The Other Side of the Wall

Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Sylvia looks out her bedroom window at night and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbor's garden. But the pond is empty, and no one is answering the door. Wondering if night feeds and sleep deprivation are getting to her, she hurriedly retreats. Besides, the fact that a local child has gone missing must be preying on her mind.

Then, a week later, she hears the sound of a man crying through her bedroom wall. The man living next door, Sam, has recently moved in. His wife and children are away for the summer, and he joins them at weekends. Sylvia finds him friendly and helpful, yet she becomes increasingly uneasy about him.

Then Sylvia's little daughter wakes one night, screaming that there's a man in her room. This is followed by a series of bizarre disturbances in the house. Sylvia's husband insists it's all in her mind, but she is certain it's not - there's something very wrong on the other side of the wall.

©2017 Andrea Mara (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 06-28-18

The narrator is not good.

I’m not even halfway through this book and I’m so annoyed by the narrator’s voice. Her tone is constantly high and low. At this point I have no idea what is going on with the book.

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Narrator ruined the book

I was so excited to listen to this book, but I could not get passed the narrator; No problem with pronunciation but she has a sort of lilting, sing song way of reading that actually made me cringe. Each sentence starts on a higher note and then fades to a lower pitch. I felt like I was listening to nursery rhymes.....Could not handle it so I abandoned listening after about an hour. Wanted to return the book but could not see any option for doing so. It may well be an incredible novel but I'm not prepared to wade through the narration.

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Misery loves company

A hauntingly good tale reminiscent of Stephen King, Ruth Ware, and many others. The threads of the story reveal their importance by the end...slow burn worth but the wait.

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Mysterious and suspenseful till the end!

Good book, good story, awesome characters, although I think that once read it, you will notice there are some uncomplete gaps in the story that will remain stuck to your imagination and that's the only reason why I've not given it 5 stars. Didn't like much the end due to the fact that it leaves you with some questions unanswered. If you like mystery and murders, this is a good option! Very good murderer, never bumped into such a cruel chatacter before since I'm used to reading these kind of stories all the time! Marvelous character!

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Wow

Great listen. Couldn’t stop. Excellent narration. Great story with lots of twists & turns. A must read. Will not disappoint.

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Suspenseful

I really enjoyed this story, kept me in suspense. I had some difficulty keeping up with the different characters.

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Worst narrator ever!

Don’t buy it!!! Worse narrator ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just listen to the sample. The narrator uses the same 4-7 singsong notes/cadence on almost EVERY sentence! Don’t think I can listen to it for 13 hours. Started it when I left work heading home. It was already irritating the s**t out of me before I got halfway home (15-20 minute trip). Terrible. Have to wonder if the folks at Audible even listened to it before they published it. Awful. Just awful. A friend remarked, “She sounds like she has an umbrella shoved up her pinched british arse.”

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  • 06-02-18

Disappointing

The narrator was dreadful. Her character voices were good but otherwise strange rise and fall.

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  • Treehugger
  • 09-27-19

OMG I couldn't get further than chapter 12....🙄😕

I'm sorry, but this incredibly slow-moving story with all kinds of side plots that seemed to be leading nowhere down blind alleys was bad enough... but the narrator's voice with its sanctimonious, snooty gentility just set my teeth on edge!!! 😬😬😬😬 Seriously it literally sounded like she was sneering at the story and sneering at every single character. She delivered every single passage in exactly the same slow, slithery, snooty uncaring tone, regardless of whether the character was hurrying, there was any urgency, they were upset or they were happy.. she just sounded exactly the same the entire time. Her incredibly genteel posh accent also contrasted rather painfully with the down-to-earth Irish characters. At least she could do an Irish accent for the bits of dialogue ( unless they were thinking something to themselves, when their voices reverted to the posh BBC Queen's English 🤣). I just found the story so irritating because of the narrator's sing-song supercilious voice that I literally couldn't progress any further than chapter 12 (by which time nothing had happened apart from a woman imagining something bizarre in the night, some irritating work colleagues, mild domestic bickering and some neighbours moving in) and had to abandon it! I'm sorry but I no longer give a toss what happens next door and looking for another new book - which I am now carefully screening to make sure it doesn't have the same narrator!!!!

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  • Sophie Grenham
  • 11-06-18

A multifaceted plot by a strong storyteller

The narrator badly needs to learn an Irish accent and how to pronounce certain words.

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  • Dr. N. Bescoby-chambers
  • 07-23-20

Great!

Really enjoyed the story and kept me hooked. Slightly confused at times with which character was which, as it kept swapping at random parts, but didn't spoil the story. Hated the narrator, which shows how good the story was that I didn't abandon it because of her. It's definately one I will recommend to my friends

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  • Laura Egan
  • 04-26-20

Distracting Narrator

Enjoyable story. Narration not great. Poor Irish accents. Narration did not match characters and was quite distracting.

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  • Elizabeth Mackay
  • 09-18-18

Dreadful irish accent

Dreadful irish accent (from an Irish listener), pity an irish person wasn’t narrating. The voices and pitches just really irked me and made it quite difficult to finish. ‘arra begorrah’ accent distracts Story is lacking.

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  • Emer
  • 08-10-18

great story with plenty of twist

Loved this story, its just so exciting. lots of twists and turns. The dates are important because the story goes forward and back while you piece the story together. Performance isn't this best, but the character voices are quite good I found it easier to listen to at x1.5 speed. It evens out the pitch.