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3.00044306601684 out of 53.00044306601684 out of 53.00044306601684 out of 53.00044306601684 out of 53.00044306601684 out of 5 3.00 (2,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342811
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As a small boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, southern community. He grows up and moves on, but he is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. Now, years later, someone is hunting him, targeting his home, his businesses, and his partner, Angel. The instrument of his revenge is Bliss, the most feared of assassins, a lethal killer of killers with a personal vendetta. Hardened by their pasts, Louis and Angel decide to strike back. But when they mysteriously disappear, their friends are forced to band together to find them. They are led by private detective Charlie Parker, a killer himself, a Reaper in waiting...and the harvest is about to begin.

Connolly creates a world where everyone is corrupt, and murderers go unpunished, but betrayals are always avenged. Mesmerizing, terrifying, and transfixing, The Reapers is yet another masterpiece from a proven talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To call this a page-turner is to damn it with faint praise. Veteran crime fans will want to savor every note-perfect word.” 

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  • “John Connolly returns to his Charlie Parker series in this vividly imaginative thriller.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Nunley | 2/7/2014

    " I was given this book by a friend who highly recommended the author and only had this book to lend. So I jumped into the Charlie Parker storyline a ways down the road. The novel did a great job of standing on it's own so I'm really excited to start at the beginning. It was an easy read and Connolly does a great job of building climax with well written action and dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 2/7/2014

    " I just finished this one and I loved it! You get more perspective into Angel & Louis than ever before, a little less Charlie Parker. But a very good novel. Lots of violence, but if you can handle that, then highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 2/5/2014

    " This one, shifting to Angel and Louis, was kind of lame. Reread date 10-12-12. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2014

    " was really hard to get into but I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Rhee | 12/30/2013

    " "The Reapers" is a slight departure for John Connolly, whose main protagonist, Charlie Parker, P.I., takes a backseat in this one in order to showcase one of Parker's enigmatic partners, Louis, a tough Southern black killer-for-hire. Louis (pronounced "Loo-ee", like the French King) is a fascinating character, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that he is gay. He's actually part of a two-man crew of hired killers. His lover, Angel, is also a hit-man. They met and fell in love in prison, and they have been together ever since. Angel, not to be too cliche, completes Louis. He provides a balance of calm and peace to Louis's tumultuous, violent soul. In this book, we find out more about Louis's dark past: his father was an outspoken black man living in the Far South, who got "too uppity" with the wrong people one night and was subsequently lynched and set on fire. Louis is still haunted by his father's ghost (metaphorically AND literally), which he calls "The Burning Man". Louis's rage at his father's murder set him on the course that led him to become the violent killer he is. He has learned to control that rage somewhat, but he has many regrets of things in his past. One of those regrets has returned with a vengeance. One of Louis's early "hits", a vicious killer ironically named Bliss, is, it turns out, very much alive and well. He has spent nearly 30 years planning the perfect revenge: the murder of every single person Louis loves. Fortunately, Louis had long ago put protective measures in place to prevent such an attempt. Unfortunately, Bliss has hired a spectacular crew of killers, calling themselves "Reapers". Louis, along with the help of Angel, Parker, and his own eclectic crew of Reapers, must find and kill Bliss before he can find Louis. Bliss, however, has had almost 30 years to plan this out. As always, Connolly has written another dark and disturbing tale that is as beautifully written as it is bloody and ultra-violent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 12/29/2013

    " Hard to keep my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arfi | 12/15/2013

    " I love to actually 'see' the men behind the guns closely. Louis is as dangerous as he seems to be. Angel does the same. Great plots! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Primadonna | 9/1/2013

    " I wish he'd tell me more about The Reapers, organization, training and such. But it was okay and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 8/24/2013

    " Violent. The premise is intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 8/21/2013

    " I'm not big into action/mystery/adventures, but I could not put this book down. Amazing characters and crazy plot twists that somehow Connolly convinces you to believe in. I mean, who doesn't love a gay assassin couple? A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rajit | 5/26/2013

    " Disappointing. The supernatural element contained in previous books in the series was downplayed and the plot seemed like filler; as if JC couldn't think of a good Parker story to write so decide to kill time by exploring Louis backstory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda Cantwell | 1/8/2013

    " I always loved reading these, can't wait to see what the characters are up to next "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Pearson | 10/31/2012

    " This was a pretty good book, but I was very impressed with the writing. Connolly has a way with words that makes me, as an author, feel somewhat inadequate. His prose is incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 7/18/2012

    " I love the way Connolly writes, but this had a few too many useless killings for my liking. I guess the title should have given me a clue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/10/2012

    " Just the right amount of creapy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 10/31/2011

    " not as good as his other stuff "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Holt | 10/14/2011

    " The Reapers: A Thriller by John Connolly (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 5/24/2011

    " As always, John Connolly's writing is impeccable. His other books easily rate five stars; this one was less only because it was almost solely about Louis and Angel, and I don't find them nearly as interesting as Parker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 5/15/2011

    " I always loved reading these, can't wait to see what the characters are up to next "

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

    " Beginning was slow which made it difficult to get into the story. Now I am enjoying the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bridgette | 2/13/2011

    " totally did not enjoy reading it, it did not get my attention in the first chapter. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/20/2010

    " This was a pretty good book, but I was very impressed with the writing. Connolly has a way with words that makes me, as an author, feel somewhat inadequate. His prose is incredible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pieta | 3/7/2010

    " Actually, I did not finish this one. It's strange, unengaging, not worth the effort. "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.