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This book is very much linked with the events of 9/11, opening with a scene from inside the 2nd tower as the first is hit and people try to get out. It deals with the events of the day and builds a story around the actions of someone (albeit a fictional someone) who died in the attack.
If this is an issue for you, then this is not the book for you.
If you are okay with someone making a story based around this sacred cow, then this is a good thriller.
A year after 9/11 our hero, Alex, gets a call from an anonymous source directing him to look into a murder trial that is currently happening, suggesting the person on trial is innocent. This sends Alex down a rabbit hole of investigation and danger as he searches for answers that may only be found in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
It is also set in the start of "online news media" and speaks of the great potential that the internet news can cover that traditional media won't. It's interesting seeing this from the point of view 15 years later seeing both the failures and the successes of non mainstream media online. But the book presents the optimism that was seen back them.
The story is well told, with interesting (although generally unlikable) characters. The plot is tight, with a few good twists in it.
Hays does great work (as always) with the narration, sound production and music. He provides various voices for characters, making it clear and easy to understand who is talking. Once or twice the 'anonymous source' was hard to understand due to distortion, but once I slowed the narration playback speed (I listen at a fairly high playback speed) it became understandable. So maybe that issue is mine, not the narrators.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Jeff Hays gives a masterful read of this exciting new thriller. His character voices create a rich tapestry through which the nicely-honed plot weaves at neck-snapping speed.
The Anonymous Source provides an entertaining tour of talented but self-absorbed journalist Alex Vane's pursuit of the truth in what he thought was a cut and dried murder case. Anonymous phone calls in a strange scrambled voice tell him otherwise.
He hides his insecurities all too well until he meets the unsettlingly beautiful and smart girlfriend of the victim whose murder may not be what it seems. She seems to see him for who he really is, something Alex didn't think he wanted in his smooth, well-planned life.
Set in the year following 9/11, A.C. Fuller's intimate description of New York and newspaper journalism in the pre-Google era is a lively backdrop to his taut plotting and sharply-focused characters. This book is a great read for thriller fans who have suspected there is always a story behind the story.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the best things I've loved about AudioBooks is that I'm really opening up the kind of genre's I usually read etc. And I've been pleasantly surprised about a lot of them.
I've never really read anything in the crime/thriller category. So this was a first for me. What I enjoyed the most has to be the character element in here. Alex and Camilla are so deeply drawn that they could almost be my next door neighbours. There were some amazing character flaws that they both had, Alex so uptight over food and the fact he was fat, totally resonated with me, suffering with Anorexia for 16 years. But Camilla's almost nonchalance over what she put in her mouth was brilliant. They are chalk and cheese and their being in this awful situation, and investigating it puts them each others pockets.
Jeff really does bring this story to life in the most amazing way, from their voices, to their eating and running. The food side of things, very distracting, when you're listening to the book and driving a food van, I'm sure I ate more than usual this week, and I'm blaming this book!
I found that the whole AudioBook was alive. Both characters had deep problems, and inner turmoil which was played with great attention to detail by the writer and tone by the narrator, this really made the exciting scenes, tense and fast, and the slower scenes, where Alex and Camilla talked to each other about their lives deep and meaningful.
There were many twists and turns in here, and I won't spoil it for anyone, especially the ending.I have to admit that one of my fav moments was when Alex admits to Cam, that he's falling in love with her, and she tells him not to.
I'm a sucker for a really good story and with it being around 9/11 which even for me from the UK was hard to watch (I'd had major knee surgery the day before) and was at home when it hit out news. It was well crafted, brilliantly paced and full of little tips and hints for Alex and Camilla.
The only reason why I marked it down a little was because of the ending, maybe it's just the genre, but I did expect more from it. I think this is something I need to listen to more of before I can totally judge it though.
Very glad I picked this one up still. :) and will look out for more.
Where does The Anonymous Source rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's one of the good ones. Unique and interesting story. Fleshed out characters with distinctive narration...more on that below
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Anonymous Source?
Without giving anything away - a reveal towards the end of the book.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The scene in the cafe/diner with Alex and Camilla taking to the waitress about the media and journalists. He made a great point and made me chuckle out loud.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I wouldn't say there was anything that moved me but I enjoyed the way the book shone light on how the mainstream media acts and how that shapes the general public's perception.
Any additional comments?
This is well worth a listen if you enjoy crime/mystery/thriller dramas with intelligence. The characters are well fleshed out, the story has good pacing and the dialogue is great. It shines an interesting light on corruption in the media and how the general public has their way of thinking shaped by what they hear/read/watch in the news. It was a bit like watching one of those Crime Dramatizations based on a real event. The story was wholly believable and the characters were realistic.
I have to give major credit to the narrator, Jeff Hayes, on his range and accents (especially his female vocies). I swear if you didn't know any better you would think you were listened to an audiobook with a full cast. He made the characters easily identifiable which I always love, especially in a story with a big roster. The only issue I had was that the volume didn't seem to have any normalization going on so some voices & conversations were extremely quiet and I had to keep adjusting the volume throughout the story.
Disclosure: I recieved this book free of charge from the narrator, Jeff Hayes, through the audiobooks subreddit of reddit in exchange for an honest review (which I have given).