When Detective Frank Janus falls asleep, people die. Either a killer is playing mind games with him - or he's a killer himself. Now, as the body count rises, so do Frank's deep-rooted nightmares - his inexplicable blackouts - and the fear that he's become the number one suspect.
©2001 Jay Bonansinga (P)2014 David N. Wilson
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I kind of liked the plot, but it wasn't really taken anywhere. The writing was passable but not fantastic. I didn't think the final scene between Frank & Dr Pope would ever end. It went on far too long and on the other hand he plot development lacked and comprised fragmented bits which for me never really came together that well.
I doubt if I will invest in any more of his writings, unless I really become desperate.
Paul Heitch did an admirable job and possibly improved this book's readability overall.
Theo James looks just perfect for the role of Frank, while Donald Sutherland would make an excellent Dr Pope.
If your looking for an average suspense novel that has some good and some ordinary moments then this is for you.
When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,
This story is brilliant from beginning to end. Author Jay Bonansinga has written a wonderful story, filled with mystery, suspense, danger, intrigue, and so much more. It had me guessing till the very end. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire audio. I couldn't have stopped the story if I wanted to.
This wasn't the first audiobook I've listened to by narrator Paul Heitsch but I think this might be his newest story to date. I have noticed that he has improved a great deal since The Gates of Eden. His narrating skills improve with every audio he does. He does an exceptional job and his performance seem to get more enjoyable. His performance of Frank is superb, simply flawless. I think the author picked an amazing narrator when he chose Paul. I love when a narrator can connect me to the characters. Paul does an excellent job with distinguishing the characters and their accents. He brought the story to life and I find that unique for any narrator to be able to do.
The entire audiobook was an amazing rollercoaster ride. This is my first story I've listened to or read by author Jay Bonansinga . I'm extremely happy that I received this audio as a gift. The story was written to perfection. I loved the plot, the storyline, and all the amazing twists, and where this story took me. I highly recommend The Sleep Police. A great story, with a brilliant performer Paul Heitsch so you can't go wrong with this purchase. I know you'll love it as much as I have.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend because it is extremely good. It's better than good. Jay is amazing.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were so many amazing twists. There was no way you could see where this was going. I'll tell you that this was top notch writing. Very well done.
This is the first performance thst I've listened to by Paul Heitsch and he did an outstanding job playing Frank. He was perfect and I will look for more from him in the future. Flawless!
The whole book was a thrill ride, so yes it was very moving. I loved it.
This was a fantastic thriller. I was impressed. Jay upped the game with this in my opinion. I will include more in my blog. I received the audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
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My only previous experience from Jay Bonansinga, as many others I’m sure, is THE WALKING DEAD novels. If you read them, or heard the audio version, the work speaks for itself, it’s very good. I got offered to review this for ABR by Paul, the man behind the great site, not even knowing it was available. I snagged it up, ready to get started.
The story focuses on Frank Janus, a veteran homicide detective with a troubled passed. He grew up with a crazy mother who warned her children that the Sleep Police came for young boys who stayed up too late. Having lost their father early, Frank and his brother became accustomed to seeing a string of “uncles” come through their mother’s bedroom. One night Frank walked in on his mother sitting at the ended of the bed, mumbling to herself, with a dead body laying in her room. Mrs. Janus was committed to a psychiatric facility. This drove Frank Janus to pursue a career in law enforcement and he devoted his life to it, becoming destined to carry the badge.
Ten years ago, a young Detective Janus come across a case that would haunt his life for the following decade, The Thumb Sucker killer. The case went cold, but not before it really messed with Janus’s mind; causing blackouts and forcing him to start seeing a psychiatrist. Now in his late thirties, he’s walking into an all too familiar scene with his partner, Sully Deitz, with a woman curled in the fetal position, a thumb in her mouth. The Thumb Sucker was back, and Frank thought he might be breaking. While working the case, Janus comes across a videotape that sends his world spinning. It was the killer, confessing everything to Sully Deitz, even his name. He called himself…The Sleep Police. After a long talk with therapist, Dr. Pope, Janus starts investigating himself in hopes he’s wrong. Things get worse for Frank; he finds another tape, gets arrested, escapes, blacks-out again, and has to call his ex-wife.
The narration was great in this book, as was the audio quality. I was unfamiliar with Paul Heitsch prior to this book but, he brought the story to life. He fit the story perfectly with good voices, easily identifiable, and read at a good speed (this may seem silly but if you’ve ever heard a slow narrator, you’ll understand it can be a bit tedious). I hope I come across some more of his work soon.
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This book ranks high in the mystery/thriller/psychological category in Books on Fire's collection for 2014.
I have not listened to anything quite like this to date.
I haven't heard Paul narrator before this but he is definitely a natural and I see him becoming an audio go-to narrator.
It made me wince most of all. Heitsch's voice is chilling which makes this book even more incredible. This was a great choice for a narrator..
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The Sleep Police is a great psychological thriller which keeps you guessing until the very end.
The storyline. A serial killer is on the loose, Detective Frank Janus is investigating the “thumbsucker” murders, so called because of the position the killer leaves his victims in.
However whenever he sees the victims Frank feels very unsettled, a terrible childhood has left him with his own demons to conquer. Scared to sleep and close to a breakdown, he turns once more to the psychiatrist who has helped in the past.
He is desperate and confused, suffering from blackouts, memory loss and terrifying dreams, and then things become worse….
Paul Heitsch brings the character of Frank Janus wonderfully to life, through his excellent narration, and it is the icing on the cake for this exciting, action packed audiobook which keeps you guessing until the very end.
This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to by Jay Bonansinga, however, I will definitely be listening to more by this talented author.
It had to be when Frank started to figure out what was going on. When the light bulb went off in his head and he had to start taking things in his own hands.
I really enjoyed the part at the end between Frank and Chloe. (Not giving away any spoilers)
The Sleep Police is a psychological thriller that makes you look at how the mind works and how it can be shaped. Mr. Heitsch's narration of the book kept me interested in the story. I felt that he gave each character their own voice and personality and I would like to listen to more of his work. I liked this story and would recommend it to friends and family who like a thriller.
I would. There are a few twists I didnt see coming. The story starts out slow, because you think you have it all figured out ... but then you find out that you dont. DUN DUN DUUUUN ... now your brain REALLY has to work.
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