The Taking of Pelham 123

  • by John Godey
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four men seize a New York City subway train and hold its passengers hostage. Their escape would seem inconceivable. Only one thing is certain: they aren't stopping for anything.


What the Critics Say

"Hurtles along like a runaway express train. Harrowing, terrifying, and so, so good." (BusinessWeek)
"This one rates all the adjectives... grippingly suspenseful, chillingly real." (Newsweek)
"A and believable." (New Yorker)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Still Exciting After All These Years

Inspired by the recently released Travolta/Washington film, I redid Pelham after three decades. The work still holds your attention, riveting, compelling. The few anachronisms (no cellphones, no computers, references to Cuban hijackings and Vietnam) do NOT detract from the compact, precise, edge-of-your-seat story. Take Pelham; it's worth it.
Read full review

- Robin


I loved the movie in 1974 so I thought I would try the audiobook. I had only a little time one day to listen, so I thought I would just sample it, give it maybe ten minutes or so. Four hours later I was still sampling.

The reader does a great job of performing this audiobook. He changes his inflection and tone just enough at times to make this compelling mystery even more interesting.

I think it would be a great idea to hear the book prior to seeing the film, and I strongly recommend the 1974 version, which was a compelling experience in its own right. Hearing the book first is a good idea because the 1974 film varies from it at times in some really creative and surprising and exciting ways. I have not seen the new film, but reviews say it is not as good as the earlier one.

Read full review

- Doug

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio