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The Driver Audiobook

The Driver: John Milton, Book 3

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Audible Editor Reviews

The John Milton audiobook series continues with Book Three The Cleaner, written by tremendously popular crime thriller writer Mark Dawson and narrated by expert voice artist David Thorpe. John Milton, once government assassin now fugitive haunted by his conscience, hides in the back streets of San Francisco driving a cab. He has remained anonymous until a chilling murder draws him out of the shadows. He feels compelled to find the missing girl and the gruesome killer. Perhaps the only way to absolve his conscience is to enter the life of a vigilante. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

John Milton has started to hope that he might have a future.

He has a job driving a taxi around the streets of San Francisco. He has his anonymity and his solitude. Being invisible has become a comfortable habit. He doesn't want to be found.

But when a girl he drives to a party goes missing, Milton is worried. Especially when two dead bodies are discovered, and the police start treating him as their prime suspect. Milton is a fugitive from the British Secret Service, and a man in his position needs extra attention like he needs a hole in the head.

As unpleasant secrets leak out, and the body count rises, one thing is for sure. Milton might just be the right guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Driver is a taut, nail-biting adventure which once again stars Mark Dawson's irresistible hero, the maverick ex-MI6 assassin John Milton. Mark Dawson has worked as a DJ and lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada have been published in multiple languages.

©2014 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Michael 16/12/2015
    Michael 16/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Third in series and still can't decide"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes as I don't want to be the only confused listener. I would have to add a warning that it won't distract you from your work.


    Would you recommend The Driver to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes as above.


    What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

    Great as normal


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, very easy to start and stop. Not gripping at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure about this Milton series at all. I can't put my finger on the problem, they should have everything and they kind of do but its all mediocre. It's all a bit up and down and all over the place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PaulR 20/11/2015
    PaulR 20/11/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't keep my attention"

    A reasonable listen and the story was okey but with so much random detail, taking you nowhere and with minimal action, I struggled with my attention constantly wandering off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 18/09/2015
    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 18/09/2015 Member Since 2014

    My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'

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    "This series just gets better and better"
    Any additional comments?

    My title says it all. I can't tell you how much these audiobooks have entertained me. I was going through a tough time while I was listening to this book and it actually helped ease things, sounds weird but it really helped me take my mind off things for an hour or so at a time and it was a great form of escapism.

    You'll love this. Whatever floats your boat book-genre wise you need to give this a go. I would be surprised if anyone turned around and said they did not enjoy listening to it. It's so refreshing to have such a great series to listen to, especially after the Victor the assassin series I previously finished prior to starting this, a series of books I never wanted to end!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Dog Lane, Kelsall, United Kingdom 19/11/2015
    James Dog Lane, Kelsall, United Kingdom 19/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Another awesome story!"
    Any additional comments?

    This both well written and narrated, I am totally hooked on the John Milton Series, don't want it to stop....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mac 10/11/2016
    Mac 10/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "More rambling than some of the other John Milton B"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Dawson or narrated by David Thorpe?

    On the basis of this book no . However, other books like Ghosts yes,


    Would you recommend The Driver to your friends? Why or why not?

    The plot was fairly weak, this was a stepping stone from book 2 to book 4 . Probably the weakess John Milton Book ive listened to so far.


    What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

    I admit to struggling over the first book i listened to from this narrator, but he does grow on you.


    Did The Driver inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    You cannot be on top of your game all the time !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    I taylor 19/10/2016
    I taylor 19/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Man on a mission"
    What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

    He has the most fantastic range of voices.


    Any additional comments?

    John is back in London and serving up coffee and fried food to London’s black cab drivers. Working towards the AA’s ninth step in the program is proving difficult for Milton but he’s finding a way around that. And, as usual, trouble finds him and he is unable to walk away.
    This is another brilliant episode in the Milton series. Milton is a modern James Bond but having grown tired of the service for his country because it sucks away his soul one piece at a time he concentrates on what he can do for the living. Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes it doesn’t, but it always ends up with Milton on the winning side.
    I love Milton’s character. The man has flaws and baggage but who doesn’t? He is not only a cool killer but a man who struggles endlessly with that baggage. Dawson has a formula for his Milton series and it works every time without tiring the reader’s patience. Every mission has complications and casualties and every episode requires a new start because of the consequences.
    Dawson’s writing is very masculine. It isn’t bogged down with emotion but it isn’t emotionless; it is understated and insinuated. The action scenes are told well and anyone who isn’t familiar with weapons and military strategy will still be able to follow it without confusion. I recommend the audio version of this book because the narrator is particularly good and really compliments the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A 14/02/2016
    A 14/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Bland book"

    Bland story and not very well performed. really had not bite to it and failed to catch my attention.

