The Unseeing

Narrated by: Liz Pearce
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
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Edgar Award Winner, Best Paperback Original, 2018

It is 1837, and the city streets teem with life, atmosphere, and the stench of London. Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, has been sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Edmund Fleetwood, an idealistic lawyer, is appointed to investigate Sarah's petition for mercy and consider whether justice has been done. Struggling with his own demons, he is determined to seek out the truth, yet Sarah refuses to help him. Edmund knows she's hiding something but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone with a child would go willingly to their own death? 

The Unseeing is a vividly written novel of human frailty, fear, and manipulation and of the terrible consequences of jealousy and misunderstanding. 

©2016 Anna Mazzola (P)2017 Recorded Books
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Excruciating

If historical authenticity is your thing, you might enjoy this very carefully researched book. However, the story is so slow that I ended up skipping the entire middle of the book just to get to the end. The characters are well drawn and researched, but the plot drags its feet so slowly that it felt almost painful working my way to the final, extremely well- earned plot twist at the end.

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Slow and Tedious

The author is talented I just felt the story was slow and tedious. Would make a better short story. Not enough going on for hours.

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Six Hours in and Going in Circles

A big fan of historical fiction, I was very interested as I started listening to this “based on a true story” book about Sarah Gale convicted of helping James Greenacre murder and dismember Hannah Brown in 1836. However, half way into the book, there is still no progress into why Sarah Gale is not helping her lawyer, Edmund Fleetwood or explaining what happened. Greenacre has been executed for the murder and seemingly there is no reason for Sarah Gale to keep quiet about her part or her knowledge of what happened. She has appealed for mercy, yet does nothing to help herself. She has a young child whom she loves and who needs her. With hours left to go, no movement, and constantly going in circles, I’m giving up on this one. I imagine I would have enjoyed it if it was shorter and more to the point. ☹

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Wonderful Story

Well written, Engaging story. Characters came to life and the twists and turns kept me reading. The narrator did an excellent reading and I will look for more of her books. A good narrator makes a book come alive.

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Amazing

A really good story with a great narrator!! A must read for lovers of historical fiction!

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The Unseeing

This is a part factual and part fictional story of a woman in the 1800s convicted of aiding disposal of a murdered woman in England. The historical facts of her imprisonment in the notorious Newgate prison and the conditions inside the prison are eye opening. The description of life for the population not in prison borders on the conditions of the times given by Charles Dickens. .
Although macabre it is a fascinating book. I recommend it.

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sara

loved it! kept me on the edge of my seat! I liked the historic information at the end

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Great Thriller

This story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great narration.

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Story Dragged

The only reason we finished this book is because we were on a road trip

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Amazing read

Short & sweet review until I’ve a full one up: If you were into “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood, you’ll love this novel. Set in the 1800s, a woman faces death for being an accessory to a crime that she claims to have known nothing about. What follows next illustrates how the justice system was corrupt back then, how certain elements of it will always be corrupt if we keep this standard of justice seeking & how it affected women & children of the time. It was a really engaging read & I ended up nearly filling the rest of my review journal (50 pages or so) of just notes on this novel for a review for next week.

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