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Publisher's Summary

On August 21, 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded the 15:17 train in Brussels bound for Paris. Khazzani's mission was clear: He had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on the crowded train. Slipping into the bathroom in secret, he armed his weapons and prepared to launch his attack.

But when he emerged, he encountered something he hadn't anticipated: three Americans who refused to give in to fear.

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone were childhood friends taking a vacation together. They had some relevant training: Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the US Air Force; Skarlatos was an active-duty member of the Oregon National Guard; and not one of the three was afraid of a fight. But their decision - to charge the gunman, then overpower him even as he turned first his gun and then his knife on Stone - would never have happened if they hadn't had a lifetime of trust, support, and loyalty between them.

This audiobook is the gripping true story of a terrorist attack that would have killed more than 500 people if not for their actions, but it is also the story of three American boys and their friendship. Using each hero's point of view in sequence, The 15:17 to Paris skillfully builds the drama of the attack while weaving in the stories of the protagonists' lives, the friendship and loyalty that would come to define them, and the events that led them inexorably to that fateful day.

The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing true story of unparalleled, unexpected courage and people coming together against fear rather than splitting apart. It is a story of near tragedy averted by three young men who found the heroic unity and strength inside themselves that we all aspire to.

©2016 Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Cool story but narration was blah

I liked the story (who wouldn't?) but found the narration to be very monotone. It seemed easier to listen to at 1.25 speed.

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great Americans

Hearing the story of these guys and their background was great. The author uses so many flashbacks the story is hard to follow. When you read a story like this, there is usually a new chapter or and extra indemtation or two to indicate a cganhe in scene. None of that on the audible version leaves the listener playing catch up too many times.

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TERRIFIC

What a terrific, well-written book with great narration. l'm ready to see the movie.
Sandy

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Interesting story but too much jumping around.

I’m fine with a story jumping between different time periods, but this book takes it to the extreme. Even when telling the modern day story, it tells it completely out of order. This makes it frustrating to figure out exactly what happened. If the timeline was better executed, then I would have liked this book a lot more because the actual story is very interesting.

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just the worst

I like patriotic stories, and that is why I listened to this book to the end. It's written like it's a screen play for a Tarantino movie. unless you enjoy a disjointed book with a narrator better suited for the twilight zone than I'd have to say pass on this book. the narrator is good, kind of a wooden performance, but this story need an empathetic narrator to make up for bad story telling. William dufris would have been a better choice. this whole book feels rushed and mostly fodder.

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Great story!

Great story! Well written ! Thoroughly enjoyed! Listened while driving on vacation road trip! Thanks!

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Nail biting. Well written, Great Book. love it!!

loved it. It was so well written I can picture everything happening. Thank you for your bravness!

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It was just "Meh"

I decided to give this a listen because Clint Eastwood bought the movie rights. That said the story was just " meh".

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  • brad
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Pro America

What disappointed you about The 15:17 to Paris?

The interesting part of the story is over shadowed by the constant America is the best vibe...didn't finish it, lost all interest