Book Review: Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

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Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow by Anthony Del Col is an eight part podcast produced by a student for a college course, the topic chosen solely based on one vague voicemail message and the questions it raised.

Melissa Lopez is studying linguistics and journalism and has decided that the voicemail left on her phone is in fact from missing student, Anna Winslow. Missing turns into a case of murder when Anna’s body is found in the woods. Each session of Melissa’s podcast has clips of the actual voice messages Anna has left her and a few fellow students. But no one really knew Anna, so why the voicemails and why is she dead? Melissa wants to find out and becomes so entangled in the story she actually becomes a suspect herself, asking questions that no one that never knew Anna should even care about, unless they killed her and are trying to cover their own tracks.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars for its originality and realistic plot. Because there are eight podcasts in the series there is quite a bit of repetition, so as to set the story up for a reader who may not listen to all of them. It is quite like a television show that begins with a recap of the previous episode. Melissa is a bright student and you come to realize that she has some real talent in both the podcasting and interviewing of characters, trying to get to the truth of who killed Anna Winslow and why. 

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  1. Reblogged this on Buried Under Books and commented:
    I’d rather listen to an audiobook than read in any other way so you’d think podcasts about crime, fictional or not, would be right up my alley. Truth is, I’ve avoided podcasts mainly because I prefer having access to the entire book, not one episode at a time. Now, thanks to this review, I know I can actually try a podcast all in one audiobook—best of both worlds! Thank you, Christine 😄

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    1. I was the same way and honestly when I first saw this I thought it was a true story! So much for reading the fine print. Anyhow, I listen to audiobooks all the time now and love it. I just can’t find time to sit and read and when I do I fall asleep. Some argue it isn’t the same as reading but now that I do it and listen to so much stuff I have to disagree…it is still reading! Thanks for stopping by!


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