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Publisher's Summary

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.

The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)

© 2007 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, David Hewson, James Grady, S. J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, and P. J. Parrish (P) 2007 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2008 Audie Award Winner
    Audiobook of the Year

"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" (James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain)
"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." (Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal)

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Discordant

ehh.... I'm glad the writers enjoyed the process. I didn't enjoy it that much. It felt too disjointed and disconnected.

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Nice idea - but issues in continuity

What did you like best about The Chopin Manuscript? What did you like least?

The idea of building a story with a team of star thriller writers sounds great. But when I listened, I felt confused as each author introduced new characters and new threads which seemed unrelated to the previous parts of the story.<br/><br/>It did all come together in the end. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I listened to this as a serial rather than in one go.<br/><br/>

If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened to other books by these authors. I have only read their books

What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?

He is a good actor.

Was The Chopin Manuscript worth the listening time?

It was ok. But there are better books out there.

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Good story, jarring production

All the writers who collaborated here are favorites of mine, so I was looking forward to hearing this book. I have listened to collaborations before and this was not quite as good as I had expected given the caliber of the authors.

As others have noted, the different chapters were somewhat disjointed and did not give a seamless flow. The book required careful concentration to read, but overall was entertaining.

Alfred Molina's narration was topnotch. I am a big fan of his.

My primary complaint about this book--and this is strictly a personal preference--is that there are sound effects and music scattered throughout. In addition, the story is interrupted to announce the author of each chapter.

I find music and effects to be jarring and the author announcements distracting. I have Asperger's so perhaps it is just an idiosyncracy. I don't recall other reviewers mentioning this aspect of the book. I myself would not have purchased this book in audioform had I been aware of this in advance.

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love the story great fun

knowing ahead of time that each chapter was written by a different offer and the sort of work that it took to pick up from one person's writing and add your own was a wonderful experience for the listener it made it all the more wonderful.

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Wondrous, plausible, and also irritating

The voice of each writer demonstrated wondrous talent, and the turns of plot impressed me as plausible and interesting, but a certain discontinuity irritated me throughout nonetheless. To me, the story suffered from this flaw, despite an outstanding performance by Alfred Molina, so I rated it accordingly. I would gladly purchase more of similar joint efforts, but perhaps with less diversity among the authors' voices.

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  • Lindy
  • Roseburg, OR USA
  • 08-20-16

Excellently written & performed!

A smooth storyline transition from chapter to chapter with the 'voice' of the book staying true to the characters throughout. I'd like to see another collaboration from this crew! The classical manuscript was a stellar vehicle to propel the story. Kudos to a group of my favorite authors!

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Great!

Soooo good. I hope this is the beginning of a series. The narrator is fantastic.

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Not even close.

What disappointed you about The Chopin Manuscript?

More like the Choppy Manuscript. I kept listening, wondering if this train wreck could be averted. I hope this helter skelter approach does not become a trend. Better these writers just get together, have a few drinks and go home and each write something worth the reader's time.

What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?

The only saving grace that allowed me to keep listening, that and that I was in the middle of a sewing project and didn't want to lose my stitches, was Alfred Molina's reading. Will look up his narrations before I would search out any of the writers.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Chopin Manuscript?

All, see above.

Any additional comments?

Character development folks? There was too little too late and too slight to care about anyone.

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a very interesting concept

the story and performance were very good. lots of twists and turns. i didn't really hear the writers styles, but was wasn't familiar with most of them. Jack Reacher did not jump put at the end and kill everyone.

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