©2009 John Godey; (P)2009 Random House
"Hurtles along like a runaway express train. Harrowing, terrifying, and so, so good." (BusinessWeek)
"This one rates all the adjectives... grippingly suspenseful, chillingly real." (Newsweek)
"A cliff-hanger...fast-moving and believable." (New Yorker)
Inspired by the recently released Travolta/Washington film, I redid Pelham after three decades. The work still holds your attention, riveting, compelling. The few anachronisms (no cellphones, no computers, references to Cuban hijackings and Vietnam) do NOT detract from the compact, precise, edge-of-your-seat story. Take Pelham; it's worth it.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
I loved the movie in 1974 so I thought I would try the audiobook. I had only a little time one day to listen, so I thought I would just sample it, give it maybe ten minutes or so. Four hours later I was still sampling.
The reader does a great job of performing this audiobook. He changes his inflection and tone just enough at times to make this compelling mystery even more interesting.
I think it would be a great idea to hear the book prior to seeing the film, and I strongly recommend the 1974 version, which was a compelling experience in its own right. Hearing the book first is a good idea because the 1974 film varies from it at times in some really creative and surprising and exciting ways. I have not seen the new film, but reviews say it is not as good as the earlier one.
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