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  • Mar 14 2022

     Listen to Fishpriest. Available starting May 19th!

    The Bronx, 1993. Crack is king. Crime is rampant. Tommy “Fishpriest” Barth - nicknamed after his weapon of choice, a club that’s meant to kill fish but works on people just fine - sees the chaos firsthand at Concourse Bail Bonds. 

    Today, Tommy’s a bounty hunter, but he was a cop up until two years ago, when an all-consuming undercover operation to bust one of the most notorious crime syndicates the city's ever seen - the Jamaican Shower Posse - destroyed his marriage, drove him to addiction, and cost him his badge.

    Tommy thought he’d banished the JSP from the Bronx forever. But with the crack epidemic in full swing, they’re back - and they’re stronger. When Tommy’s ex-partner offers him a shot at redemption, he chooses to risk everything he’s rebuilt.  

    Will he survive this time?

    Ethan Hawke (Training Day) stars in this dark, thrilling, character-driven crime drama. This cinematic Audible Original is presented in eight-episodes with intense, wall-to-wall sound design and grim and gritty performances at a fever-pitch.

    Please note: This content is for mature audiences only. It contains adult language and themes. Discretion is advised.

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  • May 19 2022
    The Bronx, 1993. Ex-cop and bail bondsman Tommy “Fishpriest” Barth is laying low. Two years ago, he took down the Jamaican Shower Posse, New York’s deadliest crime syndicate, and lost his family (wife Ana, daughter Bella) and badge in the process. Now, all signs point to JSP’s return – and Tommy knows that their leader, Jamaar Maywether, is coming for him.
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  • May 19 2022
    Tommy receives an offer from a JSP contact at Rikers and pushes Isaac, his boss and oldest friend, for some cash. Maywether establishes a dance hall as a JSP drug front. Naomi Cora, Maywether’s cousin and second-in-command, worries about her place in the pecking order.
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    23 mins

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Our favorite moments from Fishpriest

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  • Tommy crashes Luis' going away party.
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  • Tommy has a chat with Bella's boyfriend.

About the Actor

Ethan Hawke has established himself as a multifaceted artist: actor, screenwriter, director, producer, musician and best-selling novelist. In 2019, The New York Times summed up his screen persona by stating, "Ethan Hawke has quietly emerged as perhaps our boldest and most distinctive screen actor." First tapping into the pop culture zeitgeist with Ben Stiller's 1994 comedy Reality Bites and since his debut in the iconic 1989 feature Dead Poets Society opposite Robin Williams, Hawke has starred in over sixty films. He received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his work in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington. As an author, in 2021 Hawke released two new works: his first novel in twenty years, A Bright Ray of Darkness, which explores art, love, fame, and heartbreak in a blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes; and the graphic novel Meadowlark: A Coming-of-Age Crime Story. A best-selling author, Hawke’s written works also include the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday; and the children’s book Rules for a Knight.  Hawke resides in New York and is married with four children.

About the Creator

Mike Batistick is a writer and producer whose television credits include Showtime’s The Affair, FX’s The Americans (WGA Nomination), Peacock’s Mr. Mercedes, and NBC’s Chicago PD. His plays Ponies, Port Authority Throw Down, and Chicken were produced off-Broadway, and his play Bodega Lung Fat was produced off-West End. His screenplay for the film adaptation of Ponies became a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick. Batistick grew up in New Jersey, attended Fordham University in the Bronx, and was a Juilliard playwriting fellow.

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I don't need to hear people chew, burp, etc

The voice talent is top notch but there is too much background noise. I get the picture when you say I saved you a roll; I don't need to hear you chew it. There is a lot of swearing but the sighing annoyed me more. There's a good story hidden in the noise but it's difficult to find it.

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Bingeworthy!

Just listened to the entire series while driving long road trip home - so so good. Great story, amazing acting (Hawke is GREAT!) and felt like I was listening to a movie. Highly recommend!

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Ever heard someone get the crap beat out of them?

