©2004 Donald E. Westlake; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks America
"Nobody does comic capers better than Westlake. This one unfolds with...cinematic energy." (Publishers Weekly)
"William Dufris has a high old time with the large and disparate cast of characters, including Dortmunder's merry band and an alcoholic traveling salesman. He even gives voice to one of the venture capitalists before and after a broken jaw." (AudioFile)
Boring, poorly plotted, no sense of pacing. The jokes fall flat.
The narration really doesn't help--monotone, and some of the characters, even quite important ones, are indistinguishable from one another. The women, in particular, sound almost alike, and this is yet another male narrator who can't seem to read a female dialogue without sounding like he's mocking the woman in question.
OK Little Story
I kind of felt that there were a lot of word added just to make it a longer story. Not sure but it did seem to drag a bit. For some reason it just felt like the story wasn't really about the mis-fits themselves but about everyone else. I like when the story totally revolves around the "gang".
When the guys watched all the classic cars they wanted to steal taken out on flat beds.
Yes, but its a longer book so it took two days even with the re-reads/listens.
This one wasn't as funny as some others in the series. I did miss that. It also seem a bit more confusing so I kept going back for clarity. Not sure if it was the reader or the writing or both.
The plot weaves and twists in the usual hilarious Westlake fashion, with all your favorite Dortmunder characters.
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