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The Lion's Game Audiobook

The Lion's Game

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: DeMille proves himself at the height of his game with The Lion's Game. This one has it all: action, suspense, humor, romance, captivating characters, a seriously bad bad-guy, and an endearingly bad good-guy. Scott Brick's perfect narration raises the stakes to a higher level. A master of pacing, Brick's measured delivery makes the suspense behind the surpentine plot come alive. My stomach was tied in knots and I loved every minute of it." (Corey Thrasher)

Publisher's Summary

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. The hero of DeMille's No. 1 New York Times best seller, Plum Island, Corey has been through a lot, not the least of which was surviving three bullet wounds while serving on the NYPD. Now he signs on with the government's Anti-Terrorist Task Force in an attempt to stop an alleged Libyan terrorist known simply as "The Lion".

The Lion has the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And now he's loose in America. Can John Corey stop him? Or has his allotment of luck just run out? Nelson DeMille spins an epic tale of heart-pounding suspense.

©2000 Nelson DeMille (P)2000 Books on Tape and Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"Well worth hearing." (Book)

"DeMille has created the kind of rambunctious hero that readers will want to see again." (Chicago Tribune)

"Sexy, humorous, fast-paced." (Washington Post)

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    Aaron 05-07-16
    Aaron 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "over-the-top (and slightly dated) but good."

    Corey (the main character) is a loud personality. It is understandable why some readers love him, and some hate him. I think he is strong enough to command a presence and to stand central in this 24hr. book without changing colors.

    That said, I though the plot was just average (at least by today's standards). There is nothing especially new or unique with the story-line or writing style, but is a solid CIA/Police action thriller.

    Fans of the genre have probably already read this book, if not you might really love it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-10-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly great espionage thriller!"

    I've been reading espionage thrillers for almost 50 of my 72 years. I'm looking back to some of the best such novels in my Audible library that I listened to before I began writing reviews. There is one author and series, Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp, who is clearly my favorite, but there are several others who are close. Of living authors my current favorite is Mark Greaney with both his Gray Man (Court Gentry) series and his continuation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. Beyond Flynn and Greaney there are several that are essentially tied. They include Nelson DeMille and his John Corey series, Brad Thor and his Scott Harvath Series, Ben Coes and his Dewey Andras series, Brad Taylor and his Pike Logan series, Daniel Silva and his Gabriel Allon series, Tom Wood and his Victor the Assassin series, Brett Battles and his Jonathan Quinn series, Barry Eisler and his John Rain series, etc. I could add Clancy,Baldacci, Ludlum, Follett, Forsyth,and Griffin. Then there are Marc Cameron, Alex Berenson, and Mark Dawson which are a step below the best but still very good. (I leave Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series off the list ONLY because the genre is not espionage.)

    The 7 novel John Corey series by Nelson DeMille began in 1997 with the release of Plum Island with Corey being an injured NYC cop on leave to have time for gunshot wounds to heal. The Lion's Game, the topic of this review was released in the year 2000. The novel starts with Corey teaching at John Jay, but is soon recruited into the Anti-Terrorism Task Force as a NYPD representative. The Lion is a Libyan terrorist with almost unimaginable audacity. At almost 25 hours in length the audiobook is NOT too long. Once it starts the intensity of suspense never abates. The Lion is not captured or killed in the book. Novel 5 in the series, The Lion, finally completes his story.

    It is remarkable that The Lion's Game was written and released before 9/11. That fact is a sound indication that DeMille clearly saw the possible future of jihadism.

    All 7 books in the wisecracking John Corey series are a rock solid thrillers. As an added bonus Scott Brick narrates all of the audiobooks. The combined length of the 7 audiobooks is approximately 125 hours, and not a minute of it is wasted.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda L. 10-19-17
    Linda L. 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Long, but excellent "

    This book is longer than what I normally listen to, but every minute was worthy of the length. The characters are rich and alive and the plot twists are many and unexpected. Another stellar win for Nelson DeMille!

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    Milind 10-10-17
    Milind 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "another winner from Nelson DeMille"

    I am becoming quite a fan of Nelson DeMille writings. this novel was not only thrilling and its plot and turns and returns and international politics intrigue fight against terrorism so on and so forth but it actually fulfill my need for political intrigued. if you are a global political and security junkie like me this is a fun read for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jdharmon 09-29-17
    jdharmon 09-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "ehh, it was just ok"

    I don't know why i didn't like this book more, it just didn't have any pizazz, it seemed flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JudyWren 09-27-17
    JudyWren 09-27-17
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    "WoW"

    I had never heard of this series, but the other night I listened to an interview of the author, and became intrigued. I immediately purchased the Lion’s Game and became hooked the next day. I went camping and sat out alone and did nothing but listen to the book.

    I will honestly admit that I was shocked - shocked at some of the humor, but I was laughing too hard to care. Keeping in mind that the book was written pre- 9/11, it is almost prescient.

    If you love good audiobooks (Scott Brick is terrific) just buy the book, you won’t be disappointed. Now I have to have the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H.C. Trapper 09-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slightly dated but still solid thriller"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike more modern thrillers this one takes its time with character development and the slow-burn elements of an investigation and chase


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    John Corey. He nails the subversive, ironic tone of the main character, which was a must for a first person narration


    Any additional comments?

    This is a solid thriller, but by the 3/4 point it starts to feel long for the lack of action going on by then. It's a solid book and if you can get it on a deal or you like this series or author, it's worth your time. Not one I'd pay full price for otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 07-09-17
    Jo 07-09-17
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    "First Read"

    Enjoyed the twists or detours, the character was irterating with his attempt at humor ALL THE TIME.

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    tedunni Silver Spring, MD 06-26-17
    tedunni Silver Spring, MD 06-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Just a drawn out story with no real ending"

    The narrator was good. The story was drawn out, and ultimately not satisfying. I kept waiting for the main character John Corey to come up with some great insight, which would save the day, but after 20 hours, that never occurred. Also, the book didn't have any great twists or turns - the last hour had a final revelation, but even that ended up getting downplayed. It did keep my attention, but about 10 hours into the story, I realized that the book wasn't going to deliver, but I still listened hoping for the best. The story from John Corey's point of view was completely pointless, with the author thinking that we would be satisfied by his jokes and wise cracks, and they were funny, but after listening to it for hours upon hours, without it adding to the story, I got tired of that act.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-08-17
    Karen 06-08-17 Member Since 2011
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    ""Mexican T-Shirt; Bullet Proof Vest""
    What did you love best about The Lion's Game?

    This is better than book 1 as author got into his stride on John Cory hero's wit and humor.
    See short story, The Book Case, opening will have you laughing so hard!


    What other book might you compare The Lion's Game to and why?

    The Generals Daughter, due to John Travolta's film, was my first DeMille book. Reviewers I follow loved Plum Island, which I thought was a bit slow and I would have given up, but this and Radiant Angel have hooked me into author's style.


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

    This book is a young 2000 John Cory voice and Mr. Brick holds your attention for the 24 hrs of this book. Well done, as you will have lots of laughs. Enjoy!


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

    this had multiple stories going on, which explains the 24 hrs...this is about the 3 stories within this adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Note: I do use the new 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.
    Please indicate if you felt my comments helped you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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