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The Sins of the Fathers Audiobook
The Sins of the Fathers
Written by: 
Lawrence Block
Narrated by: 
Alan Sklar
The Sins of the Fathers Audiobook

The Sins of the Fathers

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Publisher's Summary

The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in. But this assignment carries the unmistakable stench of sleaze and perversion, luring Scudder into a sordid world of phony religion and murderous lust where children must die for their parents' most unspeakable sins.

©1976 Lawrence Block (P)2011 AudioGo

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    Sharron 12-26-11
    Sharron 12-26-11
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    "Good introduction to a popular series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy mystery series. And, after reading it, I'll seek out more volumes in this series for myself.


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

    Good differentiation among voices without over-acting; a good portrayal of the meaning of words, phrases, and entire conversations.


    Could you see The Sins of the Fathers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps a TV movie -- action could fit into a 90 minute window (plus commercials = 2 hours). The plot is straightforward enough to survive its necessary shortening to make the screen play. Good actors would convey the personalities and relationships among main characters effectively and efficiently, without relying on words alone.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LOUIS FAIR, JR. 06-11-12
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    "A listen you won't want to stop until the climax,"
    Where does The Sins of the Fathers rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Certainly in the top 15.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt, because he somehow manages to stick with the initial goal and stay in character.


    What about Alan Sklar???s performance did you like?

    Very good but not at the top, but I would listen to something else by him.


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to recommend this audible to others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-14-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2006

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "Good Pulpish reading"

    About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 11-16-13
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 11-16-13

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Very good Detective Book"

    I would recommend this to those enjoy the Detective type of books.
    I was engaged but miss the "Blood Lust" for the good Thrillers and Covert Spec Ops.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Buck 06-14-16
    Emily Buck 06-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Terrible."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story-line, or having any idea where Matt Scudder came up with his theories. Believable and consistent characters would have also been a plus.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Man Called Ove by Frederk Backman


    What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?

    Overdramatic bordering on ridiculous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I listened to it because other reviewers said that while it wasn't a great start to the Matt Scudder series, it was worth it if you want to know the back story to Scudder. I would disagree -- listening to this made me uninterested in reading further books. Maybe start later in the series and if you enjoy it you can come back to this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bora Horza Under the Milky Way 02-12-16
    Bora Horza Under the Milky Way 02-12-16 Member Since 2016

    My friends! We are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career!

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    "The start of a well respected detective series."
    Would you listen to The Sins of the Fathers again? Why?

    Maybe. While the book shows growing pains for the still developing Scudder character, it's the performance that really stood out. As far as the story goes, it's...fine.


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

    I've listened to the first three in the Scudder series and the narrator is fantastic. In the fourth book they switched to another narrator who isn't nearly as good. It's a shame. Sklar really nails Scudder's inner voice.


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

    There is a conversation Scudder has towards the end of the book that is incredible. It would make for a great film scene. Shame none of the movies are very good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for completionists like myself. I've heard it's actually better to skip the first two books in the series, but I couldn't do that. Personally I found it to be a good listen. Just don't expect the fireworks the later books in the series apparently have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 02-11-16
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Retired Reader

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    "Big fan"

    Of Mathew Scudder. This is my favorite - but they are all very good. Generally prefer the drinking Scudder. Mr Sklar has the "voice" just right and does a great job conveying both the text and the tone of the story as it evolves

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 01-26-16
    Laurel 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    Great story. Great pacing by the narrator. Good book for commuting or just general listening. Downloading next in series immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 05-28-15
    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading with no hands!

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    "Oldie but Goodie!"

    Flashback to the early seventies and a time long gone, to get a case that could just as easily have been torn from today's headlines.

    Former cop, Matt Scudder, presents the righteous and wrong in the same conflicted person. Pursued by demons, driven to drink and buffering himself from connections, he methodically exacts his own brand of justice as a favor to those who can afford it.

    This time involves a murder suicide. As he investigates, he begins to build a picture that doesn't match the file notes. He's left to sort out who the victims are and how they came to harm, while finding the truth for a guilt ridden father.

    Salacious and sensational, at the same time it's sad and sordid, Sins of the Fathers hints at the outcome on the title page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-11
    David Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Scudder's low point"

    I like Block's Scudder series a lot. This is one of two exceptions. You might want to avoid this book, unless you have a hankering for dime-store Freud and moral condescension. And I usually like Sklar's reading. But here he is a bit over ripe.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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