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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Meltzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Culper Ring Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781607886778
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with a pulse-pounding novel of lies and deception at the highest levels of government.

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living.

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the US government. He has always been the keeper of other people’s stories, never a part of the story himself—until now.

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher’s first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact—a two hundred year old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington—hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret dating back to the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer is a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci.”

    People

  • “Meltzer skillfully shows that conspiracy theories aren’t a modern invention but have been a part of the US government since Washington’s days. The author weaves well-known historical facts with lesser-known details and even humorous mistakes housed in the National Archives…Meltzer spares no historical accuracy in this briskly paced novel.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • The Inner Circle…is a fast, fun thriller. Once the twists start coming, Meltzer proves his prowess with the Washington DC political thriller, and soon it’s impossible to resist the lure of the next page.”

    BookPage

  • “Meltzer is so good.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fascinating look at the hidden treasures of the National Archives.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Scott Brick is the perfect partner to tell the story of a hidden America. His energetic delivery heightens the drama.”

    AudioFile

  • “A fast-moving tale of murder, deception and intrigue linked to George Washington’s Culper Ring and its espionage descendants.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In this political thriller with historical-conspiracy overtones (or perhaps it’s the other way around), Meltzer creates his most engaging protagonist in years…Meltzer teams Beecher with an equally strong character, Clementine Kaye…Meltzer expertly develops the story, throwing in twists and turns at appropriate intervals, and he does an excellent job of putting us in Beecher’s corner and making us care about what happens to him. The story has a surprising and satisfying conclusion, and Meltzer leaves the door wide open for a sequel.”

    Booklist

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karalee | 2/14/2014

    " Brad Meltzer is like David Baldacci's cooler younger brother with a dash of Dan Brown thrown in for flavor. This is one of his best books to date. The story centers on Beecher, a young archivist at the National Archives, who stumbles onto a national security problem (and potentially 200-year-old secret) while trying to impress an old high school flame with a tour of the Archives. What starts as a day filled with hopes for young love becomes an adventure that the quiet, introverted Beecher may not be prepared to handle. One of my favorite things about Meltzer's books is that they are always meticulously researched, whether looking at an insider's view of the Supreme Court in the Tenth Justice or the White House Counsel's Office in First Counsel to this book and the National Archives, the rich details and quirky insider facts add tons of depth and interest to the narrative. Combined with a well-paced plot full of twists and turns, this book really grabs you until the very last sentence. If an occasional snort of disbelief escaped me while reading the book, it certainly didn't stop me from continuing to turn the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin George | 2/14/2014

    " This Book is pretty OK. Brad definitely has a way with story telling. It's almost like a crazy Joyride.. the reader is thrown across the plot, which actually makes the reader put things to together at the same time as the story's protagonist. For the initial hype in the plot, the ending seemed sort of feeble, but was quite an experience reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/12/2014

    " Stayed up past midnight to finish it - a little anticlimactic for the ending but everything was wrapped up. I liked the characters and the pace of the story. makes me want to ake a history refresher course! LOL "

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

    " This story is longer than necessary. There are interesting conspiracy plots , but the main characters are not strong and become distracting. 6 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/1/2014

    " Enjoyed this book immensely! Love the twists and turns of a bit of history along with a puzzle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dia | 1/29/2014

    " This book made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Kept me guessing mostly until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Murphy | 1/18/2014

    " I liked this book, it always keept me thinking, I do wish the end would explain some more but I do think this book will have a sequel. Strongley recomend for those who like thrillers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Fallon | 1/15/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed in this one by Meltzer. Average mystery. Reads like a pilot to a series. It missed the mark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edna | 1/12/2014

    " I read this book mainly for background before jumping to the fifth assassin. Started a little slow and came to find the chapters very human and interesting. At some point I couldn't put it down. Great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Rauber | 12/10/2013

    " An ok read, the plot was interesting but implausible at points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Duncan | 11/8/2013

    " I listened to this book on my iPod while doing my normal weekend chores/cleaning. The weekend flew by! I was captivated from the start. Throughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get my hands on The Fifth Assassin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 10/18/2013

