True Fiction

Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: Ian Ludlow Thrillers, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (1,191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg hits the ground running in a breakneck thriller where truth and fiction collide for the unluckiest writer alive.

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done...and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.

Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight - Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end - or if he will be alive to find out.

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Critic Reviews

"Adam Verner gives an entertaining narration of Goldberg's fast-paced adventure.... Verner's character voices are spot-on, and his pacing captures all the excitement and humor as the unlikely heroes take on those who are trying to eliminate them." (AudioFile)

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A clever and fun parody of espionage thrillers!

True Fiction is a satirical spoof; it is humor. It is also obscene, lewd, crude and very, very funny. Protagonist Ian Ludlow is a spy thriller author who writes imaginative scenarios for the CIA and their prime subcontractor Blackthorn Global Solutions to consider. If you don't object to sex dolls and sex jokes and sexual innuendo, crude bodily function jokes, and repeated use of almost every swear word you have ever heard, you should enjoy the humor. I enjoyed True Fiction. Adam Verner's unaffected narration is perfect for this material.

I expected an espionage thriller, but enjoyed the parody.

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One plot twist after another

My husband and I listened to this book together and we loved it. As exciting as the Fox and O'Hare stories with all sorts of unexpected plot twists. I could not predict where this story was going and I can hardly wait for the next book to be published. Really interesting characters with unusual quirks. Some of the themes could have come from today's headlines. Great book.

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Had Potential

This book certainly had great potential. I liked that the writer was looking at a spy story through a different lens, however, it came up short for me. I felt like he was more interested in describing sex and sex toys than he was in creating a thrilling spy novel. I had a very hard time finishing this book. I was expecting more from Lee Goldberg. There are plenty of better books out there.

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Banal. Full of cliches. Awful performance.

Apparently if you’re a thriller writer and can’t come up with a reasonably fresh plot, you rely on vulgar, grade school potty humor. And the sex. Geez, does this guy really think women check out the bulge under a stranger’s Speedo with lust? Cardboard characters, tired plot, silly sex dolls, and an incredibly inept audio performance all add up to a poor wannabe in the genre. And somebody clue the ‘actor’ in: if you’re really going to try to delineate different characters (especially same gender and age range), you need a lot more versatility. Save your money.

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Really!?!

The reader was highly entertaining. The plot was interesting. The level of sex and foul language was positively unacceptable. I finished it, but only because I was doing something else with my hands and couldn't change the program. I'll probably avoid the author going forward.

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Great book

Great narrator, love the store line. funny and suspenseful. would highly recommend it. goes fast.

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Must read!

Fantastic book. Humor, espionage, and great characters. Can’t wait for the follow up. Narration and imagination take it to another level.

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That was fun

Quick pace,just enough self awareness to keep from taking itself too seriously. This was Fun!

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Good start to a series

The upside - this is a cute book that captured my attention enough to read/listen to the next book in the series. I like the premise of the story. The downside... the narrator....Adam Verner is tough to listen to... The story could have been 4-stars with a better narrator. He is “o.k.” As Ian, but his voice for the other main characters suck and are distracting. It’s difficult when you are thinking about how much you dislike the narrator versus listening to the story. Please give this to Scott Brick or someone with equal talent.

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pure fun!

jabs at the thriller genre even while respecting it. so much fun. and a dorky guy for the hero! win!

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  • 08-06-18

Hard going

Think the story was fanciful. mills and boon meets spy story. unfortunately the narrator seemed to make every one sound like Yogi bear which did not help an already struggling story.

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  • Tarnblade
  • 01-19-19

Fairly good action story

A little slow to start but once the hero decides to be a bit more proactive, the story moves along quite nicely. Not great literature but a fun way to spend a few hours while doing your chores.