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Richard

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  • Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lily Bask
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    So this girl walks into a bar…and when she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address. She’s been doing this for a while, and she’s good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her.

    zippyrich says: "Keller with some kink"
    "Keller with some kink"
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    I love me some Lawrence Block, particularly the Keller books (I've long considered Robert Forster's read of "Hit Man" a high-water mark for entertainment audiobooks). With "Getting Off," Block once again displays his penchant for crafting endearing sociopaths. Expertly-paced, colloquial and smart with some truly horrifying passages–Block fleshes out the main character's motivations by painting a hideously uncomfortable childhood–the book really cooks and gets under the skin. Lily Bask turns in a terrific performance, particularly when called upon to read some of the story's more risque action. Good fun & worth a listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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