Life or Death

  • by Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by John Chancer
  • 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released?
Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?
On the day before Audie is due to be released, he suddenly vanishes. Now everybody is searching for him - the police, FBI, gangsters, and other powerful figures - but Audie isn't running to save his own life. Instead, he's trying to save someone else's.
Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.


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Customer Reviews

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So so bad!

I can't believe ANYONE gave this story anything approaching a decent review or rating!

First off, this is a low rent rip off of the Shawshank Redemption. Right down to the zen white guy who manages to transcend/ help others transcend the inhumanity of prison, and the wise black friend.

This bit of garbage is riddled with cartoonish stereotypes like the corrupt Texas politicians and the bigot who calls Obama by his middle name. It was so clich├ęd, I honestly began to wonder if this author has even researched the American southwest or if everything he wrote is based on old episodes of Nash Bridges!

Seriously, I hate Texas. There are tons of reasons to trash it and its policies, but the attempt at social criticism is hackneyed and juvenile

I cannot emphasize how BAD, SLOPPY, TEDIOUS, and TIME WASTING this book was. Do not believe the good reviews. This book is crap.
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- Najima Rainey

Decent Thriller set in Texas

I have listened to the author's Joseph O'laughlin and have enjoyed them. They are set in England while this is set in Texas. The main character Audie, is serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit. He escaped the day before he is to be released, and the question throughout the book is why. I won't tell you here. The characters are all really good and the criminals are actually much better then the police. It is a good listen and worth the credit.

My only issue is with the narration. It is sometimes choppy with the narrator taking big pauses between sentences. His handling of women's voices is rather weak as well with weird accents and things like lisps. Although this does not detract too much from book since most of the narration is male voices.

If you like the genre of ' " good guy on the run" aka the Jack REacher series you will like this as well.
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- John S "Avid audible listener for over 10 years."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio