• The Guide

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (539 ratings)

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The Guide

By: Peter Heller
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where he uncovers a plot of shocking menace amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests.

“Peter Heller is the poet laureate of the literary thriller." (Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead)

Kingfisher Lodge, nestled in a canyon on a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet, is known by locals as "Billionaire's Mile" and is locked behind a heavy gate. Sandwiched between barbed wire and a meadow with a sign that reads "Don't Get Shot!" the resort boasts boutique fishing at its finest. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients. Now it also promises a second chance for Jack, a return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss. When he is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find. 

But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation. A novel as gripping as it is lyrical, as frightening as it is moving, The Guide is another masterpiece from Peter Heller.

©2021 Peter Heller (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

National Best Seller

A USA Today Book Not to Miss 

A LitHub Most Anticipated Book

A CrimeRead Novel You Should Read 

An Alta Best Book 

A Veranda Magazine Best Book

An AARP Hot New Novel 

“In his new mystery, author Peter Heller pulls off a rare balancing act once again: He gives us fast-paced action and intrigue, interspersed with closely observed, reflective nature writing. Speed up for the crime-solving, slow down for the Zen.” (Julia Rubin, Associated Press)

The Guide is a literary work and a paean to fishing, as inspiring as A River Runs Through It.... Poetic.... Engaging.... The Guide is a beautifully written book, a tribute to Colorado, its bounty and its ability to heal the soul.” (Sandra Dallas, Denver Post

"Stunning.... Stunning descriptions.... Precise and evocative.... The Guide is an excellent book, one to sink into and enjoy in one sitting, if you can. Readers will be transported, and find themselves just as wrapped in the mystery as Jack himself.” (Fiona Cook, Mystery and Suspense Guide

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Entertaining Fiction…I hope.

I decided to purchase this book and try it out, even with a bad review that was posted. The review said something about it being far fetched or not believable. (Isn’t that what fiction is about?) Well, I decided to listen to it. Being a fly fishing enthusiast, I appreciated the accuracy of technique and equipment. The story was good and I was entertained. I haven’t listen to many fictional books so this was new to me, but overall I would give it a thumbs up.

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Not worth it

This is not very good at all. A pretty weak effort, with a thin plot, ridiculous scenario, just silly and unbelievable overall. A waste of time, throwaway story.

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like an expensive fishing trip...

Thoroughly enjoyed this. very evocative, takes you to that place and that river. Just the right amount of suspense vs pleasure. My Colorado, well painted!

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Heller is a genius. Just… not here.

I read The Dog Stars years ago and just keep hoping Peter Heller will live up to his debut. That’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. He’s a poet by nature and this books soars when it dips into lyricism and fishing and even sex.

But the plot is absurd. It’s like he took a few too many cues from Jack Reacher. You can tell he’s having fun just racking in the paycheck. I just wish he was getting paid to produce his finest writing again. As a poet, I’d follow him anywhere.

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Half-hearted and rushed

I love the intention here. But off all Heller’s books, this is by far my least favorite. The writing is, as usual, is great. But the story here feels like a half-hearted attempt. Like he was rushing to get something out.

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Not my preference

I didn’t find this book particularly well-written. The characters and descriptions were obvious and overdone. The plot was slow and there were several corny moments, like the “lion” when Jack opens the door near the end. The performance was ok, except the reader made all the women sound like tentative weaklings, which was the opposite of who “Alison” was supposed to be. I think I’d have loved this book when I was 12.

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Outdoor Adventure Novel (fishing guide saves day)

I love Peter Heller's first novel "Dog Star". This book isn't in the same league, but it's a good listen if you're doing something else. It won't distract you and doesn't require 110% of your attention. This book follows the same fishing guide protagonist from Heller's erlier book which involved a canoe trip in the wilds of Canada (a little more exciting and suspenseful than this book).

The best tip I can give anyone thinking about purchasing this book is that it's A well-read fun adventure novel, without any critical writing or plot twists; great for an easy listen. But if you really want to read a good book consider Heller's "Dog Star" instead.

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Another gorgeous story by Heller

Heller novels are not for the simpletons who want an easy, basic prose ala Clark, Baldacci, or other popular writers. He writes poetically and weaves tales that are compelling and characters that are complicated. Narrator was perfect and the story was top notch.

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Descriptive writing style and a great read if you're into fishing. The storyline was mostly interesting towards the end.

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Unexpected!

I started this book one day and finished it the next. You are further drawn into the lyric of the tale with greater and greater curiosity . The narrator was easy to hear, and the story like none I'd heard before.