• Human Remains

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-14-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (85 ratings)

Regular price: $19.62

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Publisher's Summary

Highly intelligent but socially inept, Colin spends his free time collecting academic qualifications and searching for ways to meet women, until he stumbles upon a new technique that proves both potent and deadly. Police analyst Annabel is shocked when she discovers a decomposing body in the house next door and realises that no one, including herself, noticed her neighbour's absence. At work she finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own town and sets out to investigate, convinced she is on trail of a killer.
About the Author
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 thanks to the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was the winner of Amazon's Rising Stars and has been translated into 30 languages. Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published in March 2012.
©2013 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"It's hard to put the uniqueness of Elizabeth Haynes' writing into words. Her stories grip you by the throat and force you to acknowledge that this is what real crime and real horror look and feel like, as well as real love, hope, fear. Suddenly, much of the other crime fiction you've read seems, in comparison, rather like stories made up by writers. Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time." (Sophie Hannah)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 02-16-13

Disturbingly Sad

Would you consider the audio edition of Human Remains to be better than the print version?

I have no preference, but the narrator did such an excellent job the audio version may be preferable

What other book might you compare Human Remains to and why?

I cant think of another to compare

What about Karen Cass’s performance did you like?

I love her voice and accent, the narration was animated but not overbearing

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes especially towards the end

Any additional comments?

The book was full of suspense and entertaining but also very depressing. It brings to light how lonely and hopeless people can be and how overlooked by a society of busy,multitasking and indifferent people we have become. Do you know your neighbors?
My overall feeling after the book is sadness.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Janice on 03-01-13

For Criminal Minds fans

I grabbed up this title as soon as I saw it available because I had really enjoyed "Into the Darkest Corner" by the same author and narrator. I did like this story very much but was disappointed in Karen Cass's reading this time. Her voicing of Annabelle, Sam and some of the side characters was fine, but I think her interpretation of Collin, the villian (that's not a spoiler) I think was too loud and strident for one that I thought should have been voiced more pensively furtive. Also, some of the supporting female characters came across too perky - almost ditzy, and that was also a distaction. A more subtle touch would have been more appropriate. Perhaps just a matter of taste, but for me it downgraded the enjoyment of the listen.

As for the story - very creepy, almost squeamishly so in some places. But it does build suspense and Annabelle is someone to root for. Quite a bit of time is spent setting up the plot, and some advice to readers who struggle with stories that switch narrators frequently - listen to the names that are annonced at the change of a chapter: That is who is speaking, telling their own stories. It may be a bit confusing in the beginning, but you'll catch the pattern within the first hour. I found the last hour exciting and satisfying. Wraps up leaving some questions to contemplate about social ethics and legal justice. Did not find it depressing, would not relegate it to a Lifetime Movie. More of the style of Criminal Minds.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 02-23-13

Disturbing and absorbing

In the beginning of the book I had some sympathy for Colin who first appears to be a man who is socially awkward and a bit out of step with the society in which he lives. However, as the book progresses and we continue to share his thoughts and motivation I came to realise that I was being treated to a look into the inside workings of a truly disturbed mind; a man who preys on severely depressed people. Far-fetched? No, having suffered depression myself in the past, I found it only too plausible. The narrator successfully finds different voices for the main characters and paces the reading well. If you like crime fiction then give this one a try - if you dare!

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17 of 18 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 02-24-13

Pretty good story let down by a dreadful reader

This audio book underlines how important the reader is and in this case the

reader lets it down completely by making one of the pivotal characters sound like an asinine chump.

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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