Extended Audio Sample

Download The Lovers: A Thriller Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Lovers: A Thriller Audiobook, by John Connolly Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: Jay O. Sanders Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780743582117
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teenagers. It's a search that will eventually lead Parker to question all that he believed about his beloved parents, and about himself.

But there are other forces at work: a troubled young woman who is running from an unseen threat, one that has already taken the life of her boyfriend; and a journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace, who is conducting an investigation of his own. And haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman who seem driven to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence.

Haunting, lyrical, and impossible to put down, The Lovers is John Connolly at his best.

Compact Disk Includes a Bonus MP3 CD of John Connolly's Every Dead Thing! Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_001803

Quotes & Awards

  • “Bestseller Connolly once again expertly melds a hard-boiled plot with the supernatural.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “There’s the usual frisson of the supernatural woven into this beautifully crafted story, made all the more memorable through Sanders’s considerable talent.” 

    Audiofile

  • “New Connolly readers should suspend disbelief and embrace one of the best crime novelists at work today.”  

    Booklist

  • “Provides all the pleasures fans expect.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/17/2014

    " Definitely a page turner....combination mystrey and ghost story....Different and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/5/2014

    " Didn't inspire me to read another by the same author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Rago | 1/30/2014

    " I loved The Lovers. A dark tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/14/2014

    " Kind of disappointing in comparison to The Book of Lost Things, the only other Connolly book I've read, but then again, this series is a different animal than that book, I think. Taking it standing alone, it was a decent read. I had a bit of trouble figuring out who was whom in the beginning, but once I got into the book, it kept me entertained. Wouldn't read it again, but it was enjoyable while it lasted. I think I'll go back to Connolly's stand-alone novels after this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Brandner | 1/5/2014

    " Just got this in the mail today, four days before it's release date. Can't wait to get started! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/27/2013

    " In the Charlie Parker series, which I love. The paranormal aspect is handled so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Dunbar | 12/12/2013

    " Connolly continues to take this series to new heights. Brilliant man. Brilliant book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca Andriese | 11/25/2013

    " Geez.... and the Great series goes on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 11/18/2013

    " Lots of insight into the raison d'etre of Charlie. Less action than the usual but lots of meaning in the background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anton Roe | 10/17/2013

    " Generally a quirky and interesting book. However the plot was largely situated in previous books (which I've not read). The finale lacked any real depth given the lengthy build up. Not sure I'll be rushing to read another Connolly book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory (Nightwyrm) | 8/16/2013

    " Not an overly complex plot overall, but very well written. Great character definition and scene-building. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rona | 6/5/2013

    " This is the first John Connollly- Charlie Parker book I've read (picked it up at my local library book sale for fifty cents!!)..I am hooked..great, easy, entertaining read.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judee | 12/7/2012

    " I was not expecting the paranormal element in this book. I am becoming a sci-fi fan slowly. This is a Charlie Parker story about his past and parentage. A well-told page turner. It was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 5/18/2012

    " The Lovers coupled with The Black Angel are the best books in the Charlie Parker series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Radley | 5/9/2011

    " A great book by John Connolly; however, it is very slow in the beginning so it takes some effort to turn a page until you get midway through it. By then you are so caught up in the plot and the characters that you can't wait to see what will happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/1/2011

    " I really liked this book. It caught my interest at the beginning, and carried it throughout the story. It is not the best of the Charlie Parker series, but it is well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/27/2011

    " this book is called a thriller it contains a mystery ,, a detective,, and many more thing that make it a thriller such as demons and ghosts. the characters are vwery likeable and interesting..this was a very good read and held my interest very well...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 2/12/2011

    " new to connolly, but i see he has a long list of Charlie Paker novels, so I plan to delve into a few others. a little dark with enough mystery and other worldliness" to keep me intrigued. Hope the next one is as good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/5/2011

    " Very good. As with all the other books in the series, the story kept me reading and interested. And his usual wordiness was not as long winded and was more informational to the story than in earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 1/23/2011

    " Not an overly complex plot overall, but very well written. Great character definition and scene-building. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/19/2011

    " I loved The Lovers. A dark tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xavier | 11/9/2010

    " Charlie Parker investigates his father's suicide. Missed Angel and Louis on this adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/29/2010

    " Super spooky. Loved it! One of my favorite authors.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 9/29/2010

    " Charlie Parker has lost his private investigator's license, so he's spending his time bartending and looking into the death of his father. The grim evil that stalks him rears its ugly head, and Charlie once again gets help from Louis and Angel. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordi | 9/15/2010

    " Charlie Parker segueix sent un dels meus favorits.. Després de "Els homes de la dalla", tornen els fantasmes familiars.

    Magnífic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 8/23/2010

    " I really enjoy reading this series by John Connolly. Love the mix of the supernatural and mystery. Characters are always so well written and the suspense is always taut throughout the stories. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Write faster Mr. Connolly! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author John Connolly

John Connolly studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, and journalism at Dublin City University. He is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker, but is also author of over fourty books and short story collections. Connolly is based in Dublin and divides his time between his native city and the United States.

About the Narrator

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder.