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24 Hours | [Greg Iles]

24 Hours

24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

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Publisher's Summary

24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

But Will and his family are being watched by a con man and psychopath. A man who has crafted the unbeatable crime. A man who has never been caught, and whose victims have never talked to the police. A man whose life's work strikes at the heart of every family's nightmare: the unstoppable kidnapping.

But this man has never met Will and Karen Jennings.

©2005 Greg Iles; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Iles tells a riveting tale....Here is a major talent strutting his considerable stuff." (Denver Post)

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-25-08
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-25-08 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Exciting Book, so well read"

    This one kept me wanting more. The bad guys were very scary and yet one was quite likable at times. The characters are so well fleshed out, you feel like you know what makes each of them tick; you find yourself often cheering on the good guys.
    This book keeps the listener on the edge of her/his seat throughout.
    The narrator is one of the best in the field. I'm downloading more of this author's novels.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Cooley 04-01-13
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    "Rivoting and spine tingling."

    Masterful story teller Mr Iles has woven the events of one family's terror filled life, dramatic, suspenseful, heartwarming, chilling and brave as they manage to survive. Brilliant narrator Dick Hill brings these charactors to life in such a captivating and intriguing manner that one can hardly stop listening. One of the very best novels it has been my privilege to listen to. These two Iles and Hill, what a winning compination. Bring on more.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-05-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-05-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "A Very Good Story; Excellent Narrator!"

    This is my first read by Greg Iles and I loved it! The story hooked me from the first paragraph and I couldn't put it down. The story was so intense that there was not a good place to pause or stop listening. I needed to know what was going to happen next. The plot is old but presented in a new and refreshing way. There were edge of seat and nail biting moments from beginning until the very end. Each twist and turn of the story were not telegraphed, so you were always guessing and scared for the mom and dad, and the little girl. I was not disappointed with the ending. In fact the ending was spectacular. It showed the extremes a parent will go to in order to save their child.

    I like thrillers that are lean of characters so it is not complicated by having to keep too many characters sorted out. The story moves forward at all times and the roles of the minor characters helped to facilitate the movement of the story. The main character and villain is Joe. He is evil but his cold-blooded evilness is counter-balanced somewhat by big "kinda slow" Huey. The little girl and Huey were my favorite characters. But in the end, the father became the hero. I like that the Greg Iles wrote the little girl as smart, sensible and clever. She was able to help herself in some ways.

    For me, Dick Hill is the voice of Lee Child's character Jack Reacher. Nevertheless in this story, Dick's voice became an ensemble of different voices. I did realize until after I had finished the story that Dick Hill was the narrator. Dick Hill took his talent of narrating and the performance of this novel to a higher level. A very talented narrator. Highly Recommend

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 01-21-14
    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Surprise read!"

    Even though the synopsis of the book's plot had me thinking it would be predictable if you are a constant reader of "whodunits" and thrillers, the offer of 3 for 2 credits had me hooked to picking a third book. This was the 3rd choice and it turned out to be the best read of the 3. Even though it was a little predictable, it was well performed and had some exciting twists that keeps you involved in the plot and the characters. Overall, it was very entertaining and that's just what I became a recorded book reader for...entertainment and the ability to do every day menial tasks while keeping my mind busy and entertained! This book will do that for you!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 09-21-08
    Ed 09-21-08
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    "Narrator-- a one man ensemble cast!!!"

    This is my first listen to the authors work. It is a riveting tale, without question. The narrator Dick Hill, is, quite clearly, a one man ensemble who acts, not reads, the parts of the characters. I have listened to him before in multiple genre's and I now search for him and assume the authors will be worthy. You will not be disappointed with this book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    JB Pittsburgh 03-25-14
    JB Pittsburgh 03-25-14
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    "24 Hours"
    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Dick Hill performance and he did nothing to discourage me from listening again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a husband and father this book definitely has its moments that make you think about being in Dr. Jennings shoes and just how you would react in the same circumstances.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-24-14
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Evil protagonist makes this story"

    Give me a really bad guy who will likely get his comeuppance and I think you have the basics for a good thriller. Greg Iles gives us one of these evil creeps in the person of Joe Hickey. I'm not sure John Sandford or Jeffrey Deaver, two authors who forge mighty nasty characters, have ever given us anyone who can compare with Joe. Iles balances out Joe's evilness with the gentle giant, Huey. You're never sure what final road Huey will take but, deep down, you hope it will be the right one. All the other characters exist simply to keep the story moving. And move it does during a 24-hour period that should keep iPods operating from start to finish well within that time frame. An excellent thriller with good narration by Dick Hill who, believe it or not, never once said, "Reacher said nothing." Well worth a credit.

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Beth TN 11-28-12
    Beth TN 11-28-12 Member Since 2009

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    "one of my favorite Greg Iles!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent narration and a story you can't turn off!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The view point from a child was a nice twist


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Huey


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the little girl wanted her dad to save Huey


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-05-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "SUZZZ-PENCE!!"

    This is a string of cliff hangers, each tense as the rope beneath a Flying Walenda, and almost as... um... unnerving. Greg Iles tells a story that you're certain will have a... well... happy(?) ending. But how... how? And of course he dangles it then snatches it back with the next swell of tension like a fisherman at play.

    Get this book and you'll know how a fish feels. And Dick Hill once again does what he always does... this time creating the Iles ensemble so that every character has idiosyncrasies and independent voice.

    I liked it for what it is... a good story, well presented both by the author and the reader. Here's what audiobook suspense novels should be. I like Greg Isles... Will buy more... MORE :-)

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hasley 02-16-11
    J. Hasley 02-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed my first Greg Iles book. Engrossing story. The narrator was excellent. I have since listened to most of Greg Iles books, liking many of them, but this one remains one of my favorites. It is one of the few I have listened to twice. Both the writer and the reader create a thread of tension that kept my attention into the night.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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