We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Hostage Audiobook

Hostage

Regular Price:$24.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life by taking the chief-of-police job in a sleepy, affluent bedroom community far from the chaos and crime of Los Angeles.

But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change when three young men, fleeing the robbery of a mini-mart, invade a tightly secured home and take the family hostage.

Plunged back into the high-pressure world that he has desperately been trying to put behind him, Talley finds his nightmare has barely begun, because this isn't just any house. It belongs to a brilliant white-collar criminal who launders money for L.A.'s renegade franchise of La Cosa Nostra. And the accountant's records of the incriminating money trail that lie within will put L.A.'s most lethal and volatile crime lord, Sonny Benza, behind bars.

As Talley desperately tries to save the innocents inside, the full weight of Benza's wrath descends on him, putting Talley and his own family at risk. Soon, all involved are held hostage by the exigencies of fate and the only one capable of diffusing the crisis is the least stable of them all.

©2004 Robert Crais; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (924 )
5 star
 (357)
4 star
 (381)
3 star
 (149)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
4.2 (729 )
5 star
 (295)
4 star
 (294)
3 star
 (113)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.4 (732 )
5 star
 (366)
4 star
 (281)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-04-09 Listener Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "My first book"

    Very interesting and intense, the language was a little rough for family listening, so I am glad that it was just my wife and I, however she did complain about the language, so beware. It was a good book and I enjoyed it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Loy 11-30-08
    Loy 11-30-08

    Born to read

    HELPFUL VOTES
    231
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    518
    173
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    20
    17
    Overall
    "not stop action"

    this book never stopped. it was not stop action

    I could hardly stop listening.

    Great read

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Henrik 05-21-17
    Henrik 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It's not Suspect"

    I have listened to a few Crais novels. Suspect was very good. The Two Minute Rule was good. The first three Elvis Cole novels were bad. Hostage sits somewhere behind The Two Minute Rule. It's alright but not much more. The overlay of too many improbable stressors and the paper thin bad guys doom the book from being much more than ok pulp. The last Lehane book I read, A Drink Before War, was probably better although still not good. The writing was better but the story wandered. Here the writing isn't as good but the story while not good doesn't wander.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ida 03-11-17
    Ida 03-11-17 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    108
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    154
    120
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excessive use of blasphemy and profanity"

    This is an extraordinarily well written, tense, drama-rich story! Excellent narration especially with the multiple characters and varying age ranges. The various subplots expertly intertwined with each other. I hear that there is a movie based on this book. I may search for it as I really would like to see the actors portraying the characters in the story. In my opinion there is excessive use of blasphemy and profanity. It almost ruined the story for me. Not everyone in stressful situations curses or uses the Lord's name in vain. No spoiler alert, but just a warning.😏

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Westover Clifton, ID, United States 03-05-17
    Westover Clifton, ID, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lousy unnecessary crude language"

    Ruined the whole thing for me. Probably won't listen to other books by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J.C.D. 02-04-17
    J.C.D. 02-04-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    66
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    263
    237
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A COMPELLING STORY"
    Would you listen to Hostage again? Why?

    Some time not in the near future - it was compelling.


    What other book might you compare Hostage to and why?

    I've ready many of Robert Crais' books with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. This character had more emotional problems than both of them put together.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the story and characters to life.


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

    TRAPPED!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 08-21-16
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 08-21-16 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    169
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    135
    109
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    40
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Crisp and Suspenseful"

    The storyline centers on one jam packed day. Crais does his usual excellent job of tightly weaving diverse storylines, with their own casts of characters, into one compact story arc. In this case, there are 3 primary forces all colliding and converging on one family: 3 amateur crooks, law enforcement and the mafia. I find Crais' plots enjoyable because they are crisply written leaving out all non-essential filler stuff. He also does an excellent job of using lots of diverse characters without confusing the listener. As you would expect the plot twists just keep coming. Crais does not signal his surprises such that the listener does not anticipate them. This all comes together to be a fun read that is truly hard to put down.

    A word about James Daniels' narration. I wouldn't describe him as a voice actor, although he probably is an excellent one. Instead, his approach is one of moving the story along without interfering with the action. I know the book is being read to me but his work is analogous to a movie projector. He puts it up on your internal screen so you can see it clearly without being constantly reminded that a projector is making it happen. A valuable talent.

    I highly recommend this book. I only gave 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for books where I'm stirred to a deep emotion. The fact that this book didn't do that is just fine by me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-14-16
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2010

    MTF

    HELPFUL VOTES
    871
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    284
    251
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    62
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "somewhat engaging thriller"

    In this novel, an innocent family is held hostage by three guys. The policeman in charge long ago was burned out by a failed SWAT team experience, and he withdrew from life. It turns out that the father of the "innocent" family coincidentally is not so innocent... This hostage thriller started out pretty good, but was really slowed by by less engaging and more farfetched secondary plots. The last third of the book grabbed me based on one of those farfetched secondary plots. The main character was not especially believable but I still found myself rooting for him to succeed as the book went on. This is a plot driven, manipulative thriller that works reasonably well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rachel 05-08-15
    Rachel 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    91
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "one of the best of Crais!"

    my only regret is that this book didn't last longer. James Daniels is one of the best narrators I've encountered!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-06-15
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    65
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Leave go. It's the little things"

    Nobody says, "Leave go of me." In this book, everybody does. Why? It just sounds silly and distracts from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.