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The Inner Circle Audiobook

The Inner Circle

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Publisher's Summary

"There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living."

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself....

Until now.

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair - Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer as a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

©2011 Brad Meltzer (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci." (People)

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    Kim 01-12-11
    Kim 01-12-11
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    "What could be better?"

    I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite authors was paired with one of the best narrators in the business and INNER CIRCLE didn't disappoint. This high quality production was enjoyable, entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat. If you're a fan of Brad's new show, DECODED, you'll love listening to this audiobook. More Meltzer, please!

    39 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Beaufort, SC, United States 11-16-11
    Evan Beaufort, SC, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "To Many Twist To Count"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great way of learning interesting historical facts mingled with a great fictional story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I have on multiple points in this book stop to absorb the latest twist in the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene at the mental hospital.


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

    It would be a really long sitting. Great for a long road trip or to listen to over a week or two.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clydene San Diego, California 01-17-11
    Clydene San Diego, California 01-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Love This Book!"

    This is a wonderful tale of hidden secrets in classic Meltzer style. Meltzer draws you into the story and you easily drawn into the story by his masterful telling of the tale. If you love mysteries, conspiracies, and puzzles, you will love this book. I know I loved this book, and his use of descriptive prose; it adds dimensionality that you rarely read these days; it is a real treat to read his wonderful work.

    I love Meltzer’s books so much that I bought a hard copy and read it; then I got the audio book, mostly to hear Scott Bricks narration of the story. Brick’s narration on The Inner Circle is truly superb, he adds so much narration process and this really becomes a theatrical performance.

    Bravo Meltzer and Brick! Yes, More Please!

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Donnie 01-17-11
    Donnie 01-17-11
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    "........Slow"

    +3 hours into this latest book by Brad Meltzer and I can't deal with the slow pace plus the dull main character. I think the story line has potential, I just have a hard time with the pace.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-21-11
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A plot trying to find a story."

    This sorta felt like someone conjured up a librarian and put him in the middle of a Davinci Code- x National Treasure-type tale. Oh. Wait. That's exactly what it was.

    Interestingly, the plot has promise, there's lots of dialog--which is great for me since I like a lot of dialog in my novels. There's lots of great character development and lots of time, too, spent on plot development. So, what gives?

    Unfortunately, I think Mr. Meltzer couldn't find the story he wanted to tell. I think, maybe he believed that a story was "in there somewhere..." If it would ONLY reveal itself... ("...It's here somewhere. Nope? Not yet. Ahh. No matter. Let's set up another scene and introduce another character. A story will turn up sooner or later... Any moment now...")

    It's like that.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Menlo Park, CA United States 06-16-16
    Jonathan Menlo Park, CA United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Story not believable"

    Too many coincidences for even a book of this ilk. I never felt any empathy or identification with any of the characters.

    And the producer who though that it was a good idea to add what they thought was "suspenseful" music at the end of random chapters should be shot -- it's an audiobook, not a musical production. Adding the music is cheesy -- like a recorded laugh track on a sitcom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel H. Williams Birmingham, Alabama United States 12-22-15
    Joel H. Williams Birmingham, Alabama United States 12-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "utterly, pathetically CONTRIVED"

    I haven't detested a book so much in quite a while - this author had a chance to craft an engaging story with credible, endearing characters - but he kept botching the job, revealing his inadequacies. I thought the book might improve as it progressed (as the author got more experience writing, but alas, I remained not only disappointed, but disturbed. I rarely give up on a book - I seriously wish I had given up on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pennalie Texaco Flats 12-11-15
    Pennalie Texaco Flats 12-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Frustrating Protagonist"

    I wanted so much to lose myself in the National Archives with a presidential mystery going back 200+ years, but instead I was utterly distracted by the whiny so-called hero of the story who is emotionally frozen as the zit-faced nerd he once was in high school. I could not get past his childishness, his puppy love, his paralyzing self-doubt or his failure to think things through. He is supposed to be smart, and yet he came across as a 14-year old boy trapped in a man's body.

    For 2/3 of the book, the mystery kept me interested, until the author deliberately erased fundamental plot lines in order to "surprise" the reader at the end. The finale,set in an underground labyrinth filled with blind alleys going no where turned out to be the perfect metaphor for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harley 04-07-13
    Harley 04-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "great setting!"

    It was interesting to hear about the National Archives, I loved it. Beacher is so naive at times it is difficult to believe other times it is easy to understand why he cannot decide who is telling the truth. From the closure of a first love through the resolution of a mystery this book is entertaining. Scott Brick is perfect! Very enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Hamlin JONESBORO, GA, US 03-27-13
    Brian Hamlin JONESBORO, GA, US 03-27-13
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    "Brick ruins many books for me."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    From Brad yes, from Brick no. The way he adds his own cadence and inflection is annoying and difficult to over come.


    Would you recommend The Inner Circle to your friends? Why or why not?

    To read yes, but to listen, no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Anyone except Brick or Dick Hill. The way they narrorate takes away from the books.


    Was The Inner Circle worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Authors should really be involved more with the narroration of their books. This seems like an obvious conclusion, but I cannot believe that any accomplished author would listen to either of these narrorators read their book and be 100% satisfied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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