• You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9,672 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mike Wingate, abandoned by his father at four and raised in foster care, is finally living the life he always dreamed of - he's happily married with a precocious 8-year-old daughter, and his construction company is about to finish a "green" housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. But then something from his own past, a past he doesn't even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family. 

Shady characters begin threatening Mike, and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike's murky past than in protecting him. Now, with Mike, his wife Annabel and daughter Kat suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike turns to Shep, a dangerous man - and Mike's only true friend - from his childhood days in foster care. Together they will do whatever it takes to protect Mike's family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning, "You're Next."

©2011 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Excellent...keeps Mike (and the reader) on edge, wondering what is happening to him and how far it will escalate. Highly recommended to Hurwitz’s many faithful readers and to fans of Linwood Barclay, Harlen Coben, and Lisa Gardner." --Booklist

"The bad guys are suitably evil and the mystery satisfying, but Hurwitz’s real success is depicting Mike’s hard-won life as a husband, father, and successful businessman. A first-rate thriller!" --Library Journal (starred review)

"Hurwitz masterfully provokes feelings of extreme dread...Shep and Mike fight and sleuth their way through intensifying mayhem until they find the unexpected answer...." --Publishers Weekly 

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Edge of my seat.

This was an Audible recommendation based on my previous selections, and after reading the summary, I thought it sounded promising. It certainly delivered on that promise with a tense thriller, well developed characters and a spot on reading by Scott Brick. Brick was consistently good throughout the entire story, but especially great with his voicing of hearing impaired Shep, the friend coming to repay a childhood debt. What a terrific character he is. The danger appears insurmountable, especially as the family has no idea what has brought it into their lives, but their committment to each other is what keeps them going. The story is well paced and plays fair by providing surprising twists without making them so preposterous that belief cannot be suspended. I sacrificed sleep by not being able to turn it off at the end of the day, needing to find out what came next. This author is new to me, but I am now looking at what else he has written. I hope other selections are as good as this one.

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This guy is really cheesy

This is my first Gregg Hurwitz novel, and my last. Hurwitz is the cheesiest author I've listened to in years.The author's writing style is extremely sophomoric. I couldn't get through the first 4 chapters before getting tired of his "PC" pablum. I had to listen to this book in small increments, and finally reaching the grueling end of this boring book.

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Everything a great suspense story should be

This is a great suspense novel. At times the tension is so tight the story had me feeling apprehensive to the point of pacing the floor. I could not leave the ipod in the car, I had to listen to this story on walks, around the house, it is very hard to put down. The characters are well developed, the storyline is complete and you understand the motivations of everyone involved. The villains are truly menacing and the good guys are cut from the fabric of normal life. The writing is solid, the narration is wonderful, on this one Scott Brick is the perfect choice. I go through a lot of audio books during my commute - it is very, very rare to come across a book that is this good. I would highly recommend this book.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great mystery read!

I had never before read any of Gregg Hurwitz's books, but I actually saw this book advertised elsewhere and decided to buy and download it. I couldn't stop listening to it and hated it when the book ended. I haven't felt like that about a book in a long time! I personally was very impressed with the writing and am looking forward to reading more of his work. Hope I'm as happy with the others as with this one. Try it if you like a good mystery! Would love to have these characters return in a follow-up, perhaps.

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A real "page" turner

The first 15 or 20 minutes of this book are a little slow--but don't worry; that's the only break you're going to get! Real estate developer Mike Wingate's life takes a bad turn. And then another, and another, and another, and they keep on coming. Several times I found myself thinking, "OK, things have to get better soon..." but then they'd get even worse.

It's hard not to root for Mike, a foster-home kid who's turned his situation around and made a successful life for himself, his wife, and his daughter. Scenes from the past are skillfully woven in with the current tangle of fear and danger, adding an extra dimension. The turning point in this novel was completely unguessable, but still plausible. That's hard to pull off, but Hurwitz does a great job.

At times the rain of bad stuff seemed a little over the top, but it wasn't enough to detract from the story. Narrator Scott Brick, as always, is wonderful, doing a great job on all the characters including 8-year-old Kat. One word of warning: there's some graphic violence which, while not gratuitous, might be unpleasant for some listeners.

Overall a very exciting read. I'll be checking out Hurwitz's other books!

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Mesmerizing

I had never read Gregg Hurwitz, but I saw a recommendation for this book from David Baldacci, and when I realized it was narrated by Scott Brick I knew it would be a win - win. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, nearly impossible to stop listening, with well-developed characters (especially Shep, as vocalized by Scott Brick). Thanks to all involved in this one, and I'm ready for more Hurwitz.

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Gripping!

I downloaded this after I read Scott Brick's comments in the "Narrator's Picks". He reads many, many books - many of which I thoroughly enjoy and thought he should know a good book. Does he ever! Edge of the seat doesn't begin to describe this novel. I found myself holding my breath in anticipation and had to stop and take a breather during parts of this story. Great from beginning to end and of course, the narration was first class. I was unfamiliar with Gregg Hurwitz but will definitely be checking out his other books.

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A dissenting opinion

I got this book based on the sterling reviews but was very disappointed. The main character and story line rang false on multiple levels. A CONTRACTOR overcome with guilt over a construction mistake that was blown out of proportion and wasn't his fault ... please. The actions of the bad guys are terrifying but implausible ... would a thug break into a house just to whisper scary messages into a baby monitor, then leave?

Overall, the plot was on the level of a teen horror flick (Scream, etc.) than a quality mystery novel.

Scott Brick is (or can be) one of the best narrators out there. Nonetheless, I find that his performances on some books are overdone, with too much emotional breathy talk. This was one of his overdone narrations.

I wish I could get my credit back.

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Enjoyable Hurwitz

I enjoyed this book and was thinking 5, 5, 5 until probably the last third, which wasn't bad, just one that kind of did a great job until the last third, then pulling everything together too quick. Worth the credit, though. I really like this author.

Plus on one of my earliest reviews here on Audible, I expressed the opinion that Scott Brick annoyed me. Man, I wish I could edit my comment and take it back. I don't even rember what book I made the comment on. I LOVE Scott Brick now, and generally take it for granted that if Scott Brick is the narrator, I will enjoy it the book.

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nice surprise

My first Gregg Hurwitz book. I have to say I'm hooked. Can't stop listening. Great twists I didn't expect, and Scott Brick is always a pleasant listen!!!

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