Mike Wingate had a rough childhood — he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted — he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat; and his construction company is about to finish a “green” housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. Then the unimaginable happens: Something from Mike’s own past, a past he doesn’t even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family. Menacing characters show up and begin threatening Mike, and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike’s murky past than in investigating or protecting his young family. Now, with Mike, his wife, and their daughter suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike must turn to Shep, a truly dangerous man — and Mike’s only true friend — from their childhood days together in foster care. Together, the two of them will do whatever it takes to protect Mike’s family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning “You’re Next!”
©2011 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.
No, if this is his standard writing style
Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.
ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.
Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst
I got this book based on the sterling reviews but was very disappointed. The main character and story line rang false on multiple levels. A CONTRACTOR overcome with guilt over a construction mistake that was blown out of proportion and wasn't his fault ... please. The actions of the bad guys are terrifying but implausible ... would a thug break into a house just to whisper scary messages into a baby monitor, then leave?
Overall, the plot was on the level of a teen horror flick (Scream, etc.) than a quality mystery novel.
Scott Brick is (or can be) one of the best narrators out there. Nonetheless, I find that his performances on some books are overdone, with too much emotional breathy talk. This was one of his overdone narrations.
I wish I could get my credit back.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Prior to the release early this year when he released Orphan X Gregg Hurwitz had never written a 5 star novel, but he has consistently written solid 4 star novels which are totally worthwhile. I first read You're Next when it was released five years ago. Listening to Scott Brick narrate it has been a pleasure despite my being familiar with the story.
You're Next is about the uncertainty that Mike Wingate, his wife and their 8 year old daughter face as someone keeps trying to first intimidate and then kill them for reasons they do not understand. Wingate is an award winning home builder in northern California. Wingate calls on his boyhood friend Shep White, a safe cracker and career criminal, to help him understand and terminate the cause of the the attempts on his family's lives. The suspense and uncertainty remain very intense until near the end of the novel.
I was happy to read Orphan X, Book 1 in the Evan Smoak series, when it was released in January because as a solid 5 star novel it hopefully moves Hurwitz from a very good author of suspense thrillers to the ranks of the very best.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (suspense) - You're Next takes place primarily in California in probably the 1980s. Mike's family is in danger, and he calls on his bad-boy friend Shep to help him find and deal with whoever is threatening them. They suspect governmental corruption, and they are pressed to find someone they can trust. The listener will experience kidnapping, murder and action scenes but will also enjoy Mike's love for his wife Annabel and his adorable daughter Kat.
There are lots of books which are fairly similar to this, where something from the main character's past emerges and causes trouble. I like this one better than most, however. For one thing, I got more invested in the characters. I'd give too much away by enumerating other things I enjoyed about this story, but it's well-written and will keep you wanting to listen every chance you get.
PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick, as always, delivers a great performance.
OVERALL - There is very little cursing in this book and only one very short, tastefully done sex scene. There is, however, quite a bit of violence. I'd recommend equally for men and women who enjoy the genre.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
If I had to boil it down to two words they would be: overly dramatic, in both narration and story. That said, I did finish it to the end although if I were honest with myself, it's only because I was I was avoiding paying bills online. Someone wrote earlier that it was like an episode of Law & Order--I concur except there weren't any Lenny zingers.
Listen to this book if you like mainstream thrillers with a dose of maudlin woe for the orphans of the world.
A beginning, middle, and end. The great thing about this story is that the author didn't rush it, he took his time and developed the characters and situations so that you can actually imagine being there. You really care for the good guys, and really fear the bad guys (they are REALLY BAD) and simply can't turn off the iPod.
Well done all around. I was pleasantly surprised with Scott Brick. I normally do not like his narration style, but in this one--he nailed it. Each voice distinct and believable. Loved the way he brought Shep out for the reader, as Mike's hearing impaired childhood friend.
Highly Recommend this one.
I Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !
This book was a slow start it had me considering a refund but..... When it heated up it was on fire!! Very good book I will definitely look at the other books by this author
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Actually a 2 because of the narration, but if you already like Brick, it won't bother you, so a three.
I know the Scott Brick lovers who read this will hit not helpful, but I can't stand his over dramatic pauses and labored narration. Made me think this was the worst book I'd listened to in a long while. He makes what is already implausible sound ridiculous.
The story was okay, different and definitely a big surprise. I probably wouldn't have hated it with a different narrator, so I give it 3 stars. So many stereotypes, but then stereotypes are based on common truths. Some really implausible situations typical for a mystery, no more thanaverage. That's why I love them so much.
Character and story line didn't grab me right away. It turned out to be decent, but I wan't blown away. I wouldn't listen to it again.
This was my first Hurwitz book and I have already put his others on my wish list. After the set-up this book is a wild ride -- the kind that makes you add an extra mile to your walk.
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