Those Who Wish Me Dead Audiobook Review

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Review of: Those Who Wish Me Dead Audiobook
Michael Koryta

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On August 14, 2014
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Those Who Wish Me Dead Audiobook

By: Michael Koryta

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff

Published by: Hachette Audio 06/03/2014

Those who wish me dead audiobook cover

The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author.
When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.
The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.
The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

©2014 Michael Koryta (P)2014 Hachette Audio



4.5 stars rating

10 hrs and 30 mins

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Genre: Fiction suspense logo

Those Who Wish Me Dead Audiobook Sample


My Review

I will admit that I knew nothing about this author going into this book. I selected to review this book based pretty much on the narrator, Robert Petkoff, who I love and list in my top five favorite narrators. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. Not knowing what I was getting into, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

We have Jace, a thirteen year old boy, who witness to a murder while outside. His parents chose to send him to a wilderness survival camp for troubled boys under a false identity instead of witness protection. The men who are after him are good, very good. They’ve never left anyone alive before and they don’t plan to start with this boy.

Ethan agrees to take the boy at the request of a former student, who was trying to protect the boy and felt she couldn’t. She said that the men after him were too good. She wants him off the grid and away from cell phones, cameras, etc. Ethan couldn’t say no, knowing that he might be signing the boy’s death warrant.

The hitmen, Jack and Patrick are brothers and are a creepy pair. When they talk to their victims, they do it by talking back and forth to each other instead of talking to the victim. It is chilling to listen to. They are true sociopaths and feel nothing when they kill and tortureto get the information they need.

There are some things that are not completely believable, but for the most part, I thought the story was real enough. The kid was smart, too smart, I don’t think so, but maybe. My biggest thing is you don’t take a person who has severe burns out of a hospital and put them on horseback in the mountains the next day. Also, the horse hasn’t been ridden in months because of a fractured leg. You are not going to get on it and go up into the mountains, with not just one, but two riders.

Overall, I say that the story was extremely suspenseful and I really wanted to make time to listen. Yes, this was a book where I was finding things to clean so I could keep listening. I would say that the narration helped with the story some too. I don’t know if I would’ve liked it as much if I had read versus listening to it.

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Those who Wish Me Dead Audiobook Narration

Did mention that Petkoff is one of my top five favorite narrators ever? This is the first story I’ve listened to where he was narrating something besides Kresley’s Cole Immortals After Dark series. At first, I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing.

Petkoff is great with accents and there are no accents in this story. Then we get to the two hitmen. He really brought their sociopathy to life. The way he had these two talking to each other gave me goosebumps. Once again, he does a great job with women’s voices. You could feel the fear that some of the characters felt throughout the story. Once again, Petkoff nails it. Still one of my top five favorite narrators.

Author Michael Koryta

Author Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta is an American author of contemporary crime and supernatural fiction. His novels have appeared on the The New York Times Best Seller list and received praise from Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.



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Robert Petkoff

Narrator Robert Petkoff

Robert recently starred as King Arthur in the TUTS production of CAMELOT, which ran January -February in 2013.

Robert starred in ANYTHING GOES on Broadway as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a love interest for brassy Reno Sweeney (played by Tony Award winner Sutton Foster), in the Roundabout Theatre production of ANYTHING GOES at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at 124 West 43rd Street in 2012.

Robert performed as Buddy in FOLLIES with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin, which closed on November 13, 2011.


I like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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