©2004 Joseph Finder; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel the most entertaining thriller of 2004?....A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes." (Publishers Weekly)
"A twisting, stealthily plotted story...as a savvy genre piece with built-in momentum, it works just fine...the book weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web." (The New York Times)
"What keeps the pages turning isn't the suspense, though, as much as it is Finder's detailed portrayal of the Machiavellian world of the mega-corporation and its high-stakes intrigue." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This thriller is engaging from the opening lines and doesn't let up until the surprising end. Scott Brick narrates flawlessly....This great performance is a perfect fit for the writing." (AudioFile)
I chose this book because of the great reviews. When I listened to it, I liked the story narration, the clever dialog and the initial premise. I thought I was listening to a 5-star book. However, as the story continued, it departed from believability and I found the main character who is very smart, doing dumb things and not what would be obvious to me or anyone else. I kept listening for the great ending I thought was coming. Then came the ending, which was a really Big Disappointment. The author could have done so much with the story at the end, but turned it into a corporation bashing piece of unbelievable fiction.
Great story, great pace. You don't have to know anything about the industry to be intrigued by the situation the main character finds himself in. I highly recommend this book.
Corporate espionage is interesting! The title is kind of lame, but apt. This was an engrossing tale, well told, with enough turns to keep you interested. Well read by (I believe) Scott Brick, as always. There is the obligatory love interest but it's not overdone or corny and it's completely relevant. I'm going to look for more titles by this author.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The reader truly was excellent, and the plot gradually sucked me in. This isn't a deep soul-searcher, but it is a GREAT diversion, one in which you grow to care about the characters involved.
Congratulations to anyone who makes it to review #100 on this book, but I couldn't resist chiming in. This hip, smart, taut, pitch-perfect thriller is a great piece of work, and remains in the top 5 of my 140+ Audible listens. The trick is the voice . . . no, I don't mean the matchless Scott Brick . . . I mean the narrative voice of the protagonist. Finder nails it from the first sentence, and it cuts through the clutter of run-of-the-mill detectives and private investigators so routine in the genre. He has also tapped perfectly into a strong cultural live-wire . . . the modern corporation as not just benign oppressor, but potential malevolent and poweful enemy. As one reviewer obseved, without the Soviet Union as a convenient Cold War nemesis, the corporate boogey-man provides a chillingly all-too-easy-to-believe-in substitute to keep us awake at night! Five Stars to Finder for tapping a fresh cultural nerve, for creating an irresistable and unforgettable main character, and . . . oh yeah . . . spinning a spellbinding tale!
This audiobook was a very pleasant listen. I did not want to put it down. The characters were likeable and the narration easy to follow. The twists of the plot were not always predictable. If you like corporate suspense, you will like this book.
I read the book 2 years ago and loved it. I disagree with some other reviews that say the story is unbelievable.
Sure you have to suspend belief because the story taken in whole is not believable but on the other hand every element of the story separately is quite possible, and probably has happened. There are corporate spies. Otherwise why would there be laws against it. There are employees who have hacked into systems and I'm sure at one point in time a illegal party or two has been thrown on the corporations account. So in a great story you take things that are quite possible and combine them all together. That is what I call great fiction.
Finder has a way with words I love his use of the English language and his way of describing things. Sometimes I just stopped and thought wow what great human interreaction. He has a way of having the character interract verbally with others and than at the same time narrating what the character is thinking as he responds verbally and how the other character is reacting. It's really intriguing. I also liked the jaded sarcasm that is inherent in his writiing.
I like his other books but this one is my favorite. The narrator does a good job of capturing the nature of the central character.
Some of the circumstances are not believable, and the writing is a bit amateurish. The author loves adverbs ("poutily"?), which, in dialogue tags, are lazy.
After listening to and really enjoying "Company Man," I came back for more J. Finder. But this book was such a disappointment in comparison. The characters behaved unrealistically, and there was never a good sense of how much time has passed. It was too unbelievable. Plus, Scott Brick's reading was very tedious - he seemed to only have two emotions in this book: shock and disgust. Don't really recommend this one.
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