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  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

In his award-winning debut novel, James J. Kaufman delivers a gripping and unforgettable story of two strong men from separate worlds - one touched by tragedy, the other by greed - brought together with unexpected results. In chronicling how their lives and those they touch are dramatically changed by their encounter, Kaufman reveals the power of relationships, the nature of love, and ultimately the meaning of life.

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella."

Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

A child of wealth and privilege from New York's Upper East Side, Preston Wilson harbors a fear of financial failure. When that fear threatens to become reality, Preston tracks down the one attorney who might be able to save him. Joe reluctantly decides to help - but only after extracting a promise that Preston will fulfill an unspecified condition when called upon. Preston, desperate, agrees.

Too soon, Joe calls in his unconventional IOU. The self-absorbed Preston balks when Joe tells him he must meet, earn the trust of, and care for several people. Each of Joe's collectibles - none of whom Preston would ever want to know - has a serious personal challenge. Can Preston find the integrity to make good on his promise to Joe? Does he have a choice?

©2011 James J. Kaufman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Surprise surprise, excellent

Really great story, narration which holds your interest until the end. Genuinely recommend this book and looking forward to reading the next two.

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Very good

Couldn't leave it. As a plus catalogue read I was really pleased. I read reviews and gave it a shot.

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Unusual storyline well read

I enjoyed listening to this book and will look out for more titles by the sane author

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Emotional

The story gripped me from the beginning. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, highs and lows expertly placed.
It was a compelling read/listen and so hard to turn off.
I loved it.

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Heartwarming

Lovely heartwarming story. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I would recommend it to others.

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Such a lovely story

If only real life was like this, if only people were really like the characters in this book.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and will certainly look out for other books by this author
The narrator was excellent.

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Truly unexpected and enjoyable

Powerful in it’s depth and simplicity. I got to the end and felt I could begin again immediately as there was so much to take in. A poetic and uplifting story about an ordinary, extraordinary man and his friends. Relaxing, absorbing, entertaining and so well written. Thank you James Kaufman and the narrator Joe Barrett.

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Not one book

It is not one story. Maybe 2 books or more would have been better.
There is a strong message that we should be good and honest, which is good.
The story at the beginning of the book is not gripping.
Generally I felt the book was boring.
The later part of the book is sad/ depressing.If you need uplifting do not read

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