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The Third Twin Audiobook

The Third Twin

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The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility - identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations.

When Jeannie's research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie's research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa's attacker. Logan's genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve's innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie's problems are mounting.

Berrington Jones, Jeannie's arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie's research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired.

Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn't understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother's birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program, and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.

©2010 Ken Follett (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Dana Williams 08-21-17
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    "Still a Ken Follett fan - even after this."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It seems more for an adolescent audience.


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

    No. I enjoy this type of fiction, and I still love Ken Follett's writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her delivery attempted to give the characters more substance than what the author gave them. This resulted in over dramatization that only succeeded in making the characters and the story less believable. Ms. LaVoy's voice is, however, pleasant, and she did a pretty good job creating variety in the voices of the different characters.


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

    I'm afraid that it would be easier to select a scene that should be left in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to hours and hours of Ken Follett's writing, and I have enjoyed his story lines as well as his character development. I found myself checking the title page several times throughout listening to this book, though, to try to convince myself that it was, indeed, a Ken Follett work. The premise wasn't bad, it just lacked any real development of the story line. The characters were flat and not very believable, and Mr. Follett's use of sex throughout the book trivialized rather than enhanced both the characters and the story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 07-23-17
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 07-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should have listened to other reviewers"

    When I read the reviews, I kept thinking "oh, come on, it's Ken Follett!! How bad can he be?!!!" The answer: AWFUL. He must have written this over a weekend. AVOID. The unnecessary violence is not just wrong because it's (a) violent and (b) unnecessary, it is also (c) badly written. The "plot" is absurd. Never mind the ridiculous coincidences that make all these cardboard characters come together....the "genetics" professor will not figure out the explanation of the "mystery" until EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS of "story." The average reader figures it out eight hours earlier. #trash #avoid

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-06-17
    Karen 10-06-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic 90's Style"

    I purchased this book due to reader, Ms LaVoy as I am her new fan. See her in Marcia Clarks series, Rachel Knight. I like her voice range, especially her male voice, which has grown on me.

    Note: I do use the new 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.

    This book was written in the mid 90's, so yes, some of the other reviewer's comments were made. e.g. both stereotypes "black man" or "white cop".

    If you are looking for another of author's historical works, this is not it.

    I have not purchased other books from author, but knew of him from his book "Eye of the Needle", well done, so I purchased this book. I was entertained and not disappointed.
    I realized early on that this book was written in the 90's and not set in today's times, hence the story line and the dialogue.
    Please let me know if my comments were a help to you?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GW 10-06-17
    GW 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not what I expected"

    I normally adore this author's work, but this sounds like it was written by someone other than Ken Follett. The lead character is an abrasive person who seems to be all about being a good feminist and standing up for other women until she meets a younger man and is instantly in love. The part of the book I managed to read was full of people I hope never to meet anywhere. The police office and the Doctor depicted in this story seem to be from the mid-fifties and the lead character is all about being a modern woman. Her best friend is the typical 'pretty little side-kick' to the lead character's 'attractive-but-in-an-unusual way' kind of character. This is not my kind of book. The author spends too much time describing the characters and not enough time on the story. I had to stop listening because I was beginning to root for the bad guys. Also, you figure this one out before the story gets going. The mystery is, "Why did he write this?"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 09-25-17
    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 09-25-17 Member Since 2006
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    Any additional comments?

    This novel is so unlike Follett's historical fictions. Agree with the other Audible reviews. The story is implausible and not well researched from a science perspective. I gave up about 5hr into the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lou 08-27-17
    lou 08-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Follett books"

    I read reviews prior to purchase. I found no duplication of chapters. Good fast read.

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    leslie l curry 08-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical Follett but..."

    I enjoyed the book and the narrator however, I was a little annoyed that the physical descriptions of characters only specified race when it was a black person. When I caught on to it, I started paying close attention and sure enough others were described by height, age or accent. Weird.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Afrominnie 08-09-17
    Afrominnie 08-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Again"

    This book kept me interested and as usual the performance was great. His stories always gives you some thoughts. Great author

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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