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The Fifth Assassin Audiobook

The Fifth Assassin

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States.

Four have been successful.

But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

Beecher is about to discover the truth: that during the course of a hundred years, all four assassins were secretly working together. What was their purpose? For whom do they really work? And why are they planning to kill the current President?

Beecher's about to find out. And most terrifyingly, he's about to come face-to-face with the fifth assassin.

©2012 Brad Meltzer (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Scott POTOMAC, MD, United States 09-13-13
    Scott POTOMAC, MD, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Normally a big Brad Meltzer fan"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I am normally a big Brad Meltzer fan, but this book was horrible. Tried twice to get through it, even went back and read the first book in the story, but no help. The story was just horrible.


    Has The Fifth Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 08-07-13
    Michael G. Boyd San Diego, CA 08-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Michael Boyd

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    "Maybe this is a better written story"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I have always enjoyed Meltzer, but this one was really hard to follow in audio. I almost gave up four or five times. I had to force myself to finish it.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

    I can't put my finger on what was wrong with it, but I know I can't recommend it.


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

    It was fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-03-13
    Mike CORONA, CA, United States 08-03-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Very hard to follow - poorly written."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I would give Brad another try since his book usually get such high ratings. I normally love Scott Brick - but as so many others have said - every single line is read with soooo much melodrama it's hard to tell when something really is dramatic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    I would give him one more try.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less melodrama - just read the book and don't make every line the height of suspension.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion. The author switches from first person view to third person view and back again. It's very hard to stay in the story.There are too may characters early on - it makes it hard to identify or care about any of them.There are a ton of flashbacks - every other paragraph takes places in a different time.


    Any additional comments?

    A rough ride and for my first Brad Meltzer book it makes it tough to come back for another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Powder Springs, GA, United States 06-18-13
    Andrew Powder Springs, GA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, Bad not sure"
    What did you like best about The Fifth Assassin? What did you like least?

    The book picks up where the last one left off and does not waste a lot of time on pre-established character development which is nice. familiar characters with familiar idiosyncrasies I think slows interest into the story. New characters were nice to see but the overall plot is so un-engaging you find yourself having to repeatedly rewind to try and figure out what happened while your mind wandered for the last ten minutes. the sub plots are more intriguing than the main story line and the slight twists thrown in at the end are fun but definitely not a Kaiser Soze I didn't see that coming kind of moment. not the best... not the worst...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    Of course! he is a smart and witty author capable some great work.


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

    they are all the same.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, if they added some humor to it and kept it fun and engaging, Sure. If they went the mystery for idiots route of Da Vinci code, Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I am Kaiser Soze!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Matteson, IL, United States 06-08-13
    Charles Matteson, IL, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I am a 64 year old black male. I was an IT professional before I retired several years ago. I prefer espionage book or just plain old mysteries.. I am now a truck driver and has lots of time to listen to books.

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    "So and so"
    What did you love best about The Fifth Assassin?

    Nothing in Particular


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All was average


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    ?


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

    Scott was masterful as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    The book before this one was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer maywood, IL, United States 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer maywood, IL, United States 05-30-13
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    "A Lesson In History"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick ability to bring the characters to life with his voice, so yes I would definitely buy another one of his narratives as long as it's not written by Brad Meltzer. At this time, I have no intention of ever buying another novel by him.


    Has The Fifth Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I actually enjoyed reading James Rollins who stories are usually about a secret order of some kind.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, Scott Brick showed enough emotion to suit the story line.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was sorely disappointed with this novel. I was expecting real drama, mystery and excitement, and got none.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Brad Meltzer's early works, so I was really looking forward to this one, but the Fifth Assassin, like the novel that proceeded, the Inner Circle, was dull and left a lot to be desired. There was way too much history and fact and not nearly enough fiction and excitement. I felt like I was in history class and dreading every single moment of it. I hope his next fictional novel will be more entertaining. It is why I select to read fiction instead of non-fiction. I think Meltzer is a great fictional writer, but unfortunately he seems to be stuck in a boring writers realm. I hope he finds his way out because I miss the days when he wrote stuff like the Zero Game.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Glupker Michigan 05-22-13
    C. Glupker Michigan 05-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring and Interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. Story was very boring in some areas so it took me a long time to finish this book.


    What could Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story line was a little blah although the listening some of the history was interesting.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott always does a good job.


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah San Antonio, Tx 05-20-13
    Sarah San Antonio, Tx 05-20-13
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    "My First Meltzer!"
    Would you listen to The Fifth Assassin again? Why?

    No, I usually don't repeat books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It did keep me going, and I had to wait until a slower part came around to shut it off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 05-17-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 05-17-13
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    "You always learn when you read Brad Meltzer"

    As far as I'm concerned Meltzer is a wonderful teacher and darn good writer. Very, very bright while he weaves fiction and fact. I've watched him on the History Channel doing the "Decoded" series, very interesting as are the topics he has his team research.

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    Donna 05-13-13
    Donna 05-13-13
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    "Could not even finish it!"

    I am a fan of Brad Meltzer's "Decoded", but have never read any of his books. This one just did not hold my interest, And, what a disappointment, since I am a huge fan of conspiracy theories and mysteries.

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