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  • brent
    14/05/15
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    "Another good listen"

    John Milton is Jack Reacher, John Wells, and The Grey Man all rolled into one. David Thorpe also does a great job. He is slowly becoming one of favorite narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    09/07/15
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    "loved this book, was a great read."

    If you like Jack Reacher you will love Milton. Action packed with great detail and we'll developed characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui
    Marrickville, Australia
    30/10/16
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    "Good story"

    The narrator is English & has the worst American accent I've ever heard. He thinks there is only one generic accent for all Americans. It's appalling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John R. Holmes, Jr.
    Anacortes, Washington
    26/08/16
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    "A British San Francisco"
    What disappointed you about The Driver?

    The story itself is bland and meandering. Worse yet, it's a British narrator reading a British-language story set in San Francisco. As a result, all of the local names were mis-pronounced (Mos-CONE Center for Mos-CONEY Center) as well as all the Latino names. Furthermore, all of the idioms were British. I found this only distracting.

    A better plot might have worked past this deficit, but the story has no center. It's just a guy who's on the run from a life of alcohol and violence having to dust off his fight skills from time to time as random events occur in his life. It's fun to see a guy with those skills go mano-a-mano with various bad guys, but it's not enough to salvage the book's other deficits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James T
    Lindon, UT, United States
    11/07/16
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    "Stereotypes in full swing"

    Predictable? - yes. Enjoyable? - yes. Not much to this third addition to the John Milton Series yet it is still a fun listen. He throws his stereotypes into full swing (but I suppose he has bad teeth) in this one with one exception - it will be a cold day in hell before a republican of this caliber is ever voted in as governor in California (unless he is an actor).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • judy
    17/06/16
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    "hard to follow plots"

    way to many plot lines,with no smooth transitions. need 100% attention to follow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Lake Geneva, WI, United States
    11/04/16
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    "Not for me"

    I enjoy this kind of story generally and this narrator is superb. I can live with a few mispronunciations, because he's one of the few British readers who can do American accents that aren't strained. The book disappointed me. The writing was dull, the character uninteresting, and the story moved slowly and was illogical in parts. Also, it really wasn't necessary that I had to listen to political drivel that ordinarily would have forced me to use the "power" button on the TV remote. All in all, except for the narrator, a stinker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    Newaygo, MI, United States
    26/03/16
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    "Better and better"

    This series is constantly improving. It seems that a lot of the time a series begins to lose its ability to hold the interest of an audience as its author reverts back to a similar theme and set of circumstances making each consecutive novel a rerun.
    Not so with the John Milton series. They are becoming more and more interesting with a constant improvement in as the reader becomes more and more familiar with the demons John is trying to overcome.
    Excellent writing and top-shelf narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trudy Owens
    Orem, UT, US
    17/07/15
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    "You can drive me, John Milton!"

    John Milton is likable. He is an ex-SAS assassin who got tired of the blood and decided to go straight and only help people out. His home office doesn't want him out there with all his knowledge of procedure and missions and personnel, so they keep sending assassins to kill him, or bring him in. Thus he must be on the run constantly. Milton is also a recovering alcoholic who attends AA meetings but doesn't believe he can ever atone for his sins. In every town he lands in he ends up finding trouble and causing nearly as much as he smooths. In this book, he is looking for a missing hooker he taxied to a "party", and trying to find out who killed the other working girls.

    At least in this story, none of his new, short-term friends get offed while John is trying to atone. It is interesting all the way through, and we live for the spec ops skills John brings into play. His newest sometime partner, bounty hunter Bo (or Beau, I don't know) reappears to our delight, even though he can not take the place of the lamented Rutherford from book 1.

    The narration constantly amazes me. Thorpe's default voice seems to be that of a slightly nerdy, prissy English prig, but he did the English thugs and druggies superbly in book 1, Mexican drug lords in book 2, and now he does Americans of all accents and social levels. He seems to change height and weight as his voices change.

    If you like the genre and the premise, this is a good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Weinauer
    Maple Plain, MN, US
    15/07/15
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Driver to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books. The narrator is fabulous and gets you into the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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