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The Survivor Audiobook

The Survivor

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Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Ukrainian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Now blocked from getting into the bank vault to retrieve the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate a horrifying ultimatum: Either break in and acquire the item or watch Pavlo slowly kill the people Nate loves most - his estranged wife, Janie, and his teenaged daughter, Cielle. Nate lost them both when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.

©2012 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-26-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Better than the sum of its parts"

    This was a thrill ride from the opening, setting the scene at 100 miles an hour. Then Hurwitz eases off the accelerator and backs us up to meet the characters and really know who we are dealing with. It works. I was quickly invested in both the action and the relationships, including those with the bad guys. Oh and they are really bad - the danger meter well into the red.

    As with most action thrillers, there is at least some need to suspend disbelief and just roll with it, and that's true in this story too. Overall I think it was handled well, but the one weak link was the daughter's obstinancy and, in one case, impulsive behavior in the face of proven danger, that only heightened the peril to herself and her parents. I had a hard time believing that any adolescent in these circumstances would take it on herself to pull the stunt she did, but it was a device to move the story to its next level, so once I stopped rolling my eyes I just jumped back on the ride and kept going. However, it did remove one star from the story. In spite of that weakness, when assessing the overall rating I still give it a 5. I just couldn't put it down and listened well into the night to get to the end, a conclusion that matched the opening.

    78 of 84 people found this review helpful
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    T.D. 09-23-12
    T.D. 09-23-12

    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature

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    "Shakes you to your very core."

    "The Survivor" is one of those rare books that truly affects the reader. This is more than your typical thriller - the characters draw you in; the story visceral and horrifying, and Scott Brick's narration is, as always, spot on.

    I listen to thrillers for pure entertainment and escape, so I wasn't prepared for the emotions brought up by "The Survivor." Hurwitz managed to touch my nerves to such an extent that, at times, I had to stop listening in order to recover from the horrible images he planted in my imagination.

    Be prepared to be terrified. This is no ordinary book.

    77 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-09-14
    Jan 09-09-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Intense violence, action packed..."

    Way too violent for my tastes, but plot had me tightly held before it hit, and I did finish it late into the night. I quite enjoyed the story, although it was improbable and I consciously had to accept the over the top premise and... Language is clean, no sexual messiness, writing skills decent. Nice family guy with PTSD versus the Russian mafia to protect his family. Scott Brick always does a great job on narration. My husband would love this... me... way too many images I really hope I will forget.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-04-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Suspenseful is an understatement."

    When I read the summary I wondered if this was going to be like Die Hard, which wouldn't be bad. But no, this is much more complicated.

    The mystery and suspense not withstanding, Hurwitz spins a desperate drama of a man suffering from LDS, even more so from PTSD. It is a story of reconciliation and redemption.

    The mystery is why the hero is hunted. The suspense comes in so many parts I cannot think of how to describe it. There is so much suspense I grew a bit weary at times, but no way I was quitting on this book.

    An interesting note, Hurwitz uses a ghost to portray the hero's conscience in clever way. He then introduces a living shadow of the ghost in the form of the daughter's boyfriend.

    36 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 09-14-14
    Dubi New York, NY 09-14-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Paging Liam Neeson!"

    Eight hours into The Survivor, I found myself firmly at three and half stars (which is not a ratings option, unfortunately), wondering whether Gregg Hurwitz's action thriller would rise to four or sink to three. I was still open to moving up to four stars despite being disappointed by a number of plot and character points that have clearly been overused over the years:

    The hero with PTSD who doubts his courage despite an impressive CV of brave deeds; the ruthless Ukrainian gangsters who let them themselves be talked out of some of their evil intentions by our hero; the dead friend who appears out of survivor guilt (as in Rescue Me); obituaries as metaphor (as in Carl Hiaasen's Basket Case or any of the four recent books titled The Obituary Writer); the daughter's snarky teenage boyfriend who turns out to be a decent guy (as in The Descendants). Oh, I could go on, but I'll stop.

    Yet the writing had me hooked despite all that, the plot unfolding in a layered series of twists and reveals that was appealing, and the primary theme of what fathers will do to protect their daughters of great interest to me as a father of two daughters, with that aspect of the story one order of magnitude more complex than some of the other predictable, hackneyed elements.

    Unfortunately, the final five hours sent my overall experience down a half-star rather than up. During that overlong period of time, the plot complexities disappear in a wave of action scenes that make this book an obvious choice for Liam Neeson's next movie. Actually, Liam Neeson will probably turn this role down, because he has already played it out several times. The writing and pace of those last five hours are on par with the rest of the book, which is a good thing, but the plotting and characterization all but ceased to move forward.

    A disappointment for me, having greatly enjoyed my first Hurwitz title, Tell No Lies, and seeing huge potential in this book's opening hook -- a man about to commit suicide being drawn off the ledge to stop a deadly bank heist. I'm sure I will give Hurwitz another chance because his writing, in this genre, is very good. But as others have said, I would love to take a break from Scott Brick (I'll give him credit for only requiring 1.25x speed this time instead of the usual 1.5x, but his overly dramatic readings are wearing me out).

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A thrilling, edge-of-your seat cliffhanger"

    This is one of the most enjoyable thrillers I've listened to in the past couple of years. A PTSD veteran with his life in shambles redeems himself to his family and the best friend he failed, all while defending himself against one of the most vicious mobsters you'll ever encounter in a novel. Even with the dire, often depressing plot, Hurwitz manages to inject some humor (a bacon-eating vegetarian) and a poignant scene in a hospital ward, where severely sick children are trick-or-treating the other inpatients on Halloween. Scott Brick, who rightfully labels himself a "performer" rather than a "reader," is at the top of his game.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan 08-26-12
    Suzan 08-26-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic, Loved this book!!!"
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    I really loved this book, Scott Brick is the best Narrator, he can bring a story to life however no matter how gifted he is in his narration he cannot make a bad story good, in this case he didn't have to attempt it, excellent story, excellent narrator, perfect marraige of both! Worth a credit and then some!

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 08-10-16
    clifford United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Painfully bad plot"

    Its hard to gauge how Hurwitz. Did this guy actually think this plot made sense?

    First of all... this story starts out with a former military man 'Nate', on a ledge about to commit suicide. Behind him in a bank on the 9th floor, a bank robbery commences. Nate decides not to kill himself and instead manages to take out 5 of the 6 robbers. The 6th is a wraith and escapes. Now I could buy this setup. But then Hurwitz gets going.
    The robbery was all about getting something out of a box in the bank vault. A Russian gangster decides to make Nate rob the bank to get that box. The Russian gangster focuses 100% on Nate and Nates family. For some reason a holy war comes down on Nate. Why? Not totally sure.

    I don't want to give away things that come to light far into the story. So I wont. But I could think of much easier ways of getting what was in the bank in the first place. Especially with the resources the gangster has at his disposal. Why the bank robbery? Why care about Nate? Everything in this story hinges on this.

    The cops are clueless. The Russian mob is a parody of evil. The plot is horrible. Only thing going for the Survivor is Hurwitz's surprisingly decent writing style. His prose flows. Sort of like James Patterson or Grisham.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    sfcpeattie 03-13-17
    sfcpeattie 03-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "take out the daugther, please"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I gave 3 for the performance. The book lost all credibility when the fifteen year old daughter continued to almost get everyone killed. Then her boyfriend, what is wrong with these parents their in a life and death situation and they let two children call any shots I don't think so.


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

    Only if there are 15 year old children evolving themselves in life or death situations that wreck the entire book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    narration was too good for this book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Survivor?

    Take out the children not needed


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ewock 02-27-17
    ewock 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Over kill, kill, kill"

    Scott Brick is always a marvelous narrator, but after threat after threat and buckets of blood, you just don't care about the heroes anymore. You even start to hope they hurry up and die so you can move on to a book where the hero doesn't leap buildings with a single bound.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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