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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jill United States 09-19-14
    Jill United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2012

    All time fave book series is Fear Street by R.L. Stine. I have read them all...I think.

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    "Exciting, memorable, intense"
    What made the experience of listening to Run the most enjoyable?

    I am constantly on the edge of my seat


    What other book might you compare Run to and why?

    I haven't read many books but this reminds me a lot of how I feel when I watch "The Walking Dead" TV series


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I really like the main character Jack. When he first spoke in a ladies voice it was a bit weird.


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

    I am so jumpy listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book plays like a movie in my head. I can really visualize this book. I find myself sitting in a parking lot just so I can listen to this book. If you like the TV series "The Walking Dead" I am pretty sure you will like this book. This is my first one by this author. I am nervous about getting another one. I am afraid it won't measure up.

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    MysteryFan77 09-12-14
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    "Full of action and suspense"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Wanting to see if and how everything was resolved.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance and easy to listen to voice. If I had to be picky, the female and child voices were a bit annoying.


    Did Run inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch (which I highly recommend,) I couldn't wait to read another of his stories so I got this book. I was a little disappointed with this one.

    The start was a little confusing for me as it just starts off with a family trying to escape the neighborhood after their name is read off on the radio. But that is where the action/mystery starts and there was plenty of action.

    As another reviewer stated, the wife is annoying. She is all about putting all the responsibility on the husband for everything including why he didn't fix their marriage after SHE had an affair (not a spoiler to the story, this affair happened in the past and before the time frame of this book)

    Towards the end she starts to redeem herself a bit, but the husband is burdened with getting them out of almost every struggle they get into.

    But this book is full of struggle, adventure and action and for that I give it 3 stars.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best story line"

    I picked this up after exploring Crouch's series of Whispering Pines. Bottom line up front, this book wasn't as good, and I can see a pattern developing in his work that could get repetitious.

    First off, the basis of the story: an aurora appears over the USA (and only the USA, of course), turning those who saw into fanatical killers who work together against anyone, including their own family members, who didn't see it. Unfortunately, that's the only explanation for what then becomes a "preppers" (those who constantly prepare for the collapse of society) wet dream. Even the ending is quickly explained away. All of a sudden, the effects of the aurora vanish. Come on Mr. Crouch, you can do better than that!

    Other similarities to the "Pines" series: The nearly failed marriage with disloyal spouses, one of the spouses lovers being a "bad guy", and, in the end, the crisis drawing the family back together again.

    There are some good points to the story. Mr. Crouch is an accomplished wordsmith. His character portrayals and scenario set-ups are executed well, and the action scenes draw you in. Unfortunately, all this can't overcome the thin plot line.

    So, I really can't recommend this book to someone looking for a story that isn't just an excuse for action scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven T. O'Neill 08-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not often that I finish a book and exclaim, "There's Eight hours of my life that I'll never get back." But this book caused just such an outburst. It's a failed storyline with little logic. The author tried to salvage the thin story-line by keeping the stress level of the 'victims' at a heightened level for eight hours. I hung-in to the end, hoping for some salvation of the story near the end. None came. Complete waste of time - Don't.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Probably not -


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

    The narrator did a fine job.


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    Greg North Alabama 07-18-14
    Greg North Alabama 07-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Greg

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    "Escapist fare"
    Any additional comments?

    This was 8.5 hours of decent, worthy story, but not the kind that I will long remember and tell others about. It's for those times when you are between great books.

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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14
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    What did you love best about Run?

    The mystery of why so many people had suddenly turned bad was fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Run?

    The most memorable moment for me was when their little boy told them he "knows" who they are and why it's all happening.


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

    Have never heard the narrator that I'm aware.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the square near the end when all seems hopeless and husband and wife are reunited.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Mills Los Angeles 05-30-14
    Jonathan Mills Los Angeles 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't want complicated literature. This book is just like the title. A run. A sprint into madness and violence but the story's lack of expansion + brutality + characters with simplistic motivations...I just felt it wasn't that great, and was super violent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Probably not. It's a big world with a lot of books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not a fan of performers who offer female voices when their own voice is deep. This was a terrible performance IMHO


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

    I would not cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone needs to explain that changing to male and female dialogue doesn't work for every performer.

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    Tulsi17 02-23-14
    Tulsi17 02-23-14
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    "Good deal"
    If you could sum up Run in three words, what would they be?

    Good beach book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorite characters - maybe the older man who gave them candy bars and water. The female characters AND the boy were pretty whiney. I might have been moved to leave them behind (just kidding). The narration might have exacerbated that quality, but I found them annoying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Similar to a scene in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, I enjoyed the respite from despair found in a temporary oasis. In The Road, it was finding the cache in the underground shelter. In Run, it was the family time spent in the vacation home not yet discovered by the family's pursuers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it might be considered a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not an original story premise, but the storytelling did keep my desire alive enough to finish it.

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    Jon Overland Park, KS, United States 02-17-14
    Jon Overland Park, KS, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth my monthly credit"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Phil Gigante?

    I doubt it.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    Unless I slept through it, which is entirely possible, there was no story. It starts with people getting killed for no apparent reason, so a family runs. Their trip is painfully long and I learned the Northern Lights don't show in Canada, since that was unaffected.


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

    No


    What character would you cut from Run?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    There was a point in the first couple hours that I wanted to kill the good guys because of the constant complaining. Sorry, but this one was painful to get through but my rule is if I buy it, I listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Texas 01-18-14
    Kindle Customer Texas 01-18-14 Member Since 2013

    I teach history at a community college and thus enjoy historical non-fiction. I also enjoy a good mystery novel from time to time.

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    "An Edge of Your Seat Listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a very good listen. Though the plot was a little bit predictable, the author did an excellent job with this book. The pacing was very fast. Listening to it sucks you in and you almost feel exhausted by the end of the book....but not in a bad way. This genre is outside of what I normally listen to and I did so with trepidation. My fears proved to be unfounded. This was a very good listening experience. I'd have no problem suggesting it to others.

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