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Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel | [Donald E. Westlake]

Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

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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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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©1972 Donald E. Westlake (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Alex Stephentown, NY, United States 11-13-10
    Alex Stephentown, NY, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "great story - well narrated!!!"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 08-12-12
    Kelly Howard Oregon 08-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Another terrific Dortmunder novel, well read"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 07-29-10
    Brad Northfield, MN, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"

    Westlake really knows how to "spin a yarn". Each character is terrific. An implausible plot, but I felt like this could really happen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-06-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun Crime Caper"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-05-14
    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amusing Crime Hijinx from Dortmunder and Crew"
    If you could sum up Bank Shot in three words, what would they be?

    "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.


    What other book might you compare Bank Shot to and why?

    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).


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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    Jeff McLean, VA USA 12-14-12
    Jeff McLean, VA USA 12-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Time warp not worth entering"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some things stand the test of time; some don't - this book/it's story does not. It plays as comically dated.


    What could Donald E. Westlake have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing - narration is fine; content is not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bank Shot?

    Again, it's just that the scenes come across as hopelessly dated, silly rather than historical or retrospective.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Beaver Dam, WI, USA 10-29-12
    Donald Beaver Dam, WI, USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Can't stop listening because its just funny!"
    Would you try another book from Donald E. Westlake and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Sure


    If you’ve listened to books by Donald E. Westlake before, how does this one compare?

    Never read a book by him


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, do not remeber him


    Was Bank Shot worth the listening time?

    Not the best, but was too strange, you had to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    A light humor, different type of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Seattle, WA, United States 10-13-12
    William Seattle, WA, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's funny and clever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Making the unbelievable believable.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Each character voice was unique and seemed appropriate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh!


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    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 09-24-12
    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a fun listen"
    Would you try another book from Donald E. Westlake and/or Jeff Woodman?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    no need to change the story in my opinion, it was well written and had clever humor.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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!


    Could you see Bank Shot being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yeah, i could see this being made into a show or movie. i could see many people acting the parts, perhaps will farrell...


    Any additional comments?

    nice change of pace from the norm! give it a "shot"! ô¿ô

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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