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Sleep No More Audiobook

Sleep No More

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Publisher's Summary

In Sleep No More, Greg Iles returns to the territory of some of his best-loved works - the steamy and hypnotic small town Mississippi where Iles himself grew up.

John Waters is a husband and father happy with his lot in life, though he has not always felt that way. Years earlier, he escaped an obsessive love affair, which he feared might consume him. The woman in question disappeared after Waters married, and later he heard that she was killed in New Orleans. But now, Waters has an uneasy feeling that she has resurfaced to trouble him - and entice him - once again.

A woman he meets casually stuns him with a smile and a secret only his former lover would know. But when this alluring stranger is suddenly murdered, Waters' quiet life is enveloped in a whirlwind of guilt and suspicion, revealing the shadowy sides of love and friendship, and the terror that can result when passion becomes obsession.

©2002 Greg Iles; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This novel should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER: HIGH EXPLOSIVES." (Stephen King)
"Irresistible pass-the-popcorn fun." (People, Beach Book of the Week)

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    Lannielui 12-15-08
    Lannielui 12-15-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Please, No More!"

    I am a Greg Iles fan. However, I did not enjoy this book, Sleep No More, and was very disappointed. This book could be summed up as a supernatural sex thriller. Although the premise was intriguing, the heavy reliance on way too many explicit sex scenes took away from the suspense and flow of the plot. It made me wonder if Iles was practicing for a short story in a smut magazine.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    One Size Fits None Rural New Jersey 05-31-13
    One Size Fits None Rural New Jersey 05-31-13 Member Since 2010

    One Size Fits None

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    "In Which Isles Jumps The Shark"

    I'm not a big mystery suspense reader, but I've been on a Greg Iles binge in the past five weeks. "Sleep No More" is my sixth in a row. I really love the books. They're all set in the same universe, in Mississippi or New Orleans, and you start to feel like if you woke up tomorrow morning in Natchez, you'd head right over to the Trace, and if you were in New Orleans, no problem locating the FBI field office on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Some minor characters in one book become major characters in another, or vice versa. They are tightly, even dizzingly plotted, even if sometimes someone is about to do something so eyepoppingly stupid you want to yell out "hey! Little blonde cheerleader! Do NOT open that back door to see if someone's really out there! For God's sake, you're babysitting!!!" You can forgive that, though. Shakespeare let Julius Caesar leave the house and head over to the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, and we know how THAT turned out.

    Then comes Sleep No More.

    John Waters - the name made me giggle, which wasn't an auspicious start - is a happily married oil man with a seven year old daughter and an antebellum mansion. He spots a gorgeous woman at his daughter's soccer game, so gorgeous she just about drops him in his tracks, and next you know she's hunting him down like he's a six point buck. Once everybody has their clothes off she tells him that she's actually his old college girlfriend. Yes, that would be the college girlfriend who tried to kill him, OK tried to kill him twice. Problem is, old girlfriend herself has been dead for the past ten years, and the heavenly body she is supposed to be inhabiting now is ten years younger than hers would have been. Things Happen. As people tend to end up doing when Things Happen, Waters finds himself telling the whole story to a lawyer, who advises him to ignore the supernatural, Fringe-like explanation and find the logical one. And you keep listening, waiting for it to unfold, confident that a skillful, solid storyteller like Iles who has steered you around so many corners isn't going to leave you in this narrative ditch he's driven you into. Alas, even the words "logical explanation" never turn up again. I actually trudged through to the end hoping it would all be explained, all the way up until I got to "Audible hopes you have enjoyed". It just never happened.

    And then, as others have noted, there are the sex scenes. Now, I like a good sex scene as much as the next person, and they're the best written parts of the book - but I started wanting to fast forward through them. They are actually critical to the story, but they just go on and on and on and then they keep happening over and over again. It becomes as dull as a character who keeps recounting trips to the supermarket, describing the size and the color of every item they put into their shopping cart at the supermarket, and in what order, and the problem is, they're going shopping every single day.

    And now the absolute worst: the narrator. He is fine with male voices, but the adult women have the same silly falsetto voice as the seven year old girl. They all come off as mindless, pouting little brats.

    Now you! Put that book credit right back in your wallet and run, run away!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope 02-03-11
    Penelope 02-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "OMG"

    This is a story best not written much less listened to. Were you serious when you wrote this book Mr. Iles? I kept waiting for a punch line. Dick Hill is an excellent narrator but the panting and gasping presented by him in representing a female during orgasm is just too much. Sorry but this book is AWFUL.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 04-08-09
    Mary Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 04-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Just Plain Bad"

    When I came across this Greg Iles title, I was expecting more of his suspenceful and enjoyable storytelling. "Sleep No More" was, however, a serious disappointment. The premise was completely ridiculous, totally unbelieveable, and there were way too many sex scenes. I kept waiting for the story to re-enter the realm of the plausible, but it never did. This book is a complete waste of your time and money.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    The Wife Louisville, KY 07-24-08
    The Wife Louisville, KY 07-24-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Another winner by Greg Iles"

    I read this book solely because I had just finished "Third Degreee" and was left wishing I had more of the story. I thought choosing the same author was a good alternative strategy, and I was not disappointed. Good suspense, a little supernatural intrigue, a la Stephen King. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 02-09-16
    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader (listener). I work in dog rescue in Arkansas, am married and am 62 years old.

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    "Pitiful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is NOTHING that could have made this book better because it's unbelievable. It's supernatural and had I read the reviews more carefully before I bought the book, I would have never bought it. The narrator was excellent, as always, but the story was just ... I'm not sure I even have the word to describe this ... oh, yes, pitiful. Greg Iles has had some great books, this one is not one of them. I finally threw in the towel with 3 more hours to go. It's just too "out there" for me.


    Has Sleep No More turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not sure what "genre" this would fall into ... it's definitely a supernatural theme ... and that is just not something I could EVER believe ... it's like none of the other books I've read from this author.


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

    Dick Hill is EXCELLENT in everything he does ... he was great in this as well, but even he couldn't save the story.


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

    I kept thinking there was going to be a "reasonable" explanation to what was happening, but I finally gave up. Obviously the supernatural element was the author's goal. Such a waste of talent on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    How it EVER got a 3.9 rating, I will never know. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. I promise you, you'll be very glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 12-18-12
    Sandra 12-18-12
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    "Escape the Real World"
    What did you love best about Sleep No More?

    I'm a big Greg Iles & Dick Hill fan. I loved that I was able to escape the real world for a few hours.


    Would you recommend Sleep No More to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends that read mystery thriller fiction.


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

    I am constantly amazed at the range of voices Dick Hill uses. I actually visualize the characters when he changes voices. I never feel as though Mr. Hill is just reading the book. He puts a lot of effort into his performances.


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

    I will always think about this book when I see a woman [or girl] twisting her hair around a finger. Is she fighting the other woman within her?


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of this book is quite creepy. There were points in the book I felt nauseous and had to stop listening for awhile! The fact I couldn't stop listening or thinking about the book, brought me back to listening to the end. I wouldn't say this was a great book but it certainly allowed escape from reality for a few hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ctbgreis 10-16-10
    ctbgreis 10-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Iles does it again."

    Don't listen to the prudes and naysayers with the negative reviews. I have read and listened to all of the Greg Iles books and they all have one thing in common. They are all outstanding. This one is quite different then his other thrillers, but its a seriously well written page turner. There is a lot of sex in it, but it really adds to the story line by creating a near taboo aura. If your a Stephen King fan then you'll love this!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Kilcher 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible Greg Iles book"

    So let me start by saying that I usually really like Greg uses books, but this one is terrible. I haven't managed to finish it. The way women are portrayed is awful and all the focus on sex is just too much. The story so far is lame and I don't even care anymore how the book ends.
    I am very disappointed with this book. Seriously get another of Greg Iles books :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Everett, WA, US 10-08-15
    Amazon Customer Everett, WA, US 10-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "such a let down"

    After reading True Evil we couldn't wait for another of his books, the second a book goes to sci Fi or possession of another body they lose me. I'll never take a chance on one of his books again. we couldn't wait for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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