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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

Critic Reviews

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

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Boooooooooorrring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sorry, but after more than 250 audio books, I pretty much know, after the first chapter, whether a book is going to be interesting. Usually I stay with my small core of known authors in my favorite genres and have been satisfied with the results, but every once in a while I'll see a title and read the concept and I'm pleasantly surprised. Sometimes I'll look for a title based on my favorite performers, i.e., Dick Hill, Len Cariou, Scott Brick and others, which is how I found this one. This time, not so much. I don't know if it is the writing or the presentation, but I found listening to this book tedious and boring. Never got to chapter three before deleting it.

Has The Inner Circle turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Oh, let me count the ways.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The photo on the cover was interesting

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  • bob
  • saint george, ut, United States
  • 08-19-15

It was a battle to get through

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

Probably not. VERY long.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Eliminate 3 or 4 of the 40 plot changes

Which scene was your favorite?

n/a

Could you see The Inner Circle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

n/a

Any additional comments?

I took the advice of a reviewer who said to start with the 1st book. I would be hard pressed to read 2 or 3.

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My first Brad Meltzer book

I really enjoyed this book. Well written, interesting subject, suspenseful, great characters, and of course the narrator is one of my favorites! Neither the author or the narrator disappointed in this one.

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Struggled to finish

The climax of the story just wouldn't end. I endured it in 5-minute increments and still am not sure what really happened. I can't tell if it was just really bad writing or overacting by the narrator.

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Good but too long

I enjoy all types of mysteries and thrillers, and I think this one had a chance of being really great, but it ended up being too long and almost tedious to the point of being boring. But if you have a long drive or plenty of time to invest, you'll probably enjoy it.

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Good but not great.

I liked this book, I really like Brad Meltzer and Scott Brick. I just found that it dragged a bit in the middle so I tended to skip ahead. I prefer a tighter story with less drama.

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Great Book

The story line was good and it kept you guessing loved listening to Scott Bricks voice made the story come alive!

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Gripping!

I'm new to Brad's books, but am a fan of his TV show. His writing did not disappoint and I'm about to dive into Book 2 of this series.

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  • Gordon
  • United States
  • 07-31-15

Highly recommended!

I'll be purchasing the next in the series. The story was great and I really liked the performance. You won't be sorry.

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Enjoyable.

As always, Scott Brick is awesome. The story kept my interest and I certainly don't regret listening to it. At times it seems a bit cheesy and there are points in the story where you want to strangle the characters for being stupid but I guess it's no different than most thrillers. The author peaked my interest with his TV show. I've been listening to a ton of fantasy lately and this was a nice change. I would recommend.