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The Coffin Dancer Audiobook

The Coffin Dancer: A Novel

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Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYPD, is on the hunt for an elusive murderer, the Coffin Dancer. He's a brilliant hitman who changes his appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims, only one of whom has lived long enough to offer a clue: The assassin has an eerie tattoo on his arm of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a casket.

Like his previous best-selling novels A Maiden's Grave and The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver's latest psychological thriller combines spine-chilling forensic detail with a turbocharged plot. In The Coffin Dancer, Rhyme, tragically paralyzed from a line-of-duty accident, continues to tutor his beautiful protégé, Detective Amelia Sachs, in the art of criminal hunting. Rhyme is certain he's seen this killer before, and his suspicion of an earlier encounter fuels a bitter taste for vengeance. When the chameleonlike assassin targets three federal witnesses for death, the stakes reach a new high. Rhyme's brainpower and Sachs' legwork are the only tools they have to track the cunning murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of a darkly painted New York City. And they have only 48 hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.

With The Coffin Dancer, Deaver - already an internationally best-selling author whose acclaimed novels have been translated into a dozen languages - uses his trademark plot twists to keep this fast-paced, masterly thriller steamrolling along with breathtaking speed. This is gripping suspense of the highest order.

©1998 Jeffery Deaver (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Anne Kessler Point Arena, CA USA 04-04-16
    Anne Kessler Point Arena, CA USA 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Annoying"

    I really don't like cartoonish voices. The book is well written but gets lost in the infantile interpretation of Amelia and Tom who should both be strong characters to balance Rhime. I will not buy any subsequent books with this reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 03-10-17
    Elle OREGON 03-10-17

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Yet Another Terrible Reader Spoils Great Book"

    I am so very disappointed with the chosen narrators for the first 3 wonderfully exciting books by talented Jeffery Deaver. His protagonist, Lincoln Rhyme is a (in his words) a gimp, a crip, a quad who has little control over any part of his body with the exception of a very sharp brain, which he uses to find criminals in NYC, with the help of former runway model, now cop, Sachs-aka Amelia-.

    I read the first 3 novels in the series years ago, when they were released in book form, long before Audible was a dream. Back when Books On Tape used amateur readers to put books into tape (or even record form) for the blind. I really believe these novice readers have migrated to big time and are now reading for the production companies.
    Take Jeff Harding-the narrator (and I use the word loosely ) for "The Coffin Dancer".
    His voice is gruff-he could read Mickey Spallain type books (I know I spelled that incorrectly, I don't care), where the gruff cop or PI calls women dolls and babe. His voice has no essence of delicacy too it. All the men sound alike, every one has a serious New York
    City slur accent, with no differences. All the women sound like they have smoked for 50 years. And when he's telling the story, between the he said/she said parts, his voice is...boring. This is an exciting story. Wheres the excitement?

    With the plethora of excellent male narrators around (Luke Daniels for one and I could go on and on), WHY oh WHY do we have to listen to these poor readers.

    Audible owes it to we faithful listeners to re-release the first 3 books in the story with-say-George Guidell reading them (I see he's been tapped for other books in the series.

    And, we listeners need to have the second book in the series released in full length instead of the miserable 3 hour Abridged version, which is all thats available.

    Don't bother buying this--go get the book at a used book store for a couple of bucks. The producers have given us a very short straw here-one we listeners don't deserve.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    yvonne 03-20-16
    yvonne 03-20-16 Member Since 2012

    Yvonne, love to read and do audio books. Spends too many hours and too much money on books. But I love them. I can't stop.

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    "Mixed feelings"

    Story was good. I did not like the narrator. Really hated him in the beginning. Got used to it by the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-21-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "I am intrigued by Lincoln Rhymes., and I admire Am"

    I am intrigued by Lincoln Rhymes., and I admire Amelia Sachs. These two characters are far from perfect -- flawed, obstinate, stubborn, fearful, arrogant. They are similar to real people which makes them more interesting because they seem more like people I could know and like. Mr Deaver has taken a man in bed -- a quadiplegic - and allowed him to be intelligent and vibrant. He has also allowed him to be unlikable at times. He has taken a man in a bed and made him into a character who is loud, smart and full of motion. He doesnt ever appear to be stagnant or stuck. I like this as it is very easy to see disabled people as living less life. Amelia is, of course, an able-bodied woman. But she is also complicated and compelling. Despite her career, Mr Deaver has written her to be a character who acknowledges her fear and her anger. He allows her to seethe and simmer, and then to overcome all of it. I will definitely be buying #3 very soon.

    Mr Harding's performance was very good. I enjoy the life that he breathes into the two main characters. He does an especially good job of expressing Lincoln's anger. He shows the man's frustration and allows him to sometimes sound like he is having a temper tantrum -- because he is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    psychodr1 03-29-16
    psychodr1 03-29-16

    I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.

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    "Mixed feelings"

    I liked the story line, the coffin dancer character and the twists. However, Lincoln was portrayed like a tantrum throwing child in this book. He was often moody and irrational while at other times very cognitive. I felt like he was too childlike and not true to the other books in the series. And Amelia was portrayed about the same--as emotional, jealous, guilty--not at all in character of other books in the series. But I felt like it was worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 04-27-17
    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 04-27-17 Member Since 2015

    Love to get a book that I can't stop reading. I love page turners

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    "Narrator ruins the book"

    I tried, I wasted my time too. Could finish it. The narrator totally ruined it. I couldn't tell who was who. The worst at playing different parts. I could go on but I am returning it even though I got it on sake

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    Lillian Rodriguez 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "love Jeffery deaver successful story;"

    enjoyed the story, enjoyed the characters again but should have had a female narrator along with the male, at times difficult to know who was speaking; which character

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    Loel G. 04-18-17
    Loel G. 04-18-17 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader, writer and all around lover off books. I also collect comic books.

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    "Awesome story.. Lacking Performance..."

    Perfectly written story... Had me going until end. Performance picked up but wanted much more.

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    cardman 03-29-17
    cardman 03-29-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Needs consistent narrator's"

    I listened to the first book. Lincoln Ryme sounded like a soft spoken African American. Book #2 in the series he sounds like a loud mouth from NYC. You know, the accent that is annoying to everyone outside of NYC. Also, Tom the assistant. He sounds like a regular guy in book #1, book #2 he sounds feminine with a lisp. Audible needs to figure this out. Stick with the same narrator throughout the series. Otherwise this was a great and entertaining book. Hats off to Mr Deaver!!

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    Cill 03-26-17
    Cill 03-26-17

    Retired systems analyst; Lover of music, art, travel, technology, birds, Caribbean, scuba; Favorite audiobook genres: mystery, biography, travel, humor, fiction

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Although I love the Lincoln Rhymes series, I somehow missed book 2 and noticed it was available on Audible so I bought it without reading the reviews. The narrator of this book makes the women sound like airheads from with southern accents...they sound ridiculous - I almost cannot listen to Percy.


    What other book might you compare The Coffin Dancer to and why?

    Do not know yet


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

    Male voices are fine and well done


    Was The Coffin Dancer worth the listening time?

    Not sure yet - still trying to accept the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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