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The Copper Bracelet

By: David Corbett, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, David Hewson, Lisa Scottoline, Gayle Lynds, P. J. Parrish, John Gilstrap, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver
Narrated by: Alfred Molina
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Publisher's summary

A peaceful picnic in the French countryside explodes in violence. A mysterious assassin hisses a deadly threat. And events are set in motion that could propel India and Pakistan down the road to nuclear confrontation.

Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

Sixteen of the world's greatest thriller writers collaborated on The Copper Bracelet. Once again, as he did with The Chopin Manuscript, Jeffery Deaver wrote the first chapter. Then, each successive author wrote a chapter in turn, finally returning it to Deaver to complete this thrilling sequel.

The Copper Bracelet was written by:
Jeffery Deaver
Gayle Lynds
David Hewson
Jim Fusilli
John Gilstrap
Joseph Finder
Lisa Scottoline
David Corbett
Linda Barnes
Jenny Siler
David Liss
P.J. Parrish
Brett Battles
Lee Child
Jon Land
James Phelan

PROJECT EDITOR: Jim Fusilli

©2009 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, David Corbett, Linda Barnes, Jenny Siler, David Liss, P.J. Parrish, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Jon Land, James Phelan (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"This was like playing on an all-star team, and all the hits were home runs." (Lee Child)

"A feast for the senses, The Copper Bracelet continues the standard of excellence established by The Chopin Manuscript. Action, intrigue, suspense, they are all there. Another certified no-question-about-it-winner from a remarkable collection of talent. Bravo." (Steve Berry)

"What a blast to collaborate with some of the greatest suspense writers around on the thriller event of the year." (Joseph Finder)

"I can't think of a more enjoyable writing experience in my twenty-five years of being a fiction author than writing The Copper Bracelet and its predecessor, The Chopin Manuscript. We writers spend way too much time by ourselves in dark rooms, and it was a delight to emerge from the cave and hang out, so to speak, with my peers. I have to say that I sat down to read the manuscript with more than little trepidation. I needn't have worried. I was blown away...[and was] fascinated to see how a group of authors with vastly varied writing styles and approaches to creativity produced such a cohesive thriller with a relentlessly fast-paced narrative. (And, okay, I'll admit, I got a voyeur's kick in seeing how my talented co-authors ply their craft.)" (Jeffery Deaver)

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Difficult to Follow

This was hard to listen to, it jumped all over the place and I had a hard time keeping track of it. Albeit I only got to the third chaper before I just stopped. It was just too confusing.

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too much

This story started well but soon became so complicated and going in so many directions and so filled with 'we thought it was this, but now we know it's that' moments that I really didn't much care after a while what the copper bracelet was and why anyone would go to so much trouble for it . . .

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A brilliant story.

I was amazed how many writers could intertwine a gripping story. I would certainly recommend this audio production.

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Excellent Read!!!

Phenomenal, addictive, interest-grabbing from the start and steams along at a steady pace. This book is incredibly well written and Alfred Molina is brilliant.
I have lost a lot of sleep listening to this book that refused to let me turn it off.

The only downside is I have to wait another year for more.

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A Roller Coaster of a Book

This book is as enjoyable as The Chopin Manuscript. Each author takes the story in unexpected directions, providing most satisfying twists and turns. Characters drop like flies, and the plot charges forward like a bullet train. Although each author has their own style, they manage to weave a seamless whole.

Alfred Molina is perhaps one of, if not the, best narrator of audiobooks I've heard and I've been listening to audiobooks since they were only on cassette. Tone, pacing, pitch and interpretation of the material are flawless. His voicing of characters gives each an identity without being overbearing or overdone. He can do accents extremely well. He's a joy to the ears.

Having come fresh off a Scott Brick narrated book (The Paris Vendetta) I was refreshed, and my faith in audiobooks restored by Mr. Molina's superb talent. Scott Brick should give Mr. Molina's books a listen, he could learn a lot.

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struggle to finish

i really struggled to finish this story. picked it up again after several months. boring

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Carries the reader well

It suffers a bit from the multiple authorship. Still it maintains suspense and excitement. A great from some great story tellers.

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Great reader

Wonderful narration! Nonstop action and fun plot. But, I gave it a four star rating instead of five for the slightly choppy feeling. I'm sure this was due to the many readers, but it took just a little away for me.

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Just When You Knew...YOU DIDN'T..

Where does The Copper Bracelet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High, no doubt. The subtle change in the feel of the story as the authors change is wonderful.

What other book might you compare The Copper Bracelet to and why?

Nothing I've heard or read to date.

Have you listened to any of Alfred Molina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a marvel. His "females" are done expertly. Not easily accomplished without becoming silly or absurd, he's a master narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Same as my headline "Just when you knew..YOU DIDN'T"

Any additional comments?

Couldn't help wonder how much the authors deliberately and in good humor took their sections totally off in another direction of the previous one just for the hell of it LOL, it all worked beautifully.

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Great Listen!!

Once you start, you won't want to stop. The pace is great. I only listen in time limited increments. I couldn't wait to get back to the book. Highly recommended.