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  • Summary

  • Harper McKenzie wakes to the worse possible day: her 18-year-old son has vanished from her Manhattan apartment without trace.

    Worse, no-one knows what she’s talking about. 

    No-one thinks she had a son. 

    Ever.

    Has she lost her grip on reality?

    Or has the world shifted in a terrifying and unpredictable way?

    The Effect is a taut psychological thriller that challenges everything we thought was real, as Harper’s quest to find her son pushes her to the very edge of reason.

    This original podcast is 10 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep 1: Vanished”.

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd. (P)2021 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Sep 15 2021

    Harper’s son has vanished, but no-one else thinks he ever existed.

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    23 mins
  • Sep 15 2021

    As the apparent conspiracy against her becomes more tangled, Harper’s paranoia spirals. Is there anyone she can trust?

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    22 mins
  • Sep 15 2021

    Just as she fears she’s lost her mind, Harper discovers a single piece of evidence that turns her world upside down. Again.

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    23 mins

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need new season

was left on a major cliff hanger, there needs to be another season and soon

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Ended too soon!

Great premise, and beautifully performed. I do hope there will be a second season!

This was unique, and drew me right into it.

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Ending ruins it

It could of been excellent but apparently author(s) couldn’t figure out an ending that would make any sense so they just forget it! Just walk on the bridge huh and forget!
Be hard to have any follow story but maybe someone can jump the parallel fandango or cross into the black hole!
Disappointed I was!

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Fun story. Ended too soon and left on a cliffhange

fun story but left on sort of a cliffhanger. would have liked to heard what happened next. production and acting was really good

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bruh (slight spoiler)

aye yo that Mandela twist hit in a way only fantasy can. made me start asking questions my damn self. this was wonderfully done. that vanishing mess was wickedly done. hunny trippy💯

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The end?

Binge listened. Kept you wanting to know more. But then, that’s the end? I recommend it as it was good but, would rather it have been wrapped up at the end. Is there a season 2?

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perfect I want to see more of these.

radio theater is the best. Loved it. hope audible makes more of these for sure.

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Too far out.

I kept listening cause the actors were superb. The story was too far fetched for my taste. I do not care for Science Fiction.

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An awesome action packed thrill ride!!!

This podcast is very similar to the movie The Firgotten with an interesting twist I highly recommend for fans of sci-fi podcasts books and movies.

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Amazing

I can definitely see this being possible, especially from what has been happening lately around the world.

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  • Adil Zuberi
  • 09-18-21

Listened to all episodes in one sitting.

Absolutely love the story. Totally believable. And the amazing sound left me craving for more. Definitely my fav type of sci do, where the sci-go element doesn’t dominate the world building.
This week I was wondering if it’s possible at all to find a thriller without violence and dead bodies. I thought it wasn’t possible. This story is a proof that no dead bodies are required to make a thriller. Absolutely recommend it.

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  • natbyte
  • 09-22-21

Interesting story - bad American accents

The idea behind this is really interesting and there were some really exciting and interesting moments, but the characters were really not credible. I love Sci fi, and I love finding characters in original situations, but they have to be believable characters - not characters who are happy to believe in one insane theory whilst denying another. Also, I cannot believe for one minute that someone wouldn't try and find their lost son on social media! The most frustrating thing though, was the dodgy American accents from a number of the characters, it made it harder to get in to the story when the accents were so wobbly.

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  • Jennyflubug
  • 09-20-21

Really enjoyed this book

It had me gripped right from the beginning. I'm normally pretty good at guessing the twists but this one had me flummoxed. It was a brilliant twist, but I feel like there's at least one chapter missing at the end, there was definitely unfinished business, did she make it for one thing. So apart from the disappointing ending, it was brilliant.

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  • Pamela
  • 09-29-21

Very enjoyable

I don't normally go for fictional type podcasts but I tried this on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. Great story, great cast and great sound effects. I felt like I was watching a movie at some points. I would recommend this.

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  • Hembo
  • 12-09-21

WOW, just wow!!

it is very difficult to assess the story without doing spoilers, you think the world is straight forward in a right/true vs. wrong/untrue fashion, and the story twists and you’re wrong.

Great story, well written with good performances and production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

Panic!

excellent narration. Slightly confused
story line initially. Unnecessary bad language which I don't appreciate

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  • Metaltoe
  • 11-07-21

Eh???

I was really enjoying this. Something very different and really mysterious. It went into fascinating territory that I didn't expect. Then just as it for to the most interesting part, it just - stopped!! The End. I thought I'd missed a chapter or the last episode hadn't downloaded or something. What the ????? Now I feel it was a total waste of time and I feel cheated. Nothing was ultimately resolved and you don't know what happens to the main character. Ridiculous. What a disappointment. What was the point of this? The two stars are because I was enjoying it up to the "end" shock, and because the idea was excellent - till it just cut off. 😥

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  • Skusey
  • 09-22-21

A compelling listen

Listen with headphones if you can. Great sound and it's an interesting story. Well acted.

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  • Ms C. Watts
  • 09-21-21

clichéd and hammy

I am a big scifi fan and this was really cheesy and poorly executed. The main character was deeply annoying, the dialogue clichéd and the plot and exposé jumped without any consistency... like a teenage amateur production.

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  • dee
  • 03-01-22

Poor ending - ran out of steam!

I liked the first few episodes, but the dénouement was ridiculous and the story just stops midway. Presumably the writers let their imaginations run away with them and couldn’t bring the plot back to anything vaguely believable!