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The Driver Audiobook

The Driver: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the TV show Bones comes a "riveting, smart and funny" (Harlan Coben) debut thriller.

"Everything a great thriller should be - always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page." (Scott Turow)

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before - he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter - and he knows to listen carefully.

Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards - and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.

©2017 Hart Hanson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Driver has it all - crisp dialogue, complex characters, and a plot that zips at breathtaking speed." (Kathy Reichs)

"The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving - all on the same page." (T. Jefferson Parker)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-12-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Clever, Fast Paced, and Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to The Driver the most enjoyable?

    Former Army Special Ops Sergeant Michael Skellig owns a limo company, in part to hire wounded veterans. They include a paranoid mechanic, a legless dispatcher, and an Afghan interpretor he smuggled illegally into the States. They each suffer severely from Post Tramatic Stress. Together, much like Baldacci's Camel Club, they make a formidable and endearing team.


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

    This is my first. It is fast and fun, so I intend to listen to more from him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Michael and Delilah, the detective. Their banter was funny and smoldering in sexual tension.


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

    I did listen in one day!


    Any additional comments?

    Ari Fliakos' narration was outstanding.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 08-10-17
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 08-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved!"
    If you could sum up The Driver in three words, what would they be?

    I was really surprised. Great book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character and Lucky.


    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Oh, I love Ari Fliakos!


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

    yes.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean WHeeler 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    Was quite good the actions of he protagonist seems pretty naive even if we are the hindsight readers but nonetheless a great story

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    Michael Mcquillan Oakmont 09-17-17
    Michael Mcquillan Oakmont 09-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    Great story in the same class as Elvis Cole or Tv Magnum PI definitely recommend

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    Kay Tracy 09-10-17
    Kay Tracy 09-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the very best of the audible experience."

    This is a clever, multifaceted, fast paced story made even better by the narrator. Wow

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    Midwesterner 09-09-17
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    This is my new favorite writer and new favorite narrator. I hope there are more.

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    Barclay A. Dunn Clifton, New Jersey 08-30-17
    Barclay A. Dunn Clifton, New Jersey 08-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great story, great characters, great performance"

    really enjoyed it and looking forward to his next one! just sorry there aren't more Hanson novels yet.

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    Aimee Denman 08-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Super good book!"

    Great story! Loved the characters
    Excellent narration!
    Please do another Mr Hansen and Mr Fliakos!

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    RNTNYC 08-23-17
    RNTNYC 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What a ride! Susie - UES"

    The reader is in for a treat . The characters are finely developed as is the story line. I wonder if the author intends to develop this work into a series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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