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Company Man Audiobook

Company Man

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Publisher's Summary

Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility. When his family is threatened by a nameless stalker, events spin quickly out of control and Nick is faced with a dead body and damning circumstances. To protect his family, he must cover up the homicide with the help of his old friend and corporate security director.

Now Audrey Rhimes, a police investigator with an agenda of her own, is determined to connect Nick to the homicide. In the meantime, Nick begins to unravel a web of intrigue within his own corporation, involving his closest colleagues, that threatens to gut the company and bring him down with it. With everything he spent his life working for hanging in the balance, Nick Conover discovers that life at the top is just one small step away from a long plunge to the bottom.

©2005 Joseph Finder; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A frightfully good suspense thriller." (Booklist)
"Mr. Finder's Company Man confirms what his Paranoia made clear: he has unusually keen instincts for back-stabbing in the business world. And somehow or other, exotica about the workings of a company that manufactures office furniture become unnaturally interesting here." (The New York Times)

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    Houston mom 10-06-07
    Houston mom 10-06-07 Listener Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "just couldn't get past the dog killing"

    I probably didn't give this book enough chance since so many rated it highly, but when the kid's dog ends up gutted in the pool, I could go no farther. It was ho hum up until then.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Bozzo 02-17-07
    Frank Bozzo 02-17-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbelievably terrible"

    I very rarely do not finish an audiobook, but I quit at the halfway point of this awful novel. I like the narrator, Scott Brick, thus, I completely fault the novel itself.

    The dialog, plot, and awkwardly forced expositions lead one to wonder whether the author lives in the real world. Every passage rang so hollowly, so unbelievably, that it was not possible to suspend disbelief and just try to get through the story for the sake of passing the time.

    I have been disappointed in a few audiobooks I have downloaded from Audible. However, none of them comes close to disappointment that was "Company Man."

    Save yourself. Download something from Nelson DeMille, James Lee Burke, Caleb Carr, Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly . . . pretty much you name it. Just don't waste your money or a book credit on "Company Man."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 03-26-06
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 03-26-06
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    "Outstanding"

    Outstanding. It will keep you in suspense until the very end.

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    theberad 08-11-05
    theberad 08-11-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved Paranoia... this is not of same cloth"

    I really enjoyed Paranoia, but this book is WAY too predictable and improbable. It was entertaining nonetheless, but a little long in places. Scott Brick is, as always, an excellent reader, but there are far better books available. I would recommend Nelson DeMille, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben, and other authors as well as Paranoia by Joseph Finder before choosing Company Man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 05-16-05
    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 05-16-05 Member Since 2012
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    "If you liked Paranoia, you will like this one."

    Very good listen. I would highly recommend it and I look forward to future books by Finder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 05-12-05
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 05-12-05 Member Since 2015
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    "No comparison with the first book"

    I agree with a lot of the other critics which liked the first book. This one is really booing. I listen to 2 hours and feel like not finishing it. To those which hated this one and have not read the
    other book: Paranoia I suggest reading it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-03-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-03-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Ridiculous"

    It is unfortunate this one turned out so bad, because Finder is such a good writer!!

    All of the basic foundation story points of this book are simply ridiculous.

    The "intelligent" characters do every possible DUMB thing you can think of - simply create a story.... and I don't me dumb, I mean DUMBER THAN DUMB.

    If you can TOTALLY suspend reality, you may enjoy it because Finder is a good writer. All Finder stories require a little bit of reality suspension, but this one requires you to sever the brain stem.

    To heap on the misery, the narrator, Scott Brick, BUTCHERS another one. I simply don't understand why this guy is a popular reader!

    Scott Brick butchers every witty line in any book he narrates - by saying it angrily. He is overdramatic and sounds like a cheesy B-Actor!!

    Overall: Story, Believability, and Narration = TERRIBLE // Writing style = good // Ability to weave some entertainment out of a mess is the only reason I bumped it up to 2 stars

    Here is how I rank the Finder books I have listened to:

    Killer Instinct - His best, 5 stars highly recommended

    Power Play - A few ridiculous points in the story board, but an entertaining story and listen overall, 4 stars

    Paranoia - Ridiculous, but has far more redeeming qualities and effective suspense than Company Man, 3 stars


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, USA 08-06-05
    Michael Chicago, IL, USA 08-06-05
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    "Way Overrated!!"

    I bought Paranoia and loved it and that book I highly recommend. This effort is nowhere close to that audiobook. Predictable yet improabable plot and boring to boot.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 06-23-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "this book was predictable. kand ends too neatly."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    yes more corporate intriugue. i think bad guys are more interesting. too bad it was not based on a mean selfis ceo.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joseph Finder before, how does this one compare?

    i have not. i thought it would be like a john grisham's novels but based on corporate life not a lawyer's life.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    good job by brick. he read very well


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no it would be a typical lifetime type melodrama.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Knecht Wayne, PA USA 08-16-05
    Dana Knecht Wayne, PA USA 08-16-05 Member Since 2016
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    "way to long"

    This book was way to long and drawn out. Seemed to go on forever and not get anywhere.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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