Bullet Train: A Novel

Written by:
Kotaro Isaka
Narrated by:
Pun Bandhu

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2021
13 hours 38 minutes
A dark, satirical thriller by the bestselling Japanese author, following the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins—now a major film starring Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Joey King, and Sandra Bullock

Nanao, nicknamed Ladybug—the self-proclaimed “unluckiest assassin in the world”—boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with one simple task: grab a suitcase and get off at the next stop. Unbeknownst to him, the deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon are also after the very same suitcase—and they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard.

Satoshi, “the Prince,” with the looks of an innocent schoolboy and the mind of a viciously cunning psychopath, is also in the mix and has history with some of the others. Risk fuels him as does a good philosophical debate—like, is killing really wrong?

Chasing the Prince is another assassin with a score to settle for the time the Prince casually pushed a young boy off of a roof, leaving him comatose. When the five assassins discover they are all on the same train, they realize their missions are not as unrelated as they first appear.

A massive bestseller in Japan, Bullet Train is an original and propulsive thriller that fizzes with an incredible energy and surprising humor as its complex net of double-crosses and twists unwind.

Award-winning author Kotaro Isaka takes listeners on a tension-packed journey as the bullet train hurtles toward its final destination. Who will make it off the train alive—and what awaits them at the last stop?
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An intense, crazy ride on the Shinkansen! Listening to this story was sort of like watching a rube goldberg machine in operation - one event leading to the next in rapid succession leaving you feeling like "WTF just happened?!". I've never said "uh oh!" out loud so often during a book. Also, excellent job the narrator. Loved this audiobook.

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Cris Sayago

Incredibly fun listen!

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Kate P.

5/5stars This might be my new favorite thriller. This book was a perfect balance of humor, a character case study, high stakes, and incredibly smart interesting twists and turns but also bringing together so many different threads. The characters were so fascinating to me, especially the prince, and I thought the writing was both very smart but also very entertaining. Highly recommend!!

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