Without disclosing too much, know that there are intense scenes of violence in this series. There is a form of realism that may trigger PTSD. The superior voice performance coupled with dynamic sound design will trick your subconscious into believing that you are listening to someone get the ever living crap beat out of them. If violence does not bother you, research what a "fish priest" looks like to help your imagination interpret what is being portrayed.

Very captivating story-line. This series will leave you hungry for more.

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Love this series!

This series is fantastic and super binge-able! Great performances across the board and the sound design is unmatched. New favorite show!

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This one is SOLID

Heard the trailer and was into it right away. Four episodes in and it keeps getting better. How you gonna NOT love Ethan Hawke giving you all the Training Day vibes?? Good sh*t.

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People think this is good..?

I don’t get it. This series is corny and melodramatic. The dialogue is pretty ridiculous, the characters petty and juvenile. I guess it’s supposed to be edgy but it’s just adolescent.

The voice acting is good, but the dialogue and characters are just bad. The outline of the story itself could be interesting, but the execution is pretty terrible.

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Awesome

A story about violence and revenge in NYC circa 1990s. Ethan Hawke Training Day meets GTA3. The story is highly compelling and podcast well produced.

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Outstanding

I never realized how good a podcast drama could be until I started listening to this one. The acting, writing, editing and sound design are absolutely stellar. I'm really blown away.

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Sound Foley went a bit overboard

I love audiobooks because I listen to them in multiple activities like driving, before falling asleep, while working. The sound design and Foley work was frustrating because there was too much quiet talking which made it hard to understand if there's any real life background noise while listening. Also the sound effects were a bit overboard. Acting was good, I like Ethan Hawke, but as mentioned, was hard to follow along sometimes due to the dynamic range.

As far as the story goes, it feels like it just randomly ended with no real conclusion. A let down.

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sounds like a great brass knuckle crime mystery

sounds like it's going to be a great brass knuckle crime mystery and I love Ethan hawke I know he's going to do a superb job

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  • 06-29-22

Brilliant

Amazing sound performances, a good story and great writing. The realistic ending does the story credit, and makes more sense than the usual cliched happy ending.
Ethan Hawke is brilliant, could listen to him all day!

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  • JohnW
  • 06-29-22

80s-90s Urban Crime Fantasy

This story belongs alongside New Jack City and Predator 2. It's a fantasy story set in a world of urban neglect where criminals can operate above the state, as the state has surrendered control to large swathes of a mega city it cannot manage.

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  • Little-Lady
  • 06-23-22

Fantastic- Consider me converted!

I'll be honest and admit I originally only got this because I'm an Ethan Hawke fan and I've not normally been able to stick with the format of this style of audiobook, however this one blew me away!
I honestly could picture everything as it happened, I loved the characters and backstory idea- the background noises and everything just made me feel as though I were watching a movie.
The story did end a little abruptly I though so lost one star for that but I did like how it ended- was just right and added to the realism.
I'd have preferred it to have been longer but that is only because I loved the series rather than because it needed it.

Highly recommended indeed!

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  • Rainbow Cool Stuff
  • 06-14-22

I don’t get it

This is unusual in that there is no narration and little explanation. The story evolves purely in dialogue. Fair enough, nothing wrong with a bit of a different format

Some of the Jamaican accents were cringe worthy. It wasn’t clear what was going on - to me at least and it found I didn’t really care. Gave up half way through episode 3

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  • 07-05-22

If ‘The Wire’ was a audio drama!

If you are a fan of ‘The Wire’ you will definitely be a fan of this one! Awesome performance, effects and storyline! Maybe a little too ‘hardcore’ for some people, but if your not soft around the edges and appreciate quality… this audio drama is for you!

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  • Gabrielle
  • 06-24-22

Nope

Hard to follow at first. Too much to take in - quick scene changes, too many characters in short time, reliant on sound effects that aren’t always clear. When I finally got the hang of it all, I realised I didn’t like the story. So… not for me.

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  • Chris Watts
  • 06-12-22

how to remove this drivel

not very enjoyable, to be honest.
I know we all have different tastes and this is not or me.
so how do I remove this