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Paying the Piper Audiobook

Paying the Piper

A serial kidnapper known as the Piper spent years snatching children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families. When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood got himself involved in one of the cases, the Piper went from kidnapper to murderer…and vanished. Now, after Fleetwood has languished under crippling guilt and public scorn for eight years, the Piper emerges from hiding to kidnap Fleetwood’s son. He’s demanding $2 million, but it’s not really about the money: the Piper wants blood - and he’ll use Fleetwood to get it.
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A serial kidnapper known as the Piper spent years snatching children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families. When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood got himself involved in one of the cases, the Piper went from kidnapper to murderer…and vanished.

Now, after Fleetwood has languished under crippling guilt and public scorn for eight years, the Piper emerges from hiding to kidnap Fleetwood’s son. He’s demanding $2 million, but it’s not really about the money: the Piper wants blood - and he’s going to use Fleetwood to get it.

In the pulse-pounding tradition of Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz, Simon Wood hangs listeners on hooks of suspense and action, leaving them white-knuckled until the bloody, bitter end.

©2012 Simon Wood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ginger Ogden, UT United States 07-17-14
    Ginger Ogden, UT United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paying the Piper to be better than the print version?

    Either, or.


    What other book might you compare Paying the Piper to and why?

    I've read a lot of very good books, but I don't believe I have read one that quite meets this standard. James Patterson, Michael Connolly and the like write with similar style.


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

    I don't know that I have a favorite.


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

    Heart-stopping.


    Any additional comments?

    In "Paying the Piper" by Simon Wood, we have a serial kidnapper who becomes active again after a 9-year hiatus - or at least that's how it seems. In reality, nothing is like it seems. There are enough twists, enough heart-stopping moments, and enough intrigue to keep your heart pounding, your breathing labored, and your mind racing from start to finish. I could not put it down. Amazing tale from an amazing author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Shepherd, MT 10-04-15
    Amazon Customer Shepherd, MT 10-04-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "good read, kept me guessing"

    the plot was believable, kept you wanting to read more and the twists and turns kept you guessing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 06-15-15
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great thriller"

    I'd say it was near perfect except that the narrator used the same voice technique on a couple of different characters and I would get confused about who was talking.
    Loved the story line!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lazzarini 05-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting and full of adventure"

    I like the character development and suspense. The author did a great job telling a story that kept me glued to the pages. Tension, suspension and excitement highlighted each chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale House LOS FRESNOS, TX, US 03-24-15
    Dale House LOS FRESNOS, TX, US 03-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent story somewhat predictable"

    Enjoyed the storyline struggled w the execution. All the plot twists were far too obvious in my opinion. I called it really early.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Geneva, IL, United States 03-27-16
    Janice Geneva, IL, United States 03-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Feckless Heroes?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, but I truly kept wanting to slap the "heroes" of the book silly.


    Any additional comments?

    With all the truly feckless blunders and stupid moves by ALL of the "good guys" in this book, it is a miracle all came out OK in the end.....I kept wanting to reach through the speaker and slap SOMEBODY.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Schmitt 07-20-15
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    "Good story"

    Well written. Plenty of action and tangled story. A few unbelievable lines but but the most part a very good story. Excellent narration.

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    K. Mathis usa 03-18-15
    K. Mathis usa 03-18-15

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    "Pretty good"

    I though at Alex and Brian were the same people. it was a little confusing in the middle which made the ending ehh.

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    Terry McManus 05-04-15
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    "Worst I've had in a long time!"

    This story used every crochet in the book. And many many many times. If I had not paid so much for, I would've quit a long time ago. It was agony to get through.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NORTH PORT, FL, United States 03-17-13
    Amazon Customer NORTH PORT, FL, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "kept my attention"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a fair book. Some twists and turns. Good tension buildup, felt for the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Simon Wood? Why or why not?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Just ok. Character voices were not that distinctive.


    Do you think Paying the Piper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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    "Had me shouting in my wellies!"

    I couldn't stop listening to this one and in the garden one day in my wellies and headphones in, I started shouting at the different characters. Had me gripped and I really enjoyed the story.

    Disturbed me slightly that I found myself liking a certain character.

    Brilliantly written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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