• Girl, Taken

  • An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Blake Pierce
  • Narrated by: Amanda Goettl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Girl, Taken

By: Blake Pierce
Narrated by: Amanda Goettl
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Publisher's Summary

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” (Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos, re Once Gone)

Girl, Taken (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller) is Book 2 in a long-anticipated new series by number one best seller and USA Today best-selling author Blake Pierce, whose best seller Once Gone has received over 1,000 five-star reviews.

FBI Agent Ella Dark, 29, is given her big chance to achieve her life’s dream: to join the Behavorial Crimes Unit. Ella has a hidden obsession: she has studied serial killers from the time she could read, devastated by the murder of her own sister. With her photographic memory, she has obtained an encyclopedic knowledge of every serial killer, every victim and every case. Singled out for her brilliant mind, Ella is invited to join the big leagues.

Victims are being found murdered in the Pacific Northwest, their bodies strung up high in the branches of Redwood trees. It is presumed to be the work of a serial killer dubbed “The Artist Killer”. Ella feels so close to catching him, feels certain she has read of similar murders - but this time, her knowledge fails her.

Can she catch a killer without her talent?

Or will it return to her too late?

A pause-resisting and harrowing crime thriller featuring a brilliant and tortured FBI agent, the Ella Dark series is a riveting mystery, packed with suspense, twists and turns, revelations, and driven by a breakneck pace that will keep you flipping pages late into the night.

Book 3 in the series - Girl, Hunted - is now also available.

©2021 Blake Pierce (P)2021 Blake Pierce

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Narration quality is poor.

I always enjoy listening to books written by Blake Pierce. She is a very prolific author with a few series going. I have noticed similar themes crossing between her various books. I’ve seen the basic plot in this book at least twice, once with a different outcome. Even so, I would have rated it at least 4 stars if it were not for the poor quality of the narration. The narrator did a fine job but the recording itself sounds pieced together from multiple recordings in various locations with distinctly different atmospheres. Sometimes it sounds professional and other times tinny as if recorded in a large cavernous space. It is very distracting when the switches are done.
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Very Poor Narration

The story was pretty good but the reader and recording were terrible. The reader just wasn’t right for this book. She was so monotone in her reading that I would listen to an action scene and she just read on with no inflections. There was something weird at times with the recording as well. I’d give more stars with a better reader and recording.

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Bad Narrator

Not a fan of the narration at all! Wish it was someone else! She makes it extremely difficult to get into the story.

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Narration Irritating

The flat nasal voice of this narrator makes this book almost unbearable to listen to.
Plot line is a little thin as well. Feels like this book was rushed into publication without full story development.

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Good story, bad performance

Had a hard time listening with the narration. Lack of flow that took away from the story.

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Story line is ok but ….

The story line is ok. It might even be good but the narrator is awful. Bad cadence and repetitive voice pattern.

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did not like the narrator.

The 's' sounds hurt my ear. I tried hard but was impossible to continue. Loved the book 1 narrator.

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Horrible Narration

The book is very good and well written but the narrator absolutely ruined it for me. I was excited for the next book in the 'Girl' series but after seeing that it was performed by the same narrator, it's a hard pass for me.

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Great book

Great book by Blake Pierce. Unfortunately, narration is monotone and detracts from the book. The audio version is very hard to listen to. First book was great and had a wonderful narrator. Read this book to fully appreciate the book.

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Narration killed the story

Almost impossible to listen to…storyline was good but the narration was like a sixth grader reading it in a monotone

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