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The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama

Written by: James Patterson,Aaron Tracy,Ryan Silbert
Narrated by: Aaron Paul,Krysten Ritter,Nathalie Emmanuel,Beau Bridges,full cast
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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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Great voice acting, poor story

Maybe it's the condensed format of this prelude story, but the story is wildly unbelievable.

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Like a TV series

That was enjoyable for something easy to listen. Not over produced, but just enough to feel like a TV series. Just like a TV series, it's not the most elaborate story, but sometimes that's just right for the day.

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awesome story

I really enjoyed the performances and found the overall story well paced. it really keeps you listening

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Please let there be more!!

I really enjoyed this on a very long drive. I am currently looking for something similar on audible and both is like this. we all need more!

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Highly Recommend

Great storyline. I loved all the sound effects. Would listen to it again. Excellent narration!!!

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incredible!!

LOVED IT!!! THIS WAS MY FIRST AUDIO BOOK AND I WILL DEFINATELY CONTINUE!!! SO FUN!!

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great performance!

I felt like I was listening to a television show. Very entertaining! I highly recommend this audio book!


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storyline corny

storyline corny, audio background good. not suspenseful. didnt feel attachment to any of the characters, no warmth in any of it. not believable, nor fun

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Disappointed

James Patterson novel - it was very disappointing.
Loved listening to Aaron Paul, but terrible story,

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  • RD
  • 2022-01-17

A great and unexpected experience

I normally listen to nonfiction books and rarely to stories and dramas but this one is so good I had to share a review. Very engaging, especially with the voices: it makes it so lifelike I love it. Kudos to everyone involved in creating this.

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-03-11

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
  • 2021-03-11

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
  • 2021-03-13

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
  • 2021-03-12

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
  • 2021-03-12

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
  • 2021-03-11

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
  • 2021-03-12

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
  • 2021-03-11

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
  • 2021-03-11

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
  • 2021-03-13

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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