With a concept and characters created by Jeffery Deaver, 15 writers were assigned one chapter apiece to produce a unified novel. The result is a suspenseful, action-packed international thriller filled with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Harry Middleton, retired hunter of war criminals, now leads the quiet life of a musicologist. Into his hands falls a heretofore unknown manuscript by Chopin, perhaps part of a cache of treasures looted by the Nazis. An attempt on his life and a string of bodies reaching from Europe to the U.S. proves that there is more than just musical notes on the Chopin pages. On the run, Middleton must decipher a secret hidden within the Chopin masterpiece, a secret that could sound the death knell for thousands. Alfred Molina’s excellent reading matches the novel’s breakneck pacing, while he smoothly portrays numerous characters of diverse ethnicity and gender. He impressively navigates his way through the writers’ multifarious writing styles and intricate plotting, bringing an overall consistency to the story. (Nov.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Chopin Manuscriptby Jeffery Deaver, Various, Alfred Molina
2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript,
2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.
The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.
"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain
"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal
Originally a serialized, downloadable-only audio exclusive, this memorable and gripping work (NewsBriefs, LJ 11/15/08) won Best Audiobook of the Year at the 2008 Audies®. Deaver wrote the first and last chapters, while 15 of today's top thriller writers-including Lee Child and Lisa Scottoline-wrote the chapters in between, each keeping to his or her unique flavor, energy, and style. Stage/screen star Alfred Molina's reading is splendid; his execution of the numerous accents, masterly. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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I get the audio books to listen on my drive to and from work. This is bad because I want to stay in the car and listen longer. I liked all the characters because you didn't know who to trust. With so many authors, each writing one chapter, the plot can go anywhere.
Mixed feelings about this book written by 15 (!) well-known thriller writers. The thriller part is quite good, with almost non-stop action in at least 4 different countries, a lot of unpredictable twists and turns, it¿s a real page turner.
However, the main idea behind the plot is somewhat weak and confusing. It is too far-fetched to be enjoyed by a serious reader of international thrillers. Also, the author(s) made a complete mess of the whole Serbian-Albanian connection, with bad selection of Slavic charachers¿ names, including Polish ones (how hard is it for a writer in the age of the Internet to conduct a quick research on foreign names?) and other mistakes that are obvious especially to readers who know European culture and history.
What I really enjoyed was the narration by Alfred Molina (yes, it was an audiobook, unabridged). He is a great professional, with excellent command of the English language and appropriate use of light foreign accents (unlike most other narrators with their bad amateurish heavy accents they learn from cheap Hollywood movies). So, I will definitely be looking for another audiobook read by Mr. Molina.