Buried Secrets

Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: A Nick Heller Novel, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,638 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal. 

Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop. There he’s urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge-fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Her abduction was clearly a sophisticated professional job, done with extraordinary precision. Alexa, whom Nick has known since she was young, is now buried alive, held prisoner in an underground crypt, a camera trained on her, her suffering streaming live over the Internet. She’s been left with a limited supply of food and water and, if her father doesn’t meet the demands of her shadowy kidnappers, she’ll die. 

And as Nick begins to probe, he discovers that all is not quite right with Marshall Marcus’s business. He’s being investigated by the FBI, he has a lot of shady investors, his fund is in danger and now he has a lot of powerful enemies who may have the motivation to go after Marcus’s daughter. But to find out who’s holding Alexa Marcus hostage, Nick has to find out why. Once he does, he uncovers an astonishing conspiracy that reaches far beyond anything he could have imagined. And if he’s going to find Alexa in time, he will have to flush out and confront some of his deadliest opponents ever.

©2011 Joseph Finder (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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Entertaining and Riveting Listening

I've never read any of Joseph Finder's books and noticed on former reviews of other books some customers didn't like Holter Graham's narration. I thought the narration was excellent. It's difficult to narrate a book while making it dramatic and more than interesting, especially when you're a man with a deep voice portraying women characters. I personally liked the way the narrator handled the young, teenage voices (example teenage girl buried alive underground, trying to stay sane and alive) as well as dialects of various characters. I'm almost at the ending and am truly enjoying the audio book. This was an entertaining download for me that keeps my attention. Ooooh the plot thickens. I'm only chapters away from the ending.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest throughout. Very well written and narrated. This is my first book by Joseph Finder and I plan to read more.

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Interesting concept, lots of loose ends.

An interesting and nearly terrifying concept, but the book left me and my partner feeling curiously unfulfilled. I felt the book had great potential, but certain threads simply disappeared, and the main reason for the entire plot when completely explained at the end, made absolutely no sense.
The book is wonderfully read but overlong for the somewhat poorly developed plot. This is not the best thriller available,I'd rather suggest Lovely Bones or some such as a better alternative if you are looking for a thriller.

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This superhero is a bit too super for me

Nick Heller can outsmart the smartest bad guys, out fight the meanest bad guys, has an assistant who can do impossible things with computers. And he's the only adult that kids will trust. It's just a bit too much and somehow doesn't work for me. With Nick Heller against you, with his talents, I almost feel sorry for the bad guys - in this one-sided fight with a very inevitable outcome ;-)

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A pleasant surprise!

First time Finder reader and bought "Buried Secrets" because of the price promotion. Really enjoyed the book and narrator. Will be going back to buy the first Nick Heller book, "Vanished".

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Lots of Techno, terribly flawed otherwise

The hero is unblemished, invincible and ultimately unconvincing. I don't know anything about weapons and so am, in my ignorance, impressed if what is said is true. But the details of the plot are so unrealistic that I've crossed the author off my list.

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Great Read!!

I never read any of Joseph Finder books but decided to buy it because of the price..its a great book! All the way to the end it will keep you attention. I plan on buying more of his books!

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An avg effort from a great author...

Unlike his previous suspense novels of "civilian" guys in extraordinary situations, this is a very typical super agent novel. Mysteries are solved with computer savvy, friends are experts in needed fields at the perfect moment.

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Not the best

Frustrating and unnecessarily complicated at times, however my main complaint is with the narrator. His interpretation of some of the characters was very annoying. Please future narrators, do not end a sentence with an inflection unless it is an actual question! The teenage boy's voice was especially bad; never have I heard any young boy sound like that in real life.
Overall the story kept me interested, but it's a 3-star at best.

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not as good as previous book in the series

This book was just not as gripping as Vanished was. It seemed to lack x something, but it was not bad, just not as good as expected.

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