I really enjoyed Paranoia, but this book is WAY too predictable and improbable. It was entertaining nonetheless, but a little long in places. Scott Brick is, as always, an excellent reader, but there are far better books available. I would recommend Nelson DeMille, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben, and other authors as well as Paranoia by Joseph Finder before choosing Company Man.
Very good listen. I would highly recommend it and I look forward to future books by Finder.
I agree with a lot of the other critics which liked the first book. This one is really booing. I listen to 2 hours and feel like not finishing it. To those which hated this one and have not read the
other book: Paranoia I suggest reading it.
It is unfortunate this one turned out so bad, because Finder is such a good writer!!
All of the basic foundation story points of this book are simply ridiculous.
The "intelligent" characters do every possible DUMB thing you can think of - simply create a story.... and I don't me dumb, I mean DUMBER THAN DUMB.
If you can TOTALLY suspend reality, you may enjoy it because Finder is a good writer. All Finder stories require a little bit of reality suspension, but this one requires you to sever the brain stem.
To heap on the misery, the narrator, Scott Brick, BUTCHERS another one. I simply don't understand why this guy is a popular reader!
Scott Brick butchers every witty line in any book he narrates - by saying it angrily. He is overdramatic and sounds like a cheesy B-Actor!!
Overall: Story, Believability, and Narration = TERRIBLE // Writing style = good // Ability to weave some entertainment out of a mess is the only reason I bumped it up to 2 stars
Here is how I rank the Finder books I have listened to:
Killer Instinct - His best, 5 stars highly recommended
Power Play - A few ridiculous points in the story board, but an entertaining story and listen overall, 4 stars
Paranoia - Ridiculous, but has far more redeeming qualities and effective suspense than Company Man, 3 stars
I bought Paranoia and loved it and that book I highly recommend. This effort is nowhere close to that audiobook. Predictable yet improabable plot and boring to boot.
I’m not the most cleaver reader. I usually can’t predict the plot of a thriller and love twists and turns. This was the worst thriller I have ever read. It was like watching a bad made-for-TV movie during a writer’s strike. After all of the main characters were reveled I had the rest of the book plotted out to the end. I thought there would be something to impress me in the end, but it was so predictable that I was completely let down.
Company Man is the story of Nick Conover, the CEO of Stratton Corp and the most hated man in a small company town because two years before he had to lay off half of the work force.
Bad things are happening to Nick starting with the death of his wife a year earlier in a car crash. His teenage son is a pot-head Goth wannabe. His ten year old daughter while still worshiping her father cries for her mother. Nick can't cope.
Although the Conovers live in a patrolled gated community someone has been writing disturbing graffeti and the family dog has been killed and dumped in the pool. The police don't seem to care. Nick is scared for his family's safety.
There's a lot here to make for a good story but we are instead presented with what I call "the stupid principal". The stupid principal means that the entire story unfolds because someone does something stupid.
In the middle of the night Nick is awakened by his alarm system, just put in by his head of security. He sees a man, zombie-like, coming towards his house. What does Nick do? Call the cops? Call his security head? Call anybody? No. Nick grabs a gun, also supplied by his head of security, rushes outside, orders the supposed intruder, who hasn't set foot in his house, to stop and shoots him dead when he doesn't comply.
What does Nick do next? Call the cops? No. He calls his head of security and they cover it up. Now, bear in mind that Nick is the good guy, the protagonist of the story. There is no indication that he's a "bad guy". He's just stupid. The stupid CEO of a major company.
Things get worse. If Nick is presented with a choice he does the most stupid thing available.
Who would have thought to write a book populated by the idiot good guy hero? This book is amazingly frustrating.
I enjoyed Paranoia very much. This book is a let down.
I don't normally write and online review but I have to say something about this one. If you just have to read this book get the abridged version. This book drags on forever, and nothing about it seems to hold my interest. I finally made it through it but I don't know how. Boring Boring Boring. I really enjoyed his book Paranoia but I will be had pressed to ever pay good money for another of his books.