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Ghostman Audiobook

Ghostman

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I’m reading Ghostman now, and from the minute I picked it up, I was hooked. The opening chapter drops you into an Atlantic City casino-heist-gone-spectacularly-wrong, and we follow the efforts of “Jack” to clean up the mess in under 36 hours. There’s already enough mystery (Who is “Jack” really? Who else knew about the heist? What’s up with his mysterious employer and even more shadowy mentor? Have the FBI already figured this whole thing out?) to keep me locked in until the end. This debut novel has already gotten a lot of buzz in the publishing world, and I can’t wait to listen to it. —Chris, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.

When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only 48 hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.

From its riveting opening, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the listener into Jack's refined and peculiar world - and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.

©2013 Roger Hobbs (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!” (Lee Child)

“A slam-bang, pedal-to-the-metal crime story that fires on all cylinders and then some! Ghostman is a gritty, lean, mean adrenaline machine. Mostly, though, it was just plain fun to read. I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough.” (Christopher Reich)

“This watertight debut [is] at once slick and gritty… Straight out of the gate, Hobbs has mastered the essentials of a contemporary thriller: a noirlike tone, no-nonsense prose and a hero with just enough personality to ensure he doesn't come off as an amoral death machine [as well as] heart-stopping scenes that illustrate how small mistakes can turn catastrophic.” (Kirkus, starred review)

What Members Say

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    Gary 02-19-13
    Gary 02-19-13
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    "Everything you want in a criminal thriller."
    Where does Ghostman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ghostman, of course. He is flawed and criminal yet you can put yourself in his shoes and see things from his perspective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed breaking it up into my commutes to absorb and think about it as I went along.


    Any additional comments?

    Great first novel. The book weaves 2 stories involving the same character at different times in a way that slowly lets you understand why the Ghostman is the person he is and why he is in his current situation. Like any good book, he teaches you a lot about the subject and makes you feel a part of the action. I listen to dozens of books a year and this is one of the best. I usually don't write reviews, but wanted to share this one with people who like criminal thrillers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 01-10-16
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 01-10-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read!"

    Overall, I really enjoyed this fast paced story. The characters were interesting, the plot was entertaining and the narrator was fabulous. I'll be looking forward to the next of this author's books featuring one of my new favorite heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 07-23-15
    Patrick 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gotta listen to this audiobook."

    One of the most entertaining audiobooks I've heard (and I'm very picky) Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devan 05-13-15
    Devan 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This is a great book that keeps you guessing. If you love heists from the criminal stanpoint then read this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Summer Dawn Los Angeles, California USA 04-22-15
    Summer Dawn Los Angeles, California USA 04-22-15 Member Since 2015

    darling one

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    "Fantastic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book was riveting. I loved the intense detail and the main character being so despicable yet likable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book had a dual plot that was wonderful. It was great to see them both play out and see how they informed one another.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I found Jake Weber when he did Night Film. I followed him to this book - an even better book. His performance is dynamite. I love his different voices and pacing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could've! I listened to it at work, in the car, while walking my cat...


    Any additional comments?

    Great plot, great performance. Beautiful mastery of the nitty gritty - good action sequences and great explanations of underworld workings of which I had no previous knowledge (are they even real? Scatters really exist? I'm off to google...) Wish it had blossomed into a love story a little more, but it leaves it open for another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cewing 08-06-14
    Cewing 08-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fine at first until he feeds a little girl drano"
    What would have made Ghostman better?

    The story was fine at first, standard antihero material but then the author decides to show how bad the villain is so they gratuitously have him feed a little girl drano until she dies. There was no need for this and I strongly urge parents (and other people who like kids) to avoid this book.


    Has Ghostman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. The image disturbed me for several days. I'm a 41 year old male so I'm not a wilting flower, but seriously, drano to a little girl?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Jackson, CA 02-07-14
    Katherine Jackson, CA 02-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a "classic", but definitely entertaining"

    This was definitely an entertaining listen. It seems as though many of the reviewers have unrealistic expectations of this kind of book. It's not a "classic" people, it's just meant to be entertainment! Upon starting the book, the narrator was extremely slow, but that is easily fixed; most devices have the ability to change the speed of the playback and that's all it took to fix it. I found the narration of the book quite enjoyable. I questioned the cash handling in a casino setting. It was lax and I think it could have been tightened up a bit more in the writing of the book. I say this because I work in a Casino and the described cash drop security doesn't come close to what I have experienced. Thus the 4 rating instead of 5. Some books are better reads than listens, but I think this would not have been as enjoyable had I read it instead of listening to it. Really, it's just entertaining; easy to listen to and not hard work to follow the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn Louisville, KY, United States 01-29-14
    Vaughn Louisville, KY, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "How many cellphones does a crook need?"
    Would you try another book from Roger Hobbs and/or Jake Weber?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Hobbs again?

    Probably not


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speed up the reading pace


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghostman?

    All the ones where "I took out the cellphone battery and threw it out the window"

    Like all 20 of them. That was the most ridiculous part (of many ridiculous parts) of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Fairly interesting yarn, however borders on the ridiculous and unbelievable. The narrator bored me to tears with his slow reading pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John B. Minnesota 12-29-13
    John B. Minnesota 12-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, Haunting narration"
    What did you love best about Ghostman?

    The story was good don't get me wrong. It was very interesting, kept me guessing and wanting more. But the narration was awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Weber – was your favorite?

    The guy who was looking for ghost man. Weber's narration for this guy was excellent, one of the best I've heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bluestramp 08-25-13
    Bluestramp 08-25-13

    T Rex

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    "A brillant story, a career is born"

    I spend hours researching books: checking number of readers, readers reviews, listening to narrators, ratio of stars to numbers of readers ete.,etc. Sometime I don't find anything that appeals to me so I go to bed. However, Ghostman caught my attention. I've been looking for a modern mystery and it seemed to meet my criteria

    I have been reading Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, John La Carre, Eric Ambler up through Brad Thor,
    Vince Flynn, all the spy,espionage genera and I wanted something current. That's when I found "Ghost Man". and took a shot. Wow. What a surprise. A story and plot just what I was hungry for.

    This is one terrific novel. performance, plot. originality. I really got lucky. Looking for more from this talented writer, Roger Hobbs , together with narrator Jake Weber. Check it out! It's the beginning of a brilliant career, and it's nice to get in on the first novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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