    " A fun read. Not the best written book i have ever read, but I couldn't put it down. Some minor changes ie didn't need to have so many "you don't know who is who" moments. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Ann | 10/18/2013

    " Ooh this was a good one. A quiet and patient archivist encounters secret societies and the good/bad work they are prepared to do to protect the office of the president. This story has many threads that add up to a good yarn! (ha ha) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/10/2013

    " This was a change of pace for me to read a mystery and I enjoyed it so much. Easy read, short chapters, hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 8/21/2013

    " good read... I wish it had more fact in the fiction but was a fun book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Bilodeau | 8/2/2013

    " Good story, but not terribly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 6/27/2013

    " I didn't like the ending very much. I felt there was no closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 3/25/2013

    " Nice political conspiracy novel-an archivist at the National Archives gets involved with secret messages, old documents and a secret group surrounding the President. Good read if you like this type of story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony Pappas | 11/29/2012

    " First time I've read a book by this author, somewhat pleasantly surprised. It is a quick-read with a few twists. I was disappointed with how it abruptly ended, however. This is clearly the start of a series so I guess I'll just have to wait to find out the rest of the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Arnold | 6/12/2012

    " I was a little disappointed, not what I have come to expect from Meltzer. I felt the story was a little slow to develop and the main character was week and indecisive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helaine | 5/22/2012

    " Archive nerdy becomes has the chance to be James Bond in this conspiracy theory who done it. Fun to read and interesting facts about the National Archives and George Washington's loyal inner circle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina Lasco | 4/5/2012

    " It had been a while since I read a book of this genre, which I used to read frequently. I enjoyed reading it (historical facts woven into) but with the hype around it, I expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathe Yorke | 2/20/2012

    " Great read. Reminds me of a Dan Brown novel. A lot of twiats and turns. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 11/19/2011

    " A non stop thriller. The National Archives, the President of the United States, and a secret group that protects the Office of the Presidency. Deception,conspiracy and murder. Twists and turns that leave you guessing until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/29/2011

    " like him alot, not my favorite of his but decent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 6/29/2011

    " Good read until the end. It appears the book is designed to produce a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 6/24/2011

    " A very DC book. Lots about the National Archives, some library talk, and other governmental things that I recognize. From the way it ends, I would not be surprised if he has more ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reba | 6/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book because of the history and conspiracy involved in the plot. I especially enjoyed the fact that a lot of the action takes place in the National Archives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 6/22/2011

    " audio -- secret societies out of the National Archives. Maybe looking for a movie or mini series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/21/2011

    " I haven't read a Meltzer book yet that i haven't enjoyed. I have a tendency to really like authors who have a character i follow. But-----not the case with this author. I can read them in any order!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/21/2011

    " This was a really good book! Interesting journey into the National Archives. Very suspenseful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/16/2011

    " Disappointing ending, confusing plot, and characters that I felt as if I never truly got to "know". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nieca | 6/16/2011

    " Had to pick it up... main character is an archivist at the National Archives. Enjoyed it. Nice suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 6/14/2011

    " This was one of those books that I finished just to see what happened at the end, but prayed the whole time it would end. I could not connect with the main character at all and otherwise the narrator stunk. The only interesting part was that it took place in DC, mostly at the National Archives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greer | 6/12/2011

    " A different sort of mystery story where the chief protagonists are archivists. This generates a different sort of analysis by detectives and affected characters. Informative and readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 6/12/2011

    " Imaginative, twisting plot involving contemporary stages of decades old cover-up of violent episode and a centuries old corps of protectors of the US presidency--but not necessarily its current occupant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/11/2011

    " Fast-paced. Good twists and turns. Read more like a Baldacci than a Meltzer but a fast, enjoyable read nonetheless "

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About the Author
Author Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate, and The Book of Lies. He is also the number one bestselling author of the critically acclaimed comic books Identity Crisis and Justice League of America and is the cocreator of the TV series Jack & Bobby. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.