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Jane Doe

A Novel
Written by: Victoria Helen Stone
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her.

©2018 Victoria Helen Stone (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Did not enjoy.

Started out good, but for all the main characters plans, what she ended up doing was totally lame. Also for the whole book she kept saying she was incapable of love and yet the whole revenge was based on a weird love of her friend. I unfortunately can not recommend.

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  • shelley
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2018-08-07

Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

This book was totally unexpected. I found Jane Doe to be a uniquely entertaining psychological thriller. It's very down to earth with believable characters and storyline.
The story is as the publisher's summary states. Jana returned to the United States when her best and only friend (Meg) commits suicide. She does this after getting into a relationship with Steven. He hones in on Meg's weaknesses and breaks her down. Both Meg and Jane come from abusive families. Jane grew up strong Meg, not quite so strong with inhibitions and self doubt. Jane wants Steven to pay for what he did to Meg, she wants revenge.
This book is very well written. The characters are fleshed out. The story is complete and the ending is satisfying.
Nicole Zanzarella does an outstanding job narrating.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99 to purchase when you borrow the kindle edition.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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274 of 292 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • 2018-08-05

AMAZING

I've read or listened to almost 100 books so far this year, and Victoria Helen Stone's _Jane Doe_ may be the absolute best of the bunch. Better yet, Zanzarella's narration takes an already brilliant novel and makes it transcendent.

The heroine is a ballbusting sociopath pretending to be a beaten down doormat as part of her quest for revenge. Zanzarella switches between Real Jane's chilling narration and Fake Jane's simpering placation on a dime, jumping back and forth like a world class Double Dutch Champ and turning it into something seamless and thrilling.

If you have the choice to listen to this as an audiobook? Take it.

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • TammyR
  • Kyle, TX, United States
  • 2019-02-05

Good but Jarring

Overall, I liked the book and the performance was scary-good. The protagonist is caustic and initially not very likeable (purposefully, it seems) but by the end I found myself cheering her on & the ending was quite satisfying. It's blunt and unsentimental (like the main character) so it's not an easy listen but it is compelling. Not my usual type of book but I'd recommend it to those who like a good psychological thriller.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-08-15

Sweet twisted retribution!

Romance novel author Victoria Dahl writes her psychological thrillers using the pseudonym Victoria Helen Stone. The protagonist (Jane) is a sociopath who does not relate well to other humans in general and whose behavior is seemingly without limits; Meg, her only friend, was driven to suicide by the verbal and psychological abuse of her boyfriend Steven. Jane moves from Malaysia to Minneapolis to get revenge against Steven. Steven does not like or trust women but he uses them for his own pleasure while trying to destroy their sense of self worth. Jane gets herself employed where Steven works as she sets out to destroy him. Jane Doe is a wild and fascinating ride mostly because Jane's behavior is totally unpredictable while Steven's behavior is totally predictable. Listeners who appreciate richly deserved vengeance will enjoy JANE DOE because Jane's behavior is so creatively beyond boundaries. Narration is superb as Nicol Zanzarella really gets into the Jane character.

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  • Michele
  • 2018-11-11

This chic cracks me up!

Jane Jane Jane. The slutty likable sociopath. This was a quick easy listen. It kept my interest, but the story was just too corny for my liking. I did love Jane’s dry sense of humor and wit. But that was about it. I think author tried to make it seen women can be strong. She fell short in my book. I would give this a 3.5 stars if they had half stars, and it was worth a credit, but there is much better fiction out there.

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  • Mary B. Wheeler
  • 2018-08-29

Jane Who?

I enjoyed this book. It is a good revenge story that makes for a fun audible experience. The narrator does an excellent job. Usually, I like the longer audio books, but the length on this was just right. The revenge could have easily been overdone, but Ms. Stone has given it just the right touch. I will be looking for more of her books and for Audible books narrated by Ms. Zanzarella. I highly recommend .

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 2018-08-28

See Jane. See Jane have much too much sex.....

The narrator saved this book.

Too many sex scenes. I did not select this book because I wanted to listen to intimate details about the main character's very active sex life. I selected the book because I wanted to listen to a compelling mystery/thriller.

If all of the many, many sex scenes would have been omitted, this book would have earned a higher rating from me.

Looking at the half-full cup, the narrator of the book did a superb job with what she was given to read.

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  • John
  • 2018-09-12

Stereotypes galore! For the entirety of the book!

If you want to hear a so so story where each character is one dimensional, shallow & beyond stereotypical-then this is for you!

I found the story just bland. I finished it as a comedy of sorts; I would chuckle at the descriptions of the characters, that’s the only reason that I finished it . It was pretty awful honestly.

So if you know this going into it & would like to be entertained (not by a good drama) at the conjuring of the worst kind stereotypes you could possibly imagine.

Bonus: you can entertain friends at lunch like I did with some funny, unbelievable descriptions!

For that alone, I don’t feel right returning it...

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  • RueRue
  • 2018-09-13

Unpleasant characters acting badly

The caption for my review pretty much sums up the plot. If you enjoy spending time with awful characters, this will be entertaining. I never connected with the motivation for Jane's revenge because her professed "love" for her friend Meg was never developed. Without any feeling for the need to avenge Meg, the shore story falls flat.

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  • ashley
  • Mckinney, TX, United States
  • 2018-08-02

Oh wow.....daaaang.

What can I say? Hilarious, sardonic sociopath seeks revenge. It’s great, funny, original. Don’t miss this one if you’re a jaded, skeptic like me. This is not sweet and sappy, maybe a little, but she’s faking. Seriously.....great writing.

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