Fletch

Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Series: The Fletch, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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The acidly funny first book starring the subversive sleuth in one of the most successful mystery series of all time. Fletch is an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox. Currently he's living on the beach.

He's taking more than a little flak from his editor. She doesn't appreciate his style. Or the expense account items he's racking up. Or his definition of the word "deadline". Or the divorce lawyers who keep showing up at the office. So when multimillionaire Alan Stanwyk offers Fletch the job of a lifetime, which could be worth a fortune, he's intrigued and decides to do a little investigation. What he discovers is that the proposition is anything but what it seems.

©1974 Gregory Mcdonald (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Outrageous and very funny!

A very funny and interest plot. I did not know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud frequently. Fletch is a wonderful and irreverent character. I am so glad they added these books to audible, I look forward to listening to them all. I remember seeing the Chevy Chase movie which doesn’t do this book justice. I’d love to see this book made into a movie, again.

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Fantastic!

I’ve seen the movies and now I’ve read the book and feel they were very true - or close enough. It’s also fascinating what has and hasn’t changed from the 70s.

My narrator was decent - my only quibble being that occasionally the book would switch viewpoints or there’d be reading a sentence (in the story) and there wasn’t even a momentary pause. That leads to confusion and a slight final shift or just a fraction of a pause would be my preference.

Still a job well done. Looking VERY forward to the next one in the series!

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Great pulp fiction

Great main character and good plot. Some parts are a little dated and don’t stand the test of time, but overall a strong, easy read

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Great intro to an overlooked series

No, this is not the Fletch of the movie. Forget that. This is the book that started a very successful series. Gregory McDonald seems to have been forgotten in recent years, but his Fletch and Flynn series are both excellent. It captures a '70s zeitgeist, Fletch a reporter with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority. Still, very good plot and moves at a fast pace. Much like Elmore