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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audio drama is for mature audiences only. It contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Discretion is advised.  

James Patterson's Detective Billy Harney is back, this time investigating murders in a notorious Chicago drug ring, which will lead him, his sister, and his new partner through a dangerous web of corrupt politicians, vengeful billionaires, and violent dark web conspiracies.

In The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama, homicide detective Billy Harney sends his new partner, Kate, deep undercover in a notorious Chicago drug ring. When several members of the ring soon turn up dead, Billy abruptly pulls Kate out, blowing her cover. Kate’s informant inside the gang quickly disappears. As does the ring’s black book.... 

When Billy can’t find the informant, he wonders if Kate is secretly harboring her, since the two grew close during Kate's weeks undercover. As Billy and Kate investigate the ring’s murders, they’ll be pulled into a dangerous web of corrupt politicians, vengeful billionaires, drugged pro-athletes, and violent, dark web conspiracies, all in search of the missing black book. 

©2020 James Patterson, Friendly Heights, Inc., and Origin Story Entertainment, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Reminded me Aaron's perfomance in breaking bad

Although the story was a bit predictable, still loved it. The narrators just nailed it.

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Weak Storyline

I'm surprised at the positive reviews. I found the characters, stereotypical and the plot, predictable. Good performances though.

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Dumb but fast-paced

There's not much reason to care for what happens in The Coldest Case. It's also not really the coldest case at all, plenty of things happen through the course of the plot. It's needlessly convoluted. Skip this unless you just want to hear Aaron Paul.

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mediocre

good narration but a mediocre story. Aaron Paul narration was good but story was kind of flat.

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Really engaging story telling

aaron paul rocks, i could feel and clearly imagine his every action and emotion from his voice.

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Absolutely engaging and enthralling audiobook

The coldest case by James Patterson is an engaging and enthralling audiobook on @audible that follows NYPD Detective Billy Harney and his sister as they investigate a drug ring that blows open a bigger conspiracy that threatens the latest Governors' race. As they continue to investigate, they get pulled deeper into the dangerous web. Will they stand back to protect those closest to them or will they fight for justice? The narration by the cast was brilliant and the experience was akin to watching a thriller movie without the picture. This was my first book with Detective Billy Harney, but definitely won't be my last..

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Just Excellent and nothing else

I'm just bowled over by the fact that the performances were just marvelous. The voice of all the actors were very distinct and articulate. I could see each of the scenes playing right in front of my eyes.

A must listen Audiobook.

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Excellent performance for a predictable story

After reading so many detective novels and watching tv series in crime or thriller genre, the story gets familiar. Maybe that's why I somewhat found the whole plot predictable and consistent with the nature of many crime thrillers. But the performance of Aaron Paul and Nathalie Emmanuel as well as Krysten Ritter was absolutely amazing and hooked me up to this audiobook. Really liked the reunion of Aaron and Ritter after Breaking Bad and as a sibling duo the new dynamic was really fresh.

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Interesting and Entertaining

Enjoyed listening. Good storyline. Nice read. Must listen by someone who likes suspense stories. Go for it.

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Aaron rocks!

Loved hearing the drama with Aaron's voice in spotlight. Loved the dynamic between tech agent and Korean gamer. The cameo of a con-man was hilarious.

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  • Phx17
  • 11-03-21

Rizzoli & Isles, minus Isles, and starring Frankie

And I thought book 1 in this series was good with Edoardo Ballerini narrating. I loved the all-star cast. It seems this cop procedural series will always feature a missing book, a Chicago cop family, and shady politics. With the scripted audio format, this felt just like an episode of Rizzoli & Isles, if it instead featured Rizzoli’s cop brother Frankie as the lead. Here we have cops (and twins) Billy and Patti hunting down a drug ledger. For a short book, there’s a surprisingly meaty side story involving Billy’s undercover partner. Plus, a hilarious use of techie Edgar, who I hope will continue with the series. And this was free in Audible Plus. Outstanding!

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  • Liberty R
  • 11-03-21

Finished Perfectly

NON STOP!

I love the sounds effect, the recording is clear, the narration, the story, the action and suspense of Coldest Case!

This story is about the investigation of the notorious Chicago drug ring by Detective Billy Harney and his sister Patti.

However, there's a twist on the story specially with Billy's partner Kate and even his sister's fiancé. Omg! Intriguing!

Different experience with audiodrama from Audible. I hope everyone try this version.

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  • vko
  • 13-03-21

so so story / experience

2.5 ... I'm not crazy about this format. like listening to a TV show. extra sound effects and nearly overlapping dialogue, at times are pretty distracting at times.

I much prefer a voice actor giving a book a new life, rather than listening to sfx.

the story was pretty boring and very predictable. just like they wanted to produce whatever comes out to see if it sticks.
I would not recommend this format nor the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-03-21

Unbelievable

This was so much fun! I wish it was way longer! It kind of reminded me of old radio shows. The suspense, narration , all of it made you feel like you were personally involved. I highly recommend listening!!!

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  • Paula Stephen
  • 12-03-21

Great Audio Drama❤️

This is my second Audio drama complete with many sound affect and an entire staff of narrators. I did not finish my first one and decided never again. I had no idea who the players were and who was just killed. Six months later I softened and took the plunge with The Coldest Case. It was short and free. I was not disappointed! It was totally engaging and very well performed and written! Like watching TV without the visual. You are totally submerged in the experience. Highly recommend!

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  • MaureenTumenas
  • 11-03-21

Like the story, not the "drama"

Way too much noise for me. I liked the story, but overall found all the sound effects annoying.

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  • Anne
  • 12-03-21

Not so great

I love James Patterson but not this one. Mildly interesting but that’s all. Thank goodness it was free!

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  • Heather Brown
  • 11-03-21

Movie without the big screen

loved it! The cast was entertaining and the production put you in the middle of the action.

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  • Elise Ebert
  • 11-03-21

A Real Page Turner

Loved this book. I wanted to keep listening. Just enough suspense without being gorry. A must listen.

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  • Amanda D Paulsen
  • 13-03-21

my 1st audio drama

I didn't know that audio drama was a thing but I really love this way of story telling. I'm hooked for sure!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-21

Amazing vocal performance

Amazing listen, great cast and interesting storyline. Enjoyed every minute of it. Aaron Paul does an outstanding job.

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  • Lucia D
  • 26-10-21

Engrossing story and performance!

Stayed up late on a work night to finish all episodes - absolutely loved it. I quite ignorantly didn't realise any well-known actors were part of this until I was beginning the second episode and the penny finally dropped as I thought "Pinkman? Is that you??" haha. Aaron Paul isn't the only well-known voice in this mini series, and famous or not, the entire cast give great performances that really help draw you into the story. The addition of simple sound effects added to this as well, without coming off as a fully produced audio 'play'.
I don't think I need to say much about the plot - it's very James Patterson and if you like his work you'll really enjoy this! Fast paced and never boring; I wish there were hundreds more options like this on Audible.

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  • TechGeek
  • 22-04-21

Another great read from the master of suspense

Another plot twist, another shock that sends the investigation in a different direction. Another story that should be played out on the big screen. Brilliantly brought to life by a full cast.

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  • Ms. G. Lovatt
  • 11-05-22

It was quick and unfulfilling

Not unlike my marriage.

I guessed the killer in the first chapter, the plot was lame in places and the whole thing wasn't very exciting.

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  • Jacky
  • 20-11-21

Brilliant short cop story very engaging compelling

What a brilliant short story police adventure, wanted it to carry on fantastic twist at the end, so many narrator's spectacular

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-21

Exciting and brilliant

Brilliant story, solid characters and very enjoyable from start to finish. Can’t wait for the sequel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-21

It's Got Everything

it's got action, suspense (though not that intense), Clever twists, and good use of story Characters. I listened using some noise cancelling headphones to capture the moments imaginatively. overall its a good read.

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  • Matt
  • 23-08-21

Enjoyable! Plot a bit far fetched

Voiceovers were well done. Storyline good and cane together nicely as expected of James P. But for me the plot twist was justa bit too far fetched.

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  • TJF
  • 12-08-21

Audio Drama not Talking book

this is definitely a play or drama not a talking book. the way it has been done can make following the story difficult. the twist at the end was no surprise.
And the construct of having a family of cops all working together stretched plausibility.
and for UK tastes too much American cheese.

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  • jking
  • 01-08-21

The coldest case

The cold coldest case was an excellent audio crime drama
I really hope they do another one because really enjoyed it and really audible crime drama I wish the did more of them
An I probably never would listened to this if it wasn't audible plus. Because was included with audible plus

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-21

The. Worst. Don’t do it.

The plot is ridiculous, I’m all for willing suspension of disbelief, but this sets a new bar. The script is terrible, muddling every police procedural trope and tossing it in a dumpster. You can tell the actors (some genuinely talented people) were trying hard, but with every character lifted from a stereotype encyclopaedia, there wasn’t much they could do to save it. If I hadn’t been driving alone at night in a no wi-fi/signal zone with no other book downloaded I wouldn’t have kept going. I listened to the last 20 mins from morbid curiosity. I shouldn’t have. Shame on me.

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  • AnaBarraez
  • 20-10-21

Terrible performance

I can't even review the story because the performance was so bad, so loud, all over the place and distracting, that 5 minutes was enough to make me quit listening. It was exhausting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-21

Brilliant listen

Best listened to with headphones for the full immersive sound experience, easily binged over a weekend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

Honestly , this was just a bit weird.

The production was really good, if not a bit unusual for an audio book. Your well “acted” if not a bit shouts and overdramatised at times. However the actual story was so weak and not of James Patterson’s usual standard. Loosing his touch or has this been so badly edited to become a short piece? Either way, it falls short for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-21

Full cast narration done well

This audio drama would not have been as thrilling if it wasn't for the spot on casting of narrators. A specially captivating performance by Aaron Paul, Krysten Ritter and Karan Soni, the casting - along with the sound effects - offers variety of perspective and adds to scene setting without inundating the listener.
The story was good, it could've had more colour and been a bit longer (it felt a little rushed towards the end), but it still kept my attention and wasn't predictable in a way that left me bored.
Definitely looking forward to more audio dramas done like this in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-21

It's ok

I've listened to a couple of audio drama's and this one is ok. I recognised a couple of actors voices in it. Story is a bit predictable.

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  • CAdams
  • 23-09-21

Aaron Paul Is Engaging

And the rest of the cast is strong. Very enjoyable. Can recommend to take the place of your favourite

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  • Serenitygshw
  • 29-04-22

Some cheesey audio voice over features

It’s ok I found it hard to keep the narrative in mind. The delivery was a little off, can’t quite put my finger on why. Some cheesey delivery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-22

disappointing

definitely not up to the usual standard of James Patterson books. the presentation was not to my liking.

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  • Loretta.
  • 15-04-22

The Coldest Case:A Black Book Audio Drama

My very first audio Drama and I really enjoyed it Thank you everyone involved
you made my experiance very special
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