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The Next Chapter

By: Bryn T. Jones
Narrated by: David J. Bell
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Publisher's Summary

Sal Russo, a down-and-out writer, finds a mysterious package in his garden. Inside, a manuscript details a girl's abduction. It ends with a note: Write the next chapter in her life or she dies. Her fate is in your hands.

With breaking news of the missing girl, Sal realizes this isn't a prank. As the stakes rise, the girl's only hope for survival is for Sal to stay one step ahead of her tormentor in this twisted writing game.

The Next Chapter spins a plot that will keep you guessing right up to the end, moving forward at breakneck speed as the clock ticks down to the final confrontation.

©2009 Bryn Jones (P)2016 Bryn Jones

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This story is everything you love about classic mystery and modern thriller. There are nagging questions that build with each chapter just as some very well-written characters get more and more complex. The tension that drives the underlying narrative makes this book a quick listen, because it is difficult to stop. One of my favorite things about the writing is the way Jones integrates the crime-scene forensics that we've all come to love without getting lost (and boring!) in the minutia of details. Always simmering below the main plot are the character interactions that meet the listner on very common ground of strained relationships, fidelity, jealousy and pride. Jones has a talent for taking some classic elements in very unexpected directions and always with an unrelenting hopefulness.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review but I enjoyed the book so much I am going to check other books from the author.

David J. Bell was very good with the delivery of the story

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Interesting and compelling. Couldnt stop at times

What made the experience of listening to The Next Chapter the most enjoyable?

Story line was compelling and interesting. A book that I definitely wished I had farther to drive at times, so I could listen more.

Started a little slow, but lots of intrigue after that that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Solid thriller book.

Have you listened to any of David J. Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - very solid job though.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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A Great listen

What did you love best about The Next Chapter?

This book kept me interested on my commute while driving so much I had missed my turn a couple of times. It was a good mystery that will have you guessing the who and why. The narrator did a good job with all the different characters voices.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free for a honest review.

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The next chapter

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This is a suspense novel has the elements of thrilling story If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, this is an audiobook for you.

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The Next Chapter

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

This is a mystery / thriller full of suspense and intrigue. There are many characters whose lives intersect over the course of the plot. Add a bit of hinted at romance, career over family, loss of family, grief, mourning, and extra twists that I hadn't expected!!


The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

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saved by steady action & some decent character dev

A psychopath is abducting and killing teenage girls. He threatens Sal Russo, a Christian writer to write one chapter after another to save his latest victim. Russo recently lost his wife and daughter in a car accident and is so distraught, he goes along with the scheme, getting in deeper and deeper, until the lines are blurred as to who is the criminal.

The police commander investigating the case is fighting his own demons as he tries to unravel the case. It doesn’t help that the corrupt police force is against him at every turn. Politics and cronyism seem far more important to his superiors than solving the case.

The Next Chapter is a crime novel in the traditional sense, with a dose of Christian dogma thrown in for some reason. Some listeners may find this off-putting, but left this listener simply scratching his head, why was it there, what was the point? It is easily ignored and shouldn’t discourage crime fans from the larger story.

The story moves along pretty well, with enough suspense and turns to keep the listener engaged. There is no real mystery as to who is the criminal, rather if he’ll get caught, or if Russo will get himself so entangled that he’ll never get free.

The story is performed by David Bell who is mostly distracting throughout the story. He is not a bad narrator, just a poor choice for this novel, rather dry and unemotional. The character voices don’t seem to match very well either. Production issues plagued the sound quality as well, and if you listen with earphones, you will hear distracting mouth noises.

This is a pretty entertaining story with too many sub-plots, many of which seem difficult to believe. It is saved by steady action and some decent character development. Unfortunately, the narrator didn’t add to the story and may be a deal breaker for many listeners. Listen to an audio sample to decide for yourself.

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The Next Chapter

This was a great book!The suspense throughout is nerve wracking.A man is in mourning for his wife and daughter who died in an accident.He is an author and after six months,the publisher wants his book as promised.The next day a horrible surprise is left on the authors porch.It will change his life,as well as others. David J Bell is a wonderful narrator.I was given this book free by the author,narrator,or publisher.

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Intriguing & Suspenseful

Where does The Next Chapter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rate The Next Chapter out of my 250+ books in the top 75.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story was slow to get started but once it got going, I was engaged and involved. At points throughout the story I was on the edge of my seat but not throughout the entire story.

Have you listened to any of David J. Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't listened to any other performances by David J. Bell

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I did not listen to this book all in one sitting and probably wouldn't. The narration was not quite what the book required and was hard to get used to. David J. Bell needs to add more inflection into his narrating so that he can engage the listener more.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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Could've done without the Christian dogma

It took me a really long time to get into this book. At about three hours in it was finally getting interesting. I love the plot and how everything played out. I quite enjoyed both of the main characters, and the bad guy is one of those that you just love to hate. Although I really could've done without the Christian dogma that was scattered throughout the book. It really put a damper on how much I enjoyed the book.

The narrator gave a good performance. Though his voice is somewhat sedate.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Intriguing storyline, unrealistic filler

I read in other reviews a common thread of "the story starts slow." I did not find that to be true for me. Instead, I rather liked the beginning more than the middle and ending. It was a story I was quite ready to end about an hour earlier than it did. It is not a consistent book in its flow and action. It does, however, have an intriguing storyline that helps build the pressure. I was a little off-put by the Christian vibe that kept popping up - gave the book an unrealistic element it really could have done without since there were already so many unrealistic stretches of disbelief.
The narrator was intolerable unless listened to at a much faster speed and even then it was a bit numbing. Not sure why I gave him 3 stars. I guess because I was able to get used to the voice so that it didn't annoy me.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.