Regular price: $31.93

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.

Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an “edge” on his victim—leverage—usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the “primary” caves under pressure.

The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a “shepherd.” Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving—the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him—is also an opportunity to avenge his friend’s death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.

As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving’s every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler’s seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving’s return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point—as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge.

©2010 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Deaver unveils some nifty new tricks in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.... Deaver’s first first-person narrator, Corte, is an exciting new weapon in the author’s arsenal of memorable characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of Deaver’s fiendishly clever suspensers... won’t be surprised by the nonstop deceptions, reversals, shocks and surprises, but this time they’re even more varied than usual, and, given the characters’ backgrounds, a lot more plausible. The result is his most successful thriller in years." (Kirkus)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.9 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    117
  • 4 Stars
    124
  • 3 Stars
    61
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    11

Performance

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    53
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    73
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The narrator isn't that bad!

Any additional comments?

Alot of the reviews criticise the narrator, but I thought he was pretty good. I did grimace everytime he said "wheapon" instead of weapon, or "awhare" instead of aware, but other than that, he did a good job.<br/><br/>I thought the story was pretty good too. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading more in this series, if there is a series.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Robert
  • Covington. WA
  • 01-17-12

Edge will keep you on the edge of your seat

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure. It has a very complex story, I don't even think my wife can figure out the ending, and she usually does.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. The bad guy is some kind of genius and keeps our protagonist constantly on his best game.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end, but you will have to get there to find out why.

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

The time where he defied authority and went on his own.

Any additional comments?

Very complex plot, keeps you guessing...

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sandyjean
  • Wilton, CA, United States
  • 11-15-11

Interesting

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

This was somewhat slow to begin and I thought it might just be a ho hum book. However, as it went on it got more and more interesting and just when you thought there was no more, it had another level.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, because there were so many twists and turns.

Would you be willing to try another one of Skipp Sudduth’s performances?

I felt he was quite stilted. In the beginning I actually thought this was going to be more of documentary type book which I didn't expect from Deaver. It was because of the naration. It wasn't that he was annoying, just that he was way to stiff.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I usually listen to my books while I work outside, but I brought this one in and listened while I was cooking dinner.

Any additional comments?

This was a really good book and worthy of Deaver. I just wish it had a different reader. I will listen to it again sometime as it was so interesting.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good Read

An excellent story very well thought out. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Deaver use continues to develop his use of visual language. I really enjoyed this book. The only draw back I found was the narrators habit of pronouncing w as in weapon with a soft wh sound like wheapon. I found it annoying, but things like that just irritate me. A minor flaw in an excellent performance.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Engrossing and enjoyable book

Reading the new James Bond novel Carte Blanch by Jefferey Deaver inspired me to read more of his books, Edge being the first of what I now believe will be many! The characters are well-defined, the plot contains many surprises, twists and turns, and the novel has a sort of epilogue that contains an unexpected emotional punch. The narrator of this audiobook has received some criticism for not making his voice characterizations distinct enough. This criticism is somewhat deserved, but I felt that the narrator corrects this and actually improves quite a bit over the course of the reading. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more books read by him.

  • Overall

Fair Story Line not a great narration

I have to say this would be one of those books I would ask for a refund on!!! Storyline seems not bad, but the narration is far from engaging. If you think you can get over that try it! I am having difficulty with that..

  • Overall

Plodding and Predictable

I kept listening, only because I kept hoping something would happen that would surprise me. No suspense for me - the plot was very predictable. It took me a month to get through the listen and I only made it through because the narrator was fairly good.

  • Overall
  • maxpower
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 04-29-11

Good entry by Deaver

I'm going contrarian (at least to the majority view when I read the reviews a couple months back) and saying that I liked the narrator. Yes, he was very emotionless, but that's how the character was written. I thought his delivery was very good. He did say "wheppon," which was totally bizarre, I will admit... but otherwise it was just fine.

The story was very fast paced and a little more thriller-y than most of Deaver's stuff, but still with his characteristic twists. Very enjoyable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Hakes
  • Wilkes Barre, PA, United States
  • 01-29-11

Exciting, fast paced and worth a credit!

I was a little wary about this one, especially after reading all the comments about the narrator. What a surprise! This was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in awhile. The narrator does a fine job. I had no trouble differentiating between characters, in fact it seemed to me that a story written in the first person voice SHOULD be read by a single narrator. And I rather enjoy Mr Deaver's detours from his regular characters!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Nothing to keep me guessing-- No Surprises

I LOVE J. Deaver's older books- they always kept me guessing and had surprises that I never saw coming. However, lately, he is too easy to figure out. This one just put me to sleep- and maybe part of that was the narrator, who was not the best choice for this book. I yearn for some good old surprises- like when you think you have it all figured out and WHAM- you are floored when you find out who the bad guy is- and how cleverly Deaver kept it a secret. This book was just too predictable- - -.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful