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The Book Case Audiobook

The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

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"The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

©2011 Nelson DeMille (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Faja4x Central MA, United States 05-19-12
    Faja4x Central MA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lackluster Interval Training from Nelson"

    Being a fan of Nelson DeMille I was dissapointed. Getting through it was no problem since its length is brief as it was intended and possibly the brevity was part and parcel of the lack of development. I am a huge fan of audiobooks as a means to occupy time, driving, exercising, etc. and am well aware of the peril to the author when 'voice talent' is introduced into mix. In general I find that it is a slippery slope. In this case, Scott Brick detracts from the overall story with his lack of comedic timing and his rather narrow range. Yeah, you can quick see that I am not a fan of Mr. Brick. Few are the narrators that add and embellish, but they are out there and I actually look for material they narrate. I am happy to listen to talent that do not detract, but Mr. Brick is not one of them. I will continue to read Mr. DeMille.

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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 05-15-12
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What was the point?"

    While I absolutely LOVE John Corey, and I love Scott Brick being John Corey, I couldn't quite figure out what the point of this story was. It was like Corey-filler for no apparent reason. Yeah, I get that it's a short story, but really, this "story" could've been an anecdote in any of the Corey novels, and it would've been better. It's not like there was a lot to figure out here. My favorite thing about it was that it slightly quenched my craving for the perfectly done smart-ass voice of Corey as done by Brick, but the frustrating part was that the story was too short and too pat.

    Your life won't end if you pass this one up, and you're not going to miss anything. If you're completely bored and out of stories for a minute, then go ahead an listen. It's not the worst story.. but it just wasn't necessary.

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    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 05-14-12
    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 05-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Superb combination"
    What did you love best about The Book Case?

    Good storyline, enjoyed the early days of John Corey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Case?

    The final solution was great fun.


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

    Scott is the ultimate reader, and his performance of any novel, especially DeMille's work, is always superlative.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Case and why?

    John Corey, because he's John Corey.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to 'The Panther'

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    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 05-08-12
    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 05-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Sweet and short"
    What did you love best about The Book Case?

    Clever title, great little short story. I have read all of Nelson deMille's books, and then listened to them as audio books again, just for the fun of it. John Corey is a great character, even though "The Book Case" presents him rather tame in his earlier years on the police force.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything, as always. Scott Brick IS John Corey,


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    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not his best"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    He is an excellent writer, but this short story was not as fast moving or as intriguing as some of his other novels. I love the reader. Hope he continues to use him.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to The Lions Game. Very good. So far I have enjoyed all of Nelson DeMille's books.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and the way he acts out the character; makes it comical and serious when it needs to be.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Didn't love this one but I enjoyed the idea of a short read. I love the character "John Corey"


    Any additional comments?

    The sense of humor with DeMill's books make me want to keep reading more of his books.

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    Bruce Kinnelom, NJ, United States 04-23-12
    Bruce Kinnelom, NJ, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great DeMille work"
    Where does The Book Case rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Be it a long novel or short story DeMille time and time again captures my attention. This short story rates with my top listens.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Corey’s wit and humor, it is like he says what we are thinking


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

    I get the feeling Scott knows John Corey and they would have been great friends for a longtime. When he reads the story it is like he is telling what his friend is doing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Case and why?

    John Corey, a humorous smart a*& we all love


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    B. Marks Arkansas 04-23-12
    B. Marks Arkansas 04-23-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "A good listen"
    Where does The Book Case rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I find myself enjoying short stories more and more and this was a good story, nicely read by Scott Brick.


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    EM usa 04-23-12
    EM usa 04-23-12 Member Since 2017
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    "DeMille phones it in"
    What disappointed you about The Book Case?

    The story was shallow. It lacked substance


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Non Fiction


    Which character ??? as performed by Scott Brick ??? was your favorite?

    I think Scott is one of the best narrators and John Corey one of my favorite characters, but The Book Case has changed that


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment. I looked forwad to this prequel


    Any additional comments?

    I do not know if/how DeMille is going to recover from this missed opportunity

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    John Trenton NJ, United States 04-04-12
    John Trenton NJ, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Short but Sweet"
    If you could sum up The Book Case in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Detective Corey


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Corey - Great wit and clear thought processes throughout - classic John Corey


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

    Outstanding feel for the characters, especially the sarcasm of Detective Corey. I would have a hard time listening to another narrator try to portray him.


    If you could take any character from The Book Case out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    There were amazingly few characters in this short story, occurring in a book store over a few hours (only one female), so I would have to answer the dead guy's wife (I don't take guys out to dinner).


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story, which can be read at any time in the John Corey series, as it occurs prior to his current story line. Might recommend this prior to beginning the series with Plum Island.

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    Michael Orange, CA, United States 04-02-12
    Michael Orange, CA, United States 04-02-12
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    "Another Great Nelson DeMille Book"
    What did you love best about The Book Case?

    Although this was a short story and only a couple of hours long, it was typical John Corey. DeMille's Corey novels are one of my favorites and nobody could ever replace Scott Brick's reading of this series. I've listened to every one of the John Corey novels from audible.com and each one is a great as the next.


    What other book might you compare The Book Case to and why?

    Another series which I love and is similar yet very different is The Retrieval Artist series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is consistent in his reading of this character.


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