The String Diaries

  • by Stephen Lloyd Jones
  • Narrated by Gemma Whelan
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An imaginative, tight, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller which follows an historical mystery through to its nail-biting contemporary conclusion.
The String Diaries. A jumble of entries, written in different hands, different languages, and different times. They tell of a rumour. A shadow. A killer. The only interest that Oxford Professor Charles Meredith has in the diaries is as a record of Hungarian folklore... until he comes face to face with a myth.
For Hannah Wilde, the diaries are a survival guide that taught her the three rules she lives by: verify everyone, trust no one, and if in any doubt, run. But Hannah knows that if her daughter is ever going to be safe, she will have to stop running and face the terror that has hunted her family for five generations. And nothing in the diaries can prepare her for that.

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Customer Reviews

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This story doesnt string you along

Would you listen to The String Diaries again? Why?

I had saw this book some time ago but never got round to buying it , thought id give it a try via audio book and wasn't disappointed. Great story. And Gemma Whelan , aka yara greyjoy - game of thrones delivers an exceptional performance


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- Colonel Sebastian Moran

Long Winded & Rambling

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An Abridged version!


Has The String Diaries put you off other books in this genre?

Not really, just this author


Any additional comments?

The book started with promise, only the blatant "product placement" began to irritate me. (I only want to know it was a torch - not which make of torch!) Then it was some basic lack in some research. I am sure all the knowledge of Hungarian folklore and the places described were accurate but some research on basic anatomy would have been helpful. Maybe I am nit-picking but things I know about have to be accurate for me, or I turn off! Someone with a bare knowledge of First Aid cannot set up an IV into a vein! You cannot plunge a syringe into a bicep and get back blood! These seemed such incongruous inaccuracies that I began to wonder how much of the whole background research was actually based on fact. I do not really know why I kept listening but the idea of the story intrigued me, and I like books that flip back and forward to different times. However, it just got more and more long winded, spending agonising minutes on descriptions of the main characters feelings that went on and on, all about the same thing. In the end, I fast forwarded most of the second part, and still managed to follow the plot. The ending was disappointing, and a little ridiculous. It's a book I will be deleting, and I am sorry, but won't be looking out for this author again. The only thing that kept me reading was the reader, who coped with accents and pronunciations very well.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Headline Digital