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Publisher's Summary

Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.
When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the 72-year-old Peke - who survived, came to America, and succeeded - must summon his original grit and determination, to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.
Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves, but with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.
©2014 Jonathan Stone (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe Crescenzi on 06-03-14

What a fantastic story... a real treat!

What made the experience of listening to Moving Day the most enjoyable?

The pace of the story was perfect. Within minutes the engine of the story was in full motion and we are immediately immersed in the premise. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. There were some great emotional moments.

Any additional comments?

I literally had zero expectations for this book. To be honest, I didn't even remember pre-ordering it. When I looked on my email in the morning, I saw a notification that my pre-order was available to download. It's been a while since ordering it, so I didn't even remember when or why I ordered it.

Rather than look up the summary, I just started to just listen to it and by then end of the day... I finished it. I couldn't stop. The story grabbed me from the start and I simply had to keep listening at every opportunity I could get.

The premise of the story was simple. An old couple answers the door to find a moving truck ready to take everything they own to their new home. He wasn't expecting them until the next day, but as a senior citizen, he assumed it was his mistake and lets them pack up everything they own into the truck. The next day, the "real" moving crew shows up...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 02-14-15

You Will Love This!

I almost want to stop here. Moving Day was one the best and most unique audio book experiences I have had in years. And ive had quite a few.

A combination of irony, narrative, depth of character, a great story and perfectly timed narration is what makes this so perfect. For example in most of the other 5 star thrillers i am always attracted to the quick witted banter between characters. Here we are treated to a third party narrator taking us deep into the depths of each character. Remember the old Disney movies of real wild life where the only dialogue was the narrator walking you through each scene? Moving Day is something like that, only so much more in depth.

The motivation of the characters and the story itself is revealed through the author's use of irony. I actually word synced this book with kindle so id have it written form. I am just an avid reader, not a critic, but think the use of irony takes this novel from a great thriller to a literary classic.

In virtually every great book Ive read I fall in love with the characters and long for more of the same. That is not the case in Moving Day. I rushed to its conclusion and was as exhausted as I was thrilled. The depth of character was so dark, rich and personal i felt more like a voyer.

This is sure to be a popular movie, perfect for Eastwood or some other agiged superstar. Thats great for Stone, but i think the real thrill is in the reading...or listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
By G on 08-07-14

Different but enthralling

What did you like most about Moving Day?

The development of Stanley Peke from what appeared to be an elderly frail man to one who, when his life and possessions were under threat, drew on all his resources from way back as a young Polish boy escaping the Nazis

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moving Day?

I enjoyed it all but once Nick the Thief decided he wanted the goods back I knew the story would become more of a thriller

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Christopher Lane's performance brought the words alive. He put so much feeling into portraying Peke, and was amazing when describing Peke's confusion between the present day and back in the war

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it certainly didn't make me laugh or cry but it did make me feel sad for Peke's ordeal as a child

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have listened to by Jonathan Stone and I will now look out for any more by him. An entertaining and different type of story with gripping storyline

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