Kill the Next One

Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An audacious psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.

Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.

A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else's next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger's logic: it's easier for a victim's family to deal with a murder than with a suicide.

However, as Ted commits the murders, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn't know. As Ted's mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures.

Kill the Next One is an immersive psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.

©2016 Federico Axat (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Nightmare imagery, mind-bending plot twists, and a kaleidoscopic storytelling style lend ( Kill The Next One) a vertiginous air, but at the core of this literary fever dream lies an elegantly crafted and emotionally resonant mystery that astonishes, devastates, and satisfies in equal measure." ( Publishers Weekly )
"Axat harnesses that uncertainty to build suspense and creates an intriguing, mind-bending thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island." ( Booklist)

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Finally, something original

If you could sum up Kill the Next One in three words, what would they be?

Beware the Possum

Any additional comments?

Really kept me guessing. Stick with this one! You'll inevitably feel confused for much of the beginning of this book because we're seeing the world through Ted's eyes, and his reality changes again and again. Every time we think we have a grip on his world it disintegrates and remakes itself. No character has been this misled by his circumstances since the Guy Pierce character in the 90's movie "Memento." After reading several disappointing, predictably dreary mystery books this came as a refreshing surprise. Maybe not for everybody, but certainly different!

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Fresh and interesting

I really enjoyed this book. There were lots of twists and turns but it was still easy and pleasurable to follow. Interesting characters, novel situations, and complex motives. I can't describe much without diminishing the experience for the reader but I highly recommend it!

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it was interesting and well written

I think it would have held my attention better if it had stayed with fewer premises.

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Annoying and ultimately repulsive

I turned it off at the kitten mutilation. Nuff said. What a waste of time.

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Fantastic Thriller!

This is not a typical psychological thriller. Just when I thought I knew where this story was going the author grabbed me my the gut & making me say out loud "oh my G*D" ... hearing that some seemingly insignificant moment I'd read chapters ago becoming tantamount in importance. This is not a quick read or something you should binge - this is something I sipped, savored and did not rush through because it was so amazingly enjoyable. Five stars. If you're a fan of mind frak movies & tv show like HBO's Westworld, USA's Mr. Robot or the movie The Game, you'll love this suspenseful novel. Extra kudos to the translator & the terrifically talented narrarator.

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Wtf.... Holy S***... Wait, what just happened?

I am a big fan of books that fuck with your mind. Yet I have yet listened to a book that achieved the level of mindfuckery that is Federico Axat’s Kill The Next One. It’s like a mindfucked brain had carnal relationships with an equally corrupted cerebrum and gave birth to a mutant of whatthefuckery. It’s a novel so brilliant and unexpected that to even name its genre seems to be too much of a spoiler. At no point in the novel did I feel like I had a grip on the reality of the novel, until the very end. Well, at least until the final sentence of the epilogue, which sent my Parietal Lobe reeling once again. Yet, this was no esoteric stream of conscienceless literary hoity toity snorefest. It was highly accessible with characters you grew to care about, and a truly rewarding experience. One of my favorite listens in a long time.

It’s hard to truly evaluate narrator Maxwell Hamilton’s narration other than to say I was so immersed in the multilayered reality of the novel, if there were any issues with his narration, I failed to notice it. Sometimes it takes a great narrator to enhance a bad book, but equally it takes a smart narrator to know when his job is just to keep the reader sucked into a brilliant story, and never get in its way.

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Avoid this train wreck...

Have you ever had the experience of listening to a joke, the teller sharing lots of seemingly delicious details, taking the long route to a setup that must mean the joke is exceedingly funny, and then...boom...it falls flat as a pancake? That's this book. And you're the punch line in this poorly executed train wreck of a novel. The premise is awesome, and it sucked me in right away. The narrator is superb, and did his level best with this thing. But, then the train began slowly heading off the tracks and the tedium set in. Wooden dialogue, endless exposition, long-winded descriptions that are supposed to be psychologically tantalizing but that actually lead nowhere interesting. I'm willing to give a book a chance, and I so wanted all of the details in this one to gel at the end into some kind of twisty turny climax that snuck up from behind and put me in a full nelson. Aha, you thought the author didn't know what he was doing? Gotcha! And gotcha again! I would have loved that! No. What you wind up learning is that the whole book was about a character that was introduced about 3/4 of the way through, someone you don't care about one way or the other because you don't known anything more about him than that he's an awful human being. Really? That's your story telling strategy? For me, the build up to the denoument was hilariously bad. I literally screamed with laughter a couple of times at how cringey and silly it all became. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who's willing to take the plunge and listen, so I'll just say that an otherwise insightful and intelligent character suddenly forgets that an awful thing is happening during the final scenes. Instead of reacting to said awful thing, she calmly participates in a conversation that is supposed to enlighten the reader by revealing all the secrets. It doesn't work. At all. I ended up wanting everyone to die in the end - no one was sympathetic or likable. I just wanted it to be over. Throw in a little gratuitous animal torture in the epilogue, and the train wreck was finally complete. The smoldering wreckage a pleasant sight in my rear view mirror as I put this disaster behind me. Needless to say, not a recommended listen.

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Mental Marathon

I found this a terrible listen. I only finished it because i always finish a book, no matter how bad. The narrator is good but I found the story awful and uninteresting.

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great story

I absolutely love this story I was legitimately surprised by the ending narrator was annoying

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JUST AMAZING

I love it it’s so exciting and awesome its like a mystery that doesn’t want to unravel but then it does and it explodes in your face...I mean it is a slow burn like Frankenstein and the audio is amazing super high quality! :-)