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The Millionaires | [Brad Meltzer]

The Millionaires

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.
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Publisher's Summary

What would you steal if you couldn't get caught?

It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse.

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

It's a foolproof crime. More important, for Charlie and Oliver, it's a way out of debt and the key to a new life. All they have to do is take the money.

But when they do, they quickly discover they've got a lot more on their hands than the prize. Before they can blink, a friend is dead - and the bank, the Secret Service, and a female private investigator are suddenly closing in.

Trapped in a breakneck race to stay alive, Charlie and Oliver are about to discover a secret that will test their trust and forever change their lives.

©2002 by Forty-Four Steps, Inc., Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2002 by Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 07-12-06
    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 07-12-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Good, not great"

    I found the constant infighting between the brothers a pain to listen to. I almost abandoned it a few hours in for this reason, but stuck with it. I can't really recommend it though.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    03-02-03
    03-02-03 Member Since 2002
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    "WOW!...What a SHOW!"

    This is not just a book...IT'S A SHOW!

    I'll bet the biggest fan of this book is Scott Brick, the narrator. He reads this book as if he wants to share with us all the excitement and pleasure that he received when he first read it. Brad Meltzer wrote quite a gem, and Scott Brick made it shine with brilliance.

    Add this treasure to your audio vault...it's PRICELESS!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 02-17-13
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2009

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Interesting Premise - Suspend Disbelief - Go w/It"

    Scott Brick is fabulous and spoils you, as far as what you expect from narrators. He kept the book moving along. The premise and portions of the plot are interesting and yet it is so far fetched that I certainly wouldn't rate this as a 5-star book. 3 1/2 is where I wanted to put my rating.

    It's worth a credit and I'll be hopeful that Meltzer's next book is better. He has a lot of talent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Mcmahan 09-10-08
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    "Wonderful!"

    This was this first BM book I read, and I fell in love with it. The love between the characters is what really draws you in. You can tell that these brothers, above all else, love and want to protect each other.

    They mistry itself is very intersting as well. There's a few twists that will catch you right off guard.

    This book was very very good, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa DEARBORN, MI, USA 03-20-07
    Lisa DEARBORN, MI, USA 03-20-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Brad Meltzer delivers again!"

    Excellent book. Great narration

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Austin, TX, United States 03-01-11
    Morgan Austin, TX, United States 03-01-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Good story – terrible narrator"

    I really liked The Millionaires. At least I really liked the story, but it was really hard to stay focused on the writing what with the narrator, Scott Brick, treating every sentence as a dramatic reading. I had to keep backing up to re-hear passages since in my annoyance I would start thinking of how a normal person would narrate it. What a Drama Queen he is. Author and story were great though. I would have given more stars if it were a better narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dohna Berlin, WI, United States 11-09-06
    Dohna Berlin, WI, United States 11-09-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Lame and wussy ending"

    I have read all of Meltzer books which were newer and the story lines great. This one started out pretty good and an easy read. However, I do agree with others on the charaters were a little lame and predictable. If I had read this book before I had Meltzer's newer one I don't think I would have read another one. I will keep on reading Meltzer his new ones are great. I recommend reading Meltzer's newer ones. I gave it a 3 because of some of the creative writing and Scott Bricks narration.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Birmingham, AL, USA 02-21-05
    Robert Birmingham, AL, USA 02-21-05
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    "Plot is interesting the details are a bit weak"

    The book seems formulaic and tries to build suspense using simple writing tricks that I found tiresome after the third or fourth time he used them. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who is in banking or IT. The details of the caper are unbelievable to anyone who understands banking or the IT infrastructure behind it. For some one who is not technically inclined and looking for an easy listen that doesn,t require a great deal of thought this would be a good book. Additionally, I enjoy Scott Brick, the reader, but really like him reading the DeMille books.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 07-17-14
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Made and Lost The Hard Way"

    What do you do when you intentionally steal 3 million but end up with 300+ million? Charlie and Ollie,brothers who thought they would just pinch a little bit. It's a dead account after all so no one will notice. And there is where their slippery slope ride begins but ends in a bloody fight for their lives. Completely enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 06-26-14
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 06-26-14 Member Since 2012

    There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story. I enjoy reading others' reviews.

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    "What a Wonderful Ride!"

    I just loved this book, period, and Scott Brick's performance was, as always, perfection. The storyline, with two brothers as the protagonists, a cast of questionable characters whose motives you're never entirely sure of until the end, and some goosebump-inducing villains who relentlessly chase our heroes, The Millionaires is pure edge-of-your-seat fun! This novel has it all...excellent character development, unique plot with the requisite twists-and-turns you'd expect from a great thriller, and wonderfully smart and witty dialogue.

    I loved the relationship between the brothers, and Meltzer does an excellent job of making their relationship seem authentic and engaging. They aren't really the kind of guys you'd expect to conspire to stealing $3 million dollars but given the unique circumstances behind the money, it hardly even seems like a "crime" in this case. In fact, as one of the peripheral characters points out, there's only two kinds of "perfect" crimes: 1. One in which the criminal dies; or 2. One in which no one even knows a crime has been committed. The brothers are banking on the latter. But, of course, as these things have a way of doing, it goes awry right out of the gate. The action is fast-paced, relentless, and you won't want to put it down.

    As far as the performance, Scott Brick is one of my most favorite narrators, and he was the perfect choice for this smart, sexy novel. He's got fantastic material to work with here, and doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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