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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Harris Narrator: Roger Rees Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780743569613
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A THRILLER OF POWER, POLITICS, CORRUPTION AND MURDER

 

The role of a ghostwriter is to make his client look good, not to uncover the truth. But what happens when the client is a major political figure, and the truth could change the course of history?

 

Adam Lang, the controversial former prime minister of Britain, is writing his memoirs. But his first ghostwriter dies under shocking circumstances, and his replacement—whose experience lies in portraying aging rock stars and film idols—knows little about Lang’s inner circle. Flown to join Lang in a secure house on the remote shores of Martha’s Vineyard in the depths of winter, cut off from everyone and everything he knows, he comes to realize he should never have taken the job.

 

It’s not just his predecessor’s mysterious death that haunts him, but Adam Lang himself. Deep in Lang’s past are buried shocking secrets…secrets with the power to alter world politics…secrets with the power to kill. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Ghost has got the goods.” 

    Stephen King 

  • “Packed with seduction, power and manipulation.” 

    USA Today 

  • “Harris nicely leavens his cynical tale with gallows humor, and even readers who anticipate the plot’s final twist will admire the author’s artistry in creating an intelligent page-turner that tackles serious issues.”  

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “[Merges] a shrewd indictment of the war in Iraq with a literate, page-turning thriller.” 

    Bookmarks magazine

  • Winner of the 2008 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 2/10/2014

    " Wow, it's everything a book needs to be. Mysterious, fascinating and basically just a really good read! One of the things I love about this book is that you just don't know how how the story goes on, what will happen to the people and especially how it's going to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rtopping, Ray | 2/6/2014

    " This is a British Author book I picked up in London. It is not about ghosts but about a ghost writer that writes biographies for famous individuals. It is a very engaging plot that the book reviews describe as an intellignet thriller. It grabs your interest and keeps yo engaged. Most of the stroy takes place in Martha's Vineyard which is interesting. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/3/2014

    " The writing was fine. Just not interesting enough to keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garnett | 1/21/2014

    " It says a lot about a writer who can turn a boring, dated plot line into a gripping pageturner. I think that this is Robert Harris's worst effort, and I can't wait to read his next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krob | 1/18/2014

    " Story has many twists and turns and is not too creditable anyway. With that said, it is a pretty good yarn. Plot kept you guessing until the end. I listened to it on tape and enjoyed hearing the various plot twists. It kept my interest to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astika Puspaningtyas | 12/24/2013

    " lupa mau review apa..bacanya kapan taun imi.. tp overall bagus, emang genre yang aku suka sih...ga ketebak endingnya.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 12/16/2013

    " I am really enjoying this fast-paced novel that hits too close to home, I'm sure, for Tony Blair and his White House cronies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/23/2013

    " Read this in a single sitting. Robert Harris doesn't ever seem to disappoint. Nice mixture of thriller with political message for today. I especially liked the twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinytextiles | 11/4/2013

    " A most intriguing book and well written book involving ghostwriters, the CIA, the prime minister of England and a host of other interesting people. The author keeps his biggest surprise to the last line---ingenious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 11/2/2013

    " Super book. It was one of Stephen King's picks for the top ten books of 2007, and I believe it deserved that honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjay | 10/26/2013

    " a masterpiece... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christi Barth | 10/22/2013

    " Fantastic - topical, great twists throughout - couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/1/2013

    " Wonderful thriller. Initially I wasn't expecting it to be that type of story but it quickly got my heart racing. The background of the story is apropos to today's political climate. Is is a well written book and I would highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Chachu | 5/15/2013

    " Not so much overt violence, but it is definitely creepy. Martha's Vineyard in the winter: not a very nice place. Not sure whether the author anticipated a movie script though; there seems to be lots of "scenes" which could easily be transformed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrej Mrevlje | 11/10/2012

    " Don't want to read "A Journey" , but this story on T. Blair is fun. So was Polansky's movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 6/2/2012

    " Leest zeer vlot. Boeit van begin tot eind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ttail49 | 4/9/2012

    " A page turner! I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Cottrell | 3/6/2012

    " Harris's best yet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon G. Smith | 2/17/2012

    " Great story. The author obviously has issues with Tony Blair! You will never expect what happens in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 9/8/2011

    " slower than the movie and lacking Pierce Brosnan but still worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 7/28/2011

    " An enjoyable book of plausible fiction. Plausible fiction is a term I use for a plot based on a real life event. In this one it is easy to see that this real life event is based on former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his relationship with the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/25/2011

    " Moves a little too slow. I love Harris' historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " Awesome political intrigue. Had me on the edge of my seat and turning page after page well into the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 5/20/2011

    " Didn't really impress me. Another US President that gets involved in things he shouldn't. The ending also seemed a bit unfinished to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/16/2011

    " Interesting... a good page turner. Obviously, given the genre, far fetched in many ways, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/8/2011

    " Enjoyable read.. I mean "listen" since I heard it during my desert ride on CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/5/2011

    " Very fast moving, thriler, edge of the seat book, etc.
    Recommend this to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darkmond | 4/28/2011

    " I love the film...
    I also prefer the ending in the movie than in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/6/2011

    " Great page turner with a good twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garnett | 4/4/2011

    " It says a lot about a writer who can turn a boring, dated plot line into a gripping pageturner. I think that this is Robert Harris's worst effort, and I can't wait to read his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/4/2011

    " Book upon which the 2010 movie, "The Ghost Writer," starring Ewan McGregor & Pierce Brosnan, was based. Well-written--the movie was very faithful to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 4/3/2011

    " A good action book. A little predictable but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 O.C. | 3/29/2011

    " Tony Blair meets 'the Blair witch.'
    Writer hired to finish bio of ex Brit PM after 1st dies.
    Twists and turns with best left till last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suby | 3/27/2011

    " Well written but lacks the punch! "

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About the Author
Author Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of ten best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, and Dictator. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages.

About the Narrator

Roger Rees, Welsh stage, film, and television actor and, more recently, narrator of audiobooks, is known on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States he received a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Nicholas Nickleby. American TV viewers are familiar with Roger from Cheers, in which he played Robin Colcord. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs, from the L.A. Theatre Works’ production of Lady Windmere’s Fan, to mystery anthologies such as Malice Domestic and thrillers like Pop Goes the Weasel.