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The Empty Chair

Lincoln Rhyme, Book 3
Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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Summary

A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North Carolina Medical Center for high-risk experimental surgery. In a 24-hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner's Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Rhyme and his protégé Amelia Sachs are the best chance to find the girls alive. The prime suspect is a teenaged truant known as the Insect Boy, so nicknamed for his disturbing obsession with bugs. Rhyme agrees to find the boy while awaiting his operation. Rhyme's unsurpassed analytical skills and stellar forensic experience, combined with Sach's exceptional detective legwork, soon snare the perp. But Sachs disagrees with Rhyme's crime analysis and so ensues a battle of wits and forensics between Rhyme and Sachs, this best friend and soul mate.
©2000 Jeffery Deaver, All Rights Reserved (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Gotta Love this detective

I had listened to another audio, with this main character, and his girlfriend. Just discovered, it isn't a one off. The South Carolina accents started to bleed into one, and so towards end hard to keep up with who each was from- if it were just a a bit easier, or perhaps fewer - then another 5 stars!

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Gripping

Another excellent addition to the Lincoln Rhyme series after The Bone Collector & The Coffin Dancer. The continuing development of the Lincoln/Amelia relationship raises this thriller above the rest (in my opinion) as you really start to care about them, and this only adds to the interest. There is also a good mix of police procedure and forensic science, without too much emphasis on either. The central plot of recovering a kidnap victim soons becomes much more complex, and some tension between the leads is introduced, which feels natural (this is their third book together). Twists and turns soon follow, which I can't reveal because it would give too much away! The story progresses at a rapid pace, but not so fast that you lose detail. I think this is a really well written book, with believable characters and a solid plot.

A mention for the terriffic narration by Joe Mantegna, he has a wonderful voice for narrating audiobooks. It is rich and clear, and very easy to follow.

My only criticism is that the book is hard to follow if you have not read/listened to the fisrt two books, or are new to this genre. And it is too short!

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Really disappointed

I loved book 1 and 2 and was really excited to listen to book 3. Unfortunately it was a great let down. I'm sure the story would be good but with the reader the voices just blended as one. not what i came to expect

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  • Jody R. Nathan
  • 03-06-04

Good story; some problems

I enjoyed this book despite certain difficulties. The south is a caricature -- rednecks, etc. think Deliverance meets Lincoln Rhyme. But, if you like other Deaver books, you will probably like this one. I had figured out one of the clues before Rhyme -- perhaps that's why I liked it. But the ending is a bit strange. The narrator was good.

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  • Dionne
  • 25-04-05

complex story - a good listen

i really enjoyed this story - so many twists and turns, it made my head hurt! i loved the character of lincoln rhyme. would love to hear more of him. worth listening to.

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  • Marius
  • 30-08-05

Strange days in Camp Swampy

Entertaining, a little offbeat, and more than a touch improbable. Well worth a read.

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  • Virginia
  • 25-08-05

The Empty Chair

Another great Lincoln Rhyme story by Jeffery Deaver.

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  • Mr. Reginald R. Mason
  • 30-04-12

this one doesn't live up to Deaver's other books>>

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I was the author, sure. The book begins with what should have been a huge event in a Lincoln Rhyme novel. He's been bound to a wheelchair his entire career in every book in his series. He's off to get the "big operation" that could repair him, or kill him. Soon, too soon, Amelia Sachs has him lured into a murder mystery that isn't very clear. I can't even tell you much more beause I got bored with it.

If you???ve listened to books by Jeffery Deaver before, how does this one compare?

I've never, ever not finished a Jeffrey Deaver book. this one didn't hold my interest at all.

Which scene was your favorite?

Well.....I guess I didn't get far enough o have a favorite scene.

Could you see The Empty Chair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Funny, I've thought of this before. I'm not exactly referring to this book though. I thought Anjolina Jolie, who starred in "The Bone Collecter" was good at a role she often plays anyway. But in Deaver's books, Amelia Sachs is a beautiful, brave but compassionate detective. Julienne Moore fits that description far beter than A.J.

To play Lincoln, hmmm, very hard to get "Ironsides" out of my mind when I read about him; his nature, sterness, dry sense of humor.....There's an actor named Paul Grose who I can see playing that part well.

Any additional comments?

I'm not abandoning Jeffrey, this one just didn't make the grade, in my mind & I've read many, many of his novels. I was hoping to get to review another book, ANY other book, that I could have given good reviews about! Sorry.

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  • Sophia
  • 06-01-11

Wow...the mystery never ends

Narration was good and entertaining for the characters other than Rhyme and Sachs. The twist went all the way to the very end of the bood which was great. Wow...how does Deaver do it? Good job.

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  • Jasper
  • 09-08-08

good book; BAD reader!!!

The bad read distracted from the book--Rhyme's and Amelia's reader should be reading nursery rhymes not mystery thrillers--the reader spoiled the book--sorry.

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