I Am Pilgrim

  • by Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by Christopher Ragland
  • 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against timeā€¦and an implacable enemy.
An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.
A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.
Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.
A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.


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What made the experience of listening to I Am Pilgrim the most enjoyable?

The plot twists are good and unexpected. I enjoyed the length because the characters and the plot have plenty of time to develop, and they do! The story is a thriller, and it is thoroughly modern. It had me from page one until the end, and I hope he follows it with another. I like the flawed main characters.

What other book might you compare I Am Pilgrim to and why?

Probably the first Le Carre I read. I was enthralled and thought I was learning a lot about crime and espionage. Who knows if any of it was right, but I believed it. Same here.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the accents and the narration, but particularly liked the voice of the spy "the Whisperer". All of his scenes are nicely whispered.

If you could rename I Am Pilgrim, what would you call it?

Lordy I am not presumptuous enough to re-name someone's life work.

Any additional comments?

READ THIS BOOK. It is one of the best in the "long books that I wish hadn't ended" genre.

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Please let this all be fiction.

Before I downloaded the book, I saw where another reviewer warned that it takes about 9 hours to get into it. That was VERY helpful info. I easily could have put it aside those first hours. I kept at it because of the warning and I'm very glad I did.

Hayes takes his time setting up the characters and the scenario. The first part of the book sounds and feels like non-fiction. It's interesting - because of the history and insight it provides - but it can be a little dry. It really lays a foundation so you can understand what makes people who they are. And then it turns into a rip-roaring page-turner.

I normally don't go for thrillers, but this one is exceptional. There's an expert pacing to everything that keeps you engaged even when there's no action. Hayes has a way of foreshadowing that also keeps the ball rolling. The characters are well formed, flawed and interesting. There's enough history thrown in that sometimes the events feel entirely plausible. Perhaps that's what makes it so engaging - and terrifying.

It all adds up to one thing: this is definitely a credit-worthy summer read.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio