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Shutter Man Audiobook

Shutter Man

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Publisher's Summary

Billy is an excellent killer: strategic, methodical, ritualistic. If only he knew what his victims looked like.

Plagued with a rare disease that prevents him from recognizing faces, Billy carries a photograph in his pocket that is his only way of identifying his next target. Killing is in Billy's bloodline as a member of Philadelphia's dangerous Farren crime family.

While Billy stalks Philadelphia, Detective Kevin Byrne is assigned to a series of bizarre home-invasion cases and is joined by his former partner turned assistant district attorney, Jessica Balzano. Their investigations circle Byrne's childhood neighborhood of Devil's Pocket, and they find themselves revisiting a crime from Byrne's past that has haunted him for decades. What Byrne witnessed as a child in Devil's Pocket jeopardizes the Farren family - which makes him the next target on Billy's hit list.

A multigenerational story of hardship, guilt, and redemption, Shutter Man is Byrne and Balzano's most tense and personal case to date.

©2016 Richard Montanari (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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    J.C. 02-12-16
    J.C. 02-12-16
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    "Great Series"

    This was very good especially with Scott Brick narrating. This is not the best storyline in the series, but Mr. Montanari never disappoints.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Salley Rio Vista, CA 10-15-16
    Jane Salley Rio Vista, CA 10-15-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Compelling Characters"

    Richard Montanari has brought to life the characters we've come to love with the help of a flawless performance by narrator Scott Brick. The story, however falls a bit flat, thus 4 stars. The story is dark and fails to have an engaging plot line. The story flashes back in time and seems to have very little to do with what is going on in the present. This book is well worth a listen, but not the author's best of the series .

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    Bari 09-03-16
    Bari 09-03-16
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    "It's okay."

    Shutter Man is an okay book, but I won't buy the matching hardcover or paperback this time.

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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 03-31-16
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow, convoluted, a bit long"

    A bit disappointed as compared to previous book. This is convoluted, does not flow in the reader's mind easily. Twists in the plot feel almost forced. It took me long to finish and I almost abandoned it several times.

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    Dennis M. Wierzbicki Chicago, IL United States 02-26-16
    Dennis M. Wierzbicki Chicago, IL United States 02-26-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Difficult to get engaged, but satisfying ending."

    I suspect this is less an issue with the print version, but between skipping from character to character and back and forth in time, I felt frustrated for at least the first third of the book and stopped listening several times. I enjoy Scott Brick's narration. I have also found the author's previous books to be satisfying, so I kept at it. Not one you want to listen to when your attention is divided.

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    Adrián Robles 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great delivery in the saga"

    I think I've read 4 of the Byrne - Balzano saga. This one is a great one as well. Characters are great, superb narration (typical of Mr. Brick), story is tense. A great purchase.

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    SimbaSu 02-23-16
    SimbaSu 02-23-16
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    "not up to his usual well paced plot"

    this plot drags with a lot of repetitive scene description, and suddenly concludes the book's plot into three or four separate ones at the end. It read as if the author has taken a long break from writing, and then decided to change the plot without rewriting the first 9 tenths of the book.

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    Sandra 02-10-16
    Sandra 02-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Bit of a Letdown"

    It was an ok read, but only ok, and have come to expect much more from a Burn Balzano book... The plot line was a bit meandering and higglety-pigglety... The different arcs making up the whole weren't very tight... The action is pretty decent, but suffers from some stop and start pacing... On a personal note, legal blindness is quite different from actual blindness and it's apparent the author doesn't understand the difference... The narration is excellent, and the ending saves what would have otherwise been a below average read... Unsure it's worth the credit or not, but it's not worth a return...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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