• The Millionaires

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (2,134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two brothers who are desperately chasing success get more than they bargained for in this suspenseful cat-and-mouse thriller of wealth, crime, and social climbing.

Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking.

Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2 million minimum to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, the brothers are presented with an offer they can't refuse: $3 million in an abandoned account that can't be traced. It's the perfect victimless crime. Charlie and Oliver opt to take the money, but get much more than they bargained for. 

Now, with a lot of extra zeroes in their pockets and a friend found dead, the Secret Service and a female private investigator are closing in. Whose money did they take? How will they stay alive? And why is the Secret Service trying to kill them? Both Charlie and Oliver quickly realize it's not easy being The Millionaires. 

©2002 by Forty-Four Steps, Inc., Alll Rights Reserved (P)2002 by Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

Critic Reviews

"A fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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Possibly the best Meltzer to date

With "The Millionaires," Meltzer is finally hitting his stride. I like the way that he devises intricate plots within plots; but most of all, I enjoy his insider knowledge. In some of his other novels, like "The Tenth Justice," "The First Counsel," and "The Zero Game," Meltzer displays his (apparently) first-hand knowledge of Beltway politics. That impresses me enough; but, with "The Millionaires," Meltzer shows that he also knows a lot about high-level banking ??? and computers ??? and DisneyWorld! See if you can put those elements together. Never mind: "The Millionaires" has an ingenious plot that you will never guess. I recommend purchasing this audiobook, along with most of Meltzer's other audiobooks, with only two minor caveats: First, you should know that most of Meltzer's characters seem to be running on anger and hysteria, which annoys me a little, since I prefer it when my heros stay cool under pressure. Second, Scott Brick narrates all of Meltzer's audiobooks. Yeah, I know: Everybody else loves Scott Brick's narrations. And, I have to admit, Brick can definitely act. He has lots of accents and enough voices to distinguish the characters. It's just that VOICE. But never mind those minor quibbles. If you like thrillers, you will enjoy "The Millionaires."

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Top 5 in my book

I have been an audio book reader for 5 years now. I get through about 2-3 unabridged audio books each month. I enjoyed this book so much that I was disappointed as I came to the end of it. The author has a great sense of humour and the reader is simply a GREAT match for the text. Honestly, it was interesting from beginning to end and wasn't easy to guess "whodunnit." Don't forget Meltzer's other book "First Counsel." It is just as good if not better than this one.

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EASILY as good as Grisham

Okay, so Meltzer is an okay novelist. He's no Tolstoy, no Hemmingway, but he's easily the equal of John Grisham or Scott Turow, his contemporaries in this genre. I found this book to be interesting and adequately written. It certainly held my interest over many miles of highway driving. Scott Brick's reading was an asset, for sure. I recommend this one if you enjoy an easy read/listen while you're driving.

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Unexpectedly Entertaining

Sometimes a book you initially have mild expectations for ends up being a gem; and that was certainly the case with "The Millionaires". I found the plot far more complex (in a good way) than anticipated, and was constantly entertained with the twists and turns the story took.

I know that Scott Brick inspires a "love him or hate him" response in people; I've always enjoyed his reading style for thrillers. I thought this book was a great fit for his voice.

This book isn't deep, or important, or a statement on our times. It's simply a fun, easy thriller with enjoyable characters, a smart plot, and a decidedly satisfying ending. If that's what you're in the mood for, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Good, not great

I found the constant infighting between the brothers a pain to listen to. I almost abandoned it a few hours in for this reason, but stuck with it. I can't really recommend it though.

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Very Ejoyable, better than anticipated

This book moves along at a good pace, has an interesting premise and some turns I didn't see comming. There were a few hard to beleive parts but this didn't change my enjoyment of the book one bit.

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listen to the preview

This one uses all the cliches of made-for-tv movies. You think somebody's dead? Better think again.

Be sure to listen to the preview snippet of this book. I will never listen to a book read by Scott Brick again.

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Another hit!

Suffice it to say that Scott Brick can put life into the phone book but this was a super combo! Great story with more twists than a slinky. Highly recommend the read.

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I loved it

I have to admit that I could not stop listening to this book. I found the plot unexpectedly entertaining, with many original twists and turns. The characters were very likeable, even if you sometimes wanted to smack them for their naivete.Who cares what they did to begin with? You were rooting for them till the end.

Scott Brick did a great job reading it, like only he can do when he doesn't overdo himself.

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WOW!...What a SHOW!

This is not just a book...IT'S A SHOW!

I'll bet the biggest fan of this book is Scott Brick, the narrator. He reads this book as if he wants to share with us all the excitement and pleasure that he received when he first read it. Brad Meltzer wrote quite a gem, and Scott Brick made it shine with brilliance.

Add this treasure to your audio vault...it's PRICELESS!

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