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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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    Tish 05-03-13
    Tish 05-03-13
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    "Wow. Another great story!"
    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the author runs with an idea and gets it to tie into actual history.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. Always does a great job with the story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Dollens San Jose CA 04-28-13
    S. Dollens San Jose CA 04-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Too bad...was a waste of time...didn't finish"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    No way


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

    Have enjoyed his work on other titles. He is not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    My book started playing at chapter 62. Not sure why, but the story is so bad, I do not care to try to straighten out the problem.

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    Andrew 04-14-13
    Andrew 04-14-13
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    "Not the Ring trilogy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Look, it's my fault for not realizing this book was part of a trilogy. So, since I did not read Book 1, I was not primed to read this book. And I feel this book does not stand on its own. It isn't that I missed Book 1. its more that I expected a fuller story in this book. All the 14 hours of build up and suspense just seem to get dissipated by the 15th hour made to set up Book 3, whenever it will be written and published.

    As far as believability, Beecher, the main character is an archivist, i.e. a librarian. Why? What about the Dewey Decimal System makes one a James Bond? Given the subject matter, he could have been FBI or Secret Service. Wouldn't have really made a difference and would have been more believable. While the author added substantial back stories to some of the main characters--usually a good thing--jumping from the present to past often seemed to cut or frustrate tension rather than enhance it.

    I've listened to Scot Brick before and liked his readings. This time, however, it seemed like every sentence was read as if the next were about to reveal the secret of the universe--the reading was somewhat overboard.

    I wanted to like the book based on interviews with Brad Meltzer. I was looking for to a great historical thriller. The book does pretty well deliver well on history, but I was not thrilled.


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    Felton Denton, TX 04-06-13
    Felton Denton, TX 04-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The Absolute Worst Narration Ever!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I could not get into this book at all. The story seemed interesting but the narrator was terrible. He seemed to end each sentence in a whisper as if he were reading the book to someone who was trying to doze off for the night. He was entirely too dramatic with every sentence. The narration completely spoiled this book and I did not finish it.


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

    Picked a different narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I have listened to Brick before but this seemed to be completely different. Not a good listen at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13
    E. Anderson Utah 04-04-13 Member Since 2011

    stormnangel

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    "Not As Good As The First"
    What did you like best about The Fifth Assassin? What did you like least?

    Meltzer is trying to create a memorable character in Beacher White and for me it just isn't happening. If you LOVE history and really into politics you would enjoy this book far more than me. I got sick and tired of all the historical detail and wanted a bit more action. Throw in the fact that the conspiracy part (all of which is continued from book 1 - the inner circle) was getting pretty thin. In the end I was just sick and tired of the book and wanted it to end - the actual ending was incredibly disappointing as I really wanted the bad buy (the President in this case) to die.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brad Meltzer before, how does this one compare?

    This is not one of his better books or series. I have enjoyed others far more.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Love Scott Brick


    Do you think The Fifth Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs and the story was left at a place for a third book. Sadly it is not a series I will likely continue due to my complete lack of interest in history and politics. If there was more action and more enticing twists and turns then I would be more interested in a third book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 04-03-13
    Debra 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unlistenable... Is that a word...?"

    I am really surprised by the positive reviews for this audio book. Scott Brick's over-the-top dramatic lilt in his reading and delivery make this audio book so difficult to hear, that both my husband and I have completely given up on the story. Every sentence ends in an inaudible whisper. The story itself may be vaguely interesting, but it jumps around to the point that you wonder if you are listening to/reading a book relating to time travel...that is, if you can actually hear it. I really expected more from Brad Meltzer... Or maybe it's Scott Brick that ruined it... Anyway, a pretty bad combo. I hate not to finish a book, but I have gone far enough with this one and I can't take it anymore! A complete waste of a credit.

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    r spring lake, nj, United States 03-06-13
    r spring lake, nj, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Dud !!!"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    Wont ever buy a Meltzer book again.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Follett book


    Any additional comments?

    Book started agonizingly slow, had a stronger second half but ended with a complete thud. Absolutely worthless, unexplained ending - worthless.

    Author needs story telling lessons -- especially how to end one.

    Dont waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzegal 03-03-13
    Suzegal 03-03-13
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    "This is just a setup for the next book."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick's performance. He is second only to George Guidall, in my opinion. I have read many Brad Meltzer books and will read more.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

    It did not flow. There was too much jumping around and it was confusing. I hated the ending and felt cheated. He used this book simply as a set up for another book. It was not the cliff hanger I think it was meant to be.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does different voices well. He performs women as well as men, so that you forget it is a man reading all the parts.I get into the characters better having him read to me.


    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    No. I basically hated the book and found it very unsatisfying.


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    CAROL 03-02-13
    CAROL 03-02-13
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    "Very confusing story"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    Liked many of Meltzer's other books. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    I will give him another chance as along as it's not about the Culper ring.
    I couldn't figure out if they were protecting the POTUS or trying to kill him.
    I understand that most stories don't confirm the bad guy until well into the story, but you
    usually know at least one good guy from the beginning.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Too many characters sounded the same.


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    Hazel L. Gentry 02-26-13
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    "Not up to the Meltzer standard."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I would give the next one several review-reads before I spend my money. Previous reads were so good...maybe that's why I'm so disappointed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not one of his better narrators.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely return books....In fact I have only returned one after buying over 100 with you before this...but it will go back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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