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Summary

Today is going to be no ordinary day. On this particular morning, just as Dave Elliot has finished knotting his tie, his boss comes into the office with a gun in his hand, prepared to murder him. From this moment onward, everyone Dave Elliot runs into today will be trying to kill him.

He has no idea why.

All Dave knows is that he can trust no one and that with the building sealed off he must use all the ingenuity at his disposal to outsmart his determined pursuers.

©1995 Joseph R. Garber (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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Untold Classic

An awesome story of a hunted man, arrives at his New York office to find his boss, some men he'd never met and everyone else he knows trying to kill him except a sardonic "Guardian Angel" in his head. The point of view drags you in, you'll love or hate the characters and it'll keep you thinking until the very end. An untold classic that has aged slightly but is still relevant with well timed flash-backs to the main character's past. Listened to this on my dad's Cassette copy years ago and had to own a copy for myself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Derek
  • Maspujols, Spain
  • 21-12-11

Short but sweet

Excellent tale of one man seemingly hunted down by everyone for no apparent reason. Some good storytelling, and I liked Stephen Lang's style of narration - well recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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this in an engaging and well read thriller

This novel is a well set-out mystery/thriller - an ordinary man sets off to work - and strangers attempt to kill him. It is well written as he pieces the parts together. But, what makes it special for me was Stephen Lang's mesmerising reading, he brings the characters alive with accents and tones. I could not switch it off - and a lovely twist at the very end.

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an excellent read

what a story! absolutely fabulous. no idea why the movie option wasn't taken up. a cracker!

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  • john s larigan
  • 09-07-03

Vertical Run

A non stop action thriller that will keep you guessing. It is well read and acted by Stephen Lang and rates as one of the best audio books I have ever heard, and is an excellent abridgement of the book.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-07-11

The absolute BEST!

I've read and re-read Vertical Run many times and believe this is the FINEST audio book ever produced. Stephen Lang brings tension and dark humor to the novel that I find positively captivating.

Joseph Garber is a bit like Thomas Harris, in that he isn't a prolific writer. But his writing makes me want this story to continue (he left the door open for that possibility) and to read any future books.

I could not recommend this book more highly. A+++!

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  • Ricky
  • 06-01-12

Great Book...but Audible blew it.

Would you try another book from Joseph R. Garber and/or Stephen Lang?

Yes - Yes
Great narrator. He was not the problem.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marge

How could the performance have been better?

Audible butchered this story through its abridging....almost shameful. My wife happened to be reading the book as I listened to it and without her, I would not of known the true ending. No spoiler, but the book ends with the contents of a memo which wraps up the entire ending and alludes to the whereabouts and/or fate of three characters. Audible abridged it so poorly, they cut out the details for two of the characters and only gave you the fate of the main character....horrible job. Leaves you wondering and a little confused at the end. Really leaves me suspect of audible and what I missed in other books. This book is being made to a movie and the mistake in the abridging will become even more apparent as more people read it and listen to it by Audible. REALLY disappointing.

Did Vertical Run inspire you to do anything?

Re-read other books that were abridged by Audible. The abridging in this one was REALLY careless.

Any additional comments?

When abridging the text for the audible performance changes the core plot of the book, then its the listeners that get cheated. And this one cheated me.

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  • melanie
  • 29-04-16

How is this novel not a movie?

Found this one by accident years ago. On cassette originally. Have listened over twenty times now and it's great every time! Do yourself a favor and download!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • 07-06-07

This one is GREAT

Keeps your interest from start to finish. Want to read other books by this author.

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  • Alex
  • 15-11-04

A tight page-turner!

I haven't heard the audiobook, but I read the paperback a few years ago. The book took me on a great ride, and I didn't want to stop reading until the last page. I am looking forward to his new book "Whirlwind" to come to audio format.

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  • Amy
  • 12-08-04

Vertical Run

This is an exceptional tale with and exceptionally cast narrator. We listened to the UNABRIDGED version and after a ten hour road trip we were unable to get out of the car until the last word was spoken. We also listened to the abridged version and AUDIBLE should find and offer the complete recording as it is a story best told with all of the plot and character complexities.This is at the top of our" all time favorites". NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 14.

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  • Helen
  • 20-05-18

interesting

a good story. spoiled a little by the annoying presenter. despite that I still had to listen to the end

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  • Soras
  • 19-03-18

an awesome book

this book is a great book and I wish there were more to the story

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  • bulletrn
  • 15-03-18

Good, action packed story. Narration was cheesy .

Love the story. 70's porn music and sound effects spoiled the narration. Fun listen if you can get past the music.