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June 6, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn

A Rapid Review

Intern's HandbookThe Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn

Publisher: Simon & Schuster | April 2014
Format: Audio Download | 8 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

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.

John Lago works for HR, an agency of contract killers that hides hitmen (or women) in plain sight by placing them as interns, ostensibly because no one notices interns. John needs to complete one last assignment before he can retire at the ripe old age of 25. But this time the job isn’t going as smoothly as he expected. Distractions can be dangerous, especially when they are in the form of Alice, a very attractive lawyer who works at the firm. And then his birth father turns up – another distraction. (HR prefers to recruit orphans and potential sociopaths.)

This is a clever, quirky, satirical read filled with fun, snappy dialog. The book is written in the first person as a handbook for new recruits joining HR, a sort of memoir of John’s experiences and the do’s and don’ts for success on the “job”. At times it reads like an action movie, and while often unbelievable, it’s an entertaining thrill-ride of an adventure.

Audio production:
The narration was performed by Pete Simonelli. Using a cold, emotionless voice, he sounded like the calculating killer I imagined John Lago would be. A fun, easy book to listen to – the eight hours flew by.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jun 6 2014 10:46 am

    This sounds fantastically creepy – I just made a note of this to listen to it.


    • Leslie / Jun 6 2014 10:50 am

      Not too creepy but a little gory at times – mostly a fun read. I think you’d like it!


  2. BermudaOnion / Jun 6 2014 8:21 pm

    Oh, I like the sound of that one!


  3. Beth F / Jun 7 2014 6:39 am

    I’m not sure this is for me, but glad it was a success for you


  4. stacybuckeye / Jun 8 2014 2:44 pm

    Okay, off to see if my library has the audio!



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