• The Paris Vendetta

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,536 ratings)

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The Paris Vendetta

By: Steve Berry
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “All the Steve Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history—plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy.”—Lee Child 

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone wakes to find an intruder in his Copenhagen bookshop: an American Secret Service agent with assassins on his heels. Narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight, the two journey to the secluded estate of Malone’s friend Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. But Thorvaldsen also harbors a hidden agenda—a vendetta—that will force Malone to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone is forced to match wits with a terrorist for hire and to plunge into a desperate hunt for Napoleon’s legendary treasure, lost for two hundred years. It’s a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair and a Cotton Malone dossier. 

©2009 Steve Berry (P)2009 Random House

Critic reviews

"Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers.  The Paris Vendetta is his best yet."—Harlan Coben

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent novel

This is perhaps Berry's best effort in the Cotton Malone series. Thrilling from the get go, most of the story takes place in France during the present day with a story tie-in to the age of Napoleon Bonaparte. Cotton is put in the position of having to support one series friend and betraying the other series friend. The brunt of the story is the usual treasure chase, but in this outing, it is the strength of the characters that shines through. Berry's writing in this series entry is top notch.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry

I really enjoy Steve Berry's books. However, I find the narrator's style of reading distracting and often off-putting. I just would like him to read the book and not interject so many voice inflections and poor attempts at accents. The story stands strongly on its own. It just doesn't need the affectations of the narrator. And, I know he is a popular narrator, he just has never worked for me.

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

I haven't even listened to this book



If Scott Brick (the narrator) were to read this review, every banal word of it would be laden with high drama, full of pregnant, ill-placed pauses. Inane sentences, such as this one, would be saturated with false doom. If I were to write something poignant you'll miss it because Brick reads everything as a Greek tragedy.

I gave the book 5 stars to compensate the author in my small way. His reputedly great story has been aurally massacred. For audiophiles, that's a very sad thing.

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Scott Brick ruins the Paris Vendetta

I have listened to perhaps 200 books over the past few years, and I've never had to stop and delete before. I tried and tried but didn't get past the first 45 minutes. Scott Brick is horrible. The same unbelievably annoying lilt to each sentence. Awful attempts at a French accent, and failure to let the story speak for itself. I spend time before selecting each book and was looking forward to a new author and an interesting story. Disappointing. Would like to have my credit restored, and will NEVER download another Scott Brick narration!

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

It's not about the narrator.

I don't understand all the negativity. I enjoyed the book. Scott Brick read this like he does everything else I've heard him do. I guess you either like him or not. I know a narrator can make or break a book. I had some difficulty in the first third of the story, but got into it after that. Maybe the problem was SB narration but feel there was just too much "setup". If You like Scott Brick's narration style, and a decent mystery, you will enjoy this one.

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  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Put a Brick In It, Scott

Overall, this is a fairly good book. I liked the themes of friendship and betrayal, and unrestrained greed vs. the morality of making money. The plot moved well enough. The characters were interesting and some were nicely developed, especially Cotton Malone and Torvald.

However, as other reviewers have noted, Scott Brick's narration pretty much spoils the book. He seems to be trying to control the lilt that makes each sentence sound like a question, but otherwise, his narration is just plain awful. He can't do accents at all; his "French" accent sounded like his "Italian" accent and Torvald's accent was unidentifiable. None of them has any claims to authenticity. He reads every sentence with the same degree of gravitas; for example, he uses the same tone to tell the reader how many bridges there are over the Seine as to describe action sequences where a character gets killed.

Do the production people actually listen to the finished product? How could anyone possibly miss how poorly Brick does the job? Random House, and any other publisher using Brick's narration services, needs to seriously reevalute his contract.

If Scott Brick is going to continue narrating audiobooks, he should be properly educated to do so. Otherwise, he should no longer be allowed to spoil the efforts of the authors with his terrible technique.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

DISAPPOINTING

I am a hugh fan of Steve Berry and have been waiting for the release of this book as my Christmas treat. Very disappointed. The story felt contrived, the characters disconnected from previous books. Don't waste your time, money, or credits.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Excellent Narration, book a bit repetative

I've read the previous reviews and cannot understand why so many have slammed Scott Brick (SB) for his narration - which I have always found excellent.

I think many people who like a book read to them in a drab manner don't deserve the ability of this narrator and should listen only to those books that are read poorly.

Personally, SB rocks and brings even a bad book (which this one is not) to life!

As far as the book is concerned, I found it 'ok', but a bit repative in places. Good plot though and more or less worth the read.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • 12-28-09

Strange narration

I have always enjoyed Scott Brick as a Narrator.

The narration has odd pauses, strange (and inaccurate) foreign inflections and inappropriate emphasis throughout the book. I will continue to listen as the plot and the writing itself is interesting. But the odd narration allows only short periods of listening enjoyment.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Jimmy

I disagree with the people who didn't like the narrator. I thought he was very good. The story was extremely suspenseful. It was a typical Cotton Malone adventure with characters from Berry's other books. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

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