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Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night | [James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, Denise Hamilton, David Morrell]

Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published.

Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

Lock the doors, draw the shades, pull up the covers, and be prepared for Thriller to keep you up all night.

Narrators include Dick Hill, Mel Foster, Susie Breck, Laural Merlington, Joyce Bean, Bill Weideman, and Michael Page.

©2006 James Patterson and David Liss; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Stories are well matched to their readers, who give personalities to the characters and maintain the tension of the plot." (AudioFile)

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-15-09
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-15-09 Member Since 2004

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "So - So"

    This book was pretty mediocre. There were some good ones in here - such as "Diplomatic Constraints", "James Penney's New Identity'", "Disfigured" and "Empathy".

    However, an equal number of the short stories are bland. And some, such as the "The Tuesday Club" and "The Powder Monkey" were so annoying, I skipped through most of them. And there is NOTHING in here that would keep you up at night.

    If you're looking for something in this vein, "The Century's Best Suspense Stories" edited by Jeffery Deaver is MUCH better, even though the audiobook only has 1/2 of the stories as the real book. ("For Reasons Unknown", "The Weekenders" and "Quitter's Inc" from Deaver's collection are great stories and are much more likely to keep you up at night)

    This may come down to an issue of taste, but I LOVE short stories and when you've read a good number of fantastic ones, you realize that no one can put together a book where every story thrills every reader. However, having said that, I would be hard pressed to believe that the stories in this book are the best that the editor could find.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 01-18-09
    Debbie Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 01-18-09
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    "Not worth the time"

    I agree with the other reviews - the stories are too short - I am just getting into the character and remembering who is who - and the story is over. I thought exposure to many different authors would be a great way to pick out the ones I liked - but the stories are even too short for that. Should have trusted the others who reviewed this before me :-)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Akron, OH, USA 08-18-08
    Kevin Akron, OH, USA 08-18-08
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    "Very well done"

    Great selection of stories from a wonderful group of authors.The narraraters were excellent also, brought to life all of the so many varied characters.Very well done indeed.

    39 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Gastanaga 10-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite Disappointing"

    This book did not live up to the reputation of the various authors. The stories were very short and seemed to just END about the time I was getting interested in the plot. The narrators were, on the whole, lacking, not adding to the pleasure of the experience.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daisyfaye East Coast, USA 03-30-09
    Daisyfaye East Coast, USA 03-30-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Just Horrible"

    This was one of the two worst books I've listened to since I started with Audible.com about 8 years ago, and I've listened to a lot of books in that time. It was so bad I just gave up on it after about the 5th or 6th story. I'd finally lost all hope of hearing a good, or even mediocre, story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 11-25-08
    Alicia 11-25-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Some good, some not so good"

    I liked this book because it introduced me to authors I do not usually read. Some were good, some not so much, the best part is each story is about 30 minutes so you get to just skip the couple that are plain bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    galen leary 10-13-08
    galen leary 10-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I hate that none of the stories are complete"

    don't spend the credit, not worth it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 08-10-13
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 08-10-13

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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed Thriller. I generally enjoy story compilations, especially when the stories are exciting or unusual. Some of these stories were better than others, as one might expect, but all of them were narrated well, which is vitally important for an audiobook. I look forward to hearing the next Thriller books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Houston, TX, United States 08-06-12
    John Houston, TX, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "misrepresented waste f time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Complete stories instead of "samples".


    Any additional comments?

    It is not the characters but the incomplete stories. Sounds like a commercial to by more books. Total waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Germany 04-04-11
    Karin Germany 04-04-11
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    "never again"

    I had a very hard time understanding what the stories are about, even though I speak and read English every day. I gave up after 1 hour and I never buy something like this again.

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    5/4/09
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    "thrillers killers and chillers"

    despite the rather self indulgent introduction to the collection by the editor this mix of 32 short stories is an excellent way of discovering some new authors for anyone who likes a true to type spy story, violent action piece, psychological thriller or murder mystery, and there's plenty of twisted tales. The briefer introduction to each story set it in context within the writers collection and give you an idea of other titles to try "if you like this..." I didn't enjoy the heavy nasal tones of the female reader (who provides the voice for those contributions by female authors plus 1 or 2 more, and it's a shame that a few more of the authors in the collection aren't available on Audible but all round a good choice for anyone who fancies trying something new.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
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    "kept me up all night -not!"

    The best thing about this book was the introductions by James Patterson. Some of the stories were passable but if I had wanted to know more about the spy trade or similar I would have bought that book (lets face it there are plenty). The stories were too short not at all clever and despite the authors amatuerish. Leave this book on the shelf or flick through it and choose something that might appeal to your reading mood. It won't keep you up at night that talent is left to more exciting authors nothing spooky there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    11/15/09
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    "Thriller"

    Overlong prologue, but some good stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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