You know right away in this book what the crime was, and who committed it. From that point on, the reader is led to walk with the main character as his walls start closing in on him, and it really is a nerve-wrecking walk! I liked getting to know all of the characters as well, and thought the story was all around, well written & exciting! Recommended for anyone who likes a good suspense story - this one is set against the personal life of a corporate CEO.
Very good description of the issues facing the CEO of a modern company. All of the references to technology, accounting, corporate law, board meetings, etc. are very believeable. I have some experience running modern companies so I do know whereof I speak. I don't pretend to know about police procedures, but they seem to have been well researched too. Also the description of the dire effects of outsourcing and downsizing are presented fairly. The author did his research and did it well. The way the book ends is perhaps just a bit too pat. But that's a minor carp.
I am amazed by the number of bad reviews on this book. I have 2 hr to go on this one and it is one of the best listens to date for me. If you liked Paranoia, you can't help but like this one. I was immediatly engaged and stayed that way through the entire book.
The end was a dead give-away before the story ended. That was the disappointing part. The book kept you paced, with a few twists here and there. I can't honestly say that the ending give-away would have given the book a better rating.
Being a reader of mysteries and supense novels I find I can usually figure out the ending long before it ends, but Company Man had me totally confused as to who the culprit was. Once it got started I couldn't stop listening. I found it to be a enjoyable and very satisfying read. I look forward with anticipation to seeing more of Finder's books on Audible.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
The combination of Joseph Finder and Scott Brick makes for an excellent listen. Scott Brick is the best reader around. It is hard to turn the book off.
I really liked Paranoia and looked forward to another book by Finder. This, however proved to be an anticlimax. The plot is simplistic-- like the author have read a bunch of mediocre books and cut and pasted the story together. The characters are unbelievably bland and full of cliches. Every thought or action is drawn out and overdone. It seems like things are described at least three times- when they actually happen, when someone finds out what happened, and when he or she tells another character about what they found out. The 'twists' are transparent and predictable, you can not believe that the people did not see them coming. The strong language would not have bothered me had there been some purpose behind the words, but of course there was none.
All in all a bad investment. I went to the bookstore and checked out the end (no suprises) and saved myself the agony of having to listen to the entire book.
This was an outstanding book. The suspense is continually ratcheted up to the nail-biting climax. Even when some plot points become clear, how all the threads will be resolved remains a mystery to the very end. And what a refreshing change to have a hero who, although seriously flawed, is moral and good. Character-wise, I can only criticize Detective Rhimes, who is a bit too perfect. But that's a minor quibble.
Scott Brick's narration is, as always, perfect. Off to download "Paranoia" now.
Finder?s first book, Paranoia, was set in a corporation filled with one-dimensional reptilian characters who screw themselves with their own greed. Fun! Anyone who works in a corporation can appreciate the situations and irony. Company Man is more ambitious. It reaches for characters that have deeper emotional motivations, back-stories, and development?mostly unsuccessfully. Do you ever cringe when you listen to books because the dialogue is painfully clich?d? Or peeved because the writing is so predictable you feel talked down to? Well, Company Man may make you feel this way more than once. The characters are not believable and often offensively simplistic. Stock players include ?the religious baptist?, ?the crazy?, ?the jock?, ?the stoner?. I found myself wincing and fast forwarding. The plot was also very simple and transparent?you know who did what very early on, and you can?t believe the main character wouldn?t have seen it, too. I never thought I'd say this, but the abridged version might be better!
I had to give this 5 stars - the narrator was terrific as he always is, and the story had unexpected twists and turns, and it held my interest through 17 hours! I DID find it depressing though, because much of the story had dishonorable people and I tired of this.