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  • And Then She Vanished

  • Joseph Bridgeman, Book 1
  • By: Nick Jones
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,551 ratings)

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And Then She Vanished

By: Nick Jones
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Summary

He only looked away for a second. 

Still haunted by the disappearance of his little sister, Amy, over 20 years ago, Joseph Bridgeman’s life has fallen apart. When a friend talks him into seeing hypnotherapist Alexia Finch to help with his insomnia, Joseph accidentally discovers he can time travel. His first trip only takes him back a few minutes, but his new-found ability gives him something he hasn’t felt for the longest time: hope. 

Joseph sets out to travel back to the night Amy went missing and save her. But after several failed attempts, he discovers the farther back he travels, the less time he gets to stay there. And the clock is ticking. 

With the help of Alexia, Joseph embarks on a desperate race against the past to save his sister. Can he master his new skill and solve the mystery of Amy’s disappearance before it’s too late? 

Previously released as The Unexpected Gift of Joseph Bridgeman, this updated version includes extra chapters, new plotlines, and even deeper character development. It makes way for an expanded vision of the Joseph Bridgeman Series, with the first four books released in 2021 and 2022. 

©2021 Nick Jones (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Great book, bad choice of Narrator.

Very good story, with a very interesting concept. The only complaint is the American narrator for an English story about English people. It spoilt the book a little. I can only assume this was to accommodate an American audience.

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Remarkably compelling and well written.

I thought that I was going to struggle to like this book. It is hard to write am entire novel in the first person and I expected it to wear. It did not and maybe it needed to be in first person.

I liked the characters which were generally well rounded. I very much liked the plot and the pacing was just right. There are many new ideas and it was a very satisfying listen.

I was somewhat less keen on Ray Porter's performance but that was hardly his fault. He is doubtless a very good voice artist. I had heard other books that he has read and he captured emotion and pace just as perfectly here as there... but he is an American and this was a very British book. Mr. Porter has a limited range of British accents and none of them would, if I am honest, fool a native. I found myself wondering why I was hearing the voice of an established character in someone just introduced to the story.

All the same, this was a fine book that I greatly enjoyed and I heartily recommend it.

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Interesting story, but the accents....

I like the story so far. It is maybe a bit too heavy with the descriptive language but it's still good to listen to. The biggest off putting part is that it is read by an American even though the story is set in England and the author and all the characters are English. To make it more noticeable, they have given one character an incredibly overdone British accent and I often wonder why there's one Brit and one American before remembering that this is just the accent of the narrator, not the main character - the main character is English! The American narrator with the many very English descriptions also sometimes breaks the immersion, I am not mad at the narrator, but choosing a native British English speaker would have been a better choice. Americans and Brits speak differently, just accept it!

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Very badly flawed

I read this book some years ago under its previous name and enjoyed it immensely.
I never really liked the lead character, I found him far too whiney, and he spent to much time feeling sorry for himself, but sometimes it's good to read something where the lead frustrates you.
My huge problem is that this is a very English novel with very English characters, and for example the use of the word "candy" for sweets in the first couple of minutes jarred.
The other main problem is the narrator. whilst I usually enjoy Ray Porters narration a gravel voiced American is just the wrong person to voice a whinging Brit.

I tried but I just couldn't get past it and gave up

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Very very odd choice of reader

This novel is clearly by a British writer but is for some reason read by an American. This results in many dick van dyk type impressions and a few mispronounced words. It is however a great story but with a few loose ends that don't make sense as is the case with many time travel novels. Over all its a fun read

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Mismatch between narrator and story

I enjoyed this book, and I love Ray Porter! But putting the two together was a really strange decision. This is a book set in the UK with a protagonist that grows up there, so Ray Porter’s American accent was really jarring. Other word Americanised substitutes were made that made it even weirder, such as using ‘cookies’ instead of ‘biscuits’. I can only assume the producers put the US market ahead of both the UK market and the authentic voice of the story which is sad. It distracted me from the story being told.

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I do hope there's a follow up

Yea, as a Brit, the British voices were somewhat cartoonish, but I've love listening to the author's voice on many audibles and he one of my favorites'.

I calculated the quality of the book/audible by how much I pick it up.

This one was first thing in the morning; while I'm driving; generally walking around and last thing at night. So yea, a very good 10.

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British story read by an American

You know what? I was going to give this audiobook 4 stars because a British novel should be read by a British person right? Actually, as an American who’s lived in England for over 20 years, I’m sick of English accents. So yeah, this story is great. I love time travel adventures and happy endings.

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Really Good

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Porter is one of my favourite narrators but an unusual choice, i thought, for a book set in England with all English characters. To be fair to him he managed pronunciation of Gloucestershire place names very well and most British English words too but i admit i found it strange to listen to the thoughts of an englishman expressed in his accent. But i look forward to the next book as it sounds like there will be one.

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Enjoyed this book

I did enjoy this book, good story and fabulous narrator who brought the character to life. Quite funny at times too.
I wouldn’t have normally listened to this book but it was free on the new offers. All though now I have to use a credit to the sequel , so we’ll done audible.

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