Death Match

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lincoln Child
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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One of today's most spellbinding techno-thriller writers, Lincoln Child serves up a brilliantly imagined suspense novel of high-tech matchmaking and murder.
The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room after having committed double suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence and surveillance tools to bring together perfectly matched supercouples. Eden guarantees its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

Enter Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist who is brought in by Eden to perform a quick—and quiet—investigation. As Lash begins his "psychological autopsy," he delves deep into the seemingly ordinary private lives of the Thorpes, all the while trying to suppress a personal tragedy of his own that he has kept carefully buried in the past. But when another of the ideal couples commits double suicide, Lash's investigation veers into the many hidden layers of Eden, Inc., an awe-inspiring labyrinthine world of technology and psychology that inadvertently may bring Lash face-to-face with his own demons.

In Death Match, best-selling thriller writer Lincoln Child is in top form, rendering his most imaginative and suspense novel yet.

Reviews (10)

Death Match

Written by Anonymous on April 7th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was bored. It was also way too long. It would have been nice to have an abridged version.

Death Match

Written by Anonymous on September 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book, holds attention all the way through. I recommend this book and this author.

Poor Narrator

Written by Dewey Stevens on August 20th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Story is ok... you can tell the author did his research on the subject. No surprises though... The way the narrator enunciates is borderline annoying, and there are several mispronunciations per disc.

Interesting But Not Compelling

Written by Anonymous from Woodbine, MD on April 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Lincoln Child / Christopher Lash fans will enjoy this techno-thriller, but 11 discs were about 4 too many for my taste. I tumbled to a major clue early on, but Lash didn't pick up on it until the last 1/4 of the book. I also nailed the culprit nailed about halfway through, and was completely frustrated with Lash's slow progress. I haven't read any other books in the Lash series, but a former FBI profiler who was supposedly as renowned as Lash would never have taken so darn long to connect the plot dots. I also found the narrator a little annoying - his voice is slightly nasal and pitched a bit too high to sound as authoritative as Lash should (by my expectation).

good commuting read

Written by Kathy B on February 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I truly enjoyed this book - the pace was great and it kept my interest right to the end. Of course, halfway through, I thought I had already figured out who the culprit was...but it was still a good book to listen to on my commute!

Great story, tedious reading

Written by Kathleen Ross from Woodbury, CT on September 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I wish I could give this 5 stars. We really enjoyed the story. It was original ans suspenseful and fascinating. Some reviews have complained about the detail, but I think it was very well written. The detail only became tedious because of the reader. The reading was so lacking in emotion or inflection of any kind that we found ourselves at times making fun of it while we were listeings. It was like listening to a robot. Also, it may not be entirely the readers fault, but the nature of audiobooks, but there were a lot of numbers and if I was actually reading, I could have skipped over the irrelevant ones. The reader spent so much time listing each number slowing and monotonously. All this said, the story kept us listening to the very end.

Death Match

Written by Susan Scarcliff on September 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A good suspense. It is written so that at different times different ideas come up as to cause of death or killier.

This was a gooder

Written by Ann B on July 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Took this one to the beach to listen while driving in the car, however, I got so caught up in it that I ended up taking it out on the beach and listening there as well. (try keeping sand out of a walkman!) The author displays an impressive imagination and knowledge about computer issues.The plot is intriguing,unique and carefully developed. The main character and supporting ones are interesting and nicely drawn.I did guess who the culprit was but not before the last third of the book. Clearly Lincoln Child likes detail because he includes a whole lot of it. I could have done with less at times. Overall highly recommended!

Death Match

Written by Memphis Mel on May 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Wow, what a unique idea - and scary at that. In retrospect, I'd have preferred an abridged edition, but all the extra story really didn't distract. With all the "perfect match" services out there today, "Death Match" really gives one pause. Good book!

Death Match

Written by Anonymous on April 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book very much. It had a fast pace and just enough of the futuristic computer possibilities without going overboard. The reader added to the enjoyment of the book and I would recommend it.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lincoln

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen short stories composed during his youth, he wrote a science-fiction novel in tenth grade called Second Son of Daedalus and a shamelessly Tolkeinesque fantasy in twelfth grade titled The Darkness to the North (left unfinished at 400 manuscript pages). Both are exquisitely embarrassing to read today and are kept under lock and key by the author.

After a childhood that is of interest only to himself, Lincoln graduated from Carleton College (huh?) in Northfield, Minnesota, majoring in English. Discovering a fascination for words, and their habit of turning up in so many books, he made his way to New York in the summer of 1979, intent on finding a job in publishing. He was lucky enough to secure a position as editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press.

Over the next several years, he clawed his way up the editorial hierarchy, moving to assistant editor to associate editor before becoming a full editor in 1984. While at St. Martin's, he was associated with the work of many authors, including that of James Herriot and M. M. Kaye. He edited well over a hundred books--with titles as diverse as The Notation of Western Music and Hitler's Rocket Sites--but focused primarily on American and English popular fiction.

While at St. Martin's, Lincoln assembled several collections of ghost and horror stories, beginning with the hardcover collections Dark Company (1984) and Dark Banquet (1985). Later, when he founded the company's mass-market horror division, he edited three more collections of ghost stories, Tales of the Dark 1-3.

In 1987, Lincoln left trade publishing to work at MetLife. In a rather sudden transition, he went from editing manuscripts, speaking at sales conferences, and wining/dining agents to doing highly technical programming and systems analysis. Though the switch might seem bizarre, Lincoln was a propeller-head from a very early age, and his extensive programming experience dates back to high school, when he worked with DEC minis and the now-prehistoric IBM 1620, so antique it actually had an electric typewriter mounted into its front panel. Away from the world of publishing, Lincoln's own nascent interests in writing returned. While at MetLife, Relic was published, and within a few years Lincoln had left the company to write full time. He now lives in New Jersey (under protest--just kidding) with his wife and daughter.

A dilettante by natural inclination, Lincoln's interests include: pre-1950s literature and poetry; post-1950s popular fiction; playing the piano, various MIDI instruments, and the 5-string banjo; English and American history; motorcycles; architecture; classical music, early jazz, blues, and R&B; exotic parrots; esoteric programming languages; mountain hiking; bow ties; Italian suits; fedoras; archaeology; and multiplayer deathmatching.