With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".
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Happy I discovered Donald Westlake. I love Thomas Perry's capers such as 'Metzger's Dog' (except his Jane Whitefield stories), this is similar! Great fun to listen to and well narrated by Jeff Woodman who I sometimes find a bit whiney (e.g. Chris Grabenstein stories). Don't miss out!
I've been an enthusiastic fan of Westlake's Dortmunder books for decades, and was very pleased to discover that someone had the sense to get readers that do them justice. In "Bank Shot," Jeff Woodman does an excellent job; his voices and tone are perfect for the book.
If you're not familiar with Dortmunder, you really should be: Westlake pretty much invented the comic caper novel with the gloomy John Dortmunder (the first was "The Hot Rock," also an excellent audiobook) and his group of somewhat misfit pals. The extraordinarily quirky situations they get into are invariably entertaining, and the curve balls Fate throws at Dortmunder have, on occasion, actually helped me see the comic side of my own misfortunes...not that mine are nearly as entertaining as Dortmunder's!
The only people I would not recommend this & other Dortmunder books to are those who absolutely hate to laugh.
Westlake really knows how to "spin a yarn". Each character is terrific. An implausible plot, but I felt like this could really happen.
This was a fun and light crime caper. Parts were quite funny and I enjoyed the premise of a thief stealing a whole bank rather than just breaking into the safe. It was a unique twist on the bank robbery theme. The characters were exactly that - characters! They all have unique skills and attitudes that they bring to the caper. Although this was the second in the series, this is the first one I read and I did not find it hard to pick up who everyone was. I haven't decided yet if I want to delve into the entire series, or just leave it at this one.
I could wile away the hours...
This was an unexpected treat. Vibrant characters, a plot that has plenty of hooks, and a lighthearted tone. As good as anything by Elmore Leonard. Penned in a style that says Westlake (who also wrote as Richard Stark) had fun at the typewriter. Makes for an entertaining and breezy drive. Can't miss.
"Stolen bank job." Why waste time cracking the safe onsite when you can drag off the whole bank and crack it at your leisure. That's the hypothesis that Dortmunder and crew test in this, the second book in the series.
Westlake's Parker series, written under the pen name of Richard Stark, are incredible heist novels of a different sort. The tone is dark and the main characters are generally competent. The Dortmunder novels are a lighter take on the heist story, filled with quirky characters, sloppy execution, and general hilarity. These are thoroughly enjoyable listens (both series).
Jeff Woodman is the perfect choice for this book. He does a fantastic job, putting just enough character into each voice to differentiate them without sounding like one-man's attempt at a full-cast dramatization. After hearing Jeff, I can't imagine anyone else reading these.
Some things stand the test of time; some don't - this book/it's story does not. It plays as comically dated.
Nothing - narration is fine; content is not.
Again, it's just that the scenes come across as hopelessly dated, silly rather than historical or retrospective.
Never read a book by him
No, do not remeber him
Not the best, but was too strange, you had to listen.
A light humor, different type of story.
Yes. It's funny and clever.
Making the unbelievable believable.
Each character voice was unique and seemed appropriate.
i probably would try another book by these guys. it was a nice change from the ultra serious books, or high energy levels some books have. not to say there wasn't action, but the humor is why you listen/read these books.
no need to change the story in my opinion, it was well written and had clever humor.
i don't believe i've listened to JW before, but he did a great job varying the voices so it's easy to tell who is speaking. i think he was excellent!
yeah, i could see this being made into a show or movie. i could see many people acting the parts, perhaps will farrell...
nice change of pace from the norm! give it a "shot"! ô¿ô
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