• Desert Places

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (447 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas Series and a prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's thriller Stirred...

Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you.

Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can't get away.

Dear Reader: Please keep the light on tonight. What happens next will scare you. Guaranteed.

©2004 Blake Crouch (P)2014 Blake Crouch

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Hooked from the beginning

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it's original and hard to forget.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Desert Places?

The beginning of the story.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

His tone and ability to disguise his voice without becoming annoying.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Can't say without revealing bits of the story so I won't commit :-)

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Page Turner!

I really enjoyed this book. I think that Blake Crouch and Eric G. Dove are paired nicely with their style of each of their crafts. I think that Blake did a good job with establishing the seriousness of the violent capacity of the characters without being unnecessarily disgusting about it. I thought the sexual abuse scene was a bit too graphic though. Still loved the book overall. ~JTC~

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LIONSGATE NEEDS BLAKE

I'm simply in love with the entire series, the narrator made me have to stop listening, cause I thought I was looking at TV, couldn't get any darn work done. What a great listen, kudo;'s to you both. used one credit then had to purchase the others out right, but they were worth it

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If you don’t like torture porn, this book is not for you.

Clumsily written, gratuitously violent, the story bumbles along like a drunk uncle at a wedding. It plods from one gruesome murder to the next with a lack of tact or style.

I cannot believe that the same writer who wrote this piece of garbage wrote Dark Matter, one of the most brilliant books of our generation.

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Brutal, male-centric

What would have made Desert Places better?

I did not care what happens to anyone in the book ,and did not care for the relentless brutalizing. I don't understand .I have been a fan of most of his books ,but this one was unlistenable .

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was fine

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

I actually skipped through many of the early scenes that were too much for me hoping there was some story I could get invested in , but it never emerged.

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On my

Sorry..love Blake Crouch, but this work is too gruesome for me to finish (I have 8 hours to go). Narration is good.

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Too much strong language!

I don't like the strong language... I love the plot & the story, if Blake would just leave out the filthy language!

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Book > Narration

I did enjoy this book, and I look forward to the rest of the series, but I am just not sure why the author chose the narrator that he did. I'm sure Mr. Dove is a fine narrator for some kinds of books, but I felt as if he were reading a text book a lot of the time. There just wasn't much life or emotion in his reading. Everything was told as a matter of fact, rather than trying to convey the emotion that I felt the author was going for. Just my opinion.

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Not the wayward pines series!

Did his grad student ghost write this??? Not the same style. Not the same voice. Protagonist voice was flawed. Metaphors and comparisons were as trite and ill used as those in 50 shades of grey! The only reason I could get through this was the hope that both twins would be dead at the end!! The protagonist was as cartoonish as his villain and twice as stupid. Blake, I thought you were going to be my next fictional crush. Try harder. Or not! But smart readers will abandon you! -

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Horrible book horrible storyline

I kept waiting and waiting for it to get better, it didn’t. This is some serious garbage. I second what someone else said in that how on earth did this same author write Dark Matter and the Wayward trilogy? Do not waste your time

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  • Paul C.
  • 02-24-17

Disappointing

I generally love Blake Crouch but could not get into this. I didn't even like the main character. Lots of death with a pretty unlikely story. Could just be my taste but certainly not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

Good read

Enjoyed the suspense and twists, not as good as dark matter, different, good for lazy Sunday listening.