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Scratch One

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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To prevent an arms shipment from reaching the Middle East a terrorist group has been carrying out targeted assassinations in Egypt…Portugal…Denmark…France. In response, the United States sends one of its deadliest agents to take the killers down.

But when the agent is delayed in transit, lawyer Roger Carr gets mistaken for him. Now, with some of the world's deadliest men after him, will he survive long enough to prove his identity?

©1967 John Lange; Copyright renewed 2005 by CrichtonSun LLC.. “John Lange” and “Scratch One” are trademarks of CrichtonSun LLC., used under license (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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You'll be surprised and find parts funny.

enjoyed the read/listening and it was fun. listen the first time out, found the paperback at a service station some months later and read along as it played. still found fun and good.

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A good outing but a little stale

reading the Lange books as a Michael Crichton fan is always a real treat. here are the books that paid our authors way through medical school. a glimpse into his mind before his famous books were written.

in scratch one we find much of the same intrigue, crime and murder that are the staples of early Crichton. Here a lawer vacationing abroad gets mistaken for a dirty spy by a ring of international gangsters trying to finalize an illegal gun sale. pretty women, hired thugs and action ensues on the streets of Italy.

the standout finale takes place in Monaco, during the famous car race. Here Crichton's attention to detail and storytelling truly shines.

However I must say this book does take some time to settle in. for the first several chapters I had a hard time distinguishing a main character from the sea of options presented. this book is a slow burn, but once you settle in its worth the ride.

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Worst of Crichton's early works

I usually like Crichton's work but this one lacked the science or believability. It relied on a series of improbable events. Narrator was fine.

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What disappointed you about Scratch One?

very pedestrian expected more from the author

What will your next listen be?

Robert Ludlum latest release

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

possible

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Scratch One?

the drawn out ones

Any additional comments?

not up to standard