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A Walk Among the Tombstones Audiobook

A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery

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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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    PerryMartinBookReviews 06-24-14 Member Since 2010
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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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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    willdan Fort Worth, Texas 08-01-14
    willdan Fort Worth, Texas 08-01-14
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    "Excellent find"

    I had never heard of this book or author or narrator, but I'm glad I found it. The story I felt was very well done and the narration was excellent. I really felt like the main character, Matt, was sitting next to me telling me this wild story, not like I had someone reading a book to me. I may go back and re-listen to it in the future, something I very rarely do, I enjoyed it that much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-24-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Good Read? Yep!"

    Back when… I read Lawrence Block from the start of Matt Scudder novels. You’d do well to go to the beginning of the series and work toward A Walk Among the Tombstones, especially since so many spoilers for those books are laid down here. But if you must begin here, well, this is good Matt Scudder stuff.

    For years Lawrence Block wrote the (How To Write) Fiction column for Writers Digest Magazine – which made me a Block FanBoy. The man’s a professional who sweats the details and the story arc – like most of Block’s books this one’s tighter than a cranky drunk at closing time. If you’ve read Block, you know why I wrote that analogy. When you read this book you’ll get it.

    This is a hole-less plot with plenty of useful clues hidden neatly within the writer’s carefully constructed characters and habitat. I liked it, recommend it, and will continue filling in the holes in my Block library.

    Audio acting lost a genius when Mark Hammer passed in 2007. If for no other reason than to hear that talent, listen to Hammer interpret A Walk Among the Tombstones.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AlTonya DAVIDSON, NC, United States 08-22-14
    AlTonya DAVIDSON, NC, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story!! Terrible Narration!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk Among the Tombstones the most enjoyable?

    The author's ability to draw out the suspense.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot definitely kept me on edge. I was almost afraid to hear more- many aspects were so disturbing, but I had to find out how the story would unfold.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More enthusiasm in the voice- such monotone and often times the narrator sounded like he was drifting off to sleep. I listen to many of my books during lengthy commutes and the narrator's performance just drained me of energy...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Gruesome But Gutsy Thriller!


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    imbucki 03-31-14
    imbucki 03-31-14
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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.


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

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

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-19-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-19-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "CODE 5 EMERGENCY"

    THE THINGS PEOPLE DO TO EACH OTHER
    A lot of this is the mechanics of solving a serial killer case, starting from scratch. Their are no lucky breaks or things just falling in to place, Matt Scuder thinks things through and does the leg work, some of it with a lot of help from a street kid. It is a character driven story with lots of gore. Most of the gory parts you are not there as they happen, you hear about them later, yet they are still very gory.(Warning, gory) Example: a woman watches as a man cuts off one of her breasts with a garrote. She watches it slide down her side. If you are still with me, there are also some funny parts. The Kongs are computer nerds and hackers, who eat lots of chunk food and spend all day hacking into systems and getting things for free. They are a hoot. Scuder is an ex cop and often goes outside the law to solve a case. This book is very dated, rotary phones, phone booths, etc. Though dated it is a great listen.

    THINGS CHANGE, THEY CAN'T DO OTHERWISE
    The really strange thing is, that I should not have liked this book. Matt is an ex-cop who is an alcoholic, (cliché, right). I have no sympathy for alcoholics, having been on the other side of the problem, and feeling it is a self inflicted thing. (I know I am politically incorrect, but those are my feelings.) Having said that I learned a lot about alcoholics, I did not realize that they go to meetings almost everyday. I did not know what they did in the meetings. More cliché, is that the cop's girlfriend is a hooker. It is a relationship I have a problem understanding. The book is kind of slow moving, with lots of thought and conversation over action. Block, like Asimov pulls it off, to the point that I really liked it. Probably the weirdest thing was the narrator.

    YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO LISTEN REAL HARD, TO HEAR WHAT THEY WERE THINKING.
    This narrator talks so slow he makes Rudnicki sound like Speedy Gonzales. The guy reminded me of an old guy I used to work with. Sometimes it sounded like it took all his effort to push out one word. They kind of came out with a grunt and almost all the characters sound old, almost. He does a great job with the Kongs. Having said that, and I normally hate slow narrators, I loved this guy. A lot of reviewers have complained about him and you need to listen to the sample, but I felt that this was the way Block wrote the book and how he wanted it to sound. I am hoping he is the narrator for the other Scuder books. I felt he was Matt Scuder. I enjoyed the real way cases or solved and how good detectives get clues. Often he would try to find answers to questions he had, not knowing if the answer would be of any help.

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    YOUR HARDER TO GET THEN LUCKY
    This is just an aside that has nothing to do with the story. I first came across Lawrence Block through a short story in Warriors, a Science Fiction Anthology. Block normally does not write in that genre. The story (Clean Slate) was excellent, with excellent writing which made me want to search Block out and led me to detective stories that I normally don't listen to. Anthologies are great way to find new authors. It is also a great way for authors to widen their audience. I will be reading or listening to a lot more Lawrence Block in the future, regardless of the genre.

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    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 09-07-14
    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2012

    looking for a good read

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    "shoot the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    omg this guy sounded like he was 100 if a day. It made the story not believable. It was a good story struggled thru it.


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

    omg this guy sounded like he was 100 if a day. It made the story not believable. It was a good story struggled thru it.


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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 08-29-14
    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Shaun

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    "New Narrator"

    My first of the series and the story was great but as always a poor narrator makes it hard to get through the book. He made everyone sound old and more like they were going to play bingo rather than being involved in a murder mystery.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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