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When Michael Hrubek escapes from a mental institution, the directors of the hospital are terrified that their professional reputation will be ruined, and tell the police that he's harmless, and not a danger to society.

This however, couldn't be further from the truth. Hrubek is on a mission to take revenge on society for his time spent in the institution. He is making his way towards the home of the woman who was responsible for his incarceration, and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake....

©2000 Jeffery Deaver (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Russ
  • 06-23-13

Typical Deaver plot with twists all the way

What did you like most about Praying for Sleep?

Strong characters with lots of subplots. There was obviuosly going to be a twist at the end, it was intriguing to try and work it out before you got there ( I did in this case :-) ).

What aspect of Tim Machin’s performance might you have changed?

I felt that in mid chapter when the scenes moved to different locations there wasn't enough of a pause to give you a chance to realise you had moved elsewhere. This led to me feeling a bit confused at times.

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  • Roger
  • 02-01-15

Hugely disappointed

I enjoy Jeffery Deaver's novels, but I had to give up on this one when I realised I still had 8 hours to go.The story meanders along without really getting anywhere and the treatment of mental health issues is outdated. The narration doesn't help. It sounds wooden and the reader is unable to distinguish between different characters' voices

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  • Brian
  • 12-30-14

A very slow burner

Takes till very near the end before it gets gripping. Good ending though . Not the best of PF Jeffery Deaver

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  • Patrick
  • 12-15-14

A fairly predictable tale

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. It is basically a very simple story that is overcomplicated with a long list of red herrings.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffery Deaver? Why or why not?

There are a lot of other writers I would try first.

Did Tim Machin do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He did his best with a poor text and a host of characters who had little to distinguish them.

Could you see Praying for Sleep being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I hope not. I certainly won't be watching it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • 08-11-13

Manhunt chase - didn't engage with the characters

Interesting end, but I just didn't engage with the characters, and didn't capture my interest. At several points I seriously considered questioned why I was listening to this, and even with an interesting unusual end I haven't changed my view.

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  • Shannon
  • 07-21-13

Better than expected.

Good fiction. Fast past and kept me engaged throughout. Looking forward to reading this authors take on James Bond.

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  • Judith
  • 07-19-13

Horrid

Would you try another book written by Jeffery Deaver or narrated by Tim Machin?

Not at all

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffery Deaver again?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Praying for Sleep?

I failed to finish this book despite being on a 12 hour car journey! Once I got to the scene where the mad man killed an animal then masturbated using the blood I switched it off. This book needs a warning! Horrid

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-19-13

Great denouement

What made the experience of listening to Praying for Sleep the most enjoyable?

it is actually quite a clever story

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

twist at the end

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

It wasn't unputdownable - a bit long winded and didn't keep me on the edge of the seat at all times, although it did have exciting parts

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • 04-11-13

Deaver strikes again

This is another Deaver great. The characters are painted in such a way that you know each of them intimately - or do you? A gripping read.

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  • Impy
  • 04-24-17

Bit of a slow burner

This was a,very slow start, I struggled to kerp going but glad I did as the last half of the book was really good. Quite different with a twist unexpected. Worth a,listen