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The Chopin Manuscript (Harold Middleton #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  1,441 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
LENGTH -- 7 hrs and 34 mins

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.
Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manus
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 8 pages
Published November 2007 by Audible, Inc. and International Thriller Writers (first published 2007)
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Aug 12, 2014 Grumpus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Listened to the audio download from [].

Narrated by: Alfred Molina

I loved the concept of this for "audio only" book that was developed by There were 15 writers each writing a chapter without knowing how the project will end. Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first chapter to start it off as well as the last two to bring it all together. I was very pleased the way all the details were wrapped up in a cogent manner. I have to admit, based on this one chapter per author concept, I
Sep 21, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was a unique and amazing idea. I only heard about this originally through a posting on Jeffery Deaver's web site. I was so excited to see a collection of top mystery writers contribute to this story in weekly increments. Since I didn't have an audible subscription I was sadly left out. About a year later it came to CD and I was elated to get the chance to give this a read.

The plot of this serial thriller is that a Chopin manuscript is found and there is a question as to the integrity
Sean Wylie
Jul 12, 2011 Sean Wylie rated it it was ok
Weird concept where each of about a dozen writers write 1 chapter of the book. At the half way point and there are WAY too many story lines. Basically 6 different 1st chapters. Hope the next authors are amazing at bringing them together. Otherwise this will be a FAIL

Well got to the end and it was OK. IT was Jeffery Deaver idea and therefore he wrote the first and last chapters. Well the other writers got so deep into sub-plots that Jeffery had to write 2 final chapters and was forced to accelera
Aug 04, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok
Just listened to this as an e-book read excellently by Alfred Molina. I'm not a Jeffrey Deaver fan but I was intriqued due to the concept of the story beginning/end being written bt Jeffrey Deaver and each chapter in between written by another well known mystery/crime writer (eg. Lee child, Lisa Scottoline). The story plot seemed interesting at first ( a war crimes investigator chasing down a famous music manuscript which had been hidden by the Nazi's and re-emerged in modern day Kosovo. It supp ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book

The premise for this book created a two-level thriller. First, award-winning writer Jeffrey Deaver wrote the first chapter of an international thriller, challenged 14 colleagues to continue the story a chapter at a time, and assumed the ultimate challenge himself of tying up all the loose ends in the final chapters. The complicated plot (details in the product description) winds around the globe with munificent mayhem and bountiful betrayals before settling in the Baltimore-Washington ar
C. Scott Kippen
Not bad, not great. An interesting read/listen in that it is a serial novel written by 15 authors. It kept me going, but the plot development ultimately fails in the end. The lack of a lead plotter and each writer just following the previous author made the denouement for this novel to be to quick and too neat. It just felt ended as opposed to working its way there.
Finally had an opportunity to settle down and listen to THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT without interruption. The concept of having fifteen different writers collaborate on the creation of a single book is certainly an unconventional and unique undertaking. I personally would judge the results as a qualified success. There are so many twists and turns in the story, some relevant and some questionable, and so many different characters and story lines to follow (each author creates his/her own story within ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This book, with 14 of its chapters written by 14 different authors without a predetermined plot, was an interesting attempt to do something new (newish?) and fun, but the result wasn't really up to the standards of a book worth buying. The book suffered from being 95% action and 5% character, not surprising since who wants to be the author that doesn't actually move the story forward. That wasn't the only flaw, though. Authors were not always careful in their reading of what came before, and det ...more
Kristie Rue
Jun 21, 2013 Kristie Rue rated it liked it
This book is extraordinary in that each chapter is written by a different author - excepting the first and last chapters which were written by Jeffery Deavers. The musical aspects which were worked into the book made it somewhat more appealing for musician's. It was an action packed thriller - too violent for my taste. My husband and I listened to an Audible recording during recent travels. In as much as he has a great appreciation for the action packed/thriller genre.
Nov 13, 2015 Amgirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: deaver
Zajímavý počin, kdy Jeffery Deaver napsal první a poslední dvě kapitoly, zatímco ty ostatní sepsalo 14 jiných autorů detektivek. Lehce jiné styly kapitol dodaly knize hezkou rozmanitost a dokonce i množství zvratů bylo únosné :). S těma to mám pocit Deaver poslední dobou krapet už přehání :).
Apr 13, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
An action packed thriller with different authors writing each chapter.
A great "progressive story".
I read it as part of a two story book called the "Watch list"
Aug 19, 2016 Madeleine rated it liked it
Sep 03, 2014 Jannelle rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites
Ashima Jain
Nov 18, 2016 Ashima Jain rated it it was amazing
I learnt about this book from a post on Joseph Finder's facebook page a few months ago and was eager to read it. In addition to the concept of collaborative writing, I was intrigued with how a musical manuscript was a key character.
The plot moves beautifully between chapters, each penned by a different writer, to reveal a masterful thriller.
Alfred Molina's narration enthrals you as he adds character to each player. You soon learn to identify every one of them just by his voice.
A superb choice
Nov 04, 2016 Steve rated it it was amazing
This was a lot of fun! Fifteen different authors each writing a single chapter (Jeffrey Deaver wrote two - first and last), with no idea how the story was to proceed. That means they took what was written, built upon it, then passed it on to the next.

One of the most fascinating things about this project was the vast differences between the authors, in tone, writing style, and direction. At the end of the book, there's a great interview with several of the authors explaining the process and thei
Christine B.
Dec 19, 2016 Christine B. rated it liked it
Fifteen or so mystery/thriller writers came together and each wrote a chapter of a book. I like the idea of such a collaboration, but the book itself was just okay. Entertaining enough, but the characters were all pretty one-dimensional and the plot wasn't very hard to figure out. Also, they added music between every chapter AND sometimes at 'exciting' points in the plot, which I find really, really annoying in an audiobook. That was almost enough to get me to drop it down to two stars.
Dec 06, 2016 Tania rated it really liked it
An interesting experiment in which a mystery/thriller writer writes the first chapter of this book, sends it to another author who writes the second, then it is forwarded on to a third for the third chapter, and so on until it returns to the first author for the last chapter. I thought I was well read, but I had not heard of many of these authors. I am sure it is my deficit - not their lack of status. It ended up being an nice little story, but I don't know how long it will stay with me.
Oct 27, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it
Intriguing book. Seamless tale spun with the input of 15 different bestselling authors. I enjoyed Harry Middleton, Charlie and Felicia. I look forward to seeing these characters again. I hope to see these authors collaborate again.
Dec 16, 2016 Bill rated it it was amazing
Excellent collaboration by a group of master storytellers. Many twists and turns in this story for the reader to enjoy! I was hesitant at first given the multiple writers, but the company succeeded in creating a compelling narrative which was quite enjoyable.
Oct 24, 2016 Lucile rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Great book with an interesting format. The book was written by several authors taking turns with chapters. Originally produced as an Audible serial without pre-planning. I really enjoyed this thriller and the accompanying music!
Tony Moore
Nov 11, 2016 Tony Moore rated it did not like it
Aweful and hard to follow.
Oct 13, 2016 Jana rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The concept for this book was silly as was the way it was constructed: each chapter written by a different mystery writer. It was full of twists and turns, ups and downs, that as an audiobook was a little hard to follow but kinda worked. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great. It was ok listening while painting, the usual evil bad guys, good guys plus a hidden secret message and valuable musical manuscript all the bad guys are killing to get.
Oct 14, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it
Good book. Part of the enjoyment is the format. Deaver did a great job setting it up in the 1st chapter & then bringing it all together in the last chapter. Who says too many cooks soil the pot?! I would definitely read another book with multiple cooks like this one.
Oct 11, 2016 Howard rated it really liked it
The most amazing thing about this book is that you can see the authors setting up for the next: "Ha! What happens if I introduce THAT?" Great plot, lots of twists, give it a listen.
I'm not familiar with any of the authors in this collaboration, but I know the names--heard of them before as popular crime thriller/action/mystery writers. I thought the project was an interesting one.

The concept seemed created as any typical action thriller, maybe made-for-movie entertainment. I didn't find anything overly unique about the story line or the characters, but the book was as enjoyable as any action movie I've seen in the past. It probably helps a little bit that I listened to the
Oct 07, 2016 Sonny rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this!
Oct 06, 2016 Lotti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-in-2016
Te ingewikkeld en een beetje onwaarschijnlijk.
Nov 19, 2016 Cyn rated it really liked it
Well this was different. I liked hearing a chapter from different writers and now I know what authors I will choose from in the near future. I liked the story, but I know I would have liked it better if the first author had written the whole thing. As a writer and an avid reader I really enjoyed this book more from a curiosity perspective than a good read. I ended up liking some of the characters even though there wasn't much of an in-depth look at any character in particular. I would recommend ...more
Sep 22, 2016 Samyann rated it it was ok
The Chopin Manuscript - multiple authors. Released in 2007, 7.5 hours of listening. Harry Middleton and the “Volunteers” are introduced in a mystery involving a newly discovered Chopin manuscript. The ‘Volunteers’ is a small group of clandestine good-guys that goes after bad-guys with the aid of alphabet soup named organizations across the world.

The Copper Bracelet - multiple authors. Released in 2009, 8.5 hours in length. A story that starts with a bang: an exploding cell phone and laptop at a
Elaine Jackson
Sep 29, 2016 Elaine Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such fun!!
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