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Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

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[Contains explicit content.]

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing. The circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary, a fact that only fellow student Melissa Lopez appears to appreciate. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast - the very recordings that you are about to listen to. She quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties and had disappeared for a week earlier in the year, only to return with perfect hearing, but with increasingly unstable behavior.

When you add Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow to your library you will receive all 8 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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"The mystery is intriguing and the effects are creepy." ( SFX)

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I wish the end was better, it left me underwhelmed

It had a lot of potential, but didn't deliver in the end. It needs a better ending.

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Long winded<br />anticlimactic end.

Suffered through to the end
Was spooked for about 8 seconds.
Totally boring and a waste of my monthly credit.

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meh . . just ok

it was frustrating how it downloaded. it didnt download all at once . . instead it downloaded in chapters. story was just so so. .

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ehhh

it wasn't awful for being free, but i wouldnt have been happy if i paid for it

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I loved the drama acting

The acting was a great touch! I loved it. I didnt want to stop listening. I would like to listen to more like this. It was a great thriller.

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every chapter recapped previous chapter,

each chapter reviewed the previous chapter, it was a struggle to get to the finish.

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Please walk away

Don't waste time or money , I didn't get enough info about the characters to even be interested. I found my self thinking it would be be better as it goes along but nope.

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Repetitive, poor content

If the narrator were a journalist, amateur or not, there'd be a lot more drama and depth to the interviews. There's no natural logic or curiosity, just hard and fast scripts. I guess to cost of this (free) is commensurate of the content and quality.

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Good psychological thriller...

The actors' performances, were quite good. Honestly, the twist at the end was quite unexpected. The whole thing was good enough to keep my television off for many hours. I would definitely be interested in more from the same author, and actors. Well done.

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Really intense

Keeps you on your ties the entire time listening to it, super creepy but really good.

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  • Ryan M
  • 03-13-18

Hooks you in, then lets you down

This story begins with quite an interesting premise, and really makes you think it's a school project. It hooked me in with enough to keep me listening through until the end, where honestly, I wish I would have just stopped...

There's three reasons I would suggest you don't listen to this title.

The first one being that every time the main character seems to have hit a wall, there's exactly ONE thing that pops up to progress the story. I feel like she never had to make a choice, every step was just in front of her.

There is also an entire episode with just a series of voicemails, back to back, with an incredibly annoying "BEEP" between each message. Some of them have content, but by the end I just wanted to throw my phone out the window of my car.

Finally, each episode starts with a few minutes recap of the previous episode. This would make a lot of sense if it were released as a weekly show, but it's not, it's been released all in one go. For those of us who listen to a lot of audio books, it's much easier to just play the last 30 seconds of the previous episode if you can't remember where you left off.

All up, this story is poor. You can see the "climactic" ending a mile away.

However, if you do decide to listen, save yourself and skip the episode with the voicemails.

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  • carol
  • 03-21-18

Waste of time

I'm sorry to be negative but this is just poor. I left it and came back to give it another chance but couldn't listen to it even to while away a long car journey. Irritating and improbable.

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  • Richard Southworth
  • 03-30-18

Mostly very compelling but the ending is a letdown

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrator?

Yes, I would - I couldn't fault the performances (though it was a bit distracting, and ultimately pointless, to have the protagonist be American when everyone else is British) and the writing, for the most part, provides a compelling mystery in an interesting epistolary format.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending spoiled the whole thing for me. First, the events in the final episode leading up to the ending felt anticlimactic. Second, a lot of the questions raised in the story are never given proper answers. Third, partly because of the second point, I didn't really understand some elements of the ending and how it equated with what had already been established - much better explanation was needed.

Was Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow worth the listening time?

I enjoyed the first seven episodes a lot, both the mystery and the tension that built up. But Episode 8, by failing to give a satisfactory conclusion, made me question if it had been worthwhile.

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  • Phil
  • 04-18-18

Move along... Nothing to see here

What would have made Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow better?

Just poor. It's like listening to some poor student's attempt at a docu-drama that completely misses any targets...

What will your next listen be?

West Cork. Again

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

Irritating.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None!

Any additional comments?

N/a

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  • Angela Jeffery
  • 03-16-18

Creepy and intriguing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend - in fact I already have!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna, although we very rarely 'meet' her character. Although she is a main character, we only learn about her through other people. Her fellow students, her professors, parents, doctors etc. No one REALLY knows Anna, and neither do we. Some may find this infuriating, but I found it intriguing.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Due to the Podcast premise, I found this more like a radio play, rather than an audiobook. The voice actors all did a great job - all had distinctive voices, so I always knew which character was speaking. All were believable, and helped immerse me in the story.

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

I binge listened this! I hate earphones, and I even suffered them to listen to this on the bus.

Any additional comments?

A truly immersive experience! Some of the sound effects had me questioning my own sanity. Well worth a listen.

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  • Annette Livingstone
  • 07-03-19

Suspense, drama, creepy, awesome

This was amazing - the story lends itself to an audio presentation and I assume was written specifically for this medium but it would also make an awesome film.
Reminded me of Adam Nevill books & M. Night Shayamalan.
More please.

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  • denise pettitt
  • 07-02-19

review

Well read by the narrator. It was a reasonable story light and easy listening. wouldn't mind listen to more by the same author

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  • cileste evans
  • 06-29-19

I couldn’t stop listening

This was a great listen . I couldn’t stop . The story was well presented and kept me on the edge of my seat ‘ so to speak ‘ . It was creepy yet exciting.

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  • drdapa
  • 06-27-19

Goosebumps-esque

I stuck with it by comparing it to a goosebumps story. Majority of it is well written but does feel like it’s aimed at teens with adult content. Lots of contradictions and a bit of stereotyping but nothing too intense.

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  • kirsty bates
  • 06-24-19

highly recommended supernatural mystery

loved it, the most gripping book i have listened to in ages a huge thumbs up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

Hokey, a total miss

Ugh. Painfully contrived, hokey beyond belief and most people's endurance. Irritating narrator, a lack of conviction from the rest of the cast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-19

Give it a miss

Would be returning it if I bought it. There is clearly a lot of effort put into it, but it's overacted, the main character is annoying and the storyline jarring. Hate to leave a poor review when clearly someone has put their heart into it. Maybe their next book will be a winner?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

Chilling and Addicting

Gave me goosebumps!! Haunting but yet I couldn't get enough. Written so well I feel as though I was experiencing it all - the emotions especially!!

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  • Serena
  • 07-13-19

Plodded along.

Sounded a bit fake and obviously scripted. Couldn't make myself finish it. Plod dead along.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-19

Very entertaining!

I loved listening to this story. it was really well performed and the storyline was fabulous, with as the star said had a great twist at the end.

I love the use of more than one voice over. It was really entertaining and captivating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard.

This story was so captivating, the acting was brilliant & I literally could not stop listening!! When I paused the story, it was all I thought about. Bravo to everyone involved!!

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  • Hanna1
  • 12-02-19

Simply awful.

The terrible accent of the main narrator was pretty hard to listen to. Many plots holes and unsatisfying ending. Not worth persevering through.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-19

Could not listen to the whole thing

It may have gotten better, but I found it shallow and annoying half way into first chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-19

Loved this!!

Crazily did not read the synopsis and thought I was listening to a biography..
addicted and listened in one day

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  • Edward
  • 11-14-19

enjoyed listening to

great story which kept me hooked. thourghly enjoyed this book/story line. highly recommended this one.