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Rage

Narrated by: John Rubinstein
Series: Alex Delaware, Book 19
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (514 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a host of consecutive best sellers, Jonathan Kellerman has kept readers spellbound with the intense, psychologically acute adventures of Dr. Alex Delaware. Rage offers a powerful new case in point, as Delaware and LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis revisit a horrifying crime from the past that has taken on shocking and deadly new dimensions.

Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age 21, he's emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk, once again, with psychologist Alex Delaware. But when the young killer comes to a brutal end, that conversation is silenced forever.

As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake, and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.

Rage finds Jonathan Kellerman in phenomenal form, orchestrating a relentlessly suspenseful, devilishly unpredictable plot to a finale as stunning and thought-provoking as it is satisfying.

©2005 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a divsion of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Mystery/Thriller

"An impressive piece of detection, and readers who enjoy watching the delicate untangling of a Gordian knot-like plot will find this one a winner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Top notch Delaware thriller!

I've been so disappointed by the last few Kellerman novels that I took a break and skipped the last couple to come out. I may have to go back now and catch myself up, because "Rage" is an excellent example of what Dr Kellerman is capable. I pity anyone that falls for the abridged version, because the twists and turns in this multi-level story are tight and sharp, and it requires a good bit of attention paid. Special kudos to **wonderful** reader John Rubenstein who nails the perfect delivery and characterization to every part of this story.

51 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Classic Kellerman

I almost didn't get this book due to some of the negative reviews, but I am glad I did. I wanted something that kept my interest all the way through, for a long drive, and this did the trick. Great plot with plenty of twists and I think Rubenstein did a superb job in the narration. The ending did leave a few things open, but after all it is a mystery novel. Worth getting.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Another Top Notch Alex Delaware Mystery

Okay, maybe top notch is giving this one a little too much credit. This is still one of up cycle Delaware novels. In this case Kellerman seems to have gone back to his time as a child psychologist because everyone in the system is either corrupt, incompetent, mentally ill, or a predator. He touches on issues like child killers; child molesters, and how easy it is for children to fall through the cracks and end up in very bad places. Speaking as someone who has worked in both mental health and substance abuse I recognize some of the lesser people in the field. on the other hand I've witnessed many people on the front lines of the treatment world doing great work against high odds and while getting very little help from the decision makers. Warning here; there are very few positive characters in this work and a lot of depressing scenes and individuals. If you can deal with the darker aspects of the story it's a listen that I'd recommend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

All too real!

If you want thugs shooting it out and car chases this may not be for you. However, if you like to see two characters working out the crime plots and twists through real police work, then this is great. i love the reader (not as much as his father's piano playing. Sorry John!) who I wish did more titles.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Disgusting? I don't think so...

Kellerman has written many novels that deal with psychological issues, and sometimes this causes the stories to be graphic and intense. It's actually what I really like about his writing.

That being said, as far as the Alex Delaware novels go, this one isn't my favorite, but it's DEFINITELY worth a listen. If you're a fan of the Delaware novels, you can't miss it. If you're just being introduced, it's not a bad start. Open your mind a bit and take the ride. You won't be disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Rage by Jonathan

The reader was excellent and the story was engrossing. I'm a big Jonathan Kellerman fan, so I always enjoy Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis books. I've only listened to them on tape and as this was my first Audible book on tape, I was quite pleased.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Read.

This was an interesting story with great supporting characters. Of course, Alex and Milo are always great. I very much like the narrator.

John Rubinstein is perfect reader for this series. He's an all around great reader. His ability to adopt distinctly and appropriately different voices for each character is a rare talent. He is also able to capture the mood and overall feeling of the book. He brings the books and characters to life. I wish he was the narrator on all of the Alex Delaware series. I tried listening to an Alexander Adams reading of a Kellerman book and found his voice extremely irritating - grating - I will only buy books in this series if read by Rubinstein. Adams' voice is so bad, I'll have to read the paper versions of the other books in the series. Too bad.

This book is recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good read, great reader

I Had a bit of a hard time in the beginning of the book, but kept listening. It got much better and I also came to really appreciate the reader as he helped to keep the characters seperate by his differing voices. I thought the ending dropped off a little as well, not all characters were wrapped up, but still I thought it was quite an enjoyable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Rage? No, Just Disgust.

If I had remembered that Jonathan Kellerman was the author of The Murder Book, I would not have bought Rage. Unlike the former, I did manage to finish Rage, but just barely.
The plot is indeed, as one reviewer noted, like a Gordian knot, although an obviously contrived and totally unbelievable one.
At times, the filthy language becomes overwhelming, more so with John Rubinstein's nice job of narration.
Even putting aside the despicable villain, the story has too many disgusting characters and not enough admirable ones. In spite of mild suspense as to how the bad(est) guy would be undone, by the later chapters I was fantasizing about a Tsunami hitting the California coast, washing the whole menagerie away, and bringing the story to a much deserved early ending.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

So-So

So long... So boring... So confusing... So, don't bother !

4 of 6 people found this review helpful