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Unspeakable

By: Graham Masterton
Narrated by: Suzy James
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Holly Summers is a child welfare officer in Portland, Oregon, who moonlights for the local police department using her skills as a lip-reader (she also happens to be deaf). But while Holly is helping the police investigate a rash of disappearances, an angry father from one of her cases puts a curse on her that threatens the one thing she loves most: her daughter. Performer Suzy James' tones are honeyed and smooth here, and she does an excellent job creating separate voices for each character. Fans of supernatural and psychological thrillers are likely to enjoy the ride.

Summary

Deaf child welfare officer Holly Summers 'hears' by her amazing talent for lip-reading , a talent the Portland, Oregon, police are very happy to call upon in difficult criminal investigations.

Using her unique gift to help the police investigate the recent disappearances of a string of women, little does Holly suspect that one of the enemies she's made in her day job - an occupational hazard - has vowed a supernatural vengeance on her, and the horror begins when the one person Holly is living for is targeted: her precious daughter....

This audiobook contains explicit content.

©2005 Graham Masterton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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dissapointing

This is by far the worst graham masterton I have ever read. it just doesn't seem to get going

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wish I put time into something else

seemed like was building up to something good but then just fell off the cliff in about 2 mins and finished. wish I hadn't bothered to listen

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So disappointed

Excellent narration but the story didn’t deserve it. So much thrown in, so many plot twists then a terrible ending that really didn’t satisfy. Either the writer was trying to get through it as quickly as possible or the editor took a hatchet to it and removed all of the material that would really have helped this to flow.

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Kept me invested, something a little but different

Took a chance on thus, my first Graham Masterton book. I really enjoyed it. I have listern to lots of audio books while working my 5 hour shift. This definitely kept me interested. It was the deaf part that interested me as my son wears two hearing aids. But the story alone kept me invested. Without looking back at the other reviews I am wondering if the poor reviews are from men?? Anyway I enjoyed it enough to listern to another by Graham Masterton.

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Dull as dishwater

Gave up with nearly four hours left. Absolutely banal. Nothing to the story, nothing to the characters. Obviously written by a man with the constant pointless description of a woman's breasts and stupid love interest. Awful narration putting on a "deaf" voice. Terrible.

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the ending!

it was ok, not amazing but was definitely on ok listen......and then the ending!

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Brilliant, but the ending….

This is the 4th GM novel I’ve listened to in a week! He writes fantastically and definitely worth getting these in your library. I’ve come to learn though there’s never a happy ending in his stories and bracing myself for it in the next one I listen to!

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Pointless story and even more pointless ending!

Started well but then went on to be quite frankly ridiculous! The ending was appalling!
Very disappointed, as I have enjoyed most of his other books.

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One of Masterton’s better offerings in my opinion

There have been a lot of negative reviews of this novel and a few that provide spoilers as to the end (don’t do that people, no matter what you think of the story).
I often find Masterton’s story’s readable/listenable but often absurd. “Unspeakable” I enjoyed, in my opinion Holly would have made a better series than Sissy Sawyer.

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dead social worker also working for cops

interesting concept but unlikely. all these things going on amd the supernatural too. gees my head hurt.
very abrupt ending. a bright woman should have thought that might happen.

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  • 22-12-21

Yeah….what they said ⬆️⬇️

The story is about the thankless job (calling) of being a child welfare worker, not the search for a missing child. Everything up until the last 30-40 minutes is more like “a day in the life” than anything else. That said, the last 30-40 minutes sounded more like a dream than a direct link to the previous story, but as much as I hoped, it wasn’t a dream. Imagine watching L&O: SVU and then out of no where, you’re watching 8MM (the Nick Cage version) or the pre-revenge scenes of “I Spit on Your Grave.” There’s a pseudo-happy ending, but it’s very short lived. Now I’m in a bad mood. I need a shower.

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  • Melinda
  • 18-11-21

What the what?!?

Hated the ending! This could have been a really great story line. What a shame.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-08-21

Underwhelming and the summary is out right misleading

I expected better from this author. The summary led me to believe this would be a story with supernatural elements, and although they were touched upon, there was actually no supernatural meet in the story. The writing otherwise was pretty good, the characterization, the plot, the dialogue. The narrator really should have done some research into the Italian language because she pronounced The Italian words incorrectly. Otherwise she was good. The ending seemed anti-climactic to me and I felt the writer I was just going through the motions to get this book done to fulfill a contract. I can’t say I would recommend this book to fans of grandmaster 10

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  • Angela S.
  • 23-06-21

The ending...

I've just finished this book and am very confused...it ends super abruptly, as if the writer was just tired of the confusing storyline. Native Americans, Japanese rapes, conspiracies, it was all too much. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Linda L.
  • 04-02-22

What in the world did I just listen to????

The only horror to this story is much of the content....rape, incest, child abuse, murder. The ending was absolutely horrid. This story had so much promise and none of it was fulfilled. Dark story, dark ending, dark things happening to children. I would have been much happier to have never heard this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-22

Awful

This is one of those books where you keep waiting for something good to happen and it never does

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  • Jeff LeMond
  • 26-12-21

Don’t waste your time.

One thing I’ve learned from the story is to absolutely positively avoid ever listening to another audible book written by this author. I can see why audible offered it for free.

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  • Cirila
  • 10-11-21

Spoiler Alert

The ending was absolutely horrible. I know not all books have happy endings but they usually end with the main character getting some sort of justice, not shot in the face.

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  • MamaBear
  • 04-11-21

Awful

I can’t think of any other books that I’ve so fervently wished NOT to have read. Do yourself a huge favor and skip this one.

Graphic descriptions of incest against a child, graphic descriptions of gang rape, an attempted rape, a child suicide… oh, and did you know the main character is Deaf? Or maybe that should be deaf with a small “d” as she doesn’t sign and spends some part of every day mourning her inability to hear. Anyway, if you forget about her deafness for a second, not to worry - the author will remind you again in the next minute or two.

I can’t believe I listened to all of this - but the beginning, and even the middle, is interesting and had the potential to be compelling, despite choppy writing and limited characterization.

Then the final quarter of the book comes and I couldn’t even believe how graphically, oppressively BAD this was going to get. Just when you think there might have been something redeemed in all this, you get to the final sentence and all hope is gone.

I can’t believe I even care at this point, considering the subject matter, but the narration is off also. The cook/housekeeper’s Italian is mangled, as are Oregon place names, and the names of Indigenous nations.

Willamette, Tualatin, Nez Perce, Wallowa, and Multnomah were all mispronounced, among others.

The only redeeming scrap I can find in this abysmal mess is that the author called the indigenous people of the Wallowa region by their self-name: the Nimiipuu, instead of identifying them solely by the name colonists imposed on them. This hardly makes up for mangling their cultural and spiritual beliefs the way he did here.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-21

great book and lots of suspence, but...

finishing line is mind blowing, literally, and the irony is to here "audible hopes you've enjoyed this program". very ironic.

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