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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doug Magee Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187850
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An innocent rite of passage turns into a nightmare for four couples, exposing their secrets and risking the lives of their children.

After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter Sarah on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her marriage. But when a second bus arrives to pick up Sarah for camp, no one seems to know anything about the first bus or its driver.

Sarah and three other children have been kidnapped, and within hours of the crime the parents receive an email demanding $1,000,000. When the specifics of the delivery terms throw suspicion on the parents of two of the abducted children, some of the parents begin to turn on each other, exposing fault lines in already strained marriages and forging new alliances. While the kidnapped children are living their parents’ worst nightmare, the police are trying to separate the lies from the truth in conflicting stories and alibis that seem to be constantly changing.

Deftly weaving the emotional story that pits the parents of the missing campers against the police—and each other—with the fate of the kidnapped children hanging in the balance, Never Wave Goodbye will keep readers holding their breath until the very end.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica King | 2/17/2014

    " Loved it until the end....where it got really, really stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Armstrong | 2/13/2014

    " A very compelling first novel. Look forward to reading more of Mr. Magee's work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/12/2014

    " Not sure why I finished this one...think I kept hoping it would get better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carola | 1/23/2014

    " Read the book in Dutch. A great book to read in your vacation. Not very special, but a good story about kidnapping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/11/2014

    " Couldn't put the book down. Very intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/11/2014

    " Ditto what my dad said: "A page-turner that will keep you involved to the end. The transition from the mystery and suspense to the resolution was somewhat weak, however." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/11/2014

    " didn't care for the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loie | 12/22/2013

    " A bit hard to read because of the subject matter but it had many twists and turns with a rather surprising ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 10/14/2013

    " I loved it! Finished it two days, which is quick for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 9/22/2013

    " Like the premise - we see what we expect to see and it's disturbing that someone can exploit that. The ending was a little to much of a quick wrap up, though. But a good, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bez | 8/6/2013

    " a little to slow paced for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme VA | 7/23/2013

    " Original, well written and suspenseful to the end. What a wonderful surprise of a book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/24/2013

    " Wow ! I could not put this book down. What a great suspense/mystery ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/3/2012

    " Good scary story with a lot of twists and turns. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/24/2012

    " Ok story and plot - suspenseful? No! The whole time reading this book, I couldn't help but think "havent't I read this before"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ishtayeh | 3/18/2012

    " This was an OK read with a nice job in tying in the name of the book to the reason. I felt the kids in the book were unrealistic, and I had some problems with some of the other characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ilse | 2/15/2012

    " Vlot gelezen maar nogal voorspelbaar. En boek dat me niet helemaal kon roeren. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/10/2011

    " I was expecting more from this based on the description. The kidnapped children acted much older than the 9-10 year old they were supposed to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley Henning | 12/8/2011

    " The story kept my interest thru the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danelle | 10/30/2011

    " it was humming along nicely but 2/3 of the way through...it just kind of fell apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 7/13/2011

    " A parent's worst nightmare! The bus from the summer camp arrives early, the driver courteous and patient but 20 minutes after the mother has put her child on the bus, the real van shows up! Her daughter and 3 others have been kidnapped! No wonder I was always reluctant to send my daughter to camp!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yolanda | 5/19/2011

    " A kidnapping of four children, families with life happening to them and a reminder of how easily we trust those caring for our children. These elements did make a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 3/29/2011

    " It was not what I expected but it did have a twisty ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/9/2011

    " Ok story and plot - suspenseful? No! The whole time reading this book, I couldn't help but think "havent't I read this before"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 1/12/2011

    " Loved it until the end....where it got really, really stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 1/3/2011

    " Like the premise - we see what we expect to see and it's disturbing that someone can exploit that. The ending was a little to much of a quick wrap up, though. But a good, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/2/2011

    " First novel and what an extraordinary one. His flow is awesome and the twists and turns weren’t expected at all. Please write more, Mr. Magee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yolanda | 9/21/2010

    " A kidnapping of four children, families with life happening to them and a reminder of how easily we trust those caring for our children. These elements did make a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/7/2010

    " The story was terrific but it got very far fetched. It was such a good idea too, could have been much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/16/2010

    " I loved it! Finished it two days, which is quick for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/14/2010

    " It was not what I expected but it did have a twisty ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/6/2010

    " This was an OK read with a nice job in tying in the name of the book to the reason. I felt the kids in the book were unrealistic, and I had some problems with some of the other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/31/2010

    " A very compelling first novel. Look forward to reading more of Mr. Magee's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 7/27/2010

    " A parent's worst nightmare! The bus from the summer camp arrives early, the driver courteous and patient but 20 minutes after the mother has put her child on the bus, the real van shows up! Her daughter and 3 others have been kidnapped! No wonder I was always reluctant to send my daughter to camp!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/24/2010

    " A very good book, and an easy read. I read it in one sitting. It's an emotional ride, but a good one. "

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About the Author
Author Doug Magee

Doug Magee has been a photojournalist, screenplay writer, children’s book author, death penalty activist, film producer and director, amateur musician, and the basis of Aidan Quinn’s character in Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep. Never Wave Goodbye is his first novel. He lives in Spanish Harlem with his wife and two teenaged children.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.