The Inner Circle

The Culper Ring, Book 1: Booktrack Edition
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: The Culper Ring Series, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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The Inner Circle: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living.

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the US government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself....

Until now. 

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. 

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for. 

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.  

©2011 Brad Meltzer (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci." (People)

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Please just tell the story.

I got to Chapter two, and deleted the book. The background music, if you can call it that, is annoying and the juvenile sound effects to not make listening any better. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator. He doesn't need the props. This was my first Brad Meltzer book, which is too bad because I'll never know if the guy can write a story worth listening to.

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Great story

A little bit unbelievable in places, and I got irritated with what some of the characters did at times, but enjoyable in the end. Scott Brick is excellent

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Annoying background soundtrack

Sorry but I wasn’t looking for a multimedia experience. Just interested in the book but the music got in the way.

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Music distracts book that has music background again

The story line was very good but the music was horribly distracting. I thought I would get used to it but it never stopped annoying me. I will never listen to another audio with a music background again

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Good listen but the music...

Overall a very interesting story with some good twists and unexpected turns. The one thing that was annoying was the music in the background. I kept wishing there was a way to turn it off! I will listen to samples of future books from this author and likely pass if it has the music...

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The Inner Circle

The background music ruined the book for me. It was so loud that it was hard to hear the words. Plot good. If I could read (my eyes are bad) would probably have need more.

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Get rid of the music!

The background music is a complete distraction and detracts from the audiobook. The story itself is decent and Scott Brick is always great, but his performance is impeded by the unnecessary and poorly executed background music.

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Inner Circle

The story pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. The use of historical facts and places adds to the whole experience.

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Too much distraction

Overly emotive reading and distracting background music. Made it to the second chapter before turning it off. Unwilling to put up with the extraneous stuff to continue plowing through it.