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The Gift

Written by: Sebastian Fitzek
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
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Please note: This title contains mature content, including depictions of physical and sexual violence. Listener discretion advised.

The Gift is an exciting edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller by international best-selling author Sebastian Fitzek, performed by listener favorite Ari Fliakos.

Con man Milan Berg has a photographic memory. But he’s hiding a secret: He can’t read. Unable to interpret the world around him, Milan finds increasingly crafty ways to navigate it. That is, until he comes across a car in traffic with a girl in the back seat. She desperately holds a written note up to the window, but what does it say?

Fearing the girl is in mortal danger, Milan determines to search for her. As he follows a series of clues, each darker and scarier than the next, he’s thrust into a nightmarish odyssey with a deepening, disturbing progression: The clues are tied to his past. Lost in a web of lies, his world is upended as he lands in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Under the threat of death by his cellmates, Milan recounts his entire story to them from the beginning.

Will Milan save himself and the girl? Is he innocent and telling the truth? Or is he a master manipulator delivering one huge con?

©2019 Sebastian Fitzek and Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur GmbH & Co. KG (P)2023 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Interesting but a hot mess in parts

Some aspects of this story were really interesting but the story was hard to follow at times. Not sure if this was a translation issue but some parts were a hot mess and illogical. I can see why others found the story compelling and different, but not my thing. I regret wasting a precious credit on it. Strong performance.

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A twist filled thriller.

This twist filled thriller had so many turns that everything you think you figured out is exactly what they wanted you to figure out.
a fun read.

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Interesting read

I enjoy it so much I think I like it better than I did it made sense at the end

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Great listen!

Loved it! Great story, characters and plot. The narrator did a great job as well.

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Compelling

Gripping, suspenseful story. Well narrated, sympathetic characters. A bit of cringe worthy violence. Couldn’t stop listening until the end so lost a bit of sleep.

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Fascinating Story

This was an exciting book. I started listening to it and couldn’t put it down I finished the book in one day. It’s a convoluted fast paced thriller with lots of plot twists right to the end. I highly recommend this book to you. I

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GREAT PSYCHOLOGICAL STory . WOW AMAZIMG

this book was one of the BEST psychological books I have listened to. The twist the characters, the narrations all made this book perfect . So for those that are for wrapping their heads around a good story trying to put everything in its place EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED !! I hope there will be more like this. 👍
Thanks to all involved for this great and well written book

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Waste of time

The only good thing about this book was the narrator, he was very good. the book itself was a waste of time, contrived and convoluted. Ridiculous premise. I would not recommend it.

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Disastrous mess

Almost impossible to follow the storyline. I suppose the author was trying to be clever but I didn't care enough about the characters or the story to put much effort into trying to sort everything out.

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Not for me

I really regret using a credit for this book. Did not enjoy it at all

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