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A Drop of the Hard Stuff | [Lawrence Block]

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. A Drop of the Hard Stuff continues Block’s popular series starring New York private detective and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Scudder is already struggling with his sobriety when his friend and fellow AA member Jack Ellery is found murdered. Now the only thing keeping Scudder from the bottle is his obsession with finding the culprit.
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Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block has been named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. A Drop of the Hard Stuff continues Block’s popular series starring New York private detective and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Scudder is already struggling with his sobriety when his friend and fellow AA member Jack Ellery is found murdered. Now the only thing keeping Scudder from the bottle is his obsession with finding the culprit.

©2011 Lawrence Block (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    David Northridge, CA, United States 11-22-11
    David Northridge, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Much...Not Enough."

    Scudder's struggles with alcohol have always been an interesting sub-plot in Block's book, but takes center stage here. Center stage with a spotlight and otherwise empty stage -- there's barely a crime to be dealt with! It ultimately renders this tale moribund. I could barely finish it.

    That said, Block is one of my very favorite authors...I'll be right in line for his next one. Just a misfire here.

    I always enjoy and prefer Block's reading of his own material, but Stechschulte does a fine job here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louella Carpinteria, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Louella Carpinteria, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "more great Lawrence Block"

    Have read most all of Lawrence Block's books. In "Seven Million Ways to Die" he wrote the best description I have ever read of an alcoholic event (I am an alcoholic so I know from whence I speak). What a wonderful writer and look forward to his next novel. Louella E Rehfield.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne United States 01-03-12
    Marianne United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty Good"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence Block and/or Tom Stechschulte?

    Thought this was a new book in series, but it goes back to his original sober period getting to 1 year of not drinking.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lawrence Block? Why or why not?

    Would have to consider


    What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

    Monotone


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garrard Hayes NY United States 12-05-11
    Garrard Hayes NY United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2006

    Author of Bourbon & Blood

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    "Dull with no action."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Block again?

    Maybe


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely


    Do you think A Drop of the Hard Stuff needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration and writing was good but I wish there was some action in at least a few spots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Marra 09-08-11
    A. Marra 09-08-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "For AA Members Only"

    This novel centers more on the AA 12 Step Program than on the murder mystery. It seems like almost 90% of the narration includes the word ???step??? or ???meeting??? or both. I find the constant repetition becomes tedious and, eventually, annoying..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 08-18-11
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 08-18-11 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love Lawrence Block..."

    ...and have done for years. This book is delightfully read and it was a lot of fun to 'read' another Scudder book after so long a lull. It was great to go back in time and fill in some gaps, although I did miss a couple of the 'regulars' who Matt hadn't met yet at the setting of this story. I'm afraid I guessed the outcome too early for it to have been as much fun as I would have liked though. It's still a great listen and I'd recommend any Lawrence Block book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 12-05-13
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 12-05-13 Member Since 2002

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Booze Booze Everywhere . . . ."
    If you could sum up A Drop of the Hard Stuff in three words, what would they be?

    A Hellova Life


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's honesty. It's truthfulness. It's grittiness.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Our Hero was the best. His struggle for sobriety made the story meaningful. His search for the truth made it worth listening to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where he comes home to find the bottle on the table. His description of the smell, the taste, the want & the need. I felt it deep in my gut.


    Any additional comments?

    I know some people find the constant referral to the 12 Steps, AA & Meetings annoying but this whole story is about getting off the booze & working the Steps. None of it would've happened if the murdered man wasn't working the Steps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JAMES Alexandria, VA, United States 12-20-12
    JAMES Alexandria, VA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good mystery but a depressing alcoholic scene."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More emphasis on the mystery, on the evidence, on the motives and less on the failures of the various drunks and their sad lives.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    David Baldacci, "The Innocent".


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The solution to the mystery was well hidden and satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    Suggest abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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