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2.99971264367816 out of 52.99971264367816 out of 52.99971264367816 out of 52.99971264367816 out of 52.99971264367816 out of 5 3.00 (3,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lincoln Child Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781524709358
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Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple—they were Eden’s first perfect match.

A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick—and quiet—investigation into the deaths. Lash’s psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead—by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden—particularly Richard Silver, the company’s brilliant and reclusive founder—has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash’s surprise, deliver on Eden’s promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash’s involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins.

With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, Death Match is Child at his best.

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  • “A fun, twisted psychological ride.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L. Olson | 4/10/2017

    " I've listened to several audio books over the years; however, this version was distracting. Did anyone else find the narration of the story peculiar? At first, I thought it was some form of computer/robotic voice. Later, I wondered if Jack Nicholson was reading it (no). The reader's voice kept me from appreciating the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debby | 2/10/2014

    " For what it is, I suppose this is an okay book. Two couples in different parts of the country appear to have randomly committed suicide. The only link is how they became couples-through a successful, expensive and secretive dating service. A former FBI agent is hired by the dating service to investigate the deaths. Up until the last couple of chapters, I was somewhat entertained. There is nothing taxing about this read. But, I did find myself rolling my eyes at times and I was not at all surprised by the whodunit. Although I enjoy most of this particular author's works, this one didn't live up to my expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 2/9/2014

    " Really fast paced, and takes the "techno-thriller" to a new level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 2/7/2014

    " I had a few problems with this book. First I knew the ending half way through. I kept hoping that there would be a twist at the end and I would be surprised. I wasn't. The second problem was there were too many details. The book just kept going on and on. My final problem was the language. It was a clean book except there was too much swearing. It was too bad because I liked the concept. Eden a couple matching company has two of their "perfect couples" commit suicide. Dr Nash comes in to find out what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/7/2014

    " Good book and interesting premise. Would recommend. "

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

    " I'm giving this 3 stars only because for me personally I figured out what was going on and I'm not sure if that would apply to a lot of other readers. I've watched enough X-Files and other techy-based shows over the years to see it coming. But I still couldn't put it down most of the time and I thought the idea of the way the tech was used was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy Harpe | 1/16/2014

    " Good read. Not one of my favorite L. Child books, but a good read. "

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

    " I usually enjoy the Child-Preston books but this one was just so-so. Recommend for a fast beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Garcia | 1/10/2014

    " Good light read about a computer like match.com who matches up "super" compatible couples and they both end up dying. Good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shalyce | 1/2/2014

    " not my style. techy book...nothing held or grabbed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/1/2014

    " This is an interesting mystery with a complex story and an ending that you start to see, but is not clear until the end. Several interesting "love" stories weave through the book. Child writes different types of mysteries and doesn't follow a simple formula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Clem | 10/10/2013

    " It was a interesting look at a free thinker and the dates he should have had when he was young. Oh and a computer with attachment issues. Great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marek | 10/7/2013

    " Entertaining but I felt it was predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 10/1/2013

    " Um tema interessante, uma escrita que prende, adorei! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 9/27/2013

    " The plot for this book was so unique and creative, I can't help but say it's my favorite Lincoln Child solo book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teddi | 9/27/2013

    " The fantasy, the science and the realism of it has made for one of my favorites. Who says it cant happen? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 8/1/2013

    " Not too exciting.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/23/2013

    " Predictable but still managed to sustain the suspense. He clearly researched the psychology elements fully, which did impress me. Nonetheless, the plot was way too predictable (and overdone in other books, movies, and tv shows) for a higher rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/20/2013

    " Meh. Didn't have to think too much, it held my attention and killed some time, so it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/5/2013

    " A high tech computer finds love matches for people and the computer is selfaware and becomes jealous. I enjoy any books that Lincoln Child writes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margali | 5/22/2013

    " This should have ended up on my "Couldn't finish" list, but I did complete it for some reason. Flat characters and I figured out the real villain about 1/3 of the way in. Stupid book, don't read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Labrador | 3/30/2013

    " 3.5 Stars. Good mystery. Up to Lincoln Child's usual great writing. I just like it better when he is collaborating with his partner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Smith | 3/9/2013

    " This was a filler for me while I wait for one of the books in the Preston/Child Pendergast series to arrive. It was a smart book, but I still prefer the Preston/Child team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/17/2012

    " Lots of language, but a interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/16/2012

    " I loved this book. I listened to the audio version. I know that it wasn't the most believable story and yet, it is scarily close to real life these days. I figured out pretty early on who the murderer was, but I couldn't wait to find out the how and the why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 11/23/2012

    " Unrealistic and predictable story of Eden, a computer based matching service. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrynke | 5/1/2012

    " Just started this one last night! It sucks you in right away! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daman | 3/16/2012

    " Entertaining but not outstanding. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Tauber | 3/1/2012

    " Lincoln Child takes on the ultimate EHarmony company. This book was entirely predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/24/2012

    " Starts out intersting but I got bored with the last third. Nice twist at the last chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/17/2011

    " Really good story about a matchmaking service and a computer that has people killed. Very cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 8/27/2011

    " Although I was not immediately drawn to the topic, I knew it would be good based on the author. It was. Focusing on a matchmaking service, the thriller examines interesting issues such as artifical intelligence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/13/2011

    " I didn't really care for this one, at first, but it grew on me as it went on. The ending dragged a bit, too. Liked it well enough to give 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/9/2011

    " Really good! A little predictable, but nicely done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/20/2011

    " This is an interesting mystery with a complex story and an ending that you start to see, but is not clear until the end. Several interesting "love" stories weave through the book. Child writes different types of mysteries and doesn't follow a simple formula. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/8/2011

    " Perhaps because I'm somewhat a geek, I liked this the best of Lincoln Child's books that I've read to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/7/2011

    " Um tema interessante, uma escrita que prende, adorei! ( Até Que A Morte Não Vos Separe ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisbeth | 1/29/2011

    " Good read, just the kind of story I've been wanting to read after reading Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom. Not nearly as good as those two, though, but still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 1/11/2011

    " ***+ Very inventive premise, well written and plotted. A very interesting and enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaye | 1/5/2011

    " Wow. Lame, lame, lame, with a story that was going a million directions, wrapped up in a predictable but cheap manner by a supercomputer. Bleah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/17/2010

    " This was a really interesting book. It's one of those "I've never read anything by this guy but remember this book" type stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gevera | 11/4/2010

    " The world's most accurate online dating service. The world's smartest AI. Fun for all. "

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About the Author
Author Lincoln Child

Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fever Dream. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.