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Thicker than Blood

The Complete Andrew Z. Thomas Trilogy
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Thicker than Blood: The Complete Andrew Z. Thomas Trilogy, is now available featuring a goldmine of killer bonus features, including the never-before-released alternate endings to both Desert Places and Locked Doors, which together comprise the length of an additional novel.

Desert Places: A Novel: Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can't get away.

Locked Doors: A Novel: Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas's life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer's victims were unearthed on Andrew's lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity. Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yukon. His only link to society is by e-mail, through which he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered. Culminating in the spooky and secluded Outer Banks of North Carolina, the paths of Andrew Thomas, a psychotic named Luther Kite, and a young female detective collide.

Break You: A Novella: Following the events of Desert Places and Locked Doors, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns. What he has in store for them will challenge their understanding of evil and stretch the fibers of their love to the breaking point.

©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2014 Blake Crouch and Jordan Crouch

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great trilogy for the price of one story

although long, it doesn't seem so when listening to it. A good story builds gradually and kept me entertained for hours whilst working away in the garden.

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Three books where one would have sufficed.

This decent enough story was told in its first instalment, with no need for a sequel, certainly not a 3rd novella size book end. The theme of ‘What is a person capable of at their core nature’ Which ran through Desert Places, is literally abandoned in the follow up and then seemingly ‘shoe horned’ back into the tiny end instalment, almost like he wanted to just write a quick ending to finish the trilogy. I guess, as it had been years since he’d left the ending open. By the end of the 17 hours, I was so sick of hearing them plead for their life that I wished he’d just kill them and put me out of my misery. If you like break crotch, try his excellent and intellectual standalone books like Dark Matter or Recursion.

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Had to abandon this without finishing

For the first time ever, I had to abandon an audiobook part way through. Just couldn't get into this at all despite repeatedly trying. Found it too sickening (and I'm no lightweight) and the plot far too convulted and tedious to be engaging. Just not for me unfortunately.

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  • yvonne
  • 08-09-15

Horrifying

This is the most terrifying of the books I've read by Blake crouch. I don't want to read another one like this again.

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  • Ashley
  • 01-11-16

Blake what?

I am a fan of Blake's and I would say this has not been my favorite... it felt like it was dragging instead of me waiting for the next book. I've really enjoyed some of his other works and they've kept me on the edge of my seat. I was expecting that again.

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  • Rick
  • 09-09-16

Awful content, inept main character.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If there was a twist that took this horrible story off of it's trajectory of pointless and unrealistic depravity

What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

His other work is better. I expected this to be good.

What didn’t you like about Eric G. Dove’s performance?

Great performance. No problem there.

What character would you cut from Thicker Than Blood?

All of them except Walter and the Percy

Any additional comments?

This wasn't good.

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  • Mark Spooner
  • 28-07-15

Unbelievable on so many levels.

I've never been more frustrated by a story. I found it impossible to believe almost every decision or direction these characters made.

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  • Deborah
  • 26-07-15

Unbelievable

Andrew makes way to many dumb decisions and assumptions to be the intelligent writer he is supposed to be, I liked the suspense but just couldn't believe it.

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  • ReluctanTexan
  • 30-12-14

Unrelenting - bad guys always win

I've listened to and read a lot of Blake and really liked his other work, but I couldn't keep listening to this one. There has to be hope for the protagonist. This is unrelenting. I slogged through the first two books, but when the third had the bad guy win from the outset, I just couldn't make myself continue. It was just too depressing. Reason tells me that the good guys will win at the end of this trilogy, but it isn't worth the bad feelings to get to the end.

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  • Carolyn L
  • 13-12-14

Well written but... yuck!

Where does Thicker Than Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I will compare this book to the other Blake Crouch books I've listened to (Abandon, Run, Snowbound and the Wayward Pines books). I loved all of these books. I think Mr. Crouch is a creative and extremely skilled writer. The previous books were very dark, but there was a little redemption at the end. Thicker Than Blood was not as creative and a little too dark for my taste.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the suspense of the story. Mr. Crouch created so much tension that I had to listen to the end. I did not like any of the characters very much. Also, there were some loose ends. A character hides the dates on a calendar. A striking bully is created in someone's life and goes nowhere. The antagonist is described as having been "recruited to murder" by one character and then turns out to have murderous parents.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

Mr. Dove did an excellent job building suspense in the story. I think the feeling was written into the book, but a good narrator really adds to the listener's experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the peace that two wounded characters experienced at an isolated cabin the the Yukon.

Any additional comments?

There was a very clear foreshadowing in the childhood of the protagonist and his twin. Andy remembers an experience when they were little boys. They spend an entire day torturing a lizard. I should have seen how the story was going to end at that point.

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 09-09-19

my initial thoughts

I'm still going through this novel but it's been a bit of a slog with this narrator and I wanted to jot down these thoughts now before I finish the story. Blake Crouch is currently my favorite author his stories have really been awesome. so I think this one might be better if it weren't for the narrator whose boring monotone causes my mind to constantly drift and I've had to rewind this damn audiobook a hundred times already when my mind drifts. he puts no inflections and it's voice no matter what is happening in the scene and he does not transition scenes effectively so it's hard to tell when one scene has changed unless there's a chapter change.

After completing the book, I was very dissatisfied with the ending again just like the previous book in the series.

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  • Stefanie S.
  • 08-08-19

That was tough at the end

My least favorite Blake Crouch book. It should have ended after the second book. The narrator did a fantastic job though.

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  • Michael OBrien
  • 25-04-19

One twisted writer

Recently stumbled upon Blake crouch. He is quickly becoming my favorite author is twisted beyond belief but has a great grasp of characterization