• Treadmill

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Eric Bryan Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-05-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Stonehouse Productions
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (19 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Cooper is an unhappy man - mind, body, and spirit. In the blink of an eye, he has lost his longstanding job to the economy, his mother to illness, and his wife to her secret lover.
Beaten, broken, and crippled by tragedy, he withdraws into total isolation, narrowing his life down to the simplest of routines in order to block out the pain. His day begins with a strenuous workout at the Bethesda Health Club, his personal oasis where his mind and body can be free, and ends in his tiny apartment, where he escapes from reality with his books until he can lose himself in sleep.
Nothing more, nothing less. That is, until he meets the enigmatic Mike Parrish. Stolen from the hospital as a newborn and passed around from household to household, Parrish has no official identification. To the government and the world at large, he does not exist. He is an anonymous drifter, but also the first person who breaks through Cooper's emotional confinement. Cooper finds solace in his friendship with Parrish, a man who understands his plight and is sympathetic to his pain.
But then Parrish suddenly disappears, leaving Cooper to search for a virtually invisible man. As he looks for clues as intangible as ghosts, and chases leads as fleeting as shadows, his search leads him back to the one place he called his refuge: the Bethesda Health Club. How much can be taken from a man before he has nothing to lose?
©2018 Warren Adler (P)2018 Warren Adler
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 04-11-18

Life is filled with mystery.

Would you listen to Treadmill again? Why?

No not for awhile but it is a good read and worth the time to devote to this story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested ............. it is a unusual story with a unique group of characters.

What about Eric Bryan Moore’s performance did you like?

He brought out the nuance in the various characters.

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

No but I did enjoy the story........... it was a good mystery.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 04-17-18

Gripping!

This dark mystery kept going with so many unexpected twists. I thought the performance by Eric Bryan Moore was stellar. He has such an amazing voice for so many characters and it lends itself to the suspense. I love it when a book twists so that I do not see the ending coming. Kudos to Warren Adler for that. This is definitely an adult book and intended for mature audience with language and situations. Overall I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a standalone listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 04-11-18

No body, no evidence. No evidence, no case.

Life played a cruel trick on Cooper. Within the same month, he lost his mother, his job and his wife told him she was leaving for someone else and did so the next day - taking his trust and his libido with her! An only child, he was not afraid to be alone; in fact, he welcomed it after the unexpected betrayal and he abandoned friends for a solitary apartment and his small library of books. He no longer read the papers or felt part of an ongoing world: he wanted to live entirely in the immediate, unaffected by the changing world around him, he lived frugally on unemployment benefit and joined a cheap gym to concentrate simply on himself.

Then, after six months of working out in the gym alongside another man whose routine there mirrored his own, he and Parish started to talk to each other, tentatively at first, but Parish's story was strangely fascinating.
So begins a new phase in Cooper's life which was to be bizarre, exhilarating, frustrating and terrifying.

Mr.Adler, the author, is still probably best known for his comedy, Wars of the Roses, which was made into a blockbuster film, but he writes in many different genres and this one, though having comedic touches, is far more a mystery thriller but with the main protagonist's psychological contortions foremost. The author is a master wordsmith and character builder and both are clearly evident in this book. Starting slowly, setting the scene for both Cooper and the man ,Parish, the reader is sucked into the strange happenings surrounding the people at the gym.

The narrator was good, with just the right sounding voice for Cooper, the main protagonist. Eric Bryan Moor read with clarity, good cadence and intonation and his voicings of the other character was distinct. A good low key performance as befitted the text.

I have read, and mostly, very much enjoyed numerous of Mr.Adler's books so when I was offered a complimentary copy of Treadmill, with no conditions applied, I accepted with alacrity despite knowing nothing about it other than the title. And I am so glad that I did. It was refreshingly unusual and just a little scary. But above all, it was a rattling good read. Recommended.

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