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Livia Lone Audiobook

Livia Lone

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Publisher's Summary

"Filled with raw power, [Livia Lone] may be the darkest thriller of the year." - Kirkus Reviews

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.

Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison.

Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding Nason and the men who trafficked them both, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She'll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil.

In every way, it's an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages: her unending love for Nason -

And a lifelong lust for vengeance.

©2016 Barry Eisler. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Author Barry Eisler narrates his own work with the skill of a professional voice actor.... He never strains credulity as Livia transitions from child victim to confident woman and avenging angel for the abused. Livia's male abusers - especially her stepfather - practically hiss with vileness, like coiled snakes. When young Livia learns jujutsu and starts fighting back, listeners will share her visceral catharsis and newfound empowerment." (AudioFile)

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    A. Gillies London, UK 19/11/2016
    A. Gillies London, UK 19/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great one from Eisler"
    Would you listen to Livia Lone again? Why?

    I would read the book again, rather than listen


    What other book might you compare Livia Lone to, and why?

    If you've read Eisler's other books, you know the well crafted, fast paced, sexy, gritty works they are


    What aspect of Barry Eisler’s performance might you have changed?

    Barry is a terrific author and a great guy. What he isn't, however, is an actor. Although his performance is quite good, I'd rather see his books read by Jeff Harding, who read some of the earlier Rain books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles Nottingham 13/11/2016
    charles Nottingham 13/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, Barry Eisler doesn't pull his punches."

    Excellent narration brought this story to life. Thought provoking topic, a black mirror on our species's.

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  • shelley
    Raleigh, NC
    27/10/16
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    "This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!"

    This is another really Excellent book from Barry Eisler. Although I would really like more of the John Rain series, his last book (Gods Eye View) and this one really demonstrate his writing as well as his narrating abilities.
    This is a very dark story involving human trafficking and the sex industry. There were scenes that were somewhat difficult to listen to, however this story is a work of fiction. I realize that there are people that just do not want to listen to books like this but I also think it is very important not to bury our heads in the sand and think that will make this awful side of (in)humanity go away.
    I agree with Audible listener Wayne in saying this book has my most HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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    Thank You.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • crazybatcow
    East Coast, Canada
    13/01/17
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    "Wishing Livia was real..."

    To start, I really like Eisler's work... particularly when he focuses on troubled vigilante protagonists who are driven to seek justice (his forays into "political" thrillers are not quite as strong).

    I had a hard time putting this book down. It was disturbing and satisfying at the same time. You hate everyone you are supposed to hate and you don't feel even a twinge of guilt when Livia does "bad" things. The story is based on disgusting and disturbing activities that really happen, and, while Livia was a survivor, I suspect she exists only in this fiction: too bad.

    It is suspenseful, and the story unfolds with "then" and "now" sections, which gradually come together at the end - this was really well done. You become fully immersed in Livia's world and at some points you might find yourself wanting join in with Livia as she doles out some justice.

    The narration is good (Eisler narrates his own works and is decent at it, although you can tell it is not his primary occupation). There is some swearing and sex (not overly graphic but it is violent) and the premise behind the entire story is mature.

    I will be buying any other Eisler books when they come out.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Wendi
    Houston, TX
    22/09/17
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    "Whoa.. Where Did That Come From? Awesome!"

    Barry Eisler- where have you been all my life?

    'Livia Lone' is my first Eisler novel and I bought it due to all of the positive reviews. I became enthralled with Livia, grown vigilante cop and a child who was sold by her parents into the corrupt human trafficking world of Thailand. After a long boat ride she ends up in the United States and she is adopted- and must learn to protect herself against all people who intend to harm her. Unfortunately, there are many in her path.

    Awesome character, amazing character development- I hung on every word and morally cheered for Livia. She's a tough butt-kicking no-nonsense broad who has had to be tough to survive, and I loved every minute of her story.

    Well done Mr. Eisler- I hope you'll continue writing about Livia and her challenges. Amazing character.

