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Publisher's Summary

Half a million dollars will be Celeste Thorne’s reward for spending four years of her life in total isolation. No faces. No voices. No way to leave.  

Since Celeste has never really worried about being alone, the generous paycheck she’ll receive for her participation in the solitary psychological experiment seems like easy money.  

When she finds an injured hiker in the woods bordering her living compound, her strictly governed world is thrown into disarray. But even as she struggles with the morality of breaking the rules of the experiment, Celeste can’t deny her growing attraction to the kind and enigmatic Olivia Soldano. Still, how much can you really trust a stranger? And how much can you trust yourself when you know all the faces you’ve seen and voices you’ve heard for the past three years have only been your imagination?  

But what’s real? Celeste’s reality may lie somewhere between the absolute truth and a carefully constructed deception.

©2019 E. J. Noyes (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dor
  • 18-08-19

Audio book even better

I thought that reading a book could not be improved on. I was wrong. Abby Craden has brought this excellent book to life. I cannot think of a better narrator to do EJ Noyes books into the audio world. This book should be number one in a number of categories not just Lesbian Romance. I have already preordered EJ’s next book and can’t wait.

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  • CameeW
  • 25-08-19

Alone...Very Intense!

I really like E.J. Noyes as an author and Abby Craden as narrator. That is a great combination. That said, I wasn’t certain I could handle the “alone” theme for 3-4 years. Picture this: no faces, no music, no tv, no Internet, no phone. Yikes...no phone! Celeste had the motivation to try, and with difficulty succeeded....until a stranger arrived. Celeste questioned her sanity, worried about breaking rules of her contract, and made her decision. I really liked the book and the varied emotions conveyed. The story will grab you and keep ahold until the last line. And Abby Craden...is spectacular!

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  • Mrs. NY
  • 21-08-19

Meh!

Wasn't a bad book but just long and drawn out. While the plot was an interesting one and could've had so many twists, it was so slow and almost boring in some parts, eventually being somewhat anticlimactic. The narrator was fabulous tho, she is on eof my favorites, so I expected no less. Overall, I would not waste an entire credit on this, maybe if you catch a sale.

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  • Kay
  • 22-03-20

Interesting, thrilling listen in the time of social distancing

Picked this book because seemed of interest as social isolation was being recommended for covid pandemic. Wasn’t sure as Noyes is a new author for me and found it’s plot much more intriguing than initially thought - the twists and reveals were very well done. Abby Craden’s voice as always was wonderful. Would definitely recommend.

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  • IMO
  • 19-08-19

Well done

A very intriguing read that I enjoyed immensely.
E.J. Noyes has written a page turner that will have you laughing one minute and sniffling the next.
And Abby Cradens narration is the proverbial icing on the cake. A must read or listen (or both).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-19

Excellent psychological thriller

First time I have listened to a book by this author. Her character development is marvelous, the way she shows us how Celeste coped with her abusive upbringing and how she now copes over new developments during the course of the book. What happens when Olivia is added to her private world. An interesting book for anyone looking for an unusual twist and turns in the story with a romance thrown in.

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  • Lynn Clay
  • 20-11-19

Slow Build, But Paid Off

It took me a minute or several to become really invested. However, I continued to listen and in the end I really enjoyed the intelligence and emotional depth in the writing. It is not an ordinary scenario which I found really pleasant as well.

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  • dreamer
  • 16-08-19

Another winner

Even though unlike many listeners I'm not a fan of this narrator, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of this wonderful book. Psychological (but not a thriller), emotional and beautifully exploring human feelings and reactions. I enjoyed every minute of it and I'm sure I'll listen to this book again and again. Brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-20

I will miss these characters

My first book by Noyes...how am I just now discovering her! Absolutely loved every minute of this story. Clever, passionate intense story. Very interesting and different. The narrator is drop dead amazing!

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  • Andrea Wormley
  • 28-11-19

PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!

E.J. Notes "ALONE" is by far one of THE BEST books I've ever read!!! DO NOT miss the opportunity to listen to Abby Craden narrate it on audible.....I HAVE NO WORDS!!! Thank you for this book E.J., Celeste & Olivia's story reached down inside and took me places I never would have thought by imagining myself alone in the world for years! Their story of love and redemption is like nothing I've ever experienced in a book before......and I've read plenty of AWESOME lesfic!!!! Not sure how it's possible to be this FANTASTIC of a writer, but E.J. NAILS IT!!!

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  • ClaireLJS
  • 19-08-19

Incredible

Again I am blown away by how Abby Craden just takes E. J.Noyes’ books to the next level. This was an interesting read with some beautiful writing. The audio ups the tension, doubles the emotion and totally absorbs you in the story. Listen to it in the dark with headphones for the full effect. You need it in your life, you really do!

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  • Pazzer
  • 06-07-20

Cum again?! Jeeze!

Well that was 9hrs 52 mins of over complicated soft porn trying to be something... how on Earth and why? A rather elaborate and unlikely concept shoehorned and around ham fisted titillation.

