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2.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 5 2.71 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Richtel Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781415941188
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From New York Times journalist and syndicated comic strip creator Matt Richtel, HOOKED is a visionary thriller for the digital era–and a novel about life, love, and high-tech intrigue on the Left Coast.

When medical journalist Nat Idle narrowly survives an explosion in an Internet café after receiving a mysterious note warning him to leave immediately, he becomes enmeshed in the most dangerous assignment of his life. Nat believes that the handwriting on the lifesaving note belongs to his deceased girlfriend, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist he has been obsessively mourning, and so begins a fevered quest to solve the mystery of his lost love. The journey forces him to confront the underbelly of the digital revolution and question his own sanity.
 
Matt Richtel’s first novel will leave you hooked at the end of every chapter. His thriller about love and other addictions is itself a compulsive reading experience, fueled by adrenaline and suspense and influenced by the pace and attitude of the Internet. It is a tour de force of romance and deception, and a haunting commentary on the impact new addictions are having on our lives. Download and start listening now!

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

    " Was I the only one who knew exactly how this was going to end by the second sentence on page one? I thought not. Its not bad. It's just not terribly original. "

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

    " This book counts among its ancestors 1960's sci-fi like the dark stuff of Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg. Add to that a generous splash of new-millenium techno geek (already dated) and the nonstop action of James Patterson ("Buy this book or I'll be forced to kill Alex Cross"). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amos | 1/28/2014

    " Silly page turner set in beautiful San Francisco. I'm in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Schoenberger | 1/21/2014

    " Better than talking to myself for 8 hours in car. How much better? If I'd had a sock puppet, the two would be dead even. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/15/2014

    " Quick read and interesting. Basically, you get hooked reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Stricker | 1/13/2014

    " this one was pretty boring, slightly confusing, and a bit inconsistent. after a few chapters you see that this is an inexperienced thriller writer, and stop expecting great plot twists. i wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pjsimps1 | 12/28/2013

    " This book was really awful. The plot line was insipid. I cannot believe it actually got published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 12/12/2013

    " Really enjoyed this, even if the story was a bit implausible. Matt's a truly excellent writer, loved the tone, style, humor, romanticism, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 11/29/2013

    " One of the best first chapters I have read. I can see how that chapter got it published. The problem is it goes down hill, steeply, after that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 11/11/2013

    " This was a strange book. While I like noir type of plots, this one was weird. I wonder why I bothered to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 10/18/2013

    " This is great story on how technology can get us into trouble. Suspenseful page turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 christie | 9/21/2013

    " book on CD, so i can't really say I've "read" it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 9/5/2013

    " Too poorly written to read. The review sounded great but was entirely undeserved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isis | 7/5/2013

    " Listened to the audiobook on a long, boring drive, which might have made it seem more interesting than it really was. Holey plot, some inexplicable behavior, a completely nonsensical ending - but okay, it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/27/2013

    " The writing was a little trite in places, but the plot was interesting especially considering our technology-addicted society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/15/2013

    " This was an ok book with an interesting theme - could a deadly disease be transferred via computer to the user? The book kept my interest until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/12/2013

    " very exciting first few pages. Main character escapes an exploding coffee shop. He then goes on to investigate a warning note he got from his supposedly dead ex-girlfriend. Which uncovers a plot about how our electronic devices are becoming addictions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 3/29/2013

    " i enjoyed this mindless thriller, but it wasn't very well written. even though i was interested in the story it was never a page-turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 3/14/2013

    " tech mystery that takes place in san francisco. a little flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amayzun | 3/9/2013

    " The build up was great but the ending was a bit of a let down. Interesting plot with a lot of potential. But could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corey | 3/4/2013

    " I think this book sucked. I honestly could have written a better book. How did this get published? I award this book zero stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/1/2013

    " Loving Matt Richtel's writing. He knows how to set a scene, you can feel the bar, the clink of ice in the glasses. Characters are developed very nicely. Can't say enough great stuff about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Bishop | 12/14/2012

    " unpublicized mystery thriller, with a touch of romance and tech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 6/18/2012

    " Intriguing premise, fun read. If you like techie mysteries, I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Williams | 3/5/2012

    " This was pretty readable but I didn't really enjoy his writing style, and the story line felt a little out of date already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 10/15/2011

    " A light, fun summer thriller with a great main character. Disclaimer: I am thanked in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 9/20/2011

    " This book is not half bad. It has some cool concepts. The second half gets weaker, though. I did not care for the ending but still, the author does some nice things, especially with the initial chapters, and its a fun, fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kmcclanathan | 5/9/2011

    " One word: eh.

    Concept had the ability to be awesome. It fell so flat that I am thrilled I didn't pay full price for this book. Ity was stilted...boring...lacked direction and was all around bad. I do not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 5/7/2011

    " I enjoyed the story and the author's characters. I could feel the angst of the lead character, but it never got syrupy or maudlin. Give it a try! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry | 3/13/2011

    " Preposterous plot with nonstop action but little suspense. I got impatient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/11/2011

    " A thrillride! It went up and down, and you won't know who to trust or believe until the last second. I don't think you can figure it out. But what a satisfying thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amayzun | 12/27/2010

    " The build up was great but the ending was a bit of a let down. Interesting plot with a lot of potential. But could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corey | 10/14/2010

    " I think this book sucked. I honestly could have written a better book. How did this get published? I award this book zero stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/21/2010

    " The writing was a little trite in places, but the plot was interesting especially considering our technology-addicted society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/1/2010

    " Intriguing premise, fun read. If you like techie mysteries, I recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 2/18/2010

    " i enjoyed this mindless thriller, but it wasn't very well written. even though i was interested in the story it was never a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/25/2009

    " unpublicized mystery thriller, with a touch of romance and tech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/28/2009

    " This was an ok book with an interesting theme - could a deadly disease be transferred via computer to the user? The book kept my interest until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 6/13/2009

    " This is great story on how technology can get us into trouble. Suspenseful page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 1/14/2009

    " This book is not half bad. It has some cool concepts. The second half gets weaker, though. I did not care for the ending but still, the author does some nice things, especially with the initial chapters, and its a fun, fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lil | 12/11/2008

    " scary reading - could this be true??? "

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About the Author

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times technology journalist and a novelist. His first book, Hooked, was a critically acclaimed bestseller. His fiction, like his journalism, focuses on the impact of technology on how people live, behave, and love in the twenty-first century. He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his series on distracted driving. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.