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The Cleaner Audiobook

The Cleaner

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But in Brett Battles' electrifying debut novel, Quinn's latest assignment will change everything.

The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead...and if it's linked to a larger attempt to wipe out the Office.

Quinn's only hope may be Orlando, a woman from his past who may hold the key to solving the case. Suddenly, the two are prying into old crimes, crisscrossing continents, and struggling to stay alive. But as the hunt intensifies, Quinn is stunned by a chilling secret...and a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.

Furiously paced, filled with superbly drawn characters and pitch-perfect dialogue, The Cleaner confirms Battles' place as one of the most exciting new talents in suspense fiction.

©2007 Brett Battles; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias....Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." (Publishers Weekly)

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    nobody 08-23-12
    nobody 08-23-12
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    "Weak Sauce with a Side of Nothing!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The voice actor is extremely slow. The whole delivery does nothing to keep you in the book. You will miss nothing if you listen at 2X. The writing is very simple, and asked you to believe a lot with giving any details.


    What could Brett Battles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author barely came to the game with a plan. He tries to create suspense, but instead puts you to sleep with the lack of depth.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    This guy was so slow, it was painful. He takes twice as long to read a sentence, because their long unneeded dramatic pauses. It knocks you right out of the book.


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

    How about you drop any reference to the kid. It makes the book predictable. Who doesn't try to save the kid. It boring and doesn't reward the reader at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Go for the Grey Man series, it has better characters, plot and development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas United States 12-05-11
    thomas United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "GREAT CHARCTER; BUT SOMETHING LACKING"

    AS I LISTENED TO THE FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS OF THIS AUDIBLE OFFERING I WAS THINKING - WOW, I'VE FOUND A NEW FAVORITE SERIES CHARACTER TO KEEP TRACK OF. AND THE CHARACTER OF JOHNATHAN QUINN IS ALLURING. A CLEANER FOR A CLANDESTINE ORGANISATION, MAKING SURE LOOSE ENDS ARE TIED UP FOR VARIOUS CLIENTS. ADD IN A DOUBLE CROSS THAT PUTS THAT CHARACTER ON THE RUN FOR HIS LIFE, AND I FIGURED I HAD THRILLER GOLD AT HAND. WELL, ANOTHER FEW HOURS INTO IT AND SOME OF THAT GOLD HAD LOST ITS LUSTER AS THE STORY SEEMED TO DRAG ON AND ON AND ON. AND NOW THAT I'M DONE, I FEEL MRE RELIEVED TO HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH IT, THAN I AM SATISFIED. MAYBE IT WAS THE LACK LUSTER PERFORMANCE BY NARRATOR SCOTT BRICK; OR MAYBE ITS A LACKLUSTER WRITING STYLE BY BRETT BATTLES. I CAN'T QUITE SEEM TO PUT MY FINGER ON IT. ALL THE ELEMENTS WERE IN THERE TO MAKE ME SMILE; BUT INSTEAD I WAS FIGHTING THE URGE TO FAST FORWARD. WOULD I TRY ANOTHER QUINN STORY. I JUST MIGHT; LIKE I SAID THE ELEMENTS WERE THERE, JUST SOMETHING LACKING IN THE EXECUTION.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 11-24-11
    Nicholas 11-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't Hesitate Buying This"

    The whole series is great and credit worthy. I will listen to just about anything Scott Brick reads but Brett Battles does a great job with the whole series

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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-10-11
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 05-10-11 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "Pretty good adventure"

    This is my first Brett Battles book and I found it pretty enjoyable. I learned a lot about CLEANERS and this story was basically believable and interesting. I'll try another bllk by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    starjazz Temple Hills, MD, United States 05-02-11
    starjazz Temple Hills, MD, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow Drip of Listening Torture!"

    Don't waste a credit or your money. This story has absolutely no intrigue and drones on and on about scenery details that add nothing to the mystery or action. I even tried skipping several chapters with no help. Couldn't listen until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Carcassonne, France 02-01-11
    Anna Carcassonne, France 02-01-11
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    "Sooo bad."

    Dreadful - tedious, boring, badly written - a tribute to the skill of the narrator but alas you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-01-11
    Ron Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story Idea; Wretched Writing"

    I slogged through this dry as powder adventure with some hope of it becoming more vibrant to no avail. The idea is really intriguing, but the writing is so A to B rote and uncolorful that it tasks your patience at every turn. Just about everyone is so cold and heartless that you kind of hope the bad guys will succeed, even though most of their work is as ham-handed as the author's. The two stars are for Scott Brick who does his best to enliven this turkey that arrives C.O.D.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-23-10
    Eric Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-23-10
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    "Great listen"

    Great story and production.

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    Ashok E Kolady 07-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Waste of time"

    I am on the second half of the book and I can't help wonder why I am wasting my time on this one. What really is the point of this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex CT, USA 12-28-09
    Alex CT, USA 12-28-09 Member Since 2016

    Love audio books, multiplayer computer games, and most things computers

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    "Action packed and full of surprises"

    Really enjoyed reading the book. Traveled around the world within the book encountering new challenges in each place. Book seemed to be thoroughly researched. Only disappointment was that the author only had one other book available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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