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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James J. Kaufman Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Collectibles Trilogy Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781504676670
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In his award-winning debut novel, James J. Kaufman delivers a gripping and unforgettable story of two strong men from separate worlds—one touched by tragedy, the other by greed—brought together with unexpected results. In chronicling how their lives and those they touch are dramatically changed by their encounter, Kaufman reveals the power of relationships, the nature of love, and ultimately the meaning of life.

“Do what the other fella can’t. Be what the other fella ain’t. And then help the other fella.” Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle’s words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe’s world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

A child of wealth and privilege from New York’s Upper East Side, Preston Wilson harbors a fear of financial failure. When that fear threatens to become reality, Preston tracks down the one attorney who might be able to save him. Joe reluctantly decides to help—but only after extracting a promise that Preston will fulfill an unspecified condition when called upon. Preston, desperate, agrees.

Too soon, Joe calls in his unconventional IOU. The self-absorbed Preston balks when Joe tells him he must meet, earn the trust of, and care for several people. Each of Joe’s collectibles—none of whom Preston would ever want to know—has a serious personal challenge. Can Preston find the integrity to make good on his promise to Joe? Does he have a choice?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No matter how different we are, there are always factors to unite us. The Collectibles tells of two individuals: Joe Hart, an orphan and blue-collar worker, and Preston Wilson, a man who would never have to work a day in his life if he didn’t want to, and the fear of having to makes him have to cut a bargain with Joe. Joe’s return favor, though, is not one that money can simply solve. The Collectibles is a poignant and thoughtful read, highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review (5 stars)

  • “For a debut novel, Mr. Kaufman has outdone himself. This book is nothing short of incredible and extremely heartwarming…an outstanding story…By the end, I was in tears. It drew me in emotionally and just wouldn’t let me go. I felt as if I knew these characters and they had become part of my life.”

    Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

  • “A life-changing, inspirational, heart-wrenching novel.”

    Susan Heim, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family

  • Winner of the Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal
  • A #1 Encore Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2011
  • Finalist for the 2011 Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)
  • An Audible Pick of 10 Books Listeners Are Raving About
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About the Author

James J. Kaufman is the author of the award-winning novel The Collectibles and its sequel, The Concealers. Both books draw heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. Kaufman is an attorney, former judge, and businessman—CEO of the Kaufman Group, Ltd. and chairman of the board of Imaging the World, a nonprofit health care company delivering ultrasound services to Uganda and other underserved populations in an effort to save lives that might otherwise be lost. He is also a proud member of the esteemed Players Club, Gramercy Park, New York City.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.