15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.
The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.
The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)
© 2007 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, David Hewson, James Grady, S. J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, and P. J. Parrish (P) 2007 Audible, Inc.
"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" (James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain)
"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." (Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal)
I have to admit that the process of this books creation was the draw to purchase it. That was the best part of the story. However, the product wasn't awful. I am no literary expert, but I know what I enjoy. In the end, I enjoyed this story.
It was frustrating that it did seem like each new chapter was the beginning of a new book. Yet there was enough consistency that I wasn't too lost at every change.
Personally, I did not like the ending. Maybe I am a cinderella-optimist, but I was sad to find out who the villian was. I did not want it to be that person (I am trying not to give away any secrets). It kind of worked in the story, but I don't have to like it. Since there was no hint of "why" earlier on, it did not work as good as it could have had the story been authored by one person.
The narration was EXCELLENT!! The accents were wonderful and distinction between characters was superb.
Do not buy this selection if you are a music lover, get it for the suspense value. And as a compliment to the authors working together.
This book, written by 10 or 12 thriller writers is an amazing feat. That each of these authors could receive the manuscript, in turn, and have no other communication with the other authors as they write their part, is pretty incredible.
The book is consistent, believeable and exciting. It was a pleasure to read this book.
When I first heard about this book, I thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately, it wasn't such a great idea. The book just doesn't have the flow as having one author write it. too many ideas and too many different ways to go. I had too much trouble following it. they are all great authors, just not together.
I was very reluctant to try this, hating the idea of multiple authors working in any which direction on the same story. But, it worked surprisingly well, perhaps thanks to the skill of the narrator. Anyway, I liked it.
I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.
The plot was a bit choppy and the characters a little undeveloped but that is expected when a dozen different writers, write a chapter each.
Even though I thought the book was simple and shallow I still liked the general direction the book went. Not all book have to be deep and involved, sometimes I like a little fluff.
The main reason I listened to this book is the writing experiment with so many different writers, many of whom I have not read before. The narrator did a fine job, good voice, infection and tone, and had different voices for each character.
If they did this again I would probably listen again.
This book was included as a bonus with my sign-up... and it remains to date one of the best books I've downloaded ! The idea of all the differant authors was weird at first, buy the differances in writing style whilst keeping a storyline going really worked ! A little slow at the beginning, give yourself just a few chapters more... then you'll be hooked :-)
I was thrilled by the prospect of this book. I waited until all of the chapters were available before downloading so that I could enjoy it without interruption. Unfortunately the pearls produced by these talented authors were strung disjointedly. What was started in one chapter was hastily aborted in the next. Out of no where, elements would appear and disappear, without rhyme or reason. Gosh! Was I disappointed!
I did not order this book for quite a while after it's release I would look at it then order a different one. While I love all the individual authors, I felt the book would not be cohesive; that so many voices would ruin the story. I was wrong. I looked forward to each new chapter even found myself driving around the block to extend my listening time.
This was an interesting listen. You never knew where the authors were going to take the next chapter or how some characters were going to affect the story.
Overall, it was put together very well and I would recommend it to any looking for a good thriller with lots of plot twists.
"NOT the way to write a book"
A big mistake, each author seems to vie with the other to outstrip his predecessor, the body count makes the final scene in Hamlet look like a storm in a tea-cup. A very unsatisfying listen, suspension of disbelief zero, you could not 'trust' the author because there was no 'direction'.
Narration was excellent.
I wouldn't usually buy books of this genre, but I thought it sounded like an interesting prospect so I decided to give it a try. It didn't win me over to the genre, though I did buy the sequel, 'The Copper Bracelet' (although I haven't actually had the inclination to listen to it yet!) So as you can see, I have mixed feelings about this book.
You have to take this book for what it is. If you're expecting a great thriller then you'll probably be disappointed. Of course the way it has been written doesn't lend itself to being a literary masterpiece. But if you accept that and take it as a bit of a novelty, an experiment, then it's reasonably enjoyable to listen to.
Yes, it doesn't always flow well. Yes, authors tend to do all the things you might expect - change the character's personalities, put in dubious twists, kill off some characters and invent other new ones. But in my view these issues are not as serious as some other reviewers suggest.
There were chapters I really enjoyed and chapters I didn't like at all.
All in all, take it for what it is. It's not a great novel, but it's an interesting experiment, different to most of the other books you read/listen to. If you're up for that, give this book a try.
"Really interesting concept."
I downloaded this out of curiosity more than a desire to hear a thriller and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it could be disjointed or confusing but it wasn't. The plot was tantalising, the characters developed through each chapter and the story flowed. Whilst you could tell the different styles of the authors and their way of writing this genre it made for a satisfying journey and insight in to their own writing. I liked this style a lot, it was stimulating. Will download another of this style.
I found there were a lot of twists, some predictable some not. Kept me interested and wanting to hear more
I listened in two sittings - only the need to sleep stopped me from doing it in one. The 'consequences' format ensured that there was tremendous energy and pace in as each author brought a fresh note to the evolving and involving tale. The choice of Alfred Molina for narrator was a master stroke.
Selected this for a long drive to Cornwall, love Deaver's work but not read much by any of the others. I was absolutely hooked in the first 5 minutes and was devastated just over 4 hours later when I arrived at my destination with no chance to hear the end for a couple of days. The story had so many twists that it really kept me guessing and just when you thought you had it worked out it headed in a different direction. Brilliant!!!!
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