Extended Audio Sample

Download Billy Straight: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Billy Straight: A Novel Audiobook, by Jonathan Kellerman Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Alexander Adams, Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Petra Connor Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780307576712
Regular Price: $22.50 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $18.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In this riveting, astute, high-tension thriller, the creator of psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware weaves a Dickensian tale of innocence, urban depravity, and the resilience of the human spirit, and brings to the listener one of the most endearing and finely drawn characters in contemporary fiction.

Twelve-year-old Billy Straight—precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral—has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on LA’s meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind.

Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. The victim turns out to be the ex-wife of a television celebrity with a history of domestic violence, and Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention—from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself. As he runs for his life, relying on his native wit and instincts for survival, Billy is also tracked by a potential savior: Petra Connor, a tough, gifted, beautiful LAPD homicide detective with a past of her own.

Breathtakingly paced, Billy Straight brings to life one street kid’s efforts to survive in the face of unspeakable evil. Richly layered, emotionally compelling, and peopled by a vivid cast of supporting characters—including Alex Delaware himself in a strong cameo role—this gripping novel represents one of the century’s great story-tellers at the top of his form.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RAND_002175

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/11/2014

    " As always Jonathan Kellerman is a very polished writer for these stories. Really enjoyed the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 2/9/2014

    " One of his better books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna Doughty | 1/19/2014

    " This is probably Kellerman's best novel. Don't read it if you want a peaceful night's sleep, but if you're looking for well-crafted characters, a suspensful storyline, and lots of twists, this is the book for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smoochys | 1/14/2014

    " this book just wasn't as good as the delaware books, or maybe i was expecting too much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 1/11/2014

    " A good book. Away from Alex Delaware. Well executed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 1/11/2014

    " Another great read & Petra added depth, not sure if I really liked her but glad to have someone new around. I felt for this kid & liked the point of view of a kid that age with serious problems which is a very real problem that is understated these days. Another great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Edquist | 1/10/2014

    " Kellerman does it for me again - lots of twists that keep you guessing to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/4/2014

    " This was an excellent read - edge of your seat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger Smith | 12/14/2013

    " This book was ok. It was not part of his usual Dr. Alex Delaware series. This was about one of the cops, Petra, but I really didn't learn much more about her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz B | 12/4/2013

    " I forgot how much I enjoy Jonathan Kellerman. This is fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 11/28/2013

    " This was an interesting and fast reading thriller with a walk-on by Alex Delaware. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa A | 11/21/2013

    " It's been a few years since I read this book. It was recommended by Theresa, a librarian at Lawrence Library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 11/6/2013

    " The first Jonathan Kellerman book I have read, and it was a page turner, highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 10/29/2013

    " Too earnest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muriel McLemore | 8/27/2013

    " This was another entertaining Kellerman with lots of twists and turns right up to the end. The boy in the novel is endearing and you can't help but love his survival skills in the many incredible situations he finds himself in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni Osborne | 5/5/2013

    " This is a breathtaking novel it kept me riveted till the last page, the story moves very quickly and it is simple to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran Welsh | 4/16/2013

    " Enjoyable. Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 susan funk | 3/26/2013

    " an older book of Kellerman..good psycho thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jes | 11/9/2012

    " Good book. Though reading the book I found that even though it is named "Billy Straight" there was really 2 main characters where there should have only been one. Or the layout could have at least changed a bit so that it wasn't supposed to be about just about Billy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/8/2012

    " An enjoyable mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 9/19/2012

    " Good book. Easy read. Exciting ending and surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 9/3/2012

    " I tried to step out of my comfort zone and read a book like this for book club. What a mistake. I laughed out loud at some of the absurd situations. I thought it was crappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sskous | 6/9/2012

    " another beach read this summer. i really dislike books with children as the protagonist, but this one was quite interesting and a good story, too. kellerman did a good job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 3/20/2012

    " I liked Petra okay, but I didn't love the book as a whole "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/4/2012

    " Not quite as good as the books with Milo, but I still enjoyed it. Kellerman is an excellent writer despite the fact his novels are somewhat cliche. As I said previously, his novels are my guilty pleasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 6/18/2011

    " Pretty good story, I really liked the Billy Straight character. I'd recommend it to fans of the genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 6/12/2011

    " bit slow and boring. didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 5/25/2011

    " Gripping and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 5/16/2011

    " Wow, I read this book twelve years ago! I don't remember details; the only comment that I wrote down was that I liked it a lot and would like to see these characters in another book. I've read a lot of Kellerman and like his style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smoochys | 2/25/2011

    " this book just wasn't as good as the delaware books, or maybe i was expecting too much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindee | 8/2/2010

    " Excellent story told through the alternating voices of three of the main characters. This might be the best Jonathon Kellerman book I have read, not only a thriller, but a thought provoker as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/6/2010

    " This book was ok. It was not part of his usual Dr. Alex Delaware series. This was about one of the cops, Petra, but I really didn't learn much more about her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 2/8/2009

    " This is a breathtaking novel it kept me riveted till the last page, the story moves very quickly and it is simple to read.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2009

    " Billy Straight: A Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (2006) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2009

    " The first chapter didn't really get to me, but once I got past it I was hooked. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he coauthored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and Faye live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

About the Narrators

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.