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The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Jeffery Deaver, Alfred Molina (Narrator)

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Title:The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller
Authors:Jeffery Deaver
Other authors:Alfred Molina (Narrator)
Info:Playaway (2009), Preloaded Digital Audio Player
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Fiction, Thriller

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The Chopin Manuscript by Jeffery Deaver (2007)



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Did you ever play that game where one person starts a story and at a critical point, passes the role of storyteller onto the next person to finish? Well The Chopin Manuscript is just that type of book. The first chapter is written by best selling mystery author Jeffery Deaver. He sets up the overall plot, main characters, and passes it on. In all, 14 different mystery authors each get 1 chapter in this book, with Jeffery Deaver having the difficult task of tying everything up in the final 2 chapters. Some great authors contributed to this book - Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Joseph Finder and more. Was the plot choppy with a mish mash of styles? Absolutely - but what a fun audiobook. This book is only available in audio or in the Kindle format - perhaps a precursor to how books will be released in the future? Although this won the 2008 Audie Award for Best audiobook of the year, I don't think the writing style (or more accurately, styles) was stellar. But, what a fun listen. And with the constant changing plot, there was no way that you could guess the ending - even the authors didn't know the ending! ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
This was a good book, but pretty different to read since evey chapter was written by a differen author. Definetly kept me on my toes! ( )
  kcoleman428 | Apr 3, 2013 |
American Harold Middleton is a music professor and former war crimes investigator who is called to Poland to assess whether or not a manuscript purported to be an original, previously undiscovered, Chopin is genuine or a fake. However, the man that Harold meets with is murdered soon after their meeting and it soon becomes clear that there is more to the manuscript than mere rarity.

For what is essentially a publishing gimmick the book is delightfully entertaining. The plot rollicks along with red herrings and shocking twists aplenty, just as a good thriller should. The only evidence that the story is written by 15 different people is that there are perhaps a few more characters than normal, but the upside to that is that there are more genuine surprises than you might expect with a book authored by a sole writer who has pet characters and plot threads. There are several themes which are carried throughout the book, such as the role of music, and these help to produce a surprisingly cohesive story.

None of the characters are particularly well developed, there are too many and the book too short for that, but as this is a book all about a fast paced plot that’s not a huge turnoff on this occasion. There was enough information to glean about Harold, his daughter Charlie, the evil Faust and a few of the other characters to engage my interest and keep me listening.

The book is narrated by actor Alfred Molina who does a superb job of handling the dialogue-rich story which features a couple of dozen characters. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
This thriller was written by several different contemporary writers – one chapter by each, with Jeffrey Deaver contributing the first and the last two. It started off decently enough, but the number of characters, red herrings, and outlandish situations quickly grew unwieldy. The plot surrounds rare musical scores and secret codes embedded therein, and it was really just kind of ridiculous. I was almost glad that I had to skip almost an entire hour of the audio due to constant hiccups and scratches on the tracks. ( )
  katiekrug | Aug 18, 2011 |
Very good thriller. If you can track it down it's worth the listen. I don't know if this was released as a written version too or if it's only in Audio, but it was very good.
The fact that each chapter was written by a different author makes some of it a little disjointed, but I over all really liked it a lot. ( )
  dementomstie | Apr 6, 2011 |
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Jeffery Deaverprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corbett, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finder, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fusilli, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilstrap, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grady, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hewson, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parrish, P. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pezzullo, RalphContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rozan, S. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scottoline, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spiegelman, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spindler, EricaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Molina, AlfredNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Harry Middleton has possession of a priceless score by Frederic Chopin that puts him and thousands of Americans in grave danger. Hidden amidst measures and notes is a secret that others are willing to kill for, and Middleton must work toward discovering the mystery of the manuscript while also protecting his life. Jeffery Deaver wrote the first and last chapters, while fifteen thriller authors each wrote one chapter.… (more)

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