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A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz.
An insane criminal threatens to destroy a family, and the police are powerless to protect them.
For 14 years convicted rapist Max Cady nursed his hatred for Sam Bowden into an insane passion for revenge. He lived only for the day he would be free - free to track down and destroy the man who had put him behind bars. Murder was merciful compared to what Cady had in mind - and what Cady had in mind was Bowden's innocent and lovely teenaged daughter….
©1957, 1958 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Copyright renewed 1985, 1986 by John D. MacDonald. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"A powerful and frightening story." (The New York Times)
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By Daniel on 09-24-15

Dated But Great

It's made clear early in the book that the story is set on the early 1960s. If you never lived in that culture you won't understand the significance of all the time spent lightning, sharing, picking up putting down, and even smoking cigarettes. Just ignore all that. It's a great story. Enjoy it.

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By Squawkingbeak on 05-03-16

Robert Mitchum is the bad guy

What made the experience of listening to Cape Fear (aka The Executioners) the most enjoyable?

I remember the movie. It was a bit different and a long time ago, but the suspense was there all the way through.

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By Leo on 08-12-15

Chilling

We all know how the story ends, but MacDonald builds the tension until it shreds your nerves.
This book disturbed me. It's been a longtime since I've been able to say that about a book.

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By Dallas Winston 9 on 05-05-17

Sinister Psychopath territory.

Would you listen to Cape Fear (aka The Executioners) again? Why?

Yes, a few years down the line. The story really went for it. I felt for the terrorised family.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cape Fear (aka The Executioners)?

I don't do spoilers!

Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye and Dean Koontz (introduction) ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yeah, solid. The narrator had a classic detective thing going on. His delivery was fluent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I pretty much did. It drifts off a bit in the latter half of the novel, still very interesting and gripping.

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