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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of One False Move by Robert Goddard, read by Fiona Hampton and Alistair Petrie.

What value can be put on a human mind?

How Joe Roberts does what he does is a mystery. He has a brain that seems able to outperform a computer. To a games company like Venstrom that promises big profits if his abilities can be properly exploited. So they send Nicole Nevinson to track him down and make him an offer too good to refuse.

But Venstrom aren’t the only people interested in Joe. His current boss, a shady businessman, is already making serious money out of Joe’s talents and isn’t going to let him go without a fight. And then there are other forces, with still darker intentions, who have their own plans for him.

Almost before she knows it, Nicole’s crossed an invisible line into a world where the game being played has rules she doesn’t understand and where no-one can help her win.

But win she must. Because the battle now isn’t just for Joe’s mind - it’s for Nicole’s life.

©2019 Robert Goddard (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Narration spoils story.

Robert Goddard always, nearly always, writes a good and engrossing story. This one is no different; the story is interesting and keeps one attention, but the narration, I won't call them performances, are very poor. Fiona Hampton is BORING. Alistair Petrie is somewhat better, but still lacks the drive necessary for an enjoyable listen. The novel was ruined by the narration. I think I'll get the print format.

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As always from Robert Goddard, a gripping book, excellently performed.

I have loved all his books. Their are original and unpredictable. The performance here was wonderful.

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  • George Stringer
  • 04-07-19

Not up to scratch...

Have read all of RG’s book and the last two this and Panic Room have been very weak, no real excitement, didn’t care about the characters. This was very uninteresting, back story really boring and premise just not believable. Sorry a real disappointment, after Panic Room thought the only way I would get through it would be to listen on audible as I wanted to give it a go, but nearly stopped listening, definitely would not have managed to finish it if I had been reading it. Love his old stuff, if you have not read him go back to the beginning and enjoy In Pale Battalions onwards but these latest ones are not a good place to start!

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  • Dunkelmann
  • 02-07-20

Not his best and written in the present tense

The story took a while to get off the ground and ended with a whimper. This was a reasonable read but certainly not Goddard at his best.

I absolutely loathed the present tense narrative ("I hear the phone ring and I move toward the window...."). I have never come across this in a book before and would not want to read one like that again.

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  • Ellabeck
  • 09-20-19

Women aren’t weak

Nicole perseveres in a men’s world and, in adventurous intriguing situations, survives to engineer a happy ending.
Her narrator is outstanding.

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  • Linda
  • 02-09-22

excellent 😃

Loved it looking forward to hearing next book by this author.
Give it a go.Fabulous plot twists.

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  • piazzacharlie
  • 12-22-20

not Goddard's best, but still worth a listen

A bit different from Robert Goddard's usual work, and story was sometimes a bit implausible, but I enjoyed listening to this. Narration was good.

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  • david tomlinson
  • 04-28-20

one false move

excellent narrator despite book becoming sadly a little tiresome to complete.
Story line good but not gripping enough to keep me, as with others, spellbound

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  • S. E. Huxford
  • 03-13-20

not one of his best

I simply love Robert Goddard's novels, I know them all well but even on Audible this is not one of the best. I DO NOT like the narrators at all and its almost too complicated.

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  • Jebbabeano
  • 01-09-20

One false move

In the wide field of excellent Robbert Goddards this ranks somewhere mid pack. All the usual thrills and spills just with very slightly less intriguing characters. This still makes it a good deal better than most other titles

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

A good story that help pass the miles.

Robert Goddard always produces the goods, it's not my favourite but it was an enjoyable listen on my daily commute.

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  • Peter Gray
  • 04-07-19

My first Robert Goddard disappointment

Having devoured all Robert Goddard's previous books and loved them I was looking forward to his latest, but oh what a disappointment! The story is original but the plotline certainly isn't. Frederick Forsyth in 'The Fox' deals with the same theme (brilliant young computer whiz wanted by nasty, undemocratic foreign government organisations) so much better and with a storyline that is rivetting (and sometimes humerous) whereas this one barely held my interest.

Perhaps different narrators could have improved my perception. Fiona Hampton lacks the vitality her character in the narration requires. She comes across as a naive sixteen-year-old, way out of her depth and with little 'street cred' which I don't think is what her character is supposed to be. Alistair Petrie lifts the interest level but he only narrates a relatively small part of the story.

Sorry Robert Goddard, I couldn't recommend this one, but I will still look forward to your next.