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  • Sinéad Keating
  • 05-07-20

Awful awful softporn

Great story but the over use of ‘throbbing’, ‘moist’, ‘wet’ ‘delightful’ really put me off. I kept reading on, in the vain hope that these scenes would be few in number but no.
It was not the use of these scenes but the OVER use of them. Painful...wow.
Hours of my life I can’t get back

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  • 17-09-19

Just Perfect

I never write 5* reviews, there is always something I don’t like. But it’s different with this one, it’s absolutely perfect. I’ve never felt so many emotions listening to an audiobook, it’s been absolutely incredible and my absolute favourite by a mile!

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  • Adrienne
  • 03-07-20

Pass on this

Intellectually stunted soft porn. Don’t hold your breath waiting on a twist. There isn’t one

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  • Sky ;)
  • 29-05-20

5 ☆ all the way

So this book is really really incredible you will like it or you will not but for me it was 99 % yes mc is really interesting person and well you will see in the book I had hard time to stop listening to this story and all the things what was going on but yes I'm sure i will come back to this book . Narrator is incredible with all the characters and the Italian accent well for me it was a huge well done . All and all huge yes and thank you.

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  • suerob
  • 04-03-20

Gripping and Unputdownable

I LOVED the book, read it twice back to back then bought the audiobook.
Is it possible it could be better than the printed version?
Such an original idea, such a nice change from the usual romances or crime.
Definitely one I’ll be returning to again and again.

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  • Sam C
  • 01-01-20

Wonderful

What a wonderful story! Loved every second. As always Abby Craden is fantastic I could listen to her voice for eternity.

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  • Jd
  • 22-08-19

Definitely the book of the year.

Wow, I was desperate to skip to the end, but didn’t want to finish the journey.

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  • Foxy
  • 06-11-19

Had me hooked

This book had me hooked from beginning to end. This book is about Celeste and spending years on her own as part of an experiment in exchange for generous amount of money, but when a stranger comes into her life unexpectedly (Olivia) Celeste worries that the experiment has been compromised. It felt very real on what it would be like for the mind spending all that time on your own, with no one to communicate with. It was well written and excellently narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-21

Great story

Such a different storyline. At first I wasn’t enjoying the accent, but it grew on me. (Spoiler alert) I could foresee the “Controller A” plot twist a mile away. The performance was great in the sex scenes.
A great story all round.

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  • Millsy
  • 27-12-20

Reviews Surprising

To be honest, I am surprised that so many people have enjoyed this book, I am 5 hours in and very much considering returning this audiobook.

I have to say, the concept of this book I thought interesting and I have listened to some terrific lesbian romance audiobooks, in this respect, if you like a story with lesbian romance entwined in adventure or journey story, then I highly recommend When Women Were Warriors, Book 1 By: Catherine M. Wilson. That book I gave 5 stars, sadly only book 1 of 3 is available on audible.

Anyhow, this is very much not such a book, it had an interesting concept and the narrator does a great job but I just couldn’t connect with or even like the main character at all. I truly feel sorry for those people who have grown up with such abuse but this is not what I expected from this genre and being such a strong theme I simply found this book terribly depressing.

If you are considering listening to this book, expect family abuse to be a very prominent aspect. It is not a book I would recommend if you are looking for a light hearted lesbian romance.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 01-11-20

Utterly unexpected and thoroughly recommended

Brilliantly written romance with contemporary futuristic themes and superbly narrated by Abby Craden. I loved every moment-even those that were heartbreakingly poignant.
E.J. Noise and Abby Craden... take a bow👏👏

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  • 23-10-20

intense

This story is just intense, and sometimes stark, but with the help of Craden's narration characters come to life and there's a softness to the whole reading experience that charms the hell out of you. If I had read this book myself, I may not have finished in with all of Celeste's internal dialogue at the beginning but listening to it through Craden's performance just set everything for me. This author and narrator are a team made in heaven

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  • debrat
  • 05-04-20

Alone

This audiobook is so much more than I expected. The sample does not do this story justice. You will not be left disappointed. This story has jumped very close to the top of my favourite EJ Noyes stories. Abby Craden’s narration is second to none. Phenomenal performance.

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  • Jelly Bean
  • 23-03-20

Absorbing..Different.

E.J. Noyes is a fabulous writer; original and talented. So far I've read all of her books. The 'Ask, Tell' series is my favorite but all of her books are outstanding. It'good she's so prolific and how she manages to write to the extent she does, whilst holding down a full time 'other' job, is amazing. The worst part of reading any of her books is completing it.. The joy of a 'first read' is over. The narrator was also very good.

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  • Lisa Pearce
  • 19-11-19

Fantastic

Loved it. Had me right to the end. Great love story and where u too physically ache.

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  • Kellie Davis
  • 26-10-19

Brilliant

I absolutely loved the story, the narrator and the characters
I know have a new favourite author
Highly recommended

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  • Cam
  • 07-09-19

Fantastic story and narration

Always a pleasure to be absorbed by an E. J. Noyes novel. Interesting characters and setting and overall great story. Extra dimensions added by the consistently wonderful narration by Abby Craden. One of my favourite audio books of the year.