• by Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by Skipp Sudduth
  • 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Kessler, a Washington DC cop working on a seemingly insignificant case, is targeted by a 'lifter' - a person who 'lifts' information from people. Yet this lifter is different from others: he kidnaps and endangers his target's family to give himself the "edge". The task of safeguarding Kessler falls to expert in personal security, Corte, as the FBI race to try and find out what has made someone so uneasy they've called in a 'lifter'....


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A slow trudge

Maybe it's the monotone and tired narrator or the schoolboy obsession to mundane and irrelevant detail (not only do we get the make and model of every bit of kit but it's price and it's competitive place in the market place), maybe it's the one dimensional and sanctimonious character of the lead or the constant implausibility of the twists and turns that make this book so flat. Disappointing listen from someone who usually rarely disappoints.
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- James Davidson

Narrator flattens everything

I too find the narrator seriously distracting. He has a very flat voice. There is a lot of internal dialogue in the book, explaining the thought processes of the main protagonists. This is delivered in such a flat monotone that I find it impossible to accept the main character as a plausible figure. I also found that some of the narrators idiosyncratic pronunciations set my teeth on edge over time (`moble' for `mobile', `colm' for `calm', pri*ma*ry with a stress on the second syllable, and these are just those returning most frequently).

Yes, there are a number of twists in the plot, and some of them stretch credibility. However, I find myself so distracted by the narrator that I feel I cannot fairly review the book on its own merits. I was never really drawn in, and that is fairly rare for me when listening to a Deaver novel. Maybe I'll read the book some time to see what it is like without an ever-present irritant.

To everybody considering this audio book I would strongly recommend trying to listen to an excerpt first.
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- redkite

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2010
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks