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The Brass Cupcake: A Novel Audiobook

The Brass Cupcake: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz.

Ex-cop Cliff Bartells might be the last honest man in Florence City, Florida. After quitting the force over a crisis of conscience, he takes a job at an insurance company buying back stolen jewelry. Cliff is focused on keeping the bottom line down and staying out of the spotlight.But when an affluent tourist from Boston is murdered over a hefty collection of jewelry, Cliff finds himself wrapped up in a case that’s making national headlines. With the victim’s beautiful niece, Melody Chance, determined to help retrieve the goods, suddenly Cliff has the partner he never knew he wanted. Now all they need is a suspect: someone capable of cold-blooded murder in the name of profit. And that could mean anyone in this crooked town.

©1950 CBS Publications. Copyright renewed 1978 by John D. MacDonald. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Rondal 07-21-16
    Rondal 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Only John D writes like this"

    What a step into the past, he writes a story like know one else. I feel like i have meet these seeding characters.

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    Debra H. 04-02-16
    Debra H. 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great! !"

    Macdonald is never a let down! great reading, narrarator is great, lived it!

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    HIYBRID 05-13-15
    HIYBRID 05-13-15

    Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"

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    "As good as Chandler"

    Really a treat to read tough guy dialogue with a brain. The performance was perfect and captivating. Difficult to put down.

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    Scott 03-15-15
    Scott 03-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "classic Mcdonald"
    If you could sum up The Brass Cupcake: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Back in time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    More of the same, what I like


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

    Attention to detail, Twists and turns, character development


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    Anne 03-04-15
    Anne 03-04-15
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    "The Master's First!"

    Outstanding. Time to start listening to all the rest! Love Travis McGee, of course. Can't wait to dive in from the beginning.

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    David Northridge, CA, United States 01-29-15
    David Northridge, CA, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Ferrone Scores!"

    MacDonald's novels are always enjoyable (if you don't mind wincing at the blatant male chauvinism his characters display. Just whack 'er around, boys). The story is textbook hardboiled...with only a few really shaky motivations (including the final showdown, the setup for which is just plain nuts on the protagonists' part).

    But what makes this one worth staying for is Ferrone's performance. Man, what a great reader. His characterizations carry you over all the rough spots ... and then some!

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    Ann McDonald Hesperia, CA. USA 01-25-15
    Ann McDonald Hesperia, CA. USA 01-25-15 Member Since 2011

    annabelle at night

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    "I liked It."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Brass Cupcake: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea, I didn't read it, I just listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cliff, of course. He seems like the typical tough ex-cop, caught in a bad situation, confirmed bachelor. But his character wasn't like the other tough, ex-cop characters in other books. He has a side that is sweet, caring, and he lets it out occasionally.


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

    I have listened to many of Richard Ferrone's performances. I have all 16 of the Left Behind Series and he is the narrator on many of those. Also, I have heard him on several other novels as well. I like him. When I can't find a book that sounds good, I search by narrator and Richard Ferrone is always my second choice.


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

    Nothing extreme. A couple of laughs - no tears. Just enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that was very enjoyable was the timeframe of the story. Being set in the 40's, the references to fashion, car, prices, etc., very interesting.

    Another thing I really, really liked was the fact that when there was a love scene or other sexual situation indicated, it wasn't described in gross detail the way most male writers feel the need to do. I find that disgusting and am very glad you have added the jump forward button so I can skip all of that. In that same category, I was pleased that the language used was not extreme. It was nice not to hear the "F" word. I've never heard it where it actually added anything to the character or the story. All it did was make me question the author's style.

    I was sorry this story it was over. I liked the characters, and the style of writing, and I've decided I would try another John MacDonald novel.

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  • Gill
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    4/19/15
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    "A good tale"

    This book is very much a product of it's time when men were men and women knew their place. I found that pretty jarring throughout the story but it was cleverly plotted and narrated in the pulp noir style.. Very Raymond Chandleresque. I enjoyed it despite the dated attitudes, it was clever and read with relish.

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  • Jane
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    "Reminiscent of Raymond Chandler"
    What made the experience of listening to The Brass Cupcake: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    Easy to listen too, but with a complex plot


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Richard Ferrone does a great job with a nicely paced and balanced performance, and makes you like the main character


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

    Its a crime thriller, not really meant to be moving, but I wanted to hear the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first John D MacDonald book I have listened to and I will look out his others.

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