The Driver

  • by Hart Hanson
  • Narrated by Ari Fliakos
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the TV show Bones comes a "riveting, smart and funny" (Harlan Coben) debut thriller.
"Everything a great thriller should be - always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page." (Scott Turow)
Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before - he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter - and he knows to listen carefully.
Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards - and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.


What the Critics Say

"The Driver has it all - crisp dialogue, complex characters, and a plot that zips at breathtaking speed." (Kathy Reichs)
"The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving - all on the same page." (T. Jefferson Parker)


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Customer Reviews

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If you could sum up The Driver in three words, what would they be?

I was really surprised. Great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character and Lucky.

Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh, I love Ari Fliakos!

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


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- Trista

Clever, Fast Paced, and Fun

What made the experience of listening to The Driver the most enjoyable?

Former Army Special Ops Sergeant Michael Skellig owns a limo company, in part to hire wounded veterans. They include a paranoid mechanic, a legless dispatcher, and an Afghan interpretor he smuggled illegally into the States. They each suffer severely from Post Tramatic Stress. Together, much like Baldacci's Camel Club, they make a formidable and endearing team.

If you’ve listened to books by Hart Hanson before, how does this one compare?

This is my first. It is fast and fun, so I intend to listen to more from him.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with Michael and Delilah, the detective. Their banter was funny and smoldering in sexual tension.

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

I did listen in one day!

Any additional comments?

Ari Fliakos' narration was outstanding.

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- Charles Atkinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio