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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Five killers. One train journey. But who will survive? An original and propulsive thriller from a massive Japanese bestseller.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING BRAD PITT AND SANDRA BULLOCK

Satoshi looks like an innocent schoolboy but he is really a viciously cunning psychopath. Kimura's young son is in a coma thanks to him, and Kimura has tracked him onto the bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard.

Nanao, the self-proclaimed 'unluckiest assassin in the world', and the deadly partnership of Tangerine and Lemon are also travelling to Morioka. A suitcase full of money leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will get off alive at the last station?

Bullet Train was originally published in Japan with the title Maria Beetle.    

©2021 Kotaro Isaka (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"A locked-room crime drama played out at 200mph" (The Times)

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Hits the Target! - suspenseful, clever, hilarious

I haven't enjoyed a grotesque, darkly humourous thriller novel this much since 'Out' by Natsuo Kirino.

The plotting is delicious - the characters vary from psychopathic to horrifically callous to woefully pathetic. Elements ranging from Thomas the Tank Engine and friends - to a snake - are woven with huge skill into a writhing plot. Excellent voicing - the nastiness oozes out of Adam Sims narration.

Have they sold the film rights for this yet? Because, done right, this would make superb cinema ... potentially an infinitely more sophisticated and thrilling ride than 'Train to Busan'.

This novel is destined to become a modern classic. Wonderful stuff - if you can stand to be in the company of killers and psychos for the duration.

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Genuinely enjoyed this

Took a chance, as I like the narrator. Genuinely enjoyed this, something different, but really despised one character and loved others by the end.
Wouldn't say it was in any way a comedy, but good book.

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Almost a DNF

I almost gave up on this book, the flashbacks between Kimura and the Prince were tedious. However once the plot really kicks in I was hooked.

Narration was good.

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A tale and a train not to be missed

I resented every minute spent NOT listening to this book once I started it. Right from the gate, this highly eventful, violent, almost unbearably tense story had me in thrall. The author introduces us to a mixture of unlikeable and likeable villains, bent on mayhem, murder and mystery, and to one of the most loathsome and vile humans ever to walk the planet. I can't think of a villain I've hated and dreaded quite as much as the uber villain in this tale. Terrific read, terrifically well read.

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Unusual & exciting

I chose this book as I love the narrator . Book was fabulous too.unusual & exciting listen

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Awesome

Brilliant from start to finish. Really enjoyed all the characters (well most). And the story line, very easy to follow. Great listen!

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Brilliant!

Take a bedroom farce, change the setting to the Japanese bullet train and the characters to gangsters and you have 'Bullet Train', a brilliant black comedy.

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A must listen!

Gripping a small thrilling story that has you on a knife edge and with an amazing end. Expertly narrated by Adam Sims who understands and breathe life into the story.

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Death on the Orient Express it is not

The killers on this train are quite likeable compared with the teenage psychopath who tries to take control. Highly engaging story with an unguessable outcome. Top notch. The narration does full justice to it.