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The Barkeep Audiobook
The Barkeep
Written by: 
William Lashner
Narrated by: 
Luke Daniels
The Barkeep Audiobook

The Barkeep

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Publisher's Summary

Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession.

Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind. Who hired Birdie Grackle to kill Justin's mother? As Justin pieces together the truth, a killing machine stalks Justin, leaving a trail of dead in his wake. Someone wants to bury the truth, and maybe Justin, too. Justin had better find some answers quick, because murder is just not Zen.

©2013 William Lashner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "Pour me another!"

    This is my second Lashner novel, The Accounting being the first one. Despite the mediocre ratings from other readers, I hoped the depth of character I discovered in the hero of the Accounting would also be found in the Barkeep's heroes. I was not disappointed.

    This novel is so much more than a great mystery. It's about redemption, new beginnings and facing the demons that chase us all. The heroes are everyday people who are placed in extraordinary situations.

    Luke Daniels did great with most of the characters, but there were a few whose character along with the voice he gave them grated on my nerves. Nevertheless it was very close to a 4 star effort

    This was a really fun book to read. It's very close to 5 star experience.

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    Annette Mitchell 10-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow, what a read !!"

    This book was a total surprise for me. At the very beginning I didn't think I would enjoy it. After a slow start, for me that is, it captivated me and kept me enthralled. It kept me guessing until almost the very end. I think Mr. Lashner has gained another fan.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lady S. United States 07-25-15
    Lady S. United States 07-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Strangely entertaining"

    The premise of the story was good, there were lots of twists and ah ha moments. But the narration was off at times I couldn't tell when another charade was speaking because they all sounded the same and there was a bit too much mindless rambling. With all that being said it was a pretty good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 12-02-15
    Elizabeth 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific"

    Wonderful narration... He captured the different characters - amazing
    Great story - couldn't put it down
    I finished it in a day

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 10-29-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 10-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unusual Characters, Original Plot!"

    I thought the book was fabulous. I really liked the main character, a bartender who doesn't drink and follows the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the mentally challenged but endearing killer, the jaded former mistress of the imprisoned father. It was a good mystery with complex intrigue. One complaint - I thought the very annoying and disgusting old codger character went on with his rambling way too long, to the point where I had to fast forward a couple of times. The narrator did his voice much too well - an authentic Texas drunk accent which reminded me of people I have encountered here in the Lone Star State.

    The detailed descriptions of the mixed drinks were a fun touch but I think this book might not be a good choice for recovering alcoholics.

    I agree with other reviewers the ending was a little strange - and a bit weak compared to the rest of the book. Pretty satisfying outcomes all in all, however.

    I definitely recommend this book. It was another one that caused me to sit in the driveway listening after I got home.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-01-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-01-15
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    "The Narrator made the Story"

    The book started out slow. I was pretty lost the first couple of chapters and then the story started clicking.

    I thought that the plot was really good and had just enough twist and turns. The fact that every character besides the barkeep is a complete drunk was a little distracting. Sometimes the dialogs didn't feel like they push the plot forward, just made the plot linger. Also the end was a little weird and I didn't care for it that much.

    Overall, this book was a nice surprise. The narrator of the Audible made the story come to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Als185 01-14-15
    Als185 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed it!"

    Kept my attention and I found myself looking forward to listening. Enjoyed the twists. Worth the listen. Will look for more titles by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shela 09-11-15
    Shela 09-11-15
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    "good book . great narrator"

    story line had just enough quirks in it to bring out an occational chuckle but held my interest easily. narrator brought the book to life. really enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 09-07-15
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    "Lashner tells a great tale!"

    Lots of action, intrigue, plot twists. Lashner tells the tale with just enough descriptive detail to paint a rich picture. Like Michael Connelly at a faster pace.
    I didn't like the narrator's male character voices--too over the top and distracting --but I was able to get past that and enjoy this incredible book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 07-17-15
    Linda United States 07-17-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good every thing."
    What made the experience of listening to The Barkeep the most enjoyable?

    Luke Daniels.


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

    He can bring the characters to life. He has quite a range of voices to offer. He is my favorite narrator next to Ray Porter.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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