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Vertical Run Audiobook

Vertical Run

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Publisher's Summary

Today is going to be no ordinary day. On this particular morning, just as Dave Elliot has finished knotting his tie, his boss comes into the office with a gun in his hand, prepared to murder him. From this moment onward, everyone Dave Elliot runs into today will be trying to kill him.

He has no idea why.

All Dave knows is that he can trust no one and that with the building sealed off he must use all the ingenuity at his disposal to outsmart his determined pursuers.

©1995 Joseph R. Garber; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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    john s larigan 07-09-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Vertical Run"

    A non stop action thriller that will keep you guessing. It is well read and acted by Stephen Lang and rates as one of the best audio books I have ever heard, and is an excellent abridgement of the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Isaac LA, CA 06-17-13
    Isaac LA, CA 06-17-13
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    "Good story muddled by a bad narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The lack of realism was hilarious. I quote: "He was back on the Long Island Expressway racing west toward New York. The speedometer registered 85 miles per hour."

    Anyone who lives on Long Island would know that to "race" on the LIE is impossible- the thing is a 24/7 parking lot. Lol that was the most implausible part of the story!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator had only two voices. Most of the people sounded exactly the same. Moreover, the voices sounded cheesy and weird. The music that started playing every 5 min. didn't help either.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky San Mateo, CA, United States 01-06-12
    Ricky San Mateo, CA, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book...but Audible blew it."
    Would you try another book from Joseph R. Garber and/or Stephen Lang?

    Yes - Yes
    Great narrator. He was not the problem.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marge


    How could the performance have been better?

    Audible butchered this story through its abridging....almost shameful. My wife happened to be reading the book as I listened to it and without her, I would not of known the true ending. No spoiler, but the book ends with the contents of a memo which wraps up the entire ending and alludes to the whereabouts and/or fate of three characters. Audible abridged it so poorly, they cut out the details for two of the characters and only gave you the fate of the main character....horrible job. Leaves you wondering and a little confused at the end. Really leaves me suspect of audible and what I missed in other books. This book is being made to a movie and the mistake in the abridging will become even more apparent as more people read it and listen to it by Audible. REALLY disappointing.


    Did Vertical Run inspire you to do anything?

    Re-read other books that were abridged by Audible. The abridging in this one was REALLY careless.


    Any additional comments?

    When abridging the text for the audible performance changes the core plot of the book, then its the listeners that get cheated. And this one cheated me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Seattle, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-09-11
    Thomas Seattle, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-09-11

    Lifelong audio book reader/listener and admirer of creative narration.

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    "The absolute BEST!"

    I've read and re-read Vertical Run many times and believe this is the FINEST audio book ever produced. Stephen Lang brings tension and dark humor to the novel that I find positively captivating.

    Joseph Garber is a bit like Thomas Harris, in that he isn't a prolific writer. But his writing makes me want this story to continue (he left the door open for that possibility) and to read any future books.

    I could not recommend this book more highly. A+++!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Norman, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-07-07
    Diana Norman, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-07-07
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    "This one is GREAT"

    Keeps your interest from start to finish. Want to read other books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Santa Clarita, CA, USA 11-15-04
    Alex Santa Clarita, CA, USA 11-15-04
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    "A tight page-turner!"

    I haven't heard the audiobook, but I read the paperback a few years ago. The book took me on a great ride, and I didn't want to stop reading until the last page. I am looking forward to his new book "Whirlwind" to come to audio format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy SHERMAN OAKS, CA, USA 08-12-04
    Amy SHERMAN OAKS, CA, USA 08-12-04
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    "Vertical Run"

    This is an exceptional tale with and exceptionally cast narrator. We listened to the UNABRIDGED version and after a ten hour road trip we were unable to get out of the car until the last word was spoken. We also listened to the abridged version and AUDIBLE should find and offer the complete recording as it is a story best told with all of the plot and character complexities.This is at the top of our" all time favorites". NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 14.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-19-16
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    "one of my favorites"

    listen to it over and over. great story.recommend it highly to any one looking for mystery ,drama or action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Schotter 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    My husband and I have loved this story for quite a long time! Enjoyed hearing it again! We first listened to it on cassette tapes if that tells you how long age we listened to it!

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    melanie 04-29-16
    melanie 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "How is this novel not a movie?"

    Found this one by accident years ago. On cassette originally. Have listened over twenty times now and it's great every time! Do yourself a favor and download!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lemming Russ
    South Shields, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Untold Classic"

    An awesome story of a hunted man, arrives at his New York office to find his boss, some men he'd never met and everyone else he knows trying to kill him except a sardonic "Guardian Angel" in his head. The point of view drags you in, you'll love or hate the characters and it'll keep you thinking until the very end. An untold classic that has aged slightly but is still relevant with well timed flash-backs to the main character's past. Listened to this on my dad's Cassette copy years ago and had to own a copy for myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Maspujols, Spain
    12/21/11
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    "Short but sweet"

    Excellent tale of one man seemingly hunted down by everyone for no apparent reason. Some good storytelling, and I liked Stephen Lang's style of narration - well recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien
    LinlithgowUnited Kingdom
    2/11/09
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    "this in an engaging and well read thriller"

    This novel is a well set-out mystery/thriller - an ordinary man sets off to work - and strangers attempt to kill him. It is well written as he pieces the parts together. But, what makes it special for me was Stephen Lang's mesmerising reading, he brings the characters alive with accents and tones. I could not switch it off - and a lovely twist at the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra B
    10/17/16
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    "an excellent read"

    what a story! absolutely fabulous. no idea why the movie option wasn't taken up. a cracker!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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