    5 Big Stars!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kiyana
    22/04/17
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    "So powerful."

    I'm 22 yr old woman and literally this made me fill like I can take on the world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy T
    Jacksonville, FL USA
    17/11/16
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    "WOW! What a story. Great Narration too!"

    Wow this was some story. So many emotions, hate, revenge, disgust, sad, satisfaction, justice. Livia Lone was a determined, strong and compelling character for sure!

    The story line and plot was great. You lived through this girl's life back and forth from THEN and NOW. I liked the way you got the history from the past to the present like that. You really got to know the Livia and what made her. I was also quite surprised at the end. Which is good because usually I can figure things out.

    I highly recommend this book if you are not queasy listener it does contain some scenes that some readers/listeners wouldn't like. Some I didn't care for but for as brutal as some of this was it was very well written.

    As for the narrator. He was the author of the book and did a fantastic job. He read with emotion and did a good job on the female voice.
    Thank you for such a riveting story Mr. Eisler.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    26/10/16
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    "A difficult listen, but a must listen novel"

    Livia Lone is a dark and painful novel. Its topic is from the most depraved portions of humanity. The topic of this novel is sexual abuse and sex trafficking of preteen and early teen girls. It is also a story of retribution, righteous retribution. Livia Lone is a beautifully written and narrated audiobook about painful situations. It is not like Eisler's John Rain series or even similar to The God's Eye View (Eisler's prior book). As has now become the norm Barry Eisler narrates his own audiobooks. He is a very dependable 5 star narrator. Livia Lone has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    21/05/17
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    "A truly moving book."

    This is a truly moving book. If the subject matter of human trafficking is upsetting to you, this is not for you. I cried at many places in this book. Livia Lone and her little sister, Nason, life is irrevocably changed because of the poverty in Thailand and the hopelessness of its people.

    This is human trafficking at its’ worst. Livia and Nason are separate and Livia life is the desperate need to find her sister and the guilt that it is her fault they were separated. Why is it that once you become a victim, you are constricted to be powerless for the rest of your life?

    Livia fights the bonds of victimology. She finds her strength and self-esteem in her athleticism. She acquires the means to find her sister; she becomes a cop. She is a cop by day and a vigilante at night.This is a poignant story of a young girl must accept degradation, to keep Nason safe and hope for information to be reunited with her.

    The twist and turns are engrossing. When luxury and privilege are added to Livia’s, why is she not happy? What holds her to the past? What is luxury when you are still expected to endure the life of sexual abuse?

    This story presents a picture of how human traffic is enabled in our society and of the many helpless people (children, youth, and adults) who are forced to satisfy the need of the depraved abusers.

    Normally, I do not like an author as a narrator. Many do not have the range of voices. Barry Eisler does an excellent job. I never read one of his books before. I am trying another one of his books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • P. West
    Phoenix, AZ
    04/04/17
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    "Couldn't put it down."

    I started reading the Kindle book, then finished the Audible recording. I enjoyed another Eisler book, and thought I'd give this one a try. At first I wasn't sure I'd like the flashbacks, the story of the torture she went through as a child, but it both revealed her character and informed about a world we know exists but for most of us, it's so peripheral as to seem almost virtual. This made it so real and tangible. And Livia is a wonderful protagonist who I look forward to meeting again and again. There's a touch of Dexter in her, a TV series I loved. She should be feared, but only if your a bad guy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    08/03/17
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    "Awesome book"

    Although the abuse to children in this book is very hard to handle. It instills a hatred for the abusers strong enough to totally justify the actions of the main character.
    This is a dark book at times but the revenge is so sweet. A great book maybe my favorite Eisler' book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reader from Somerville
    Somerville, MA USA
    12/12/16
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    "Formulaic story, irritating narration"

    Just a run-of-the-mill revenge story. And Any hope of its being entertaining was dashed by the author's narration. He over-emotes rather than letting the text speak for itself--including a high-pitched croaky voice for girls in distress that made me press "STOP" many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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