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The Intern's Handbook

A Thriller
Auteur(s): Shane Kuhn
Narrateur(s): Pete Simonelli
Série: John Lago, Livre 1
Durée: 8 h et 11 min
4,6 out of 5 stars (7 évaluations)

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Description

John Lago is a hitman. He has some rules for you. And he’s about to break every single one.

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern.

Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

At the ripe old age of almost 25, John Lago is already New York City’s most successful hit man. He’s also an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, clocking 80 hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all the grunt work actual employees are too lazy to do. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm’s heavily guarded partners. His internship provides the perfect cover, enabling him to gather intel and gain access to pull off a clean, untraceable hit.

Part confessional, part DIY manual, The Intern’s Handbook chronicles John’s final assignment, a twisted thrill ride in which he is pitted against the toughest - and sexiest - adversary he’s ever faced: Alice, an FBI agent assigned to take down the same law partner he’s been assigned to kill.

©2014 Shane Kuhn (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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Not my normal read!

I was intrigued by the title of this book and I found myself listening to it twice in the same week because I wanted to remember this one. John Lago is a tortured soul, both in childhood and as an adult to is trained as an assassin for HR Inc. We, the reader, get a glimpse inside his world with some laughs and a lot of death. He is sarcastic (something I love in a person) and knows his world is screwed up. A great read (even a few times) and I would tell everyone who sees this review to give it a shot. By the way, if you have never heard of Pete Simonelli, he is a fantastic narrator who deadpans all the right parts in this book. I just wish there was more of his work out there.

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  • Au global
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  • Sandi from Oregon
  • 2014-04-14

Reads like a movie script

After reading The Intern's Handbook, I realized that I've read many books told from the assassin's point of view: the Dexter series, Tim Dorsey's Serge series, the Butcher Boy series by Thomas Perry. I was hoping to add this to that list of favorites, but it falls short. The book is more action scenes than story. How many times can someone be hit, kicked, shot and stabbed and then return to the office the next morning? As a movie, it will probably be a box office hit, as a book it doesn't quite make it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-08-06

Off key and edgy - I liked it!

This is an interesting story, told from an interesting perspective, a narrative of the main character.

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  • Laura
  • 2014-04-13

Excellent

If you could sum up The Intern's Handbook in three words, what would they be?

Unique, disturbing, exciting

Who was your favorite character and why?

John, the emotionally robbed child turned killer.

Which character – as performed by Pete Simonelli – was your favorite?

I think Alice b/c Simonelli actually managed to make a female's voice feminine as opposed to a shrill or deep voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Towards the end of the book and the conclusion as well.

Any additional comments?

The Intern's Handbook is unlike any of the other 1,000 books I have read and listened to over the year. Just the conclusion alone is well worth one's investment in time and credit. The bumpy ride one takes towards the end of the book is fasten-your-seat belt exciting. Highly recommended.

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  • CC
  • 2014-05-11

Clever premise -- a little grisly at times

I picked this up for the premise -- love the concept. The execution (pun intended) was a little intense for this reader. Nonetheless, I recommend this book -- good narration and story moves along quickly. Good ending -- didn't see it coming.

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  • Lucy
  • 2014-04-09

If you saw 'Wanted' (2008) don't bother

I expected this to be very funny based on an article I read which recommended it. While somewhat dry it was ultimately underwhelming. 1/2 bland intern, 1/2 super-assassin, and more than a little bit whiney John fails to inspire a genuine connection with the reader. This reads like an action movie script. If you're looking to kill a few hours, and can't get to the nearest cinema, go for it. If you're looking for any real depth skip it.

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  • Rancher
  • 2015-06-25

Action with an attitude!

What made the experience of listening to The Intern's Handbook the most enjoyable?

The hero John is a trained assassin. He was selected at a young age and hand groomed by his boss. He is tasked with killing really bad actors who have somehow gotten cross wise with powerful people. John's targets are usually very wealthy and surrounded by security. But John is very good at what he does, maybe the best. Always a treat to witness someone performing difficult tasks with superior skills and an attitude to match.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Intern's Handbook?

If you are a movie buff, you will love his constant references to movie moments and how they apply to his current situation.

Any additional comments?

Be prepared for the many twists that force you to ask yourself "what's going on here?"

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  • Drew (@drewsant)
  • 2015-07-20

Non-Stop Action

“The Intern’s Handbook” is part (fake) memoire part thriller and a lot of fun. The characters are seriously flawed individuals but if you can get past that the non-stop action and unique storyline makes for a fun ride with a set of twists that I didn’t see coming.

Mr. Simonelli is a bit flat in his delivery. Also I think this could be a great audio book if they made the transcripts read as actual dialog rather than transcripts. It would have helped bring the story to life a bit better.

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  • Katya A
  • 2015-06-23

Not bad but not all that original

Orphans are trained from childhood to be assassins, what a fresh concept. The main character, a veteran killer, pines for normal childhood he never had, resents his father figure that trained him to be an assassin and makes a fatal but very predictable mistake of falling for someone he knows he shouldn't.

John Largo, the main character, is no Dexter - lurking in a plain view invisible monster that accepted himself for what he is. John is more of a Pinocchio - he just wants to be a real boy.

Shane Kuhn has been a screenwriter, and it shows. He may be using this book as his "pitch" to movie-makers. The Intern's Handbook could be a TV movie - not quite good enough for the big screen, even considering Hollywood's love for remakes and unoriginal and predictable plots.

As for narration, as much as I enjoy deep and raspy Simonelli's voice and his talent for book narration, it was a weird casting choice in my opinion - the protagonist is hardly 25, according to the book and every time he mentions it (on quite a few occasions) would really throw me off.

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  • Colleen
  • 2014-08-19

Very interesting concept, almost perfect execution

Great concept for a novel. Killer Interns! Anyone who has been an intern knows you are routinely exploited, overworked and everywhere- yet also completely invisible! It is this dichotomy that forms the premise of Interns Handbook. From the long lesson on perfect coffee to turning in the work of 12 to get noticed, this book hits on so many levels. Great story with lots of twists, but some were a bit predictable. Would have liked a simpler ending for five stars, but some really wild resolution! Wow,

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  • KurT
  • 2014-05-31

Unexpected awesomeness

From the first minute to the eighth hour I was totally engrossed in this book. The book's format was original and refreshing. Pete is in the top five best narrator category. I pretty much laughed throughout the entire book. Excellent twists and turns. I'm glad I took a chance on this author.

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