A billionaire Senator with money to burn...
A thirty year old science experiment, about to be revealed...
Seven people, marked for death, not for what they know, but for what they are...
THE LIST by JA Konrath
History is about to repeat itself
THE LIST is a bit of a departure for Konrath, who is known for his Jack Daniels mystery series. It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why.
One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions.
To say more would give away too much.
Like the Jack Daniels series, THE LIST combines laugh out loud humor with serious suspense and thrills.
ABOUT THE KONRATH/KILBORN COLLECTIVE
The Konrath/Kilborn Collective is not a series. It's an ongoing collection of horror and technothriller novels that can each be read as a standalone. Some feature characters who appear in more than one story.
If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, the Konrath/Kilborn scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.
THE LIST by JA Konrath
Scary - 6
Violent - 6
Funny - 7
Sexy - 4
Crossover - Characters from THE LIST appear in HAUNTED HOUSE and WEBCAM
©2011 J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilborn (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really enjoyed this story. For me it was one of those that I couldn't stop listening to. It is a fast paced, interesting thriller, with great characters and even some good humour. The narrator is excellent.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
It's at the top of my list of unexpectedly good books. Describing the plot will not make you want to read it. Ignore any plot summaries. You just have to dive in. The book does make you suspend an awful lot of realism but it works. It's a genre mix that grabs you immediately with a little science, a lot of action, a bit of horror, some humor and a whopping "what if?"
The relationship between Roy and Bert. Funny!
Who said history is dead?
I really like Konrath, particularly the Jack Daniels series. But, I got to say this one is absolutely delightful. Kept me listening to the end. I couldn't wait until the end to see how it turned out. But then I really didn't want it to stop. I hope I'm right, but I think this one is due a sequel
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MAYBE HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THIS WORLD DOMINATION THING?
This is my seventh book by Konrath and the more of his stuff I read the more I like him. None of his writings will ever win any awards for being great literature, but I have never been a fan of great literature. The story is very far fetched and not too believable. It is escapism literature with lots of lol moments. Think more in terms of John Scalzi. I can't really mention the characters, as that is part of the story concept and could ruin your listening ahead of time.
This is a quick read that won't tax your mind much. If your up for a light funny read give it a shot.
One more thing. I usually don't comment on other reviews, as everyone has a right to their own likes and dislikes, but toward the bottom of the page one reviewer who seems to be some type of homophobe goes on about two characters being homosexuals. Number one, if there are homosexuals in the book, I don't see how that would detract from the entertainment value and fun there is in listening to this book. Number two, if there are homosexuals in the book, I totally missed it. There are two guys in the book, Roy and Bert, who start out hating each other and who end up best buds and there antics are some of the funniest parts of the book. I am not giving anything away here, it is pretty obvious from the start how this relationship is going to turn out. Parts of the book are predictable, but that is part of the fun and there are parts that will surprise you and that is fun too. If joking around with a friend of the same gender makes you gay, then call me queer.
Bill: How's if feel to get your ass kicked by William Shakespeare?
Tom: It's better then reading your plays.
I really enjoyed this book although not my usual taste. The concept is chilling and they pull you into the story from the very beginning.
Absolutely. Although a little farfetched it feeds into some of the experiments reported to have taken place in WWII.
No - this is my first. He does a good job.
Not extreme, but definitely emotionally involved.
I believe I will listen to this selection again. The story is interesting and the narration made it believable.
I thought the ending would be more predictable, but was pleasantly spooked.
At times the story was predictable, but interestesting enough to keep me listening. As with Konrath's other book ("Origins"), I felt the book had been edited down and the author had more to give to this story. Overall, an good listen.
Probably won't buy another Konrath...too many other good authors out there.
Performance was Ok. Character voices ok; but have definitely heard better.
Nah. Didn't really find it that interesting or entertaining.
The action was often too unbelievable. The good guys slipped maybe 30-50 attempts at their lives... I lost count. The killers were made out to be such deadly people but when it actually came to doing job they were morons. In the end it seemed a bit outlandish and trivial. At times the characters were likable; but other times the humor was forced and silly. The whole assassination attempt seemed pretty far-fetched and kind of tacked on. I would have like to seen more done with the idea of the cloned famous people; maybe groomed them as they were being raised and turned them into some kind of amazing team or something...don't know...not a writer but the idea was fascinating and he didn't really do that much with it. The idea was there through the whole book but not put to really good use.
The story moves along quickly after the main character finds he has something strangely in common with the victim of a murder he is investigating. The story gets more complex and mysterious as more bodies show up with this same point of commonality before it finally starts to unravel through the persistence of the investigator, barely in time to heighten his senses for a savage fight for survival.
Those that enjoyed a good multilevel and well developed mystery like '14' will likely enjoy this book as well.
Darcie's narration adds to the grit and depth of the main character.
My personal reality exists in the many adventures from Audible
"The List" held the excellent, subtle humor, and puns we have all learned to love. J.A. Konrath is a natural when it comes to comic relief...even in the most depraved of human conditions. The plot was imaginative and unique. He provided characters who were fun, annoying, and likeable - all at the same time.
Well, after the long climatic portion - the resolution seemed to be a bit rushed. However, I think it may have been necessary to the discovery revealed. That revelation, at the very end of the novel (partly before, if you were paying attention), was excellent. Konrath, actually leaves the reader wanting more by revealing less. I think some authors may have extended the ending to discuss more about the "discovery." This would have left a cliffhanger of some sort ; however, the absolute "NEED TO KNOW," is so much greater through Konrath's method. * I hope that was detailed enough; yet, vague enough, as to not spoil anything.
What a great Narrator! His voice was great for all the parts. He is very talented and refreshing. There is always the "Dick Hill battle," going on. I have nothing against Dick Hill's narrations, except two things: 1. I feel he has been type cast into the character of Jack Reacher. 2. At times, he gives the impression that he is an improv actor, and is purposely acting foolish in his own narration of a character. As if he is making a joke out what the character is saying, and integrating it into his narration.
So, with all that said...Props to Benjamin L. Darcie. The only thing I noticed, was that Abe seemed to sound African American at times. As if the voices of Roy and Abe, were too similar.
"The List" - A group of people all connected by a mysterious tattooed number. The connection: All part of a lineage of great leaders, inventors, and killers.
"ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS!?" =)
J.A. Konrath and Benjamin L. Darcie are brilliant with their reincarnation of "Jack the Ripper." I was not aware of the speech pathology, he was afflicted with. For such a "bad guy," his character was one of my favorites. Great job!
The narrator was first rate and made immersion reading on the Fire HD a great entertainment experience.
The thriller was well-written with an abundance of comedic elements.
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