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The Wrong Girl

1st Freak House Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Series: First Freak House, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant, and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

©2013 C. J. Archer (P)2017 Tantor

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Good story but...

Be prepared for the females to have SUCH SHRILL VOICES! I had to turn it off twice just because she was giving me a headache!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Read Instead

I don't want to be mean, but the narrator made this book feel like a punishment. The voices she tried to use were so annoying it was like nails on a chalkboard. It made me cringe. The story itself did not seem to have much of a plot. The concept sounded funny and caught my attention, but it never lived up to my hopes. Sorry, I think I'm going to return this one.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too much talking and not enough resolution

Based on this book, I removed other CJ Archer books from my wishlist. A pretty cover and a good name for any book, doesn't quite make it worth the time lost listening to a story poorly told. Almost the entire book was conversations between the main character and other people - and almost none of those conversations came to a resolution. The story goes no where and starts in one place (with the girl who starts fires) to completely somewhere else (the guy who stole the papers - which is focused on entirely too much). This was really my first audible book that I didn't care for at all.

As for the performance of the reader, while very talented, the voice she gave to Jack was odd and off mark if you ask me. He sounded like an old arrogant man. Other than that, she's obviously very talented.

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  • Anissa
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 06-06-18

Screeching and singing at the same time!

I could not get past the narrator's tone! If she wasn't screeching, she was sing-songing at the most inappropriate times. It was so random and just terrible.
I couldn't finish this book because of the narrator, so I can't comment on the story, but I assume it's as good as all of CJ Archer's other books! Sadly, as long as this narrator is reading, I'll never listen.

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A pleasant surprise

Would you listen to The Wrong Girl again? Why?

Yes, i have just bought the second book in the series

What did you like best about this story?

The twist and turn to the story, I like the way it is positioned in the past and the innocence and properness of that era. Refreshing from all corset buster in the super natural genre recently

What about Lucy Rayner’s performance did you like?

She really makes the characters come to life. Will look for more of her work

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I have just finished listening to Glass and Steele series, anticipating book 4.
I looked for more work from the Author. Whilst I did not enjoy this series as much as glass and steele it is still a great series

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Good story. Not good voice

I really enjoyed this story but had a horrible time getting used to the lead male’s voice. It was so unnatural that I couldn’t imagine him as a love interest for Hannah.

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Narrator??? CJ Archer!!!!

I love the author. The narrator is awful! Shrill voices for the females and horrible forced deep “big bad wolf” voices for the males....the narrative is not bad but the conversational voices are ridiculously fake and annoying .....think Betty Boop on helium....trying to sound male.....

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  • BWC
  • HUTTO, TX, United States
  • 08-14-19

Narrator is horrible

I like the story, but listening to this narrator is painful. I am going to have to buy the books and read them...I cannot listen to this woman for one more minute!

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This narrator is a nightmare

This narrator is the actual worst but the story is good enough that I still listened to the whole thing. I had to try 3 pairs of headphones until I found one where her Sylvia voice didn’t feel like it was tearing out my eardrums. Her cadence is the same for every sentence. Wish they would re-record this with someone else - Marian Hussey like her other books?

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I just cant

I'm sorry narrator but, just, no. Nice voice but, no. the guy sounds like a 50yr old man, she sounds like someone trying to pretend to be a girl if that makes sense, going all extra high voice and overly lyrical. I've read CJ before and liked it but in that series the romance developed over time with character development and chemistry. This time it's forced and she's overly silly about it.

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  • Peter Hallett
  • 09-07-19

Narrator

I like this author, but this particular series of books is very disappointing. My dislike is entirely due to the narrator, as her cadence is too monotonous and extremely annoying. I cannot follow the story as she delivers each sentence in a high pitch and then drops her pitch so low that I cannot either hear or understand what she says, making it very difficult to even follow the story. Sorry! I’m afraid I had to be blunt in an attempt to help her.

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  • Pip
  • 08-15-19

Great story

Written well with interesting story line but narrator sounded too old for the characters with odd accents.

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  • KayJay
  • 07-15-18

Good story if you can ignore naration

Good story but the different voices were too much. Too shrill! Ok if you can ignore

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  • kikis
  • 09-25-17

Awful narration!

I found the narrator of this story dreadful. It was so bad I got the kindle book as the story was good and I wanted to know what happened. The voices were so inappropriate for the characters.