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Never Look Away

By: Linwood Barclay
Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
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Publisher's Summary

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events.

Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. Then he gets a lead that just might be the answer to his prayers: a potential scandal involving a controversial development project for the outskirts of this picturesque upstate New York town. It’s a hot-button issue, but strangely, David’s editors keep shooting it down. Why?

That's a question no longer at the top of David’s list. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for any clue, David dives into his own investigation—and into a web of lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers, David finds more questions—and moves ever closer to a shattering truth.

©2010 Linwood Barclay (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A terrifically fast-paced suspense story." ( The Washington Post)

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Not bad but not his best

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I recently have been listening to all of Linwood Barclay's books on Audible. I have loved all of them - except this one. I liked it a lot. It was a decent mystery but it didn't keep me as gripped as the rest of his books. All in all enjoyable. If you like mysteries and haven't listened to Barclay yet, definitely put his books in your library. I especially liked that they aren't all the same detective, characters, etc. You can start with any of them and finish with any of them.

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Great suspense novel with intertwined plots...

Overall, a well-developed story which keeps you engaged and wanting more. However, the ending is anticlimactic and not quite believable. It feels like the author was in a rush to the finish line and could not develop a suitable plot twist; instead, taking a poorly chosen shortcut.

Great narration and well defined character voices.

With all of that said...It is a good audio book; definitely worth the money and time.

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Ah The Married Life For Me

Another great thriller from Barclay. Good action and a really good plot. As always, his characters are well developed. I really like these characters and that always makes me want to finish the book.

However, I did notice a pattern in Barclay’s books that I’ve read so far. Some of the married women have extreme defects, bitch too much, are somewhat cruel, etc. And the men seem to put up with it for far too long. And the men seem to acquiesce and re-express their love instead of trying to solve underlying issues. It’s the behavior/plot that keeps on giving.

Narration was ok on this with some of the women’s voices performed poorly. Some of the children’s voices are creepy as well.

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Good story but could have been shorter

The story picks up at a fast pace in the last few chapters but frankly, the story dragged on too long with mundane dialog in the middle. It could have been about 4 chapters shorter without losing any detail or suspense.

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Another Rave Review for Another Great Book!

In “Never Look Away” Barclay takes us on a roller coaster ride, over and over again, we can’t breath-easy until we find out what happens, until…the satisfying end!
Linwood Barclay = Unputdownable!!!

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Mr. Snuffleupagus meets Linwood Barclay!

The book is good but I wanted to quit listening at least 10x's. The narrator was the worst at voices except his own which was nice. The narrator's voices ranged from Mr. Snuffleupagus, Barney, & a limited range for females. My 7 yr old has better voices for his Marvel books.

The storyline was decent and I actually do like the author's writing style. The characters are believable and make you laugh out loud.

I have listened to other books by this author and the narrators of those books are better by far.

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Most entertaining

Interesting plot, fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Keeps you guessing. A most enjoyable read..

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Disappointed

The horrible narrator really spoiled this story for me. He kept trying on different voices that did not work at all. He also read in a manner that made it obvious he was reading. You know how some narrators do not do that? It is hard to describe, but overall, I almost sent it back because of him.
I kept going and am not finished yet but it is not one of those I cannot wait to get in the car and turn it on. If I never finished it, I would be ok but I am pretty far into the book so I will force myself to keep going.

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Voice actor not a good fit

I actually wish I was reading this story as opposed to listening to it. The narrator has a nice enough voice but he makes the characters sound cartoonish and ridiculous. His interpretation kind of ruins the story. Bummer!

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Good listen.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - it is great for a lazy listen or a beach read, as are most of Barclay's books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would not.

What about Jeffrey Cummings’s performance did you like?

He was perfectly cast for this story and did a great job with his characterizations.

Was Never Look Away worth the listening time?

Yes - it is loaded with twists and turns (some a bit predicable perhaps) that keep you interested and is great light reading or listening.

Any additional comments?

Very satisfied with this audio book.

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