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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross Narrator: Billy Campbell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Working as a lifeguard in a posh Florida resort, Ned Kelley finds the woman of his dreams. The only thing he needs is money. So when his friends offer to cut him into a deal that promises $1,000,000 each, how can he turn it down? The plan is simple: a fast break-and-enter to grab paintings from a rich collector. But on the night of the heist, they’re double-crossed. Worse, Ned’s friends are brutally executed. Now he’s the prime target of both the FBI and the killers. With no one to trust, Ned must dodge the authorities and the vicious killers in a desperate effort to avenge his friends and clear his name.

Written with the astonishing velocity and hairs breadth plotting that only James Patterson can master, Lifeguard is the wildest thriller yet from “one of America’s most influential authors” (New York Times).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A twisty story that will engage the interest of beach-goers everywhere.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Once again, the indefatigable James Patterson delivers.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Don’t be fooled by the title of Patterson’s latest thrilling yarn—the action goes far beyond the beach…Packing all the punches readers have come to expect from Patterson’s books, this one delivers at every turn.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Lifeguard is a fast-paced page-turner…If this is representative of his usual work, then he has just won himself a new fan.”


  • “Sexy, action-packed, with danger around every corner, this book engages listeners from the first moment. Billy Campbell heightens the tension with his pacing as he easily takes on the persona of Ned Kelly, lifeguard, thief, and, ultimately, avenger. Told from the Ned’s point of view, this story has it all: murder, mystery, art theft, romance, police chases, FBI agents, all among the wealthy community of Palm Beach. Campbell makes the listener feel Ned’s emotions as the thief becomes a hero and then tries to impress the girl. Music, along with the occasional sound effects, such as gunshots and motorcycle chases, add to the fun and intrigue.”


  • “Patterson and Gross have come up with an enjoyable thriller, and Billy Campbell is skilled in his presentation of the unique plotting, well-developed characters, and fast-paced action. This will definitely be a hot item in all audio collections.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Megan | 2/15/2014

    " this book was amazing so many twists. a must read book..!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carl Owen | 2/11/2014

    " All I can say is that once again, I was kept on the edge of my seat, real good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl Keck | 2/11/2014

    " Enjoyable book for a fast-paced, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca H | 2/9/2014

    " Patterson is clearly one of the most talented writers ever! I don't think there is a book of his I haven't loved...and they just get better and better! "

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