The Request by David Bell | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To The Request by David Bell?

Sometimes I like to step out of my comfort zone. The Request by David Bell was completely out of my comfort zone and really on the surface, not a me book. It’s a thriller where the main character is a guy who seemingly has everything in his life together. I am not one who is usually into that kind of thing when reading, but something about the summary caught my attention. Maybe it was the idea this book posits about social media only being the highlight reel (which I fully agree with). When this popped up as available via audiobook for the library, I went for it.

What’s The Story Here?

The Request is about a man who has it all. His job is wonderful. His family life could not be better. Also, his social media is hashtag goals. Ryan Francis is truly living the dream. However, his dream may all come crashing down on him. You see, his old friend makes a request of Ryan – break into a woman’s home and destroy evidence of the affair. Ryan feels like he cannot turn the request down, so he does so. Unfortunately, it turns out the woman has been murdered. Ryan gets himself tangled up in something serious. Oh, and he knows the woman too. His phone rings and it turns out to be a Facebook friend request from the woman. Also? Ryan is pretty sure he is being set up for the woman’s murder. So, he is on the run and trying to solve the case and clear his good name.

How Did I Like The Request?

Frankly, The Request was really compelling. I will admit to skipping ahead to make sure that Ryan’s baby turned out okay. You see, I can’t handle tiny children in danger. Thankfully, the baby turns out just fine, no issues or anything. I do think that Ryan made a lot of terrible life choices. But, I get it. When you are under that much stress chances are you aren’t thinking logically – particularly when you are being framed for murder and all that you hold dear could be taken away. While this was not my favorite book of all time ever, it was a good step into something different. After reading, I am willing to try more at least by David Bell, and more thrillers aimed at adults.


How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of The Request is narrated by Tristan Morris. It is 12 hours and 6 minutes long. If I recall correctly, I listened to this at 1.5x speed which was ideal for the story. The action translates really well into audio. I think that this would be a good audiobook for men or for people who really like high octane movies and tv shows. It certainly was an entertaining listen and I have zero complaints about the audiobook.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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