Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
gut-wrenching, jaw-clenching suspense
Nate but Charlie and Casper were close seconds.....what can you say about a father and husband who would do anything to protect his family?
Fabulous....I loved him in You're Next....his narration adds so much to the characters, their emotions are evident as he speaks.............
The good guy wins or does he?????
This book takes a toll on the emotions much like You're Next, I had to stop half way through and listen to a more uplifting story before continuing on, so be prepared.
it took me a while to get into the book-- am not sure why -- stop about 2 hours in . A friend told me how much they enjoyed it I went ahead and got back to listening.
it was good! a few parts that were a little unbelievable but it was a good story. I have now read all of this authors work and must say it brings to the table a very good read-- I mean listen!
It grabbed me the second I started it and never let me go...I love scott brick and am now a fan of Gregg Hurwitz.
I have listen to this twice!!!
I'm sorry to say, but I've had this book in my wish list for 6 months or a year. I wish I'd listened sooner. This was a great book! Scott Brick is my favorite, so I may not be completely fair, but as usual, he did an excellent job with the story! I can't wait to try out others from Gregg Hurwitz!
This is a great listen, however, it has, in my opinion, a few flaws.
The story is one you won't want to stop listening to, (the "sitting in the car a few extra minutes to find out what happens" kind of story). However, the interplay between Nate and his wife and daughter is beyond tedious and maudlin. Fortunately, you can skip ahead.
(And when did it become SOP by narrators to adopt the "whisper" method of reading???).
Overall, a good listen you shouldn't miss.
Very much so! I enjoyed the program and story from start to finish. It had very real characters that I sympathized with. The story line was believable and it was very easy to put yourself into his perspective.
The appearance of his long dead buddy talking to him throughout the book.
He gave the right amount of emotion to the entire program.
When he left his fathers house for the final confrontation. It was tender and touching and it was easy to get emotional guessing the end of the book.
A very very good listen. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys audiobooks.
Some of the characters were not likeable. The main character Nate has a daughter who is a spoiled brat that is disrespectful to her parents and did some really stupid things. Her idiot boyfriend was annoyng. I could tell they were in the book to do some things that were too stupid for the parents to do, so the author used the kids. The daughter, who claims she is adult and needs to be included in decisions, tells her boyfriend what her dad is involved in, then when the father finally recovers the important document he's set out to find, she opens it and then burns it! Really? And the parents do nothing and aren't mad. She is so cavalier about the situation that when the bad guys break in and go after her, I am hoping they are successful just to teach her a lesson and bring her to reality! Then when they are trying to escape, the boyfriend shows up, and he and the daugher insist he is going with them - and the parents let him in the car!
At one point Nate is with the FBI agent who wants to go pick up the family and take them to safety. Nate shouts that if the FBI do that they will be seen and put a target on his daughters head (there's already one there!), but Nate thinks he can go home, sneak through the back yard, load his family into their own vehicle, and escape? Why can he do that better than the FBI? It was just too annoying and not credible.
Nate works for the police as a death notifier. I don't know if they really have such a position but I doubt that they would give him access to all the investigation information let alone the corpse, autopsy, and evidence. The author had to come up with a way to give Nate this information and chose this mechanism which was just more than I could believe.
The appearances of the dead soldier friend was not effective for me. There are other authors who use this effectively, but here it seemed like a borrowed gimmick.
There was no real explanation of why Nate and his wife split up or why his daughter was so resentful. Nate spent a lot of time thinking about the past in ways that didn't help me understand the present day situation.
The main "bad guy" Pavlov, was a bit extreme and more than obsessed with his daugher. Killing all the witnesses to his daughter's auto accident? Not believable even for a bad guy. Then after she is dead he is in her room cutting up her clothing and underwear. It didn't add to the story.
Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Louise Penny, John Sanford, Jo Nesbo, etc.
Scott Brick is great all the way around!
No way. Besides the main character is dead.
I thought I'd like Gregg Hurwitz, but I won't listen to any more of his books. There was too much that didn't make sense (not sensible or believable), and I got tired of all the reminiscing and philosophizing about life. Nate was too sappy about his daughter when she was growing up in light of how unlikeable she was as a teenager.
I fast forwarded through a lot of it, just trying to find out what happened and come to the end.
Is there any authors out there that can create a smart group of characters? The description of this book made it sound a whole lot more interesting that it was. I was so truned off by the stupidity of the daughter and mother that I was starting to hope they did get killed. Would it be such a bad thing to write about a group that didn't lie to each other, hide information from each other and basically get themselves in situations because they are just plain stupid?
The description should have read: Brave man goes to war suffers horrible loss and returns home a shell of the man he once was. Unable to cope with his PTSD he leaves wife and daughter thinking he is giving them the life they want. Just when he thought he had reached rock bottom, he is diagnosed with ALS. Unable to cope with his life and disease, he tries to kill himself only to have the tides turn resulting in him becoming a hero with a target on his back. When crime boss of bank robbery gang tracks him down he must go against his code of honor to protect the family he left behind and who now harbors such resentment toward him that they put themselves in danger by working against him.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
No, but only because I already know what happens. It wasn't a "listen to it again" type of book, but that doesn't mean it was not still very good.
Has to be the opening bank scene.
Scott Brick R-O-C-K-S. This performance was great.
So, who is the survivor- the protagonist or the antagonist? Both?
Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.
Scott Brick always does a superb job of narration - you truly forget that you are listening to a narrator and not to individual voices. Gregg Hurwitz always provides a phenomenal story with twists & turns that are believeable and scary at the same time. Read more/listen to more Hurwitz - you will not be disappointed!