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Contest

Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Readers all over the world have been cheering about Matthew Reilly's lightning fast adventure thrillers.

Contest, the action-packed extravaganza that launched this international best-selling career, is vintage Reilly at his explosive best.

The New York Public Library. A silent sanctuary of knowledge; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long marble hallways. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it is the site of a nightmare. Because for one night this historic building is to be the venue for a contest. A contest in which Swain is to compete - whether he likes it or not.The rules are simple: Seven contestants will enter, only one will leave. With his daughter in his arms, Stephen Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. The stakes are high, the odds brutal. He can choose to run, to hide or to fight - but if he wants to live, he has to win. For in this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.

©2005 Matthew Reilly (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Offers constant, nail-biting action" - ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Ron
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 05-15-09

Never a dull moment

This book is for those who like faced paced, action, sci-fi. I like survival stories, competitions and alien interaction. This one ticks all the boxes. Nicely written, very well performed. Great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hard to put down. The story introduces impossible scenarios and then produces exciting explanations of the hero's way out. This is the first of the Matthew Reilly best sellers, and I'm glad I started with this one first. Have added the rest of his books to my wish list and look forward to reading them all. Makes me proud to be an Aussie like the author.
Great stuff.

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  • Phil
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • 01-24-13

Riellys First and still his Best!!

Loved this book, very cool and conceptual. Entertaining too the last and engagin on any number of levels. Mangans Narration is quite good as well.

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Full of action, massive amount of suspense and thrilling fight scenes!

I enjoyed this book as I do all of Matthew Reilly's books but because of the suspense, the thrill and the exciting intense action content of the book.

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Fantastic book

A very compelling story unique and riveting Looking forward to others by this author. A must read if you like sci fi

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Monster Aliens!

If you could sum up Contest in three words, what would they be?

Monster aliens, Action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephen Swain was my favourite just for his never say die attitude and the way he protected his daughter.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Jurassic Park, Alien and Predator all rolled into one.

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  • Angela
  • Calliope, Australia
  • 09-10-12

another non stop action thriller - riveting

If you could sum up Contest in three words, what would they be?

fast furious brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Contest?

the beginning

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

love him reading matthew reilly's books

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the ultimate contest not only a physical test but one of endurance and mental flexibility

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Great listen

Love this author and this Book. Read all his books previously so thought I'd try audio. It's better than I remember. very fast paced and hard to take break. Hope more of his books come to audible until then I going to attic to box of books I will never get rid of.All authors titles there.

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Never a dull moment!

Another action packed story full of monstrous beasts and good people using their knowledge and bravery to prevail!

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  • Øivind
  • Jessheim, Norway
  • 01-29-15

Easy listening

I'd say if you like action books, this is a safe bet. Not a very demanding story, but quite entertaining.

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You can tell this is a first effort ...

What would have made Contest better?

More story & less procedural. More dialog & less description of the action.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am currently listening to another Matthew Reilly,

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Did not help drive any suspense.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All of the above, the senselessness of the

Any additional comments?

Matthew Reilly is a good action/adventure author. You can tell this was an early effort of his. I'd advise to try later books.

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  • Miss Catherine Livingston
  • 02-19-19

WHY NO MOVIE YET!!!!

ONE of my favourite books in general and one of my favourite Reilly books in particular. chock full of action and it doesn't matter how many times I read/hear it I'm still biting my nails in suspense at all the confrontation scenes.

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  • Dalton Powell
  • 04-18-16

brilliant

From the moment moment I listened I could not stop. the story was so gripping, a beautiful piece of storytelling.

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  • katherine
  • 12-05-15

Loved the book. Loved the audio book

Where does Contest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best, but that might be because I've read the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Contest?

The fight scenes between the main character and Belios

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Didn't have one that stood out

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end when they are just sitting on the train. Filthy,tired and being completely ignored. No one knew what they had just been through.

Any additional comments?

This narrator is one of my favourites and he didn't let me down this time. If you're a fan of Matthew Reilly its a no brainer

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 04-17-19

Geezus what a ride !

WOW! Im not sure why i hadn't read this earlier but holy shit....had me crapping my pants numerous times. Once again Sean Mangan narrated perfectly.

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  • suzanne
  • 02-10-19

Best writer I’ve read

Keeps you going from the start to the finish. It’s unbeatable a fantastic book thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

Fantastic

As usual with Matthew Reilly action packed and constantly on the move never a dull moment

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  • Chris
  • 12-31-18

What a let down

I can now see why it was self published. Badly written and characters reaction to the the situation of the plot was unrealistic. Great imagination is required to picture what is happening. Great concept though if only a better writer had written it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-18

Brilliant and Exciting

Enjoyed it very much. Not what i was expecting, but loved it. Another Matthew Reilly book i didn't want to put down. Fascinating and unexpected, it kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Christine Denniss
  • 07-19-15

A winner read

Loved listening to this book. I was on the edge of my bed/seat. xox oxo