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Unnatural Acts: A Stone Barrington Mystery, Book 23 | [Stuart Woods]

Unnatural Acts: A Stone Barrington Mystery, Book 23

When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case - and an old one comes back to haunt him - he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes…and plan new ones.
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Publisher's Summary

Stuart Woods is in top form…and so is his perennially popular hero, Stone Barrington! When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case - and an old one comes back to haunt him - he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes…and plan new ones.

©2012 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-11-12
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "By the numbers but still a good Stone audiobook"

    If I were reading Unnatural Acts, rather than listening to them, I might have been less interested. It is Tony Roberts who brings the characters to life and makes the story highly enjoyable.

    I read a number of reviews and disagree. This was an enjoyable Stone Barrington outing with all the things I like about this series. My favorite part was there is little to do with Stone's way-to-perfect son and a lot to do with juggling many plots.

    The primary story in this book is about a very wealthy man that needs to control his son. Herbie Fisher takes center stage in this one as a lawyer at Woodman & Weld which leaves Stone and Dino to deal with a number of either subplots throughout the book.

    I am hoping the next books will tie together many drawn-out plots and hope there is a bit more substance to them then the thin layer of paint on this book but I still enjoyed it.

    -Bill

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    Mark 05-28-12
    Mark 05-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Does not disappoint."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unnatural Acts to be better than the print version?

    Always enjoy being told a good story.


    What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

    A very good read of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy the way Woods progresses the time line. I have been a Stone Barrington fan from the start and continue to be so.

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    John NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI, United States 05-21-12
    John NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI, United States 05-21-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Alas, Elaine has passed"
    What did you like best about Unnatural Acts? What did you like least?

    The same cast of characters with Herbie now a lawyer in Stone's firm


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

    Roberts is a superb reader


    Did Unnatural Acts inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Double Clear 05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Usual entertaining Stone Barrington"
    Would you listen to Unnatural Acts again? Why?

    I might listen to it again. It's good and easy for road trips. But not something I'm dying to or MUST listen to again.


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

    Same as usual Stone Barrington


    Which character ??? as performed by Tony Roberts ??? was your favorite?

    Stone


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

    Not really. I use books to make my commute easier. This filled that job well.


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    MD 05-14-12
    MD 05-14-12
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    "A Twist on the Typical Stone Barrington"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I've followed the entire Stone Barrington series for years- from rags to riches - so I read them all, mediocre or thrilling. It would be impossible just to skip one book. And they do lightly build upon the previous novel.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stuart Woods before, how does this one compare?

    This one seemed noticeably different to me: much less exclusively from Stone's perspective. Long parts of the story focus on Dino or Herbie Fisher- and are told from their perspective, not Stone's. This always occurred to some extent in other books (especially the Teddy Faye novels) but this seemed different to me- refreshing almost. I sometimes tire of life always being rosey for Stone these days, mega rich and full partner now. The Herbie Fisher transformation has been a fun one to follow from his character in earlier books.


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

    I always thoroughly enjoy a Tony Roberts book. I really can't imagine Stone Barrington read by anyone else now!


    Do you think Unnatural Acts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As always, I enjoy the series and hope it continues. Stone and Dino are like old friends- I was actually kinda sad to read of Elaine's death! Some of the books are page-turners while others are awful mediocre, but that comes with the any series of frequent novels.


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    Amazon Customer 07-27-12 Member Since 2011

    JB

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    "Good fantisy"

    Typical Woods but that is why I liked it. It is nice to see how the other half lives.

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    Anita Devers 05-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stuart knocked it out of the ballpark again"

    I knew Elain's had closed so I wondered how it would be handled in a book. Stuart did a bang up job on that side of the story.
    Stone and Dino are up to their ole tricks. I'm glad to see Herbie Fisher as a new addition to the cast of players.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Amarillo, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Rocky Amarillo, TX, United States 05-14-12
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    This is a great book, great narrating, great story - as usual.
    It was a little shorter than normal but still a great book.
    I'm looking forward to the next Stuart Woods.

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    Terry GLENDALE, AZ, United States 05-14-12
    Terry GLENDALE, AZ, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great story from Woods"
    If you could sum up Unnatural Acts in three words, what would they be?

    Herbie grows up


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Woods is exploring characters that have been introduced in the past


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Shelley Bach was killed


    Any additional comments?

    Although the mystery element was not as pronounced as in past stories, it kept my interest even as Stone was a secondary character. I would like to see a series based on Herbie Fisher but prefer when listed as a Stone Barrington novel, that he be the prominent character in the story. I wished that Woods would had elaborated more on the closing of Elaine's, perhaps weaving it into the mystery of the story. I liked that Dino's character was explored a bit and would like to see that occur more in future novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Kirtland, OH, United States 05-14-12
    Karin Kirtland, OH, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Classic Stone Barrington"

    I always look forward to the next Stone Barrington book. This one is no different. Great listen, Stone never disappoints.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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