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Publisher's Summary

Dead Even: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! *

In his New York Times runaway best seller The Tenth Justice, Brad Meltzer asked the insidious question: How much can you really trust your friends? Now he ups the tension, and the ante, in a new legal thriller that poses the most chilling dilemma of all... 

Sara Tate, Manhattan district attorney, has grabbed a case that could make her career. She's smart, tough, and sure to get a conviction...until Jared, her husband and a powerful defense attorney, is hired by the other side. But Sara doesn't know Jared has been warned to get his client off or she will be killed. Hiding desperate motives, the couple begins a vicious battle in court and at home. For Sara has a terrible secret too...and both soon face an unthinkable truth: No matter who wins, the other may die.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2011 Brad Meltzer (P)2019 Grand Central Publishing

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Lots of ways to get music-don’t need it in A-Books



I had to write this review even though I’m only about a 1/3 through the book, because I’m not sure I’ll make it any further.

Scott Brick is one of my favorite performers
Brad Meltzer has a style I’m comfortable and like.

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I can’t relax and enjoy the story with All kind of different mood music that continues through the book and gets loud and soft etc.. Not always even matching the mood of the book at times.
Who thought up the idea of playing music over reading and especially dialogue in an audio book?? Then whose the guy who agree that it was a good idea?

It doesn’t help that I feel that if something doesn’t develop soon then this book is just a Meltzer version of a rehashed plot seen in dozen of books before it. And the characters seem flat and unreal. Or could that be because I can’t really get to know them because of the stupid music getting so loud to inform me “this is an important point”. Thus distracting me from “this important point”

Note to book produces. People who are listening to an audio book want to hear the audio book. Not hours of 6 second musical clips over the words. Remember, dear Audio book producers, books are full of WORDS not cymbals crashing, violins humming and drums rolling.

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annoying background music and sounds throughout!!!

There is nothing too make this a legal thriller except the protagonist is a lawyer. Ridculous music and sounds throughout. Really a disappointment.

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Booktrack is horrible

Thank goodness I can download the original version. For some reason the booktrack version downloaded and it is horrible! Such annoying music mixed into the entire audiobook. I won’t make that mistake again!

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Ridiculous, Non Sensical BACKGROUND music

I'm approx. a third of the way into this book and I don't know if I will be able to continue listening because of the random background music that offers NOTHING to the story and is at times so LOUD I can hardly pay attention to the characters speaking... Whose idea was it to have random background music. I thought something was wrong with my head phones at first... Story seem descent but the silly music is totally ruining an OK legal drama...….

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Sorry, I am a big fan, but....

I am a big fan of Brad Meltzer and Scott Brick. That stated, this story was so implausible and predictable. It pains me to write this, but it is true. Also, Sarah was not a likable person and I could not get past her aggressive behavior and pointed speech.

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  • 12-13-19

Had to force myself to listen to the end....

I found the story highly implausible - the "logic police" would have a field day with some of the plot developments. Couple this concern with an EXTREMELY ANNOYING soundtrack - which often seemed not in sync with the story - and it was a struggle to finish. More than once I was tempted to "delete from device", but given I had a long car journey, I gutted it out.

The narrator himself was very good - at least a 4 - but he had a thankless task, competing with the music.....

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Better without the music

Why? Seems like they added random clips of music and called it a movie experience.

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Historically I have loved Bead Meltzers book. This one was awful.

Book was Awful. A total wast of time. Dull ridiculous and total lost my interest after an hour. Save your time and money. DO NOT BUY

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Not brad’s best

The storyline was not believable
Too wordy
Narration too stilted, did not flow.
Wouldn’t pass it on.