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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Long Lost (abridged audiobook) by David Morrell

  I "read" it as an audiobook and I was very impressed

David Morrell
This is one of the best audiobooks that I have ever heard. Neil Patrick Harris does an absolutely wonderful job of conveying the emotions of Brad Denning, the main character. Harris makes you feel the loss of Denning, the joy of re-discovering his long-lost brother, the horror of having his family kidnapped...Well done!

The plot of the book is compelling. Brad Denning is a successful architect with a happy wife and son. One day, a scruffy stranger approaches him and tells him that he is Petey, Brad's long-lost little brother who was presumed abducted when Brad was 13. Something is not quite right about Petey (who has no real proof as to his identity) and Brad's wife has her doubts. But, Brad's guilt about his part in his brother's disappearance (he told his brother to get lost because he was being a pest and that is when he was disappeared). After several disturbing episodes, Brad 's entire family is abducted. Brad follows clues across the country

This audiobook was an absolute joy and a thrill to listen to. If you are looking for something to do during a boring commute, this is the book you are looking for. I couldn't wait to hear more.

Note: as I am editing this review for inclusion in this blog I want to remark that the climactic scene of this book was written with such power and read with such force by Neal Patrick Harris that I can still clearly see the scene in my mind, including hearing the flames and imagining the smoke and the heat ripping across the landscape. It is one of the most vivid scenes I have ever had the pleasure of listening to in an audiobook.

I give this one 5 enthusiastic stars out of a possible 5 stars. Kudos all around!

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: Long Lost

Reviewed March 24, 2006.

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