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Mandy

By: Shani Struthers
Narrated by: Penny Scott-Andrews
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Summary

Fall in love with a brand-new set of books from the author of the best-selling Psychic Surveys and This Haunted World series.

There is a doll. There is a legend...

When museum curator Annie Hawkins walks into a diner in Idaho Falls, seeking the help of 22-year-old Shady Groves with an old broken doll named Mandy, life takes a dramatic turn for both of them. Psychometry is the ability to sense or read the history of an object just by touching it, and Annie has heard Shady has this psychic ability.

Mandy may look harmless, but Annie believes she’s possessed and, after handling her, Shady can only agree. She feels tainted by the doll that now invades her thoughts and dreams, terrifying her. There’s only one solution: to understand the doll, her history, what has possessed her, and why. Knowledge is power, Annie tells Shady. It’s protection.

The pair set off on a road trip - along with Shady’s old high school friend Ray - one that will take them from Idaho into the depths of Canada, desperate to trace Mandy’s past, to find out something, anything, about the demonic doll that accompanies them in the trunk of the car.

The truth, when it comes, is far deadlier than any of them could have realized.

©2020 Shani Struthers (P)2020 Shani Struthers

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Loved the story but!

As always Shani doesnt disappoint with her latest story, Mandy! I loved it and love her style of writing, but, I didn't like the narrator. It came across as very immature and geared towards a YA audience, almost like it was a 14 year old girl telling the story. But I persevered as I knew I would love the story .

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oh dear the narration!

I have read most of Shani Struthers, but they always seem to have awful narrators that that kind of spoil it for me. This one was sickly annoying and whined on. This story had a lot of pointless fillers in it too. so disappointing. Please get better narrators the these books, I'm afraid I've been put off getting anymore. The Psychic Surveys books are just bearable with that narrator but this one... sorry.

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Excellent

This was spooky & creepy. The stories from this author just get better as she writes them.
Mandy is a doll, but not just any doll. The story takes you on a journey into what is happening around her and the effects on others.
Excellent narrator as well.

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Fantastic Story

a fantastic book narrated brilliantly by Penny, does take a chapter to 2 to get used to her voice but after that you cannot turn off. The suspense and need to know more is held right the way throughout the book. Cannot recommend highly enough

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Didn’t enjoy this one

I’ve loved all of Shani Struthers books so far, but I honestly found this one quite boring. I’m really struggling with the narrator - her pronunciation of words are very frustrating. I’m not sure whether the little girl is called Harriet but it’s being pronounced as Hurret. Please get a new narrator as this one is totally ruining the experience of your audio books for me :/

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Not bad for the author trying a American tale. I prefer psychic survey books. Thankfully.

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Enthralling!

This story had me hooked from the beginning and I liked the narrator. The characters are all well written and it's a great story with twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
It gave me a great reason to want to drive to work so I could find out what happened next.
Gutted I've just finished it but now off to find another book from Shani that take it's place on my daily car journeys. Highly recommend!

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good story but

I have to Admit I love Shani and her books but I struggled with the narrator, I'm sure she's a lovely person but after a while the voices are a little grating

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its ok

I'm a massive fan of shani struther perhaps I should of started with this book before the Psychic surveys collection 🤔

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fantastic

What a journey this book takes you on keeping your attention throughout also making you hold your breath at times the three characters complimenting each other in various degrees of belief and strength. The narrator read the book brilliantly capturing each individuals reactions to what unfolded and what they discovered bringing them to life for the listener.

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  • 21-09-20

Please go back to Sheila for narration.

The narrator had an exceedingly strange accent (trying to hide another accent). It unfortunately detracted from the story, which was very good.

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  • 22-07-21

Loved the story, really dislike the narrator

I was hoping that this was supposed to be taking place in Great Britain after seeing who the narrator was. I was sorely disappointed. This narrator tries overly hard with her narrations when she doesn't have to fake an american accent. Adding the fake american accent on top of it leads to numerous words mispronounced, or having a strange pronunciation to them. She did not research how many American words are pronounced. For example, mall. Most Americans pronounce it mawl. In Britain, it is pronounced mal. She makes the main character whiney and really annoying. I honestly didn't care if the character made it. I just wanted the whine to stop.

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  • jenessa carter
  • 29-05-21

Good grief, the narrator.....

In my view, a narrator cannot make a book, but the narrator can certainly break a book. That was the case here. I could not finish. The narrator’s dialect was off. It was as if she was trying to hide her own accent and not being at all successful. Plus, her pronunciation of various words differed through the half of the book I got through. Even worse was her cadence. Her voice is monotonous and much too breathy. What little inflection there was was misplaced. I am not sure whether the story itself was good or not. I could not stand one single minute more of the narration. I suppose that means the story wasn’t that good. I hope Ms Struthers engages a new narrator. I may give her another try then.

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  • Anari
  • 12-04-21

Entertaining but not scary. Distracting narrator

The hardest part for me was the narrator. I think it may have been her attempt at imitating a regional accent. But her pronunciation of certain words kept taking me out of the story and her character voices are a bit...one-note?

The story was fine; a bit predictable until the very end. I didn't find it spooky or scary at all. I appreciate that the author used her platform to mention the injustice towards indigenous people in North America (if that's not your thing, don't worry, it doesn't really distract from the story). Overall a decent story, but I wouldn't read/listen a second time.

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  • Vanessa Phipps
  • 17-05-20

Shani Struthers Doesn't Disappoint!

I will admit it took me a handful of chapters to commit to investing into Shani's take on haunted objects. Speaking as a Shani Struthers "fan girl", this is new territory. She does right by the topic of spiritual transference into objects, and gives them a platform to share the story that created the darkness!
I especially found touching that Shani sheds some light on the injustice upon the Indigenous People of North America. I look forward to more in this series, and hope Shady, Annie, and Ray return as series regulars as with Psychic Surveys.

On the narration by Penny Scott Andrews,nice job with the (Northern)North American accent! I could tell she was British, but she pulled it off believably enough!