• One Kick

  • Kick Lannigan, Book 1
  • By: Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind
  • Series: Kick Lannigan, Book 1
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 19-08-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (5 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now 21, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing-child case that will put her talents to the test.
Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist, and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound - all before she was 13.
Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children - he won’t take no for an answer.
With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn’t want to navigate - the dark corners of her own mind.
©2014 Chelsea Cain (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By David Shear on 22-08-2014

Good book. I hope the series gets better.

The premise, the story, and the characters were all good. Kick, the main character, is a great herione, and the potential of where this series can go is very intriguing. But there were some flaws in the development.

The character development was odd to me. There's a difference between giving the character some depth and history and making the character someone the reader cares about and believes in. There was a lot of energy and detail around Kick. She has a lot of history, and a lot of emotions that go into her solving mysteries--all of that was really interesting. But there were some contradictions in her development that I had a hard time with, so I was taken out of just enjoying the story by stopping and thinking "hmmm, that didn't make sense."

Kick's relationships with the other characters weren't developed very well. I didn't buy the relationship with the other action hero Bishop, or her friend James, or the man from her past, Mel. She liked them then hated them, then trusted them, then pointed her gun at them, then cried over them, then cared more about her dog then she did her friends, it was just too contradictory to be real.

With all that said, I WILL read the next one, with hope that the bumpy writing smooths out. The potential is that good.

The narrator was great, she was perfectly invisible, I didn't notice her and could just concentrate on the story.

I recommend this book, but would say keep expectations low. Think of it like watching the pilot of a show that could be really great, once the kinks are worked out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michele B on 21-08-2014

I honestly could not stop listening to this.

Would you consider the audio edition of One Kick to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version but the narration is superb.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters from the beginning and cared what happened to them. The psychological narration and dramatizations were dead on accurate. I'm a psychotherapist and work with traumatized people. I usually dislike fictionalized descriptions of psychological reactions; most authors get it wrong. This one does not.

Have you listened to any of Heather Lind’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not; this is my first. But I plan to listen to more.

Who was the most memorable character of One Kick and why?

Aside from Kick Lannigan, I sort of fell in love with John Bishop. :-)

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. I'm sorry this is the first one because I want to listen to more of them right now!

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5 out of 5 stars
By H on 28-08-2014


What made the experience of listening to One Kick the most enjoyable?

I love the characters.. Chelsea really knows how to bring her characters alive. I listened to it over two days and now I'm eager (to say the least) to find out when her next book is out!

Have you listened to any of Heather Lind’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first book I have listened to in which heather narrated. I really liked listening to her, I hope she narrates the next book.

Any additional comments?

Bring on book two!!!!

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