• Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-08-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (99 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger award 2015
Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?
Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled, and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates, and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life...and not just his own.
©2014 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 01-09-2016

Excellent

Kept my attention from start to finish, quite a diversion from the authors previous books.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Bec Booton on 24-11-2015

An unfolding story!

What did you like most about Life or Death?

I loved listening to this one (even with the male narrator sometimes creating an 'interesting' southern woman's voice). The story is an 'unfolding' one which can be slightly confusing at times but seems to clear up a few minutes later. The main character is the likeable Audie who escapes from prison the day before he's meant to be released from a 10 year armed robbery jail sentence. I loved how the story started to make more sense as I went along. Gripping & great, 5 stars!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 05-11-2015

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

Michael Robtham is a genius. I am working my way through everything he's written. He doesn't disappoint !

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ásdís on 14-11-2014

Really a great book

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

I recommend this book to all that enjoy a good thriller/crimestory with mystery feel to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life or Death?

So many memorable moments in the story, so many big characters.

What does John Chancer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

John Chancer is so very good narrator and brings depth to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A little bit of both!

Any additional comments?

Just you read this book, you will not regret it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 25-08-2014

A compelling story

I pre-ordered this book thinking it would be the next in the series featuring the forensic psychologist Joe O’Loughlin so was surprised when the book turned out to be set in the USA and involve an escapee from high security prison. The early chapters made me think I’d made a mistake in choosing this book as the violence and brutality of escapee Audie Palmer’s prison life. Fortunately, thereafter the book becomes much more intriguing as various agencies try to capture him. A string of interesting and memorable characters are introduced and one is bowled along by the compelling story that gathers pace to end with a surprising but plausible outcome.

Apart from a couple of supernatural interludes which sat awkwardly in the narrative this is a gripping and well-narrated book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By willeen on 03-10-2014

Bored to Death

Would you try another book written by Michael Robotham or narrated by John Chancer?

My loyalty lies with Michael Robotham. This book was weak, but I am sure Michael Robotham will deliver again. Unfortunately I am not a fan of the narrator nor this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Robotham again?

I have loved all of Michael Robotham's books. Especially the Joe O'Loughlin series which I have listened to quite a few times! Unfortunately 'Life or Death' was an epic fail for me. I struggle to believe that Michael Robotham had written this. This book has been such a disappointment.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The performance was so 'hammy' and heavy handed. I would cringe every time John Chancer attempted an accent and character's voice.

What character would you cut from Life or Death?

Hard to say. I really disliked the main character Audie Palmer.

Any additional comments?

I never write reviews but I was so disappointed I felt compelled to do so.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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