• Vertical Run

  • By: Joseph R. Garber
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-09-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (16 ratings)


Today is going to be no ordinary day. On this particular morning, just as Dave Elliot has finished knotting his tie, his boss comes into the office with a gun in his hand, prepared to murder him. From this moment onward, everyone Dave Elliot runs into today will be trying to kill him. He has no idea why.
All Dave knows is that he can trust no one and that with the building sealed off he must use all the ingenuity at his disposal to outsmart his determined pursuers.
©1995 Joseph R. Garber (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lemming Russ on 13-04-13

Untold Classic

An awesome story of a hunted man, arrives at his New York office to find his boss, some men he'd never met and everyone else he knows trying to kill him except a sardonic "Guardian Angel" in his head. The point of view drags you in, you'll love or hate the characters and it'll keep you thinking until the very end. An untold classic that has aged slightly but is still relevant with well timed flash-backs to the main character's past. Listened to this on my dad's Cassette copy years ago and had to own a copy for myself.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Derek on 21-12-11

Short but sweet

Excellent tale of one man seemingly hunted down by everyone for no apparent reason. Some good storytelling, and I liked Stephen Lang's style of narration - well recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
By john s larigan on 09-07-03

Vertical Run

A non stop action thriller that will keep you guessing. It is well read and acted by Stephen Lang and rates as one of the best audio books I have ever heard, and is an excellent abridgement of the book.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ricky on 06-01-12

Great Book...but Audible blew it.

Would you try another book from Joseph R. Garber and/or Stephen Lang?

Yes - Yes
Great narrator. He was not the problem.

Who was your favorite character and why?


How could the performance have been better?

Audible butchered this story through its abridging....almost shameful. My wife happened to be reading the book as I listened to it and without her, I would not of known the true ending. No spoiler, but the book ends with the contents of a memo which wraps up the entire ending and alludes to the whereabouts and/or fate of three characters. Audible abridged it so poorly, they cut out the details for two of the characters and only gave you the fate of the main character....horrible job. Leaves you wondering and a little confused at the end. Really leaves me suspect of audible and what I missed in other books. This book is being made to a movie and the mistake in the abridging will become even more apparent as more people read it and listen to it by Audible. REALLY disappointing.

Did Vertical Run inspire you to do anything?

Re-read other books that were abridged by Audible. The abridging in this one was REALLY careless.

Any additional comments?

When abridging the text for the audible performance changes the core plot of the book, then its the listeners that get cheated. And this one cheated me.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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