The Vanishing Point

  • by Val McDermid
  • Narrated by Antonia Beamish
  • 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy’s mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.


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95% great

It's a bit of a challenge fairly rating a book that is fantastic nearly all the way through, but right at the end the writer drops the bundle and delivers a truly silly finale. My overall feeling about it is 'extremely enjoyable book.... but....'. The narration is brilliant. I'll be looking out for this narrator in the future. She's up there with the best and springs the characters into vibrant life. Writing wise, full points to Val McDermid for a wonderfully lively book that is very different from any other of her books. It isn't a crime novel, instead she focuses on the world of reality tv. It isn't a book with a lot of tension, but it's very enjoyable. Thoroughly worth hearing, but unfortunately let down by the implausible end which sounded like the writer ran out of time or ideas for finishing the book.
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- jackson

entertaining story

What made the experience of listening to The Vanishing Point the most enjoyable?

The books had a few unexpected twists and turns and I was keen to continue listening to see what was going to happen next.

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

The book was too long to listen to in one sitting - I did not realise at the time of purchase that it was unabridged so quite a long story. I did find some of the lengthy descriptions a little bit tiresome at times - I just didn't need all that extra information, and wanted to get on with the story! But I guess it did add to the visual picture you could form.

Any additional comments?

This is the first audio book I have listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and am keen to listen to my next one!

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks