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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Doetsch Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780743598538
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Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of his wife Julia’s murder. He knows she’s dead; he saw her bloody corpse. But he’s innocent.

  

At 9 p.m. on July 28, a gray-haired gentleman gives Nick a talisman, allowing him to go back in time, one hour at a time, for a total of twelve hours. With each hour that Nick travels, he finds more clues to the identity of Julia’s real killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past may have unexpected repercussions in the future. If he hasn’t set things right by the thirteenth hour, all will be lost and all his good intentions of saving Julia’s life may lead to a far greater catastrophe than he could have imagined.

A surprising and utterly original thriller blending a dash of fantasy with page-turning suspense, The 13th Hour is pure entertainment—full of double-crosses, cliffhangers, and surprises.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What an innovative concept—a thriller in reverse. Brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed. Fresh, exciting, bristling with originality. I only wish I had thought of it first.” 

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • What an innovative concept -- a thriller in reverse. Brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed. Fresh, exciting, bristling with originality. I only wish I had thought of it first. Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit
  • The 13th Hour explodes out of the box with pace, verve, intrigue, and an ingenious premise—a breathless race to stop a murder that has already taken place.” 

    Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Readers will enjoy the clever razzle-dazzle of a story whose parts fit together like clockwork.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dennis Boutsikaris is an excellent choice to deliver Richard Doetsch’s thriller…The pace builds with every passing hour, and Boutsikaris successfully employs his narrative skills to deliver the tension and drama. Between Doetsch’s writing and Boutsikaris’ performance, the listener will find it difficult to stop listening.” 

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Thrilling. A quick read. A man is given a chance to go back one hour at a time to find clues to prevent his wife from bring murdered. Although each decision Nick makes in each time travel affects the future and outcome, the author doesn't really go into how it is doing that. A fun paced story. I will probably try another book from this author. I could do without the language. At one point, one of the characters mocks another for the poor vocabulary he is using. I thought the author should take his own advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 2/15/2014

    " This novel is a fresh addition to the Time Travel Genre. The book opens with the lead character, Nick Quinn, being interrogated by the police for the brutal murder of his wife. Quinn didn't do it, most of the police force is crooked, and involved in a multi-million dollar home invasion, and the crash of a commercial jet liner is also woven into the plot. And, next we learn that Quinn is in possession of a watch which allows him to relive the last twelve hours-running backwards, one hour at a time. He has twelve hours to change the course of history, and save his wife's life. The novel begins with Chapter 12, and finishes with Chapter 1. All kinds of possible histories are uncovered, explored, and avoided, yet no serious breaches of, "The Time Continuum Conundrum" are violated, but unfortunately, we never find out how that watch came to be. At times the book gets a bit confusing, but I guess that is the nature of these kinds of tales. According to the author's website this novel will be made into a film, and I am anxious to see if they can pull it off successfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 2/11/2014

    " I really give it a 3.5 rating. The plot is interesting, but the story is a bit prolonged and could use more intrigue to spice it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angierob19 | 2/6/2014

    " It was hard to put this book down. It was a great thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Gooding | 1/28/2014

    " I absolutley loved this book. It has definitely moved into my Top 5 Favorite books. This book kept me turning the pages. It's been a LONG time since I read a book so good I finished in 1.5 days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting take on a mystery and murder of a man who has the opportunity to save his wife with a special watch that allows him (as long as it stays in his possession) to go back for 12 hours in time, one hour at a time. Also interesting is how the decisions and changes he makes one hour back at a time, plays out in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 1/9/2014

    " Great thriller! Such a concept of writing the chapters backwards, I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Adkins | 1/5/2014

    " Amazing book. Big recommendation from me. Everyone should read it, keeps you on the edge of your seat. "

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

    " I loved the unusual concept of going back in time hour by hour--Nick has to figure out how to save his wife by reliving the previous hours before her brutal murder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/4/2014

    " Good premise, pedestrian writer. If they do a movie -- and it's a natural -- hope they hire a good screenwriter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BaiLing | 12/31/2013

    " If...if...what should I have done to get a different "story"? Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Krisko | 12/21/2013

    " A good suspense, murder mystery with a twist. Only objection was one character's vile language. Then again he was a totally vile man! This was a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terron | 12/21/2013

    " I thought it was a very good concept and well told. Fast-paced action, but boring at random parts because of overly dramatic adjectives. I would recommend to anyone who wants a good, mystery and suspense book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/9/2013

    " This was a different take on time travel. I really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this story unfold--for lack of a better word--backward. It was an interesting concept. There was a bit of language at the beginning and in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ciecirski | 10/25/2013

    " A must read for fans of thrillers and sci-fi "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 9/30/2013

    " Brilliant idea but too repetitious. I would recommend seeing Momento instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Mostert | 4/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed it, great to read a different plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hassan Muhammad | 12/27/2012

    " i really liked it, it is mind thrilling, the concept of going back in time to save someone, or doing the right thing is just an amazing idea, but the point is everyone should believe in his/her fate whether he/she likes it or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/20/2012

    " Interesting concept but predictable. Not particularly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/22/2012

    " I would give this 3.5 stars. It goes backward in time to solve the murder, which is an interesting twist. However I could easily put it down at the end of each chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cleo | 6/27/2012

    " This was a good murder mystery with a time travel twist. Time by the week not by the century. These are my favorite genre of books so I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari Davis | 5/1/2012

    " This was such a great read! I loved it and it kept me guessing the whole time. I loved the character development and I felt like I really knew who the characters were, good and bad. The choices we make today definitely effect the events of the future. There is a little swearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/23/2012

    " At first I wondered about why start at chapter 12, but it sure didn't take long to figure it out. A fast paced story that has enough twists and turns to hold your attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 9/12/2011

    " The thriller element gets 4 stars for me. But I had some issues with the writing, editing, one-dimensional characters and over-the-top sickly sweet Hollywood ending. Click here for my full review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Wagner | 7/6/2011

    " I read this book over a year ago and enjoyed it enough to remember it. Great plot. Thought provoking. Gripping. Quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " Good, not exceptional thriller w/watch that allows him to go back one hour in time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/21/2011

    " Innovative plotting and an engrossing story with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hassan | 3/8/2011

    " i really liked it, it is mind thrilling, the concept of going back in time to save someone, or doing the right thing is just an amazing idea, but the point is everyone should believe in his/her fate whether he/she likes it or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/1/2011

    " I absolutley loved this book. It has definitely moved into my Top 5 Favorite books. This book kept me turning the pages. It's been a LONG time since I read a book so good I finished in 1.5 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/24/2011

    " Nice little change on the whole time travel thing. Pretty clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2011

    " Great premise, starting with chapter 12 and working through the storyline backwards. Had a familiarity of the movie "Groundhog Day", with lots of action to keep the story moving. It actually reads like it could be a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2011

    " This book was totally engaging!!! Keptmy attentionadn I didn't want to put it down. The way you have to start at Chapter 12 and go backwards...amazing! Loved every page turn! "

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About the Author
Author Richard DoetschRichard Doetsch is the international bestselling author of five previous thrillers, including The Thieves of Faith, The Thieves of Heaven, which is currently being developed for film by Twentieth Century Fox, The Thieves of Darkness, which Doetsch is co-adapting with Shane Salerno (Savages, Armageddon, Hawaii Five-0), The 13th Hour, which is being adapted by New Line Cinema, and Half-Past Dawn. Doetsch is a triathlete, adventure racer, and extreme sport enthusiast and lives in New York with his family. Visit RichardDoetsch.com to find out more.
About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.