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Step on a Crack Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Step on a Crack, by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.84 (17,587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge Narrator: John Slattery, Reg Rogers Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Michael Bennett Novels Release Date:
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NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man’s brilliant and cold-blooded scenario—and Bennett gets pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, he is hit with devastating news: after fighting for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he has lost the great love of his life, and faces raising his heartbroken children alone. And he must still somehow rescue thirty-four hostages.

Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and counters everything the NYPD and FBI throw at him with impunity. As the entire world watches, and the tensions build to a searing heat Bennett has to find a way out... or face responsibility for the greatest debacle in history.

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  • “Pop a bowl of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair, and you might finish this combination thriller and tearjerker before the popcorn. Bestseller Patterson and Ledwidge spin a fantastic tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller…As readers rapidly turn the pages to learn how the tense hostage drama plays out, they will also be sympathizing with Michael as he faces the agonizing loss of his wife. Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down, this is a promising start to a potential new series.”


  • “In these post-9/11 days, Ledwidge and Patterson’s scenario seems all too credible. Narrators John Slattery and Reg Rogers create thoroughly believable hostages and hostage-takers and are especially effective voicing the beleaguered cop, hijacker ‘Jack,’ and the reptilian villain, ‘The Neat Man’…Short, intense  chapters make it impossible to stop listening to this well crafted story.”


  • “A James Patterson ticking-time-bomb thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A creative, well-crafted novel…The short chapters (a trademark of Patterson’s), non-stop action, and plot twists will keep readers turning the pages…What sets this thriller apart from most others is the leap-off-the-pages character of Michael Bennett—grieving husband, loving father, and honorable detective. A modern-day hero, for sure.”


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

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Amy | 2/19/2014

    " slow start. thought it would get better, but didn't happen. disappointed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Dcwolfmom2ac | 2/17/2014

    " Another great book by James Patterson! Had a hard time putting this book down. I read this book in one day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Maryann | 2/11/2014

    " Another totally light read. Patterson varies according to his coauthor. This isn't too bad; a new detective named Michael Bennett, a widowed father of 10 (!)so quite a bit of back story, none of which is very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jmolesen | 1/29/2014

    " This book was amazing. Towards the end of the book, you think the bad guys are going to get away with their crime. It's hard to read at times b/c the wife is dying of cancer, but such a nice way to look at things towards the end. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 300 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife and son.