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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Tony Roberts, Jay O. Sanders Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780060841911
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MURDER IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT.

Chuck Chandler has choked on more than one occasion—first as a pro tennis player at Wimbledon, then as a womanizing coach at posh tennis clubs around the country. Now at Key West’s Old Racquet Club, Chuck gets involved with the wrong married woman—the enticing Clare Carras, married to an enigmatic older man—and soon he is in way over his head.

Enter Tommy Sculley, a retired New York homicide detective who has just joined the Key West force, and his young green partner, Daryl Haynes, who turns out to be smarter than he looks. Up to their necks in an investigation of a bizarre apparent homicide, the two detectives barely keep afloat in murky waters. Events take them from the Florida Keys to Los Angeles and back, as a plot emerges that involves not only the dangerous Clare, but a furious West Coast mob boss determined to get back what is his at any cost. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Woods knows how to keep the narrative pace in overdrive…An entertaining page-turner.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A real page-turner with surprises along the way.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Woods writes a no-frills thriller that moves right along and carries the reader with it…A fast, lively read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers will not be able to put this genre gem down and will probably lend it to several neighbors before returning it.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 2/18/2014

    " Mindless fiction with predictable ending. Always nice for a quick page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/16/2014

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly Zupko | 2/15/2014

    " Probably my second favorite book ever. Dark, twisted, hilarious. Classic Palahniuk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Slavick | 2/15/2014

    " It's a good plot that moves quickly. But Woods' books are all pretty similar: a few twists, similar characters, some sex. A diverting read. "

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

    " another good stuart woods book with plot twists i did not expect "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/31/2014

    " I think that I have to read this one again since it seems to be liked much better by others than I and I hear it is becoming a movie. I think that it is a very male book, so I will attempt to read it from a male perspective. Then I will revise my review and be more in depth in conveying my thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/27/2014

    " Read half way through this book and took a 6 month break before finishing. Still a really good story, especially with the scuba diving parts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom Nittoli | 1/21/2014

    " Not sure how I came across this book and why I own it, but boy is it poorly written. I can't help, but feel Woods' didn't even like the idea and therefore changed directions midway through hoping to liven it up and at the same time keep his campy, un-witty, embarrassing one line ironic conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greer Andjanetta | 1/20/2014

    " An enjoyable mystery about crooks, con men (and women) and frauds in Key West. Woods' stories are always easy to read with interesting characters and locales. A pleasant way to pass some time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/18/2014

    " One of his better stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mhd | 12/10/2013

    " A bit light on content; I predicted the main twist, but not all the ways it got there. Tennis, boats, Key West setting. Not Woods' best, but certainly worth reading. I liked the detective, Tommy Sculley and would like to see him again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 6PeterG | 11/12/2013

    " its Okay so far, its slight boring but i can deal with it !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 10/22/2013

    " I like Stuart Woods because you get what you expect in his books: a good thriller, interesting characters, a tight plot. And Choke was all of this, wrapped up in a tennis background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 9/30/2013

    " Very good; tennis instructor meets lady black widow, lots of twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Deeds | 8/23/2013

    " This was a great short read. I was kept second guessing the entire time and Woods truly provided an ending that I didn't see coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lennie | 7/29/2013

    " A suspense novel that involves a tennis coach set on the beautiful Florida Keys. Despite the fact that there was a surprise in the plot, I thought this book was mediocre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/24/2013

    " Darn.....read the book twice and didn't remember until I registered it. It seemed familiar......oh well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 5/20/2013

    " I 'd give this one a b+ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefani | 4/7/2013

    " A stand alone stuart woods... entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 9/17/2012

    " Started out a little slow. There was a lot of tennis references that threw me off, but it got better and was a great plot with a very interesting ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/5/2012

    " I thought this book had a lot of twists and turns. I'm a tennis fan so this was right up my alley! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 7/23/2012

    " I enjoyed the book. A quick read and I guess I like the scenario of the rich behaving badly and getting caught. The plot is feasible and the scenes are realistic. The characters are interesting if not deep in substance. This book is registered at BOOKCROSSING.COM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 7/8/2012

    " Stuart Woods, while not a major-league writer, can still entertain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 4/15/2012

    " Chuck Chandler is a middle-aged tennis pro who once choked at a critical time at Wimbledon. He is now the pro at a Key West club and lives on a boat. He takes up with a married lady and becomes the number one suspect when her husband dies mysteriously in a diving accident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 4/3/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/10/2012

    " Might of been a good story, but I'll never know... the language got very vulgar and scenes got very sexual right from the start and so I decided to put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/30/2012

    " Not very good. Slow start. Banal plot - but then it is 1995 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/21/2011

    " Moved along quickly. Very entertaining Good mysery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 5/4/2011

    " Pretty good murder mystery with some surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Mcnenly | 12/21/2010

    " not very thought provoking, but no one reads Stuart Woods' books for that reason. It was an entertaining page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 11/30/2010

    " Fun quick read. Just what I needed after Ken Follett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 11/14/2010

    " This was a great short read. I was kept second guessing the entire time and Woods truly provided an ending that I didn't see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekkila | 7/31/2010

    " I have read seveal of his Stone Berrington novels and found them to be quick easy reads. This was a stand alone book with a different hero. I liked it. It was a bit predictable and the beginning was slow, but anyone who wants a quick easy read would most likely enjoy this. I will release this soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 6/25/2010

    " Chuck Chandler is a middle-aged tennis pro who once choked at a critical time at Wimbledon. He is now the pro at a Key West club and lives on a boat. He takes up with a married lady and becomes the number one suspect when her husband dies mysteriously in a diving accident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 5/6/2010

    " Stuart Woods, while not a major-league writer, can still entertain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 10/5/2009

    " Mindless fiction with predictable ending. Always nice for a quick page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/25/2009

    " Very good; tennis instructor meets lady black widow, lots of twists.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 8/17/2009

    " Pretty good murder mystery with some surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/24/2009

    " One of his better stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/24/2009

    " Read half way through this book and took a 6 month break before finishing. Still a really good story, especially with the scuba diving parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lennie | 1/12/2009

    " A suspense novel that involves a tennis coach set on the beautiful Florida Keys. Despite the fact that there was a surprise in the plot, I thought this book was mediocre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/12/2009

    " Quick and easy weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 peggy | 4/7/2008

    " another good stuart woods book with plot twists i did not expect "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly | 3/4/2008

    " Probably my second favorite book ever. Dark, twisted, hilarious. Classic Palahniuk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/27/2007

    " I like Stuart Woods because you get what you expect in his books: a good thriller, interesting characters, a tight plot. And Choke was all of this, wrapped up in a tennis background. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrators

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder.