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Lottery Island

A Novel; Based on a True Story
Narrated by: Tom Lennon
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Jude Johnstone and his photographer buddy Grover once traveled together for magazine articles. Times have changed. Jude is now a tabloid reporter in Miami, and Grover runs a dying camera store. Then Jude gets a tip leading to the location of a disappeared Powerball winner of $900M, and finds him in hiding in a South Beach penthouse. 

Howard Rosen was a bowling alley accountant who has erased his identity with the plan to reemerge a hero after financing a coup against a corrupt Caribbean island dictator. He hires Jude to find his possible son...or is it just a young man claiming to be his son on Union? He instructs Jude to find out, and help islanders resist the governor, with an unlimited budget and the lure of a fake reality show to infiltrate.

What happens next is anything but predictable, though, as a storm approaches. And if he and Grover fail to beat the opposing tribe? They're shark food!

©2018 Jonathan Lowe (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Let's just do it before it starts raining.

It is sometimes said that truth can stranger than fiction, and if this book is truly based, even in part, on actually occurring facts, in this case it most certainly is.
An aging hack journalist, Jude Johnson, told by his editor to go find a big story, tracks down a multi million dollar lottery winner who had disappeared two years before, and is promptly hired by him to do two things - find out if he really has a son and make him an hero!
This is the story of how Jude, and his erstwhile friend, partner and photographer, Grover, go about accomplishing these instructions and get themselves the story of the decade.

Gloriously funny as well as an exciting adventure thriller, the book is well written and the various incredible characters sparkling leap from the text. This is most ably assisted by the superb performance of narrator Tom Lennon, who gives individual and appropriate voice to each protagonist as well as infusing enthusiasm into his sardonic humour and finely intoned reading.

This book is a delight, easy to hear and one to bring smiles as well as incredulity and amazement with ongoing action. How much is real fact - no idea, and anyway, 'truth is subjective',but it's a rattling good story. My deep thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Lottery Island, via F.A.F.Y
Recommended.

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  • Jan M
  • 06-05-19

Fun Listen!

Lottery Island by Jonathan Lowe is an entertaining listen. The fact that it's based on a true story is more intriguing. I found the characters in this book to be original. Tom Lennon is great performing this book. He adds the right emotions to his voice. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • Susan C-K
  • 24-04-19

Fun story!

This was a fun and an unpredictable story! Did this actually happen?!

Very nicely read by narrator.

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  • Rayc
  • 21-05-19

Superbly entertaining

Lottery Island: A Novel; Based on a True Story.. Superbly entertaining story narrated by Tom Lennon. Whose easy friendly style bring to alive this book.
Stranger than fiction and very funny in places it is a great read/listen, and it will be on my listen again list for the near future.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Geoff
  • 01-05-19

Solid story!

I've always enjoyed this author, particularly for his top-notch writing style. Great story. You've got no choice not to believe it, because the premise actually happened! An ambitious journalist sets to track down the world's luckiest 2-time lottery winner having erased his identity, but when he does, he finds the stakes are much greater than a big scoop in a tabloid.
Highly recommended!

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 05-07-19

this book was given to me at my request for review

Had a hard time finishing this book the story was so dry I kept falling asleep

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