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Run: A Thriller | [Blake Crouch]

Run: A Thriller

Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....
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Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....

A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold....

Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace....

Two days ago the killers began to mobilize....

Yesterday all the power went out....

Tonight they’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to run!

©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    SUNEET Malaysia 10-04-13
    SUNEET Malaysia 10-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bizarre!"

    I've read both Run and Pines. I didn't really like either, but since a sort of promotion was running when I bought the audiobooks, I guess I've not lost too much money.
    There's nothing inherently wrong with the books. They are as brainless as any of the other thrillers I enjoy very much. The pace is rapid enough. The characters are fairly convincing. The author writes well. The problem is that I didn't know when I bought them that these books were Sci-Fi. I am not a fan. The setting in both books was so bizarre that I found myself wishing for the books to be over as quickly as possible. I actually bought the Kindle version for both books so that I could jump pages, something one cannot do with an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 08-05-13
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worse Female Narration Ever"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Probably not. Read Pines, which was way better than this. Run could have been so much more entertaining, but went completely south at the end.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    Only if the story consisted of all male characters.


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

    Every scene with the whining mother who is supposed to be a doctor. She comes across as totally incompetent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Heitz 06-26-13
    Judi Heitz 06-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Predictable - and irritating to women"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story redeems itself a bit towards the end, but the majority of the story is Man is strong and faces adversity, woman looks to man to take care of her until man is gone and she becomes mother bear to protect her family.

    Story is filled with action - a few interesting twists, lots of killing, not too graphic

    Could hav been good with 3 dimensional character development


    Would you recommend Run to your friends? Why or why not?

    prehaps for a mindless read


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    pretty good -


    Do you think Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Sacramento, CA, United States 06-13-13
    Lisa Sacramento, CA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Its OK, not great but not terrible"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Phil Gigante?

    Maybe, I'll have to see about the narrator. The story was interesting but I really started hated the narrator's female voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fast paced book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator had a really poor female voice. They came off as being super whiny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luvs to read 06-03-13
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    "Run....away from this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story, realistic dialogue, or even likable characters!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    From this author? NEVER


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He was able to distinguish characters with different voices, he was at least pleasant to listen to. Otherwise I wouldn't have completed this one at all!


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

    Annoyance, extreme disappointment, shock and awe at the horrible 2nd grade level of dialogue combined with the overuse of a thesaurus to describe everything else.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really bad. The characters are annoying and unlikable . It seems as though 2 different people wrote this due to the discrepancy between dialogue and description. I was cheering for the bad guys because the main characters were so bad.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    angelina Lancaster, CA, United States 05-01-13
    angelina Lancaster, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This might be the best book ever!"

    I knew I was in trouble when I noticed myself accelerating while driving and listening to this book. It dawned on me that the book is entering my mind on a level I didn't invite. Blake Crouch is a WRITER!! Masterfully in creating pictures in your mind. This book is so well done...I can't express. just EXCELLENT!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ruple Georgia 03-11-13
    K. Ruple Georgia 03-11-13
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    "Reminds me of old James Bonds Movie"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Phil Gigante?

    No


    What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stating the obvious too frequently is boring. the female lead screeches at her husband "watch out for.." about 50 times in the first several chapters. "I see it" is his reply. She reminded me of one of the James Bond girls who always yelled "James, James..." as he saved her.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    maybe


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

    Passing the time on long runs, but I can only take so much, then switch to Pandora or something else.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not finished with the book, hopefully it improves. I'm very patient.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christy United States 12-17-12
    Christy United States 12-17-12

    Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)

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    "Another 10 from Blake Crouch!"

    After reading and thoroughly enjoying Pines, I was anxious to start another Blake Crouch. This book was great. Lots of action and excitement. Unlike Pines, where the reader is constantly trying to figure out the mystery, this book is more about following the Colcloughs through this harrowing time and watching their struggle to stay alive, and together. If you like apocalyptic-like stories, this book is for you—although again, this book is more about the effect of the event on the family, and not the event itself.

    Also, despite doing a great job of wrapping up the story, I felt that it left the door open a bit for another book, maybe one that focuses more on the apocalyptic event that caused the chaos in the first place. Even if that isn’t Crouch’s intention, I’d still read it if he changed his mind :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Abilene, TX 12-14-12
    David Abilene, TX 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent Book, Bad Narrator"

    Okay, the book was pretty good. A man is fighting to keep his family safe from people who want to kill anyone who did not see the lights in the sky. (Read the book to find out about that.) Lots of action. I was never bored. Regarding the story, however, I would have liked to see more of a description about what caused the madness in the first place. Instead, the book starts out with action, but no explanation. But overall, this was a fair story.

    The narration, on the other hand, was sub-par. The voices he used for the characters was horrible. The main character sounded like someone trying to do an impression of a constipated Batman from the old TV series. The main character's wife was whiny. Just not good overall. My wife listened to this after I did, and she thought the narration was very bad as well. I know Phil Gigante is a popular narrator. I'm not sure if I have listened to him before, but his performance in this book was not good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robert 08-14-13
    robert 08-14-13
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    "please please please save your money"

    This was the worst listen in 28 books, mister Crouch needs to do a lot more research before putting pen to paper.To many to list here but one was, time and time again that the M16 or M4 were referred to as AR15 s. Phil Gigante same voice for most characters droning tone to his voice made it worse. The story was all over the map and no where at the same time. I wanted to like it listened to the whole thing hoping it would do something, very weak I hope I"m eligible for a refund. listen to SK 11-22-63 best listen EVER.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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