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  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
  • Bad News | Donald E. Westlake

    Bad News

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (37)
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    John Dortmunder doesn't like manual labor. So when he gets the offer of money to dig up a grave, he balks . . . then he wonders why Fitzroy Guilderpost, criminal mastermind, wants to pull a switcheroo of two 70-years-dead Indians.

    MidwestGeek says: "Twisted plot about twisted characters."
  • The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    The Hot Rock: The First Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    John Dortmunder and company are hired by an U.N. African Ambassador to steal the famed Balabomo Emerald from the hands of a rival African country. But their daring and clever burglarly goes awry, and the emerald slips through their fingers. Undaunted, Dortmunder chases the gem by plane, train and automobile in hot pursuit of the hot rock.

    William R. says: "Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction"
  • What's So Funny? | Donald E. Westlake

    What's So Funny?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull thief John Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he sets out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar. Success is not inevitable with Dortmunder leading the attack, but he's nothing if not persistent, and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.

    Rick says: "Dufris is a marvel!"
  • Get Real | Donald E. Westlake

    Get Real

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Eluding the law has always been high on Dortmunder's list. But getting caught red-handed is inevitable in his next caper, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to star in a reality show that captures their next score. The producer even guarantees to keep the show from being used as evidence against them. They're dubious at first, but the pay's good, so they sign on.

    Mark says: "Westlake's best book"
  • Dancing Aztecs | Donald E. Westlake

    Dancing Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Specialist in the scam, the con, and the rip-off, Jerry Manelli is running around New York hot on the trail of a priest: a thousand-year-old, two-foot-tall, ugly, misshapen, dancing Aztec priest made of solid gold, with eyes of pure emeralds, worth a million dollars. Somebody stole it from its museum home in South America and smuggled it through U.S. Customs in a shipment of plastic imitations. But the wrong one got delivered, and the million dollar statue, mixed with the fifteen copies, is somewhere in New York.

    J. M. Batista says: "Not ideal for casual listening"
  • Why Me?: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 5 | Donald E. Westlake

    Why Me?: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Byzantine Fire is much more than a flawless ninety-carat ruby. As a stone it's worth over a million dollars, a value vastly increased by its pure gold band - but its history is what makes it priceless. A ring that has been fought for with sword and pen and passed from nation to nation by all manner of theft and trickery, has finally made its way to the United States. The US agrees to return it to Turkey, but it's about to be stolen twice more.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another delightful mis-adventure."
  • Good Behavior: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6 | Donald E. Westlake

    Good Behavior: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It was supposed to be a simple caviar heist. Dortmunder is almost in the building when the alarm sounds, forcing him up the fire escape and onto the roof. He leaps onto the next building, smashing his ankle and landing in the den of the worst kind of creature he can imagine: nuns.

    MidwestGeek says: "One of the best in the Dortmunder series."
  • The Cutie: A Hard Case Crime Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    The Cutie: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Mavis St. Paul had been a rich man's mistress. Now she was a corpse. And every cop in New York City was hunting for the two-bit punk accused of putting a knife in her. But the punk was innocent. He'd been set up to take the fall by some cutie who was too clever by half. My job? Find that cutie - before the cutie found me.

  • Baby, Would I Lie | Donald E. Westlake

    Baby, Would I Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Donald E. Westlake
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    Intrepid reporter Sara Joslyn, having escaped the clutches of the supermarket tabloid Weekly Galaxy, is finally going to be allowed to practice "clean journalism." Unfortunately, intrepid editor Jack Ingersoll has other plans, assigning her to a gory sex-murder trial in Branson, Missouri, home to more country stars than there are in the heavens. While delving into the muck, rake in hand, Sara runs into her old comrades from the Galaxy - Binx Radwell, Boy Cartwright, and the Down Under Trio among them. At the eye of this journalistic cyclone is country musician Ray Jones; is he guilty of the grisly murder, and what else is he up to?

    Joyce says: "Have heard better"
  • Somebody Owes Me Money: A Hard Case Crime Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Somebody Owes Me Money: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (77)
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    Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race; which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it.

    G. Steyn says: "Great reading of a hilarious novel"
  • Two Much! | Donald E. Westlake

    Two Much!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Art doesn’t mean to tell Liz Kerwin that he has a twin. He’s on Fire Island, and she’s so beautiful that he’s willing to say anything for a chance at getting rid of her clothes. So when Liz mentions an identical twin sister, Art blurts out that he has a twin too. His name is Bart, he says, and describes the most boring man he can dream up. Liz thinks he would be perfect for her sister Betty. When Art meets Betty, she asks about his brother. Hoping for a chance at the family fortune, Art dons a pair of glasses and slicks back his hair....

    Darryl says: "Westlake always fun"
  • Drowned Hopes: A Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Drowned Hopes: A Dortmunder Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
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    Arriving home at dawn after another failed burglary, John Dortmunder - the anti-hero of Donald Westlake's popular comic crime series - is shocked to find his apartment occupied by a notorious cellmate everyone had supposed (and hoped) had been jailed for life.

    Kelly Howard says: "Good book. Bad, BAD, BAAAD performance"
  • God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion | Donald E. Westlake

    God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What, you ask, is a Fred Fitch? Well, for one thing, Fred Fitch is the man with the most extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets in the Western hemisphere, and possibly in the entire world. For another thing, Fred Fitch may be the only New York City resident in the twentieth century to buy a money machine.

    William R. says: "American Gods for the Grifter set!"
  • The Road to Ruin | Donald E. Westlake

    The Road to Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    John Dortmunder and his merry band of crooks return to the scene of the crime world in an attempt to steal a fleet of automobiles that would leave the Sultan of Brunei blushing. The mark is Monroe Hall, corrupt CEO of a now defunct conglomerate, who spent more of his company's money on himself than the boys at Enron and WorldCom combined. Having escaped prosecution, Hall is holed up on his Pennsylvania farm, and Dortmunder, as usual, has his eyes on the big prize: Hall's vintage wheels.

    Karen says: "Bleehhh!"
  • 361: A Hard Case Crime Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    361: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The men in the tan-and-cream Chrysler came with guns blazing. When Ray Kelly woke up in the hospital, it was a month later, he was missing an eye, and his father was dead. Then things started to get bad. From the mind of the incomparable Donald E. Westlake comes a devastating story of betrayal and revenge, an exploration of the limits of family loyalty and how far a man will go when everything he loves is taken from him.

    Matt says: "Nice and hard-boiled."
  • The Busy Body | Donald E. Westlake

    The Busy Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
    Story
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    Al Engel had worked his way up to being Nick Rovito’s right-hand man, near the top of the syndicate. And this was a delicate job that Rovito had given him: retrieving a very important jacket, loaded with heroin, from the fresh grave of the drug mule who was accidentally buried wearing it. There was just one problem (at least - just one to begin with): It turned out the grave was empty. Suddenly Engel was the one finding himself “in deep”.

    James Guseilo says: "Fun Fun Fun"
  • The Comedy is Finished | Donald E. Westlake

    The Comedy is Finished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    The year is 1977, and America is finally getting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangover that was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go. Not aging comedian Koo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO tours to buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members of the self-proclaimed People’s Revolutionary Army, who’ve decided that kidnapping Koo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life....

    rent house guy says: "not my favorite Westlake book"
  • Watch Your Back!: A Dortmunder Novel | Donald E. Westlake

    Watch Your Back!: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    It's the score of a lifetime: easy access to a lavish New York City apartment, hordes of valuables, and an absentee owner avoiding the lawyers of his unhappy ex-wives. But before they pull the job, Dortmunder's crew is startled to find their beloved gin joint, the OJ, in the clutches of the Mafia--who consider it perfect for a little fraud, courtesy of a nice big fire. For tactical and highly superstitious reasons, the fate of the OJ is even more important to the crew than the enormous score.

    M.W. says: "Dortmunder is Fun"
  • Memory | Donald E. Westlake

    Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Hospitalized after a liaison with another man's wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way to even get home, Paul's facing steep odds - and a bleak fate if he fails. This final, never-before-published novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man's struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity.

    Alicia Czechowski says: "The accident of existence"
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