Orphan X

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Orphan X (Evan Smoak), Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you need my help?
It was always the first question he asked.
They called him when they had nowhere else to turn.

Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of.

Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

©2015 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2015 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Outstanding in every way." (Lee Child)
" Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later." (David Baldacci)
" Orphan X is his best yet-a real celebration of all the strengths Gregg Hurwitz brings to a thriller." (Lee Child)

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reasonable crime thriller

Not super sold on the character as an actual human being (bit of a Mary Sue) but not bad for an exciting self-insert spy book. Most female characters lacking in dimension though.

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Great story with plot twists.

Loved this book, can't wait for the sequel. Enough action and great story. Sad and feel good moments alike.

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Excellent

The first of Evan Smoke the dark superhero. The narrator is good, the story is great. If you like thrillers, romance, and kind and vulnerable assassins, this is your book.

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Exceptional!

This book is definitely one of my top 5 this year. The story was so unexpected and the twists and turns kept me glued.

Scott Brick must be ONE OF THE BEST narrators! Exceptional and he made the characters come alive.

This is a book you mustn't miss

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Excellent!

I love action and spy and good guy kicking bad guy's butt. This is all that and much more. And...and...it is well written. Which is not always a given. I do not like to compare characters, so suffice it to say, if you like action, read this

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Orphan X had me on edge from the start.

This is a great storyline, very well narrated & I can't wait for the next installment. Look out Jack Reacher & Greyman, there's a new kid on the block - Orphan X !

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  • Alan
  • 01-25-17

Outstanding

One of the best books I've listened to in a long time!

Fantastic performance
Exceptionally written
Non stop action & suspense from beginning to end

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  • Clare
  • 11-29-16

Yep, I'll be back for more...

Good premise, pace & writing... definitely more going on and more twists and turns than I expected. Kept me hooked and I'm looking forward to book 2 now!!

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  • sarah
  • 12-28-16

READ THIS BOOK!!!

This book is legend! Read it and give yourself the most amazing literary experience ever.
From start to finish; captivating, nail biting page turning genius.
Greg Hurwitz, you are the man!!

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  • Salter
  • 04-05-17

wow, Orphan X is very good...

Any additional comments?

An excellent vigilante / government conspiracy thriller. Wasn't sure I'd enjoy this given its not my preferred genre, however I found it very gripping, and really didn't want to put it down.
Once again Scott Brick turns in a flawless performance.
I'll be looking out for more Hurwitz stories for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-16

Action packed

Orphan X is packed with action from start to finish, I highly recommend this book.

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  • anne
  • 10-07-16

Good but not his best.

This is a complex and gripping story by an excellent writer. I've been waiting quite a while for a new release from Greg Hurwitz and I wasn't disappointed. But in my opinion it was not his best. But still very enjoyable! It finished with plenty of space for a follow on or a series of the nowhere man. Here's hoping we're that lucky!

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  • Angela
  • 03-22-17

Gripped from word 1

This is a book you want to end so you know what happens but you don't want to end because it's so good. Scott Brickputs his usual enthusiasm into the narration and I bought the next book of the series before even getting to the end of this one as I want to know what happens to Evan next.

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  • Alexander
  • 05-19-17

Became tedious!

I only really finished this because I'd started it. It seemed like it was going to be an intriguing story, at first, but it was just the same old thing I've read before. There was not enough description of the early life of the main character, who was supposed to be some sort of genius assassin, but who actually made dumb decisions all the time and he wasn't all that interesting. I suppose this story seems exciting and interesting, if you're 15 and you've not had a chance to do that much reading yet.
I'm going to have to start taking audible reviews with a massive pinch of salt. The highest rated views are always shown first, I can't see a way to skip to the lower rated reviews for a balanced view.

Anyway, if you're young and looking for a bit of an adventure in a book, go ahead, you'll probably enjoy it. But I wouldn't recommend this to a more experienced reader.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 10-08-16

good, spolt with overacted main character

a good plot and entertaining characters. some of the situations were a bit far fetched though and it did twist and turn with characters turning up that were only briefly mentioned at the start with an expetion for you to remeber who they were and what the relationship was.

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  • rev
  • 10-29-16

great story

captivating action. great narration. plot sometimes a bit contrived. great concept. looking forward to sequel.

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  • shopper27
  • 02-27-17

Cheesy 80s action flick turned into a book

even has a cutesy single mom with an adorable kid! it's ridiculous but if 80s action flicks is your thing, it's not half bad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-18

I am hooked on this series.

loved it. a thrill a minute ride of unexpected turns and twists. fantastic caracter development and well developed story lines. lots of gadgets and trade craft to keep it moving. can't wait for the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-19

Utterly Astounding

Fantastic reader, nails all the beats and voices.

The story itself is fantastic, taking a very real approach to espionage and human behaviour

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-14-18

Great story. Not so great narration.

The story is great. I really struggled with the narrator though. He seemed to dramafy everything. Long pauses and just too much ergency and mrnace in his voice. It let the book down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

Really excellent audio book

Wonderful narration & really interesting story line. Edge of the seat stuff throughout,
Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy action & revenge story’s.

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  • Mark
  • 04-21-17

Loved it

Totally mesmerising, couldn't stop listening. Great story and very well read. Look forward to the next one.

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  • S.A.R.R.
  • 07-08-18

misogynistic and trashy

The author's misogyny is both tedious and a bit offensive. The story is ok, but awful, hackneued wtiting Also one of the weaker narrations I've listened to.

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  • Shalleycat
  • 02-18-18

new action hero

Great fast moving with plot twists and excellent action scenes. slightly less enjoyable narrator's style.

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  • Grahame
  • 03-23-17

Believeable and action packed

This is a great book. The book builds nicely and is enjoyable from beginning to end.

I have not read anything from this author previously but am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Simon
  • 07-27-20

Enjoyable but not what I expected

It’s a good well written story, I’m a fan of the genre but the biggest challenge I had was it’s told in a tongue-in-cheek way which I think I would have enjoyed more if it was told in a more gritty and realistic way. More like True Lies than Terminator 2 if you know those movies. The plotting was a bit incongruous as well, with elaborate traps within traps set when the same characters could have achieved the outcomes a lot more simply.

All that aside it was a good listen with a lot of thoughtful subplots and a fun balance between the two lives lived by the main character. If you like not-too-serious spy stories then worth a listen