The Interns Handbook: A Thriller Audiobook, by Shane Kuhn Play Audiobook Sample

The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller Audiobook

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Read By: Pete Simonelli Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The John Lago Thrillers Release Date: April 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781442368156

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Longest Chapter Length:

32:06 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

33 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

10:14 minutes

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Publisher Description

John Lago is a hit man. He has some rules for you. And he’s about to break every single one.

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. 

Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it. 

At the ripe old age of almost twenty-five, John Lago is already New York City’s most successful hit man. He’s also an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, clocking eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all the grunt work actual employees are too lazy to do. He was hired to assas­sinate one of the firm’s heavily guarded partners. His internship provides the perfect cover, enabling him to gather intelligence and gain access to pull off a clean, untraceable hit. 

Part confessional, part DIY manual, The Intern’s Handbook chronicles John’s final assignment, a twisted thrill ride in which he is pitted against the toughest—and sexiest—adversary he’s ever faced: Alice, an FBI agent assigned to take down the same law partner he’s been assigned to kill.

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“In most cases, a flat, monotone narration would detract from the listener’s enjoyment of an audiobook, but for this humorous crime caper, it’s calculatingly perfect. Pete Simonelli’s seemingly emotionless approach not only drives home the concept of a ‘handbook’—dry, boring required reading—but it intensifies the humor of Shane Kuhn’s satirical wit. Best of all, Simonelli beautifully captures the essence of the book’s narrator, John Lago. A career assassin, Lago believes himself to be beyond emotion; everything is part of the act. So Simonelli strips the color and dimension to embody a heartless shell. Then he lets the hues seep in as he gives definition to Lago’s self-discovery. The result is entertaining listening.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The Intern’s Handbook is Dexter meets Office Space—the blackest and goriest office comedy you could imagine, with an intern-slash-assassin in the starring role. Shane Kuhn’s debut thriller crackles with dark humor, pyrotechnic action scenes and twists you’ll never see coming. Just like the intern who’s getting ready to snuff you out.”

    — Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
  • “All of the testosterone-bloated wisdom of Tucker Max mixed with the satire of American Psycho.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “An immersive literary experience.”

    — Vogue (UK)
  • “A sexy, darkly comic thriller with cinematic flourishes…Explosively violent and psychologically wily the way a good thriller should be.”

    — New York Daily News
  • “This handbook was made for the multiplex…Faceless and forgettable, an intern’s as invisible as a ninja in fluorescent lights—and, at least in John Lago’s case, just as deadly.”

  • “The wit and humor had me laughing out loud at times; the twists and turns in the plot kept me wondering what was going to happen next.”

    — Coloradoan
  • “Black humor and surprise twists distinguish Kuhn’s highly entertaining debut, which puts a fresh spin on the theme of the hardened criminal planning one last job…Not least of the charms of this likable and energetic, if amoral, character are the amusing swipes he takes at other killers in fiction and film.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Written as John’s handbook of advice for new HR recruits, with interspersed FBI memos, Kuhn’s debut is a prime example of dark and mordant humor in the midst of a fast-moving, suspenseful, action-packed ride. Those who like Dexter will love John.”

    — Booklist
  • “A propulsive, well-written black comedy…Believable dialogue, a whip smart and cynical central character, clever reversals, and an entertaining amount of bone-crunching violence help wrap up this nasty package with a pretty little bow. An entertaining, ferociously violent romp about a morally bankrupt killer trying to find his way home.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “The Intern’s Handbook is Tarantino funny and as tense as a Mexican standoff. Shane Kuhn has written a movie lover’s thriller that’s as entertaining as it is smart.”

    — Daniel Pyper, author of The Demonologist
  • “Being bad is seldom this good. Mercilessly entertaining.”

    — John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends


  • An April 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About Shane Kuhn

Shane Kuhn is a writer, director, and producer with fifteen years of experience working in the entertainment business and advertising. He is one of the original cofounders of the Slamdance Film Festival and is currently cowriting features for Paramount and Fox. He is the author of The Asset, The Intern’s Handbook, optioned for film by Sony Pictures, and Hostile Takeover. He lives and works in Colorado, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

About Pete Simonelli

Pete Simonelli is a writer, audiobook narrator, and vocalist for the band Enablers.