misfit young man who dies while imprisoned. At least in the podcast telling of the story, the author made mention that the boy could be getting lured into some sexual predators clutches with the help of another young child. That, at least, would have been a more interesting telling than the one laid out in this book.
This book seems to have the intention of wanting to appear as a memoir/fiction tale, when really, they would be better left as journal entries in the authors cabinet.

Aside from the misleading title, the audiobook is FILLED TO THE BRIM with glaring editing mistakes, poor audio quality, amateurish writing, and a mediocre reading by the author himself. I know some may like it when an author reads there own work, trust me, this is not one of them.
Save you money or your tokens, and listen to the podcast “A Friend In The Forest” by SPOOKED.

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Misleading title but good story

I initially heard part of this story on the podcast Spooked. I was very intrigued about the supernatural aspects of the ghost boy. However, when I started listening to the book I discovered that this was a pretty small part of the book. The book has three different stories going on. 1. Ghost boy in forest 2. Investigation into a death in a prison 3. Interactions with a psychopath. I felt that the ghost boy was only 20% of the story. Overall the story was pretty interesting but I feel that the main point of the book was exposing a flawed legal system.

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Entertaining Read

Heard about this story on the Spooked podcast, so decided to take a listen. Author’s voice and delivery sounds like a fireside story time, which was very entertaining. There were some audio and editing edits (I.e static on occasion, a few pauses, etc) but nothing that detracted from the story in the least. Would recommend to friends!

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GREAT STORY

Enjoyed the details and Irish accent of the author/narrator. Audio has a few hiccups but nothing you can not understand. I have listed to it numerous times that’s how much I enjoy it.

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Great story!

A few editing issues, but not enough to detract from the story. I have recommended to others.

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A lot going on.

This book consists of 3 tales apparently happening simultaneously took the narrator/ author. Each could have made for its own book or short story. Was a little too much for me but I know life doesn't happen in plot form. Excellent listen though. I like it when the author narrates their books like they are sitting by the fire telling you a story. This was pretty close to that.

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Fascinating story, very well narrated by the author. Entertaining from beginning to end. The sound quality left a lot to be desired, as the story skipped in many places, played static and interference.

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  • Al
  • 11-17-20

Fantastic narrative, production needs work

This is the third audiobook I have purchased by Shane Dunphy. All three are beautifully written and narrated, but this audiobook needs some serious work on the production. All through it there are clicks and pops, no silences between chapters which makes Shane sound like he's rushing through it, and at the end it seems the production was abandoned altogether. We can hear Shane pause to turn pages and even repeat phrases.

Shane writes beautifully and narrates with such conviction that you are transported back to environments he was in. For this reason I highly recommend The Boy They Tried To Hide.

Shame about the recording.

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  • Jennifer Jefferson
  • 12-08-19

Poorly presented

The reading was dreadful. No pauses where there should have been, and very long pauses in other sections , sentences repeated, and the sound of the page turning at one point. Spoilt a good tale.

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  • jamie
  • 06-28-19

Brillant and very engaging

I finished it in less the 24 hours. It's fine through so many topics. Highly recommend it.

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  • DnA
  • 01-05-17

Boring

I found this book quite boring but i had to finish it.. I didn't chose very well and returned the book

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  • Matt T
  • 01-21-22

a great little story

a great little story, with sadness and some joy, well written and read. unexpected twists and some unnerving parts to the story with sadly a few expected tragedies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-21

Really enjoyed this book .

True stories are always the best. Very well narrated. Looking forward to reading more of his books

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  • Em&Me
  • 11-19-20

Terrible recording, brilliant book

The recording on this is awful; the listener can loudly hear pages being turned, sometimes the sentences repeat, sometimes there is terrible fuzzy noise over the recording (and not the outside recordings, I mean the studio ones), occasionally there are gaps in the middle of a sentence.
Where was the sound editor?

Although I have written all of that about the sound I have to give this 5 stars. As always, Shane Dunphy is tenacious and brilliant. He has written his own story and tells it with dignity.

As with all of Shane Dunphy’s books, the story isn’t an easy listen, but it is a necessary one.

Brilliant.

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  • Teresa
  • 08-05-20

Super

I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it very very thought provoking . Shane has a very enjoyable voice to listen to.

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  • Deirdre Byrne
  • 12-13-19

Rambling nonsense.

Unfortunately not for me. I found the story quite boring and disjointed. The characters were flat which is very surprising considering this is a "true account". Descriptions were clumsy and a lot of it felt like filler. The authors take on rural Ireland didn't sit well with me, it didn't make any sense for a young man who took his own life to have only 2/3 people at his funeral, even if he was a criminal, that's absurd.
Why did the kids speak like 3 year olds? Gregory who was supposed to be very bright spoke like a peasant child from the 1700's. The narration grated on me as well, the voices were almost cartoonish at times, Ballsack was ridiculous and his voice actually changed a few times.
Really disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book.