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New York Dead | [Stuart Woods]

New York Dead

Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he’s too smart to be a cop, but it’s pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country’s hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he’s too smart to be a cop, but it’s pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country’s hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.

No matter where he turns, the case is waiting for him, haunting his nights and turning his days into a living hell. Stone finds himself caught in a perilous web of unspeakable crimes, dangerous friends, and sexual depravity that has throughout it one common thread: Sasha.

©1991 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Hollywood slick and fast-moving." (Los Angeles Daily News)

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    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-16-13
    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-16-13 Member Since 2006

    65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.

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    "Mr. Woods should expand his horizons."

    Stuart Woods has written books set in Manhattan and Florida. Early in his career he was entertaining. Now, however, he is boring. His protagonist is named Stone Barrington, This right away should put you on your guard. The name sounds just like a soap opera character, doesn't it? The book is set in the extremely cloistered environment, in which Manhattan is the only place in the world that counts. Or, as the cartoon once said, everything west of the Hudson is Pitttsburgh. The action, such as it is, involves the suicide or murder of Sasha Nijinski, a news reader on one of the TV news programs. From that point on, the plot is stale. There is no suspense. Of course the sleek Mr. Barrington becomes sexually involved with a woman who is just as sleek as he is, and they have sex until it hurts. I began to lose interest about a third of the way through. I mean, does Mr. Woods actually believe that we care whether his hero can get a good table at Elaine's? Or, do we really care if they can get into Robert DeNiro's new hangout? Puuullllease! Woody Allen has worked this tiny plot of land for his entire life, and it is thoroughly wrung out by now. A new generation of writers might be able to pull fresh material from the same milieu, but Mr. Woods is by now simply knocking these out because his publishers demand it. It is possible that the publishers and Mr. Woods are still making money at this, but, frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 10-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good start for the series"

    This is the first book of the Stone Barrington series, and I really enjoyed it.
    A woman falls to her death? in front of Stone as he was walking down the street. She disappears, as he runs 12 stories up to her apt. to see if it's murder or suicide. Someone runs away, and the mystery and suspense begins. The book is full of twists and turns, full of clues that never fully give away just what happened to the falling lady, meanwhile Stone searches for answers, making some poor personal choices and gets himself in all kinds of trouble leading up to a nail biting ending.
    The story kept me thoroughly interested, with good narration, so I listened and listened, and am now looking forward to the next of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Mercerville, NJ, United States 03-04-13
    Roger Mercerville, NJ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "NOT PREDICTABLE"
    What made the experience of listening to New York Dead the most enjoyable?

    RICHARD FERRONE IS AN EXCELLENT READER AND HAS A GREAT WAY WITH HIS CHARACTERS.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THE PART WHEN HE IS BEING FIRED.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Stony Brook, NY, United States 03-12-12
    William Stony Brook, NY, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellant read..a great start to the series"
    Where does New York Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I feel New York Dead ranks at the top with others I have read


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

    at every turn


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

    no


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

    neither , but kept me interested and on the edge of my seat..kept listening till the end and then the next day read it again


    Any additional comments?

    none

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 01-21-13
    Daniel 01-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good old Stone Barrington"

    It's interesting, despite a huge snow storm, the moonlight was bright enough to see by.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S United States 10-20-14
    S United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2001

    Retired reading, English, & math teacher. Survivor of rear-ending on Channel 5 bridge in Florida Keys that resulted in 10 day coma&rehab,

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    "Well put together tale"

    Easy to listen to and understand. Detailed and full of interesting facts. Kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Stanley Boston, MA 05-31-14
    T. Stanley Boston, MA 05-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing!"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I bought this book because I LOVED Chiefs, and I can't believe that this was written by the same author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stuart Woods again?

    NO!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    He was fine - it was the material that was severely wanting.


    What character would you cut from New York Dead?

    Cutting just one character wouldn't do it...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Downey, CA, United States 08-06-12
    David Downey, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprise ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes; entertaining. Keeps you on the edge of your seat


    What other book might you compare New York Dead to and why?

    DC Dead - same characters different locale


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

    Good character differentiation and voice continuity.


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

    1st chapter- body falling right in front of Stone


    Any additional comments?

    The story evolved smoothly but didn't give away the suprise ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    laall 11-11-13
    laall 11-11-13
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    "Ridiculous"

    If you like a book that is 25% sappy sex scenes and 25% profane and vulgar language and 50% actually story plot, this is the book for you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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