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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Jordan Narrator: Coleen Marlo, Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Randall Shane Series Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781415934203
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No parent believes it can happen to them–their child taken from a suburban schoolyard in the gentle hours of dusk. But as widowed mother Kate Bickford discovers, everything can change in the blink of an eye. One minute her lanky, amazing, maddening Tommy is begging for ice cream. Then in a terrible instant, he’s gone.

Opening the door to her Connecticut home, hoping to find her son, Kate comes face-to-face with her son’s abductor. He wants money. All she has. And if she doesn’t follow something he calls The Method, the consequences will be gruesome.

Her comfortable life collapses as precious seconds tick by, and Kate is horrified to uncover the terrible, world-shattering secret she and her son share with a killer who will stop at nothing….

In his chilling debut thriller, Chris Jordan takes listeners on an unrelenting, psychologically gripping ride that asks a simple question: When it comes to saving the life of your child, how far would you go? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sondra | 2/20/2014

    " I picked this book, because I thought it was the one that the Liam Neeson movie was made. It isn't, but no regrets! I thought it was a very suspenseful book. It was written well, giving as little information needed to keep you thinking in other directions. I was rather surprised by the entire story! Now, I have to get the other Taken. "

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

    " Not too bad for this genre. I was surprised by some of the twists. Entertaining for an 8 hour car ride. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthy | 2/15/2014

    " Is a story about a mother trying to find her son that has been kidnapped. The story uses 3 p.o.v's mom's, son's, kidnapper's. "

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

    " Engaging psychological thriller. Kept me guessing. Looking forward to more books by this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 1/23/2014

    " This is about what a mother will go through to save her child. The inner strength and the extra sense that she received. A book that you wanted to sit down and start to read and not stop til it was done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/1/2014

    " A thrilling, psychologically disturbing novel about how far a parent will go for their child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo Martin | 12/31/2013

    " The Drama. The book is good, because of the drama. Kate in the story is a very devoted mother willing to risk everything just for the safety of her adopted son. Hail, All mothers! Belated Happy Mother's Day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/30/2013

    " I have to say that this book kept my interest, as a matter of fact I read it in one day. Everytime I put the book down I ended up coming back to see what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 12/23/2013

    " I haven't read anything by this author before. It gripped me straight away. Really great suspense thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/25/2013

    " My favourite books never involve kidnappings where the kidnapped people remain alive. I guessing just a tad morbid that way ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 11/24/2013

    " Another fast paced thriller. Nothing really special about it, but very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/1/2013

    " Wow! Great book. Listened to the audio-book on the way to TX and it was amazing. They had two voice actors that alternated depending on the male or female perspective. Well written and suspenseful :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Peterson | 3/14/2013

    " Pretty slow and overly added in description of how main character is thinking. Lacks action. Quick read though climax marks exact ending of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gareth | 1/30/2013

    " Decent enough book. I enjoyed the plot and the little twist at the end. I would read more of Chris Jordan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/3/2013

    " Definitely a page-turner. I was drawn in right away. I would read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendie | 11/27/2012

    " Another novel about the lengths a mother will go to for her son. Parts of "Taken" are somewhat brutal, since the kidnapper has no qualms about taking out anyone in his way. The reason for the kidnapping isn't apparent until near the end, and it's quite a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Despain | 10/1/2012

    " A bit of a guilty pleasure. The more I read, the more unlikely it became. Began to seem like a movie that goes over the top and you just suspend belief, sit back, and enjoy the escape. A good read on those terms, you the characters are interesting and likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcastro | 6/4/2012

    " A couple of pages had some language I didn't like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariola Clark | 3/22/2012

    " This was an interesting book. It kept me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashli | 9/2/2011

    " It was pretty intense but I didn't like it too much. It wasn't as good as I hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/17/2011

    " So many aspects of this book scared me to death. Every time I thought I'd worked out where the story was going things would change. Skillfully written suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/9/2011

    " Wow! Great book. Listened to the audio-book on the way to TX and it was amazing. They had two voice actors that alternated depending on the male or female perspective. Well written and suspenseful :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/30/2011

    " A thrilling, psychologically disturbing novel about how far a parent will go for their child.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthy | 2/24/2011

    " Is a story about a mother trying to find her son that has been kidnapped. The story uses 3 p.o.v's mom's, son's, kidnapper's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 9/13/2010

    " Pretty slow and overly added in description of how main character is thinking. Lacks action. Quick read though climax marks exact ending of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcastro | 7/15/2010

    " A couple of pages had some language I didn't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 4/20/2010

    " I have to say that this book kept my interest, as a matter of fact I read it in one day. Everytime I put the book down I ended up coming back to see what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 12/29/2009

    " This is about what a mother will go through to save her child. The inner strength and the extra sense that she received. A book that you wanted to sit down and start to read and not stop til it was done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo Martin | 5/23/2009

    " The Drama. The book is good, because of the drama. Kate in the story is a very devoted mother willing to risk everything just for the safety of her adopted son. Hail, All mothers! Belated Happy Mother's Day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 3/23/2009

    " I haven't read anything by this author before. It gripped me straight away. Really great suspense thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/20/2009

    " A bit of a guilty pleasure. The more I read, the more unlikely it became. Began to seem like a movie that goes over the top and you just suspend belief, sit back, and enjoy the escape. A good read on those terms, you the characters are interesting and likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariola | 8/11/2008

    " This was an interesting book. It kept me guessing. "

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About the Author
Chris Jordan is the pseudonym for bestselling author Rodman Phillbrick. Rodman Philbrick is the author of more than a dozen novels for adults and young adults including the critically acclaimed Freak the Mighty, which was made into a major motion picture.
About the Narrators

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly and an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011 and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.