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Chopin Manuscript (Watchlist #1)

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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 manuscript, Middleton will be ac
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Audiobook, 8 pages
Published 2007 by Audible.com
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Chris
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
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Grumpus
Listened to the audio download from [www.audible.com].

Narrated by: Alfred Molina

I loved the concept of this for "audio only" book that was developed by Audible.com. 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
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Sandie
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
Sean Wylie
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
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Angie
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
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Michael
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
Dennis
(If you like classical music and are interested in a plot written by multiple authors you might find this pleasing)........"2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year. 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 manuscript, Middleton wil ...more
Dale
A Review of the Audiobook

The Chopin Manuscript is not really a great story but an interesting premise and veteran actor Alfred Molina ( Frida )does a fantastic job performing this audiobook. This book was given an "Audie Award" (2008 Audiobook of the Year) and that is entirely due to the masterful ability of Molina to mimic accents and create voices for literally dozens of characters. His performance was much better than the material he was given to perform.

The idea behind the story is pretty s
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Kristie Rue
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.
Heike
May 02, 2014 Heike rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: adult
I found the title intriguing, then decided that I would read it when I saw that it was written by 14 different authors, each taking a turn with a chapter. The story was a little disjointed at times, and there were some details that were missed, but, overall, it was well done. I am excited to try this form of narrative writing with my students next year...

The story was interesting, although the characters were not developed well. Having different authors for every chapter made the book hard to pr
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Gyula
It was interesting to see how fifteen different authors worked together to create a novel. In general it went well.

The novel is fast paced, full of actions. Every author did his best to create the right atmosphere and deepen the characterisation.

I enjoyed how authors used clues of others and built on them. Sometimes they had to work hard to fit them in the story but they have managed it. It created many twists and turns.

I had the feeling that some authors overcomplicated the plot. In some cases
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Ron
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"
Jannelle
One of my favorites
Christine
Honestly, the thing that drew me to this book was the concept. I have never read Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Scottoline, Lee Child or any of the other authors who collaborated on this story (although I might try any and all of them now). I was interested to see what it was about only from a concept perspective, while hoping that it wasn't so gory and violent that I would cringe at the thoughts of finishing it.

Fortunately, it was neither gory nor overly violent. I wouldn't recommend it for younger than
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Julie
Did you ever play that game where one person starts a story and at a critical point, passes the role of storyteller onto the next person to finish? Well The Chopin Manuscript is just that type of book. The first chapter is written by best selling mystery author Jeffery Deaver. He sets up the overall plot, main characters, and passes it on. In all, 14 different mystery authors each get 1 chapter in this book, with Jeffery Deaver having the difficult task of tying everything up in the final 2 chap ...more
Nicole
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
Rachel
I had hoped for more from this novel idea - a serial audiobook: a book specifically written with its audio performance in mind. Some chapters are stronger than others, and that is clear to even the least discerning of readers. At times, certain authors seemed to hijack the plotline, giving it desperate twists or details that seemed aberrant or unprecedented. The characterization of our hero in the second chapter especially stood out to me as an example of such, as did the addition of MT Connelly ...more
JC
The way that this book was written was what really made me interested in reading/listening to it (I found it through the Audie awards for being a well read audio book). Basically, John Deaver wrote the first chapter, handed it off to the next author who then wrote a chapter who then handed it off to the next author. 15 top thriller writers wrote a chapter and then Deaver brought it all together at the end. To be honest, considering the fact that 15 different authors wrote a chapter, the book cam ...more
Jennifer
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Sindie
I enjoyed the "serial thriller". The story hangs together pretty well. I really liked the idea of these authors collaborating without actually collaborating. In an interview I heard, one of the authors described this as an experiment in 'the ultimate power with no responsibility' because they can setup characters and plot possibilities without having to tying up the loose ends in the final chapter. I'm sure this was very fun for the authors to write.
Chris
This audiobook was written by 15 different thriller writers, most of whom any thriller reader has probably read. Jeffrey Deaver set the stage with the first chapter and then passed it on to the next author and so on and so on. Deaver knew he would be writing the final chapters as well. So, even though he may have had an idea where he wanted the story to go, any of the intervening authors could completely throw the plot off track, or kill off a vital character. It was also written specifically fo ...more
Renee
Nov 13, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any thriller lovers
I was initially intrigued by the experimental nature of this work, written in serial style by a battery of thriller writers and specifically designed as an audio book. As stories go, this is a creative one, with many twists and turns and a fast-paced plot. It was wonderful on audio book, especially so because of the musical interludes that are built in at the beginning and end of each chapter. Narrator Alfred Molina's rich voice is an added treat.

I had expected that the differences between the w
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Erin
I don't usually read action/espionage/thriller books, so this was a bit different for me. I was drawn to it by both the title (I adore Chopin) and the premise: each chapter is written by a different author. A real-life application of the old creative writing exercise of "you write a sentence/paragraph, and pass it on."

An interesting exercise creatively, but not the best for maintaining continuity in writing or plot, I'm afraid. There were a few too many characters and story lines to keep track o
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Jenn
This was a fun concept. Audible.com produced this book in a serial form. I think that 15 different authors were involved, each writing one chapter (Jeffrey Deaver wrote 3). Each Tuesday two or three chapters would be available to download. It was an exciting way to read a book. Even though each time I would struggle a tiny bit to remember where we were and which character was which. But it was fun to have those cliff-hangers and know you couldn't find out what happened until the next week.

There
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Emily Flury
As a school teacher, I was intrigued by the way this book was crafted. With my students, i have created stories where one person starts the story and the plot is passed around until everyone has contributed something to the story. With this novel, I had trouble following this story at times. I had difficulty understanding what theme to focus on and embrace in order to better predict what will or should happen next. While there was a twist ending, I did experience the surprise because I did not r ...more
Carol
OK, first this was more than 8 pages folks. :) I picked this book up in the library and was fascinated by this concept of a serial novel written by several different authors, none of whom I'd read before. It was pretty good and did have lots of action. The characters were interesting, although at times it was a bit hard to follow with so many players coming from different angles. As you might imagine, the downside to having a dozen or so authors try to write a book together like this, from chapt ...more
Kirt
Beginning and ending by Deaver. Intervening chapters are by other authors. Generally, an interesting and smooth story line. The end result of the project included a little awkwardness because some of the authors had a distinct propensity for potty-mouth dialog and adult treatment, while others were more family friendly.
Kaye
I listened to this in my car on Audible Books. It's an entertaining thriller. The most interesting aspect of it is that the opening chapter was written by Jeffery Deaver. The next 15 chapters were each written by different mystery/thriller authors. The final chapter was by Deaver.

It worked remarkably well. I realized the story was coming to a close but that I still had another CD to play. I was pleasantly surprised that there was an interview with Deaver and 2 other authors to discuss the proces
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Shirley Klooster
An intense mystery, each chapter written by a different author with Jeffery Deaver setting up the characters in first chapter and ending the story in the last chapter. Interesting to learn how music played a part in the search to find stolen objects during the war.
Deb
Collaborative novels aren't always the best idea...but this one does an admirable job of weaving a tale of suspense with many twists and turns.[return]The tale centers around a manuscript supposedly composed by Fredric Chopin. Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton comes across this manuscript--and almost immediately also comes across the dead bodies of those who got in the way of the unknown assassins who are willing to kill for it. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mys ...more
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
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