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The Switch Audiobook

The Switch

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Publisher's Summary

A simple mix-up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times best-selling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.

When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0 - and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it's too late.

When Will fails to gain Tanner's cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed. He turns to an unscrupulous "fixer" for help. In the meantime the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still - and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.

©2017 Joseph Finder (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Shucks Jones West Palm Beach, Fl 06-16-17
    Shucks Jones West Palm Beach, Fl 06-16-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Not the best Joseph Finder"
    What would have made The Switch better?

    This story was not clever or suspenseful. This was a very basic story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Finder again?

    I like Joseph Finder's Nick Heller Series. As long as those keep coming I will listen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance by Steven Kearney is always top notch.


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

    I would do a total re-write. I am really struggling through the book. I keep feeling like I am waiting for someone in this book to do something. What? I am not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the author's Nick Heller series. This book does not compare. It seemed drawn out in parts for no reason. I guess this was just not my kind of book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-16-17
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Could be better"
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    I always look forward to Finder's books but this one has a lot of holes. Assumptions are made and events go unexplained. Some actions and characters are a little unbelievable (and a bit of a caricature). Could be a good story if it was more "padded". I'll give Finder some points for his After 911 description of our world - scary. The narrator performance was great, as always. Will keep on buying Finder's books but I expect a little more next time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Greenville, SC, USA 06-21-17
    Chris Greenville, SC, USA 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Painful"

    Ouch! This one was painful to listen to. I kept listening, hoping for it to get better but it kept getting worse. Quite a disappointment. You'll be sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-21-17
    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "No group of people can be this stupid"
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    First, let me say i've read or listened to all of Joseph Finder's previous books and liked them very much, I got this the first day it came out.The protagonist, who owns a coffee company, doesn't follow up on a sales call that will keep him from going bankrupt. The Senator's chief of staff, instead of doing something easy to solve a problem, does something really stupid and complicated and by the way, makes little sense.There is no one really likable, and while the premise is very good, I simply can't stomach the idiocy that is taking place to find out how things turn out.I get it that characters have to have flaws or there is no story, but these actors are simply not believable in the roles they occupy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 06-22-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 06-22-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A Tight And Intense Thriller"

    I think I write this on every review that I write about Joseph Finder, but every time I finish one of his books I think "why don't I read Finder more?" That happened again with this book.  It was such a well thought out and intense thriller that I kept staying up late to try and get a little further into the story.  The one night I had about 40 minutes left in the book and I had to go to sleep, but I fell asleep thinking about what was going to happen next.

    The Switch is a book about a seemingly normal event -- your computer gets switched with someone else's nearly identical MacBook Air. They all look exactly the same, so it's definitely plausible.  But unfortunately, this MacBook belongs to a Senator who has done something on it that she shouldn't have.  What follows is an incredible story where every turn is unexpected.  I thought this book was going to end numerous times (a few of them would have been incredibly disappointing, but still could have been endings).

    Finder knows how to write fiction and boy does he know how to write thrillers.  I want to say that this is his "darkest" story to date, but honestly, it reminds me a lot of the other stories he writes.  It has a lot of the stuff that I love about Finder's other novels with a few new twists and turns.

    Add in the narration by Kearney and you've got a great book.  Kearney was able to give voices to some of the characters that really helped me get deep into this book. I love when I can do that and feel like I know a person that this happened to. Or feel like at times it's happening to me.

    Overall, The Switch is a must read for Thriller lovers.  And if you like Finder's other books, you will not be disappointed by this at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 06-21-17
    Gail 06-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "TOO WORDY & STUPID!"

    I used to be a fan of Joseph Finder. I loved Paranoia & several other of his books and I really looked forward to The Switch. It's just plain lousy. There is so much unnecessary, silly observances / thoughts from the characters. It's like Finder wrote the book, decided there needed to be an extra 100 pages or so, and went through adding garbage. I'm sorry too.... I just don't like this narrator. He somehow makes people sound juvenile and dumb. I had to quit after a couple of hours - just couldn't take any more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    blakefield3 06-19-17
    blakefield3 06-19-17
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    "poorly developed characters"

    The two main characters were frustratingly obtuse, although by the story's end one of them had miraculously become incredibly savvy and street smart! Ridiculous. Also, the book seemed to have a lot of filler -- writing of average quality that did nothing to further the plot, provide insight, or evoke emotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kris 06-16-17
    Kris 06-16-17
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    "Fascinating Look into our Political Future"

    Another spellbinding winner by Joseph Finder. The storyline is compelling because it could become a reality in our post-9/11 America. The issues of national security, constitutional rights, and political power are thought provoking, yet a scary vision of what could be happening right around the corner. This is an extremely taut thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Narration was excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Magoolaghan 06-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Finder, Did Not Love This Novel"
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    I have listened to all of Finder's novels and have loved them. Except this one. I hate to say bad things, but ... I rarely ever want to not finish a book I have started, but if I had any credits left I would have abandoned this one mid-stream and rode another donkey. Read the Moscow Club or Paranoia instead, or really read any other Finder novel, they are all good ... just not this one. Sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff T 06-21-17
    Jeff T 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great finish!"

    Finder starts this book a little slower than his other works but the middle and end are fantastic. Actually waited a half hour to sleep because the climax was so good. Finder is my favorite author because I enjoy he does his research and stays current. And audible has great story tellers too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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