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A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery | [Lawrence Block]

A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery

Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism.
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Publisher's Summary

Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism.

More mayhem? Listen to another Matt Scudder mystery.

©1992 Lawrence Block; (P)1992 Recorded Books

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    Liz Cochranville, PA, United States 08-18-10
    Liz Cochranville, PA, United States 08-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Sorry!"

    The book might have been OK but the narration of it drove me nuts. Soooo slow.........

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brian New Albany, OH, United States 03-31-14
    Brian New Albany, OH, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst narration I've ever experienced"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story's merit is wholly destroyed by an awful narration. The subject matter is interesting, though disturbing, but you will not be able to get into it because of the narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer’s performances?

    Never. His narration was so poor, and so slow, that I had to listen to it at double speed to make it even the least bit palatable.


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

    The story was mildly interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dolliann palm desert, ca, United States 07-16-14
    dolliann palm desert, ca, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "narration ruins enjoyment of the story"
    What did you like best about A Walk Among the Tombstones? What did you like least?

    The narrator should only be used for stories in the south or somewhere where slow talking wouldn't be annoying.


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

    depends who was reading it.


    What didn’t you like about Mark Hammer’s performance?

    his voice


    Was A Walk Among the Tombstones worth the listening time?

    not sure if the story would be better with a faster pace


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Perry albany, OR, United States 06-24-14
    Perry albany, OR, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

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    "Movie to be out Sept 19, 2014"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk Among the Tombstones the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the character voices, seeing the story in my mind. Doing two things at once. All reason why listening is enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Lawrence Block's 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block's books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976. 

    This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic's Anonymous  meetings. This story is truly told through the eyes of as alcoholic who takes his sobriety one day at a time. 

    The book begins with the kidnapping and murder of a drug traffickers wife even after the ransom is paid. Matt Scudder is hired to find out who committed the murder without involving the police. When Matt finds a series of murders the seem connected he works with police, without reveling his clients situation, to find the serial killers.

    The story weaves Scudder's personsonal life with his professional one and had many rememorable characters. 

    Mark Hammer does an excellent job as a narrator and having been released on audiobook in 1992 the story takes place at the beginning of the computer age when people were just starting to use pagers and still used pay phones. I am sure the story will be updated for the upcoming movie.

    This story grabbed my attention right away. It is written without the vulgarity in many of the modern crime novels and the characters are well developed and well thought out.

    I recommend this book and look forward to going back into the Audible Archieves and listening to the complete series of Matt Scudder novels.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hankark Van Buren 06-23-14
    hankark Van Buren 06-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent story bad narration."

    Oh my gosh, I struggled to stay with the story because of the narrator. I'm sorry Mr. Hammer but your style, if one can call it that, is extremely boring. Plodding, slow, methodical, etc. It's almost like you really didn't even want to do the project. After many audible books this the worst narration I've every experienced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Brave Southern California, United States 06-18-14
    Mr. Brave Southern California, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Read instead of listen"
    What would have made A Walk Among the Tombstones better?

    Less fixation on AA


    What was most disappointing about Lawrence Block’s story?

    Slow plot, mindless dialogue


    What didn’t you like about Mark Hammer’s performance?

    So, so slow, huge pregnant unnecessary pauses.


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

    Had potential


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Hammer needs to pick up the pace!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-12-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "A skilled Detective novel"

    A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block is really an outstanding novel. Some of the settings and investigative techniques may be a little dated, but it really is an awesome read. The plot to this one will get you hooked and keep you there. The only draw back to this novel is that the narrator was indeed really bad. I would love to see this work redone with someone with more range and skill. Mark Hammer makes all the characters sound like their 80. The whole book seems like it was recorded in a nursing home, which is a shame because this one is really quite exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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