The List Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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They are ten strangers with one thing in common:
A mysterious tattoo on the bottom of their feet.
None of them know how it got there or what it means.
One of them is a homicide cop who’s determined to find out.
All of them are marked for death - because they’re next on...
The explosive thriller from bestselling author J.A. Konrath, The List takes you deep inside a top-secret techno-conspiracy that’s too shocking to comprehend, too insidious to detect, and far too powerful to stop...
Praise for J.A. Konrath’s thrillers
“Excellent.” —Lee Child
“Unrelenting.” —James Rollins
“Constant thrills and chills." —Heather Graham
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 29 minutes|
|Author||J. A. Konrath|
|Narrator||Benjamin L. Darcie|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 05, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,972 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#68 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#181 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#211 in Technothrillers (Books)
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I charged my kindle two weeks ago and saw that I had downloaded a book. I don't remember when I downloaded it or from where I downloaded it. Originally, I thought that I might have requested to review the book from NetGalley - but it's not listed on the site. I figured I would read the first couple of pages and figure out why I would have downloaded it.
I read the first line:
"I found the head."
With a great first line like that how could I not continue reading? So, I continued reading. And I found myself going back to read it when I had time. I even took my kindle with me to Atlanta when I attended a conference earlier this week.
The List, written by J.A. Konrath is a labelled as a "techno thriller". It's a who done it with a scientific twist. It also happens to be a book I would not pull off the shelves and read, so the mystery remains: what was I thinking when I downloaded this book?
The story revolves around several individuals who have one thing in common: a mysterious blue number tattoo on the bottom of their left foot. The book opens with one of these individuals found dead in his apartment which starts the lead detective's investigation, who also has a tattoo on the bottom of his foot.
The reader discovers the connection rather quickly but Konrath doesn't divulge the whole plot until the very end of the book, which leaves for a great opening for a sequel. However, as far as I can tell, there is no direct sequel to this book. It's a real shame, though. It leaves a few loose ends to tie up that never get tied up. (According to Amazon, Konrath has written 11 books in the collective as stand-alone novels.) As I said, it's a real shame because this could have easily become a series of two, if not three, books.
The book is rather graphic. The head from the opening line is the head of the first victim which has comically rolled under a chair. The language is rough at points but the dialogue is strong through most of the book. Some parts of laugh-out-loud funny while others are groan worthy. There are some rough patches that don't quite "flow" as smoothly as they could and the ending felt pretty rushed. It was presented to the reader in rapid-fire, which considering it was the ultimate climax, would have been okay. But it didn't seem to flow with the rest of the book. The additional story toward the end was good and was a complete surprise to this reader but felt thrown together like the author was nearing a word limit or a deadline.
However, overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Will I read it again? No. But to be fair, I rarely read books for a second time. But I would definitely recommend this read to anyone who likes thrillers/mysteries. I'd also recommend this book to anyone who doesn't. I am this reader. I read this, completely out of my comfort zone, and I liked it.
Sex - 1
Violence - 10
Gore - 10
Language - 10
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I LOVED the characters in this story! Two wise-cracking homicide detectives begin an investigation that is ultimately connected to one of them. There are plenty of action scenes with edge-of-your-seat suspense moments.
Descriptions of books after The List mention bringing some of the characters back and I'm really looking forward to those! This was a FIVE STAR winner in my opinion and highly recommended!
I listened to the Audible book. The narration was OK. Narrator wasn't bad, but I don't think he brought the characters to life as well as some other narrators would have. His range just isn't quite there. Like the book itself, it felt like a first time thing. Like the author and the narrator were just getting started. Which I know isn't true for the author.
I've read some of his Lt. Daniels books and really enjoyed them. I also read "Origin" before this book and that too was pretty good so I expected a little more from this book. I won't quit reading the author, but I feel like this book was one I could have skipped without feeling like I missed out on anything.
Take it or leave it. Don't expect much quality, but you won't be bored!
Yes, the science seemed a little too far fetched. (But, Hey! I'm not a scientist. I read romance novels that allow for people to not communicate in relationships-this is fiction.)
Yes, much grief was dealt with in a short period of time, and yes it seemed totally unbelievable that any part of this book could actually happen! (Unlike vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, wizards....)
Yes, there was inappropriate humour. (Such a sin)
& YES, this book did exactly what I wanted. IT GAVE ME A VERY ENTERTAINING READ!! A few spelling errors, but not as many as many books I have read. I will be reading more by J. A . Konrath and I already like Ann Voss Peterson so I may try the books cowritten by these two. I will try Jack Kilborn at some point as well.
I know who the character of Tom is, most recently from his game playing with poor not good at games Herb, in Rum Runner, but this gave really good background.
This is a humdinger of a story, all the more so as the premise is all too real. Just looking, actually looking, at the cover, gave me the creeps after finishing the book.
The thrills are intense, and I dare you to put it down once you've started. I have decided to do as suggested by the author and get his books in order. I will read them that way. Finally.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the first Konrath book I have read and I was impressed. This is a tight thriller, with plenty of chase action and "will they get there in time" scenes. The reason for the tattoos is a bit far out there, but is in interesting idea.
I found this to be an actin packed story, with very little down-time. Very enjoyable indeed.