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You're Next

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Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat; and his construction company is about to finish a “green” housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. Then the unimaginable happens: Something from Mike’s own past, a past he doesn’t even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family. Menacing characters show up and begin threatening Mike, and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike’s murky past than in investigating or protecting his young family. Now, with Mike, his wife, and their daughter suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike must turn to Shep, a truly dangerous man  —  and Mike’s only true friend  —  from their childhood days together in foster care. Together, the two of them will do whatever it takes to protect Mike’s family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning “You’re Next!”

©2011 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 07-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Intense"

    The first 85% of this book is intense. Everything that could go wrong to one guy happens. Starting when he is abandoned by his dad at age four. He is beat up in his foster home and things just never seem to go right. The book keeps your attention and never lets go. After about 85% of the book is over, the mystery is solved. It is not solved slowly, but all at once. Then I felt the book was not as good as it had been, yet it was still entertaining, The book as a whole is five stars, the first 85% could be six stars and the last 15% would be four stars. If you like dark stories, you will enjoy this.

    Scott Brick does an excellent job. He is a little more laid back in his usual over the top drama narration and his high quality voice adds to the intensity and makes the book a better listen then a read.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-30-15
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-30-15
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    "Suspense for the sake of Suspense"

    Manipulation of the reader has its place in suspenseful books. There should, however, be some hope of clues along the way to a satisfying and clever conclusion.

    "You're Next" has some good characters . I especially liked the backstory of the main character and his friend Shep. But, with lots of suspense simply building on more suspense, I began to suspect that the author had no more idea where the book was headed than I did. At a fairly early point, I decided that, after all this frustration and wheel-spinning, there had better be an imaginative, bigtime payoff ending.

    And there wasn't.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Almost a Hermit Thanks to Online Shopping 08-17-16
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    "so-so."

    became predictable pretty quickly. The precociousness of the eight-year-old daughter was annoying. unbelievable overall and wouldn't recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 03-07-16
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    "Never a dull moment"

    STORY (suspense) - You're Next takes place primarily in California in probably the 1980s. Mike's family is in danger, and he calls on his bad-boy friend Shep to help him find and deal with whoever is threatening them. They suspect governmental corruption, and they are pressed to find someone they can trust. The listener will experience kidnapping, murder and action scenes but will also enjoy Mike's love for his wife Annabel and his adorable daughter Kat.

    There are lots of books which are fairly similar to this, where something from the main character's past emerges and causes trouble. I like this one better than most, however. For one thing, I got more invested in the characters. I'd give too much away by enumerating other things I enjoyed about this story, but it's well-written and will keep you wanting to listen every chance you get.

    PERFORMANCE - Scott Brick, as always, delivers a great performance.

    OVERALL - There is very little cursing in this book and only one very short, tastefully done sex scene. There is, however, quite a bit of violence. I'd recommend equally for men and women who enjoy the genre.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tess C. 03-15-13
    Tess C. 03-15-13
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    "Too dark. Overemphasis on character angst"
    What disappointed you about You're Next?

    Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

    No, if this is his standard writing style


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.


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

    ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.


    Any additional comments?

    Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 06-12-17
    Richard Delman San Francisco 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Despicable."
    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Scott Brick?

    Not from Mr. Hurwitz. Scott Brick is a different story. He can be a good narrator with decent material to read, although he does have a tendency to over-dramatize everything. Mr. Hurwitz, however, is a different kind of problem. He can write, as the opening passages of this book demonstrate. However, the book suddenly deteriorates into sickening violence, for no good reason that I can think of, and I was so repulsed by it that I soon gave up.


    Has You're Next turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know what this "genre" is. Books that are repulsive? I enjoy mysteries and detective stories and so forth, but not this kind of bottom-dwelling trash. Truly a waste of time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    I wouldn't dump this on any narrator who had any skill or sensitivity. It would be a crime.


    What character would you cut from You're Next?

    All of them, although I think that the adult Mike Wingate and his wife are fine people.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marilynne Mancuso 08-06-16
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    "Too long and repetitive"

    Story drug out too long. Skipped the last couple chapters to get to the end.

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    Sheila Sulkes 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Idiosyncratic response?"

    I generally love the audible format and the suspense/thriller genre. However, the author's very wordy and sentimentalized writing style left me uninvolved in the story. In fact, I frequently found myself tuning out of the extremely descriptive passages and losing track of what was happening--requiring me to back track. Maybe Hurwitz just isn't my author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 05-14-12
    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2003
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    "A dissenting opinion"

    I got this book based on the sterling reviews but was very disappointed. The main character and story line rang false on multiple levels. A CONTRACTOR overcome with guilt over a construction mistake that was blown out of proportion and wasn't his fault ... please. The actions of the bad guys are terrifying but implausible ... would a thug break into a house just to whisper scary messages into a baby monitor, then leave?

    Overall, the plot was on the level of a teen horror flick (Scream, etc.) than a quality mystery novel.

    Scott Brick is (or can be) one of the best narrators out there. Nonetheless, I find that his performances on some books are overdone, with too much emotional breathy talk. This was one of his overdone narrations.

    I wish I could get my credit back.

    35 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 01-07-12
    Alan 01-07-12
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    "Difficult book for me to review"

    The idea for the story is good. Technically, the writing is good. But so much of the book is one depressing scene after another that I cannot call the overall experience enjoyable. The characters are absolutely humorless. Virtually all the conversations and introspections are maudlin. Scott Brick is generally a fine narrator, but because of what he was saying I grew tired of his voice. In print I would have skipped large chunks of the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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