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Brilliance Audiobook

Brilliance

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Publisher's Summary

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio

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    Kate Houston, TX, United States 03-26-14
    Kate Houston, TX, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2015

    My eyes are going bad, and without audible, my mind would certainly go next...

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    "Tired subject and a PAINFULLY shrieking reader"

    Utterly unoriginal in every way. Just really bad. The dialogue was pitiful, the attempts at humor were just embarrassing, and some (too many) of the voices the narrator used for the characters was almost unbearable - might cause seizures in some listeners. Just really bad. Curse the daily deal! I keep getting suckered in!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-11-13
    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-11-13

    Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a

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    "Brilliantly laborous"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've yet to meet him or her. Arafat might enjoy it as he whiles away time in Paradise. .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Sakey again?

    Probably not


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't think of anything.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can tell.


    Any additional comments?

    How do such books find a publisher?

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-20-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-20-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "WHOSE NUT SACK DOES SHE NEED TO GARGLE"

    I just could not get into this. I have read it is a slow start and gets better and of course the usual suspects love it. For my credit I want a book that is good from start to finish. The concept is fairly cool, although it has been done before. You would think that having an increase in brilliant people would be good for us, but suppose you had just an above average intelligence, worked your way through college and grad school, got good grades, but could not get a job in your field, because of these people who were born brilliant. You can see how these people would be hated.

    I have always liked Luke Daniels work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kckaliel 08-06-16
    kckaliel 08-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, AWESOME narrator"

    Story is well written, with strong character development and plot. The book flows well and sucks you in completely. The author took the time to create depth. I listen quite a bit while driving and found myself on tenterhooks throughout the story.

    Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator. Each character has a distinct voice in the story. You feel like your immersed in the plot by "hearing" each person play their part of the story.

    All in all, this book was a pleasure to read by listening to a wonderfully talented narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Young 08-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Engaging and well read."

    This was a tremendous story and a fabulous example of what can happen if we do not embrace differences in our self and others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto 08-03-16
    Alberto 08-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story"

    loved how it grabbed ur attention from the very beginning and never let go. well rounded characters and solid plot. Definitely recommended

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    Melissa 07-30-16
    Melissa 07-30-16
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    "Like nothing you've ever read"
    What did you love best about Brilliance?

    You're introduced here to a new America, on the verge of imploding; not from external forces but from within. This will keep you listening into the night if you're not careful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stan 07-20-16
    Stan 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read"

    I really enjoyed Luke Daniels in the Marko Kloos series (frontlines). I was pleased to find him narrating this book as well. I look forward to book two of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenny Mac 07-18-16
    Kenny Mac 07-18-16
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    "Brilliant Story"

    Very enjoyable. as realistic as a fantasy can be. looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Hayhurst 06-30-16
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    "Fun story with excellent narration."

    A fun story, even if it was a bit predictable. Luke Daniels nails another narration with collection of voices for characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/6/15
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    "Surprising"

    It was difficult to get into but then it held my attention, I love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert
    7/22/15
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    "Great book that draws you in"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook, it's a well constructed world that gives a new take on ordinary superpowers, it builds a vivid picture of society slowly collapsing in on itself. With twists and turns abound I was hooked and had to stay in the car just to listen a little longer!


    Any additional comments?

    Roll on book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Dumbleton, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A really enjoyable read."
    If you could sum up Brilliance in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, engrossing, enjoyable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the characters. Pace.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good characterisation of the different characters.


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

    It was a really exciting book, great plot, good idea, and read and written at a good pace. The concept is believable, and is presented in a good manner.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book. Would love a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nikola
    Slovenia
    9/12/13
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    "Interesting premise, could be developed further"

    Action sci-fi thriller which wants to be a Hollywood movie. Interesting premise - from 1981 on, 1% of children are born with special powers. Not really super-powers like flying, bending spoons, but with extreme pattern recognitions and similar. They are known as "Brilliants" and as they grow up, they start changing the world. American society is polarised and split into normals and "abnorms".

    Story will probably evolve into followups - in this one, we follow Agent Cooper fighting against "abnorm terrorists" (being abnorm himself). Story is interesting and tense, with some unexpected but also some very expected twists. However, I think author did not manage to use idea's full potential. Action sequences are interesting and characters well built, but as I see it, story is basically taken from Al-Qaida attack on WTC and then continued on basis of many conspiracy theories evolving after.

    Besides that, I would have liked to hear more about the impact on the world - authors focuses on America, and rarely spreads focus out of his main characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CathyR
    Wales, UK
    8/3/13
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    "Brilliant Brilliance!"

    This book dives headlong into a very fast paced story with lots of suspense, thrills and action. I like Nick Cooper's character and the way he develops throughout the story, the conflict he feels because he himself is a brilliant yet his job is to pursue them. And then everything is turned completely upside down and Nick doesn't know truth from lies or who he can trust. A gripping plot, which is also very thought provoking, and a nail biting conclusion, along with a first rate narrator. Really glad there will be more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    7/18/16
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    "Good story, great narrator"

    Some great ideas in the story, which was recommended to me. the best performance of any narrator I've heard to date

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    6/11/16
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    "pedictable"

    Ok story , happy with the narrator. Because of the special powers people had I felt that they were adapted to the story as it went along. Predictable because using his children's safety against him, falling for the girl, his boss.not being the person he thought he was.... not much originality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
    2/26/16
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    "The X-Man in the High Castle"

    Much better than a comic book, here we have a parallel world – set in present day but where history took a different turn back in the 1980’s. The different turn was the result of “Brilliants” starting to be born. These are children with exceptional abilities, such as a massively enhanced ability to read people’s body language. I found this level of talent weirdly credible, unlike the silliness of X-Men or superheroes. The book is written and read with pace, reminiscent of books by Matthew Reilly. All in all, I was very happy to swept along by an excellent audio-equivalent of a great page-turner. Great fun and I look forward to listening to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. JP
    London
    7/29/15
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    "Very thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi"

    I can put this book down so to speak I do listening to it in the car at the office before bedtime is outstanding very futuristic very creative!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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