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I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 Audiobook

I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Awards 2014: Crime/Thriller Book of the Year

Can you commit the perfect crime?

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a run-down New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race against time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruin on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his god.

This is now the entire audiobook, not in two parts.

©2012 Terry Hayes (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    mumbles 29/08/2016
    mumbles 29/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "heavy on stereotypes"

    An insight into how America sees the world. ignoring the racial stereotypes and dodgy accents this is a reasonably compelling thriller

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 15/02/2016
    Andrew 15/02/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Steam Train"
    Would you listen to I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Starts off with a bang and you’re captured straight away. The mystery of the two stories and how they will combine kept me intrigued the whole time. Then towards the end of the book it comes home like a 'steam train'. I went straight to my laptop to get the second volume as soon as I finished.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia McCra Vic 08/02/2016
    Julia McCra Vic 08/02/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Dissapointed"

    I think this book could have been savagely edited to make one whole book, I started listening to a story about a murder in the US and then I was listening to a story about a terrorist in Iran or one of these type countries I had to rewind because I thought I had missed something and I was really disappointed when I realised it was only half a book and it didn't captivate me enough to want to buy the second book. I think this may have had the potential to be a good book if it was finished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karenza Wynyard, Australia 20/05/2015
    Karenza Wynyard, Australia 20/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Where is this leading?"

    From known to unknown and back again, enough facts to make it real and a story that weaves in and out, Terry Hayes has taken the geo-political reality with which we are familiar and entwined within it a minefield of a murder mystery, a terrorist plot and meticulous, intelligent and intuitive investigators to deliver a non-stop ride. A thriller to lose yourself in. Read it - you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Porter 09/07/2017
    Simon Porter 09/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting"

    Just an awesome story from start to finish. Each chapter leaves you begging for more. Well narrated (apart from a very average Australian accent...I am Australian). I'm sad I've finished it.

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    ROB PRING 24/06/2017
    ROB PRING 24/06/2017
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    "Great story, outstanding narration."

    Found it hard to stop listening. The narrator using distinct character voices was very good and easy to listen to.

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    16/06/2017
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    "Loved it. "

    Clever, entertaining, great narration. I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend it and confident it won't disappoint.

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    Bryan Cairns Auckland New Zealand 07/06/2017
    Bryan Cairns Auckland New Zealand 07/06/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Brilliant story,"

    Brilliant story, superbly read. Well worth getting, very entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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    Leanne Standing 19/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it. kept me listening."

    this book kept me listening and on the edge of my seat. would recommend to anyone who enjoys intriguing stories.

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    Louise 23/01/2017
    Louise 23/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It!"
    Where does I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found the story compelling and it had me surprised at all the twists and turns.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Ragland – was your favourite?

    The Pilgrim - but I felt sorry for his lack of life outside of his missions.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A race against time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tony
    12/01/14
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    "Where is the rest of the story"
    What disappointed you about I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1?

    I feel defrauded. Half a story, and I can't even buy the second half.<br/>I have to go and buy the paperback version now.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Give us the WHOLE book. I'm happy to pay for it, but it's not even available.<br/>Hoe can you release half a book?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Loving the story, Disappointed in Audible


    Any additional comments?

    Warn purchasers that it is only half of the story, and the other half isn't available

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • felicity
    sydney, Australia
    9/01/14
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    "Why is it not the whole book?"
    What disappointed you about I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1?

    Why I was not told it was just half the book, where is the volume 2?


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

    The plot was fantastic, but very sad it stopped when it did. I would like to know when volume 2 is available so I can write the review it deserves.


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

    I don't tend to remember the narrators names, but will keep an ear out for Christopher


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1?

    None, I would just like to listen to volume 2.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know when volume 2 is available and why it has been chopped in half? without revealing this to very loyal customers. I feel a little pissed off as I am very keen to know what happens. He is an Australian author so not quite understanding why it is not all available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    macquarie fields, Australia
    3/01/14
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    "WHERE IS VOLUME 2?"

    Audible should make the buyer aware that only half the book is available to download before they download the first half. Who reads half a book? Its available on the uk site. What, are we expected to sign up there and pay them too? Shoddy service audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Jones
    13/03/17
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    "Gripping storyline"

    Listened to this book over one wet weekend. Once I started listening, I found it impossible to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell Sachs
    28/01/17
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    "Riveting"

    What an amazing book. Riveting from page 1. Made me cry, made me laugh, made my heart race. Didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda Brink
    1/11/16
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the best books I have read! Could not put it down. Highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Huntingspider
    4/08/16
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    "tip top"

    Well written. A great story that keeps you reading on and on for more info.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garth W
    18/01/16
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    "Great story but share Audible frustration"

    Great story but I share other reviewers' frustrations that I bought half a book. I do feel Audible pulled a bit of a fast one by selling what is one book in paperback as 2 separate volumes on Audible. A bit underhanded.
    Regarding story, it is great. There is a strange first person approach by the author. Telling the story as he knows it but providing details that he couldn't possibly have been exposed to. I found that a bit hard to overlook but everything else was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    UK
    6/04/15
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    "Surprisingly bland and cliched"
    What disappointed you about I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1?

    Having read the generally positive reviews about the story, I was surprised at how dull and poorly written it is. This is just my opinion and perhaps I've been spoiled by reading a lot of John le Carre, etc recently (I really wasn't expecting a le Carre style thriller believe me), but I was amazed at the lack of imagination. The plot just feels like a bad action movie, filled with predictable events, endless cliches and cardboard cut-out characters...it came as no surprise when the events of 9/11 surfaced in the plot. It doesn't help that the main character has no discernible personality and continuously references his superior skills. I really wanted to like this book but found so much not to like - the wooden dialogue (which often just serves as exposition), cliched characters (with a long and fairly tedious back story to each one), cliched locations, strongly racist overtones (it's pretty clear the author does not like the middle-east), female characters who always seem to have great cleavage, 'wide, beautiful eyes' and 'a perfectly curved mouth' or some such. After a point I'm afraid I just couldn't listen to anymore. Maybe it gets significantly better later on, but I doubt it was ever going to swing it for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Hayes again?

    Based on this, no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Ragland?

    I did find the narration fairly corny but to be honest it suits the style of the story, so I don't know that anyone else would do a better job. He does a particularly poor job with the female characters though!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation, and boredom at times. There were moments of interest but these were always let down by the poor characterisation.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's unfair that the book is sold in two parts, especially given that it is not a great novel in the first place. That said, I couldn't get through part one anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • glenn
    11/09/14
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    "Predictable page turner"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I doubt it. If they had an exhausting job and wanted to listen to something unchallenging on their way home from work then maybe. The literary equivalent of a Bruce Willis movie. <br/><br/>Something that's particularly unfortunate is the casual racism throughout the book towards Islam sometimes bordering on being stomach turning. Also the author manages to spread his right wing agenda by various unsubtle means, the most glaring of which was explaining what a great guy the American president was because he was against unions.<br/><br/>Essentially a long list of cliches borrowed from film and books, a man, reluctantly brought out of retirement because he's "the best", previously of some ultra secret black ops unit, in order to save America, his boss, "the whisperer" who sounds like Clint Eastwood with a sore throat as his handler, agrees to his hair brain scheme because "it just might work"...etc etc.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Hayes again?

    Nope.


    What aspect of Christopher Ragland’s performance would you have changed?

    He was ok.


    Do you think I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    There's better, much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • J M Nasir
    6/01/17
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    "Excellent"

    Very good story with many twists and fast paced. Excellent narrator. Really enjoyed listening to the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    19/12/16
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    "Exciting but a bit too full of cliches"

    Firstly I want to highlight that the only version available on Audible in November 2016 is the full complete book. It is not in two parts like other reviewers have apparently experienced.

    It was an entertaining book, good pace and fairly well written. The story was a bit far fetched, and a lot of the science was made up or exaggerated, but I didn't mind that so much. - it's fiction and you just have to go with it and enjoy it.

    But I agree with other reviewers that it is rather black and white: The Americans are the heroes against a mostly all, either evil or dumb/corrupt etc world of muslims and Russians.

    The narrator was mostly very good, in all the non-accent parts - his voice is clear, easy and pleasant to listen to. But his range of accents is quite limited. He has no idea what a Turkish accent sounds like, which was a bit annoying since the book has quite a lot of Turkish characters. His British accent was terrible as was his Italian.

    All in all I would probably still recommend this book as an entertaining listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • T
    STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
    1/12/16
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    "Jack Reacher with less muscles"

    Easy to follow a combination of the strong characters and nuration. Would def recommend for anyone who likes a a reluctant hero and self sacrifice .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. Gouldson
    29/09/14
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    "Less stars because 2nd book to required!!"
    What did you like best about I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1? What did you like least?

    American hero who is wonderful at everything but entertainingly so, lots of rambling subplots that will, I presume, all come together brilliantly. UNFORTUNATELY I must presume because I find that I have buy a second volume to complete the story!! first volume is not a stand alone book! <br/>Not made clear at the time of purchase - naughty practice Audible two credits required, <br/>you could be losing a loyal long time customer. <br/>


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Would I have to go to see two films?


    38 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    16/11/14
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    "Insulting pricing policy, misogynistic plot"

    Really expected more from this, it's mock 90s Frederick Forsyth spy thriller where the Americans are heroes the 'Arabs' are all villains and the Europeans are complicit or prostitutes depending on gender. Some very offencive stereotypes, and early scene of the innocent daughter of a Swiss banker being threatened with rape and death by the US government is really unpleasant but seems to have been written as if the reader will totally understand that the ends justify the ends. To reach the 10 hour mark and be told that you need to pay another credit to finish the story is high arrogance... I will not be finishing the story.

    54 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • Isis
    UK
    16/01/17
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    "Good"

    Could not turn off. Keep me on the edge of my chair because was not sure which new twist there would be

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/01/17
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    "wow"

    gripping from start to finish well worth the read could not put it down !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/01/17
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    "Worth a listen"

    Very detailed and an interesting story.
    I found the lead character a little too good at what he did with almost zero flaws which leaves you thinking yeah right.

    Saying that I enjoyed the chase and the various directions it takes you.

    Very stereotypical American view of the muslin world which whilst i didn't find uncomfortable (it's a book) could I suspect offend the more sensitive listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daisy
    8/12/16
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    "Captivating"

    Excellent book - intelligent and exciting. English accents are laughably bad, but barely feature. I'd recommend to everyone

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Croydon,, United Kingdom
    4/12/16
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    "wow fabulous book"

    first 5 minutes of listening I was hooked. always a twist and extremely clever how it all links up. brilliant how the minds works how how you read what you see! ☆

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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