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ITW Thriller Awards
The ITW Thriller Awards honor excellence in the field of thriller and suspense writing.
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  • Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    Kathleen says: "A Brian Freeman stand-alone, very good."
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel, 2013
  • The 500: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    A. Avins says: "A Good Listen - Lots of Action"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2013
  • Lost Things

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Rector
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Fresh out of college, Evan has everything going for him: a good job, a beautiful fiancée, and the prospect of making partner at his firm. Then one night, with one bad decision, his dream life turns into a nightmare of cover-ups and lies. It begins as one last drunken celebration with his old friend Peter but ends with a deadly confrontation so heinous the two make a pact to never tell anyone about it - not even the police. The truth has a way of getting out, however, and the truth about Peter is far more dangerous than Evan could have ever imagined.

    Vickie says: "Short but engaging"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Short Story, 2013
  • Blind Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Lyons
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    After the deranged lunatic who murdered Sarah Durandt’s husband and son is executed, Sarah returns to her home in the Adirondacks in hopes of achieving some measure of closure. But once there, Sarah is forced to face a nightmarish possibility. The wrong man may have been sent to his death, and the killer of her loved ones may be hunting for a new victim.

    Maria says: "entertaining"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best eBook Original Novel, 2013
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16057)
    Performance
    (14215)
    Story
    (14162)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Hard Cover Novel, 2012
  • The Last Minute

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Sam Capra has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. An ex-CIA agent, Sam now owns bars around the world as cover for his real mission - working undercover for a secret network as mysterious as it is powerful, while using his skills to find his child. Now the kidnappers have offered a deadly deal: they'll surrender Sam's child... if Sam finds and murders the one man who can expose them.

    Leslie says: "the narrator wrecks the story"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Paperback Original, 2012
  • Spiral: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul McEuen
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of one of Ithaca, New York’s famous gorges, his research collaborator, Cornell professor of nanoscience Jake Sterling, refuses to believe it was suicide. Why would one of the world’s most eminent biologists, a 86-year old man in good health who survived some of the darkest days of the Second World War, have chosen to throw himself off a bridge? And who was the mysterious woman caught on camera at the scene?

    Alan says: "Makes you think you should be taking notes."
    Thriller Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2012
  • The Cold Room: Taylor Jackson Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville—from the Southern Strangler to the Snow White Killer. But she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

    Amorah Ross says: "Chilling Spellbinder"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Paperback Original, 2011
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (958)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Hard Cover Novel, 2011
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (641)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    richard says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    Thriller Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2011
  • The Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (609)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    K. Kennedy says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Hard Cover Novel, 2010
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (593)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    Thriller Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2009
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Thriller of the Yesr, 2009
  • The Ghost Writer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel, 2008
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (747)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2008
  • Killer Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

    Emma says: "Mediocre at best"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel, 2007
  • The Patriots Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Reich
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.

    Elizabeth says: "horrible narration"
    Thriller Award Winner, Best Novel, 2006
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