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I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (548 ratings)
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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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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.

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Simply, bloody brilliant.

Bloody brilliant. Without doubt one of the most complex and contradictory simple stories ever written. I cannot recommend it more.

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riveting

great reading, do not miss it. well read and keep s you listening in the driveway

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gripping from beginning to very end

long story but lots of twists kept it moving along nicely. very well written and researched

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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

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  • Karenza
  • Wynyard, Australia
  • 20-05-2015

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.

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Fantastic

Check it out. Amazing detail and intrigue. My only complaint is the main character calls servers hard drives

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0/5 for depiction of women

0/5 for uneven depiction of women and cliched writing. 4/5 for plot.

Why? ... for at least the first half the women are all described as very attractive and their looks are generally the first thing we know of them. Men are much more rounded out.

Then we have the first woman not immediately described as attractive and all we know is she is “the obese female nanny”. No other description given other than she is obese. Nada. Later we have partygoers described as “chicks” and no panties. No comparative description of the men. Nada. Once “chicks” is out of the bottle it makes a regular appearance.

Such a shame. Would love to support an Australian author and the character of Pilgrim has such potential if he wasn’t such a dinosaur.

It didn’t help that the narrator on audiobook made everyone sound like some variant of a Muppet. Truly the worst speech narration I’ve heard.

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5 Star rating for me

One of my very few 5 Star books. Ripper of a story and flawles narration, who could ask for more.

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Twists and turns

This book was recommended by a friend and, despite it not being my usual genre, I decided to give it a go. I liked the narrators voice on Audible so decided to download it instead of buying the book. Loved it! Loved all the twists and turns and found myself missing Pilgrim once I had finished.

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  • Tony
  • 12-01-2014

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.
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.
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

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  • felicity
  • 09-01-2014

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.

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  • Amanda
  • 03-01-2014

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!

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  • Eli
  • 07-02-2019

Good story...but wrong title.

If only the author decided to leave the 'Volume 1' out of books title, we would be much more content. The book stands as a complete story, and thus people wanting a followup would less disappointed. Bravo Mr Hayes.

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  • Hardus
  • 01-02-2019

Great entertainment

I didn't want it to end. From beginning to end I was hooked. What a great story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2018

Brilliant

So good I have listened to it twice and will probably listen to it again!

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  • Rulize
  • 19-06-2018

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best book ever. Story telling at its best and worthy of every min listen too

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  • Michael
  • 06-02-2018

Don't Whisper Any Spoilers

What a good yarn. Lots of twists and turns, lots of daring do, lots of stuff I never knew. Trouble with stories like this is you know the hero will make it to the end, but right now.....it's crazy enough to make you doubt that....and just HAVE TO keep going to find out how! :-)

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  • Sally Jones
  • 13-03-2017

Gripping storyline

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

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  • Russell Sachs
  • 28-01-2017

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.

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  • Anna
  • 19-12-2016

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.

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  • T
  • 01-12-2016

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 .

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  • Daisy
  • 08-12-2016

Captivating

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

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  • Jonathan
  • 16-11-2014

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2017

wow

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2017

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.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-12-2016

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! ☆

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  • Claire W.
  • 13-11-2016

excellent

I don't normally like crime stories but would highly recommend this. I will be buying this as part of my mums xmas present.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-2016

The story keeps you on tender hooks

Because this type of story (action with graphic violent bits) & style of writing (paucity of in depth psych portrayal) isn't my favourite type for me personally, I could have given this book a 4. However I didn't think that would be at all fair. It really is more than worthy of a 5. The author was very knowledgeable about his various subjects, from cultures, to geography, to medicine & numerous other stand points. He was able to take me, the reader into the story. The many near misses were numerous ( a bit too many by the end) & left me quickly turning the page to see what happened next. A good read.

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  • Phillip
  • 28-10-2016

Amazing Story from start to finish :)

I loved every moment of this book, what a performance by Christopher Ragland two thumbs up. Terry Hayes totally amazing, I never wanted the book to end, please tell me you are working on another one ?

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