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A King's Ransom Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Grippando Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author James Grippando demonstrates his trademark gifts once again in a taut new tale of intrigue that will keep you guessing to the final, breathtaking scene.

Nick Rey is on the fast track at a hot Miami law firm when he is suddenly plunged into a dangerous bid to save his father, who has been kidnapped while on business in Colombia; the ransom demand of three million dollars is far more than his family can ever hope to raise. Fortunately, Matthew had purchased an insurance policy to protect against just such a threat. Unfortunately, the kidnappers seem to know all about the policy, and the insurance company, suspecting fraud, is refusing to pay out.

With nowhere to turn, Nick links up with Alex, a beautiful, street-smart woman who may be the only person capable of negotiating with his father's captors. But Nick soon discovers that the gravest dangers to him and his family are not the kidnappers and their guns, but the men in suits at a powerful firm with something to hide, and they will stop at nothing to keep Nick from unleashing the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grisham will probably wish he’d thought of it. Grippando proves he’s worth of this comparison with fast-paced A King’s Ransom.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Races along.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Grippando’s experience as a trial lawyer shows in his depiction of Nick’s frantic legal moves to clear his family’s name; his extensive research into the kidnapping industry currently thriving in Latin America adds a harrowing dose of realism to a taut, well-constructed page-turner that seems destined for the big screen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-thought-out thriller…[Nick is an] engaging character, resourceful and lifelike. His father…caputrs our interest from the moment we lay eyes on him. And the plot…is convoluted without being overly labyrinthine…Readers who appreciate an intelligent thriller will be well pleased.”


  • “Grippando skillfully weaves together a chain of unlikely events, creating a page-turner that will assuredly be popular in public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “John Bedford Lloyd handles the transitions well, keeping listeners hooked with the emotions of the situation, while delivering the chills of the tense action scenes. This abridgment packs a lot into six hours, preserving family drama and background, as well as a complex kidnapping plot.”


Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Deborah-anne | 11/30/2013

    " This was an exciting read. It was written from two perspectives that of the captured man in the third person and in the first person by his son who sets out to pay the ransom and rescue him. This made it an it an exciting listen, especially with George Guidall reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Robin | 11/15/2013

    " a fast paced novel about a kidnapping in Columbia. interesting and believable "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Angi | 9/29/2013

    " Did not even finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Bette Collins | 9/29/2013

    " The narrator rather spoilt what suspect would have been a good read on paper. "

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About the Author
Author James Grippando

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author with more than twenty books to his credit, including those in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max, who has no idea he’s a dog.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.