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Paranoia Audiobook

Paranoia: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems. They train him and feed him inside information. Now at Trion, he's a star, skyrocketing to the top. He finds he has talents he never knew he possessed. He's rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and works directly for the CEO. He's dating the girl of his dreams. His life is perfect. All he has to do to keep it that way is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in. But when he tries to break off from his controllers, he finds himself in way over his head, where nothing is what it seems and no one can really be trusted. And then the REAL nightmare begins....

©2004 Joseph Finder; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel the most entertaining thriller of 2004?....A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes." (Publishers Weekly)
"A twisting, stealthily plotted story...as a savvy genre piece with built-in momentum, it works just fine...the book weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web." (The New York Times)
"What keeps the pages turning isn't the suspense, though, as much as it is Finder's detailed portrayal of the Machiavellian world of the mega-corporation and its high-stakes intrigue." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This thriller is engaging from the opening lines and doesn't let up until the surprising end. Scott Brick narrates flawlessly....This great performance is a perfect fit for the writing." (AudioFile)

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    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-23-07
    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-23-07
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    "A Little Unbelievable, But Entertaining"

    I decided to try out this book because I am a Scott Brick junkie.
    So yes, there are parts of this book that are... say, a wee-bit unbelievable. I'll call it "Hollywood-movie reality." :) In fact, I could easily see this book headlining at my local theater.

    If you can get past this small hiccup, you've got a great, entertaining listen. With some great plot twists - right up to the very end. Scott Brick is his usual brilliant self - although I must admit that I found his voice to be a little old for the main charater. Still, I give this book a solid 4/5.

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    Laurie 09-21-07
    Laurie 09-21-07
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    "Reader great, story good."

    I thought the book was a bit unbelievable but on the whole enjoyed it. The reader was excellent.

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    J. Amster Aberdeen, NJ USA 08-11-07
    J. Amster Aberdeen, NJ USA 08-11-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow, loved it!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I am in a high tech field and found the plot especially fascinating. I loved the comparisons to the spy culture. I don't want to give anything away so just get it and enjoy the ride.

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    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 07-31-07
    Edythe Pinellas Park, FL, USA 07-31-07
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    "Great Story"

    I liked this book and thought it was a good mystery and I didn't guess the ending. I will try other books by this author.

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    Suzanne Denn Saratoga NY 07-15-07
    Suzanne Denn Saratoga NY 07-15-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great Read"

    I enjoyed this book very much it was a fun "read" and held my interest. The narrator was very good. Right up to the minute suspense. Well worth your time.

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    Rand 07-01-07
    Rand 07-01-07
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    "Big Disappointment"

    I chose this book because of the great reviews. When I listened to it, I liked the story narration, the clever dialog and the initial premise. I thought I was listening to a 5-star book. However, as the story continued, it departed from believability and I found the main character who is very smart, doing dumb things and not what would be obvious to me or anyone else. I kept listening for the great ending I thought was coming. Then came the ending, which was a really Big Disappointment. The author could have done so much with the story at the end, but turned it into a corporation bashing piece of unbelievable fiction.

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    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 06-07-07
    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 06-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Paranoid"

    Great story, great pace. You don't have to know anything about the industry to be intrigued by the situation the main character finds himself in. I highly recommend this book.

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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 05-08-07
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 05-08-07
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    "A good read"

    Corporate espionage is interesting! The title is kind of lame, but apt. This was an engrossing tale, well told, with enough turns to keep you interested. Well read by (I believe) Scott Brick, as always. There is the obligatory love interest but it's not overdone or corny and it's completely relevant. I'm going to look for more titles by this author.

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    P. Scott Bennett Elon, NC 05-03-07
    P. Scott Bennett Elon, NC 05-03-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Gotta tell you, I liked this book!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The reader truly was excellent, and the plot gradually sucked me in. This isn't a deep soul-searcher, but it is a GREAT diversion, one in which you grow to care about the characters involved.

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    David F. Guthrie 12-22-06
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    "Perfect"

    Congratulations to anyone who makes it to review #100 on this book, but I couldn't resist chiming in. This hip, smart, taut, pitch-perfect thriller is a great piece of work, and remains in the top 5 of my 140+ Audible listens. The trick is the voice . . . no, I don't mean the matchless Scott Brick . . . I mean the narrative voice of the protagonist. Finder nails it from the first sentence, and it cuts through the clutter of run-of-the-mill detectives and private investigators so routine in the genre. He has also tapped perfectly into a strong cultural live-wire . . . the modern corporation as not just benign oppressor, but potential malevolent and poweful enemy. As one reviewer obseved, without the Soviet Union as a convenient Cold War nemesis, the corporate boogey-man provides a chillingly all-too-easy-to-believe-in substitute to keep us awake at night! Five Stars to Finder for tapping a fresh cultural nerve, for creating an irresistable and unforgettable main character, and . . . oh yeah . . . spinning a spellbinding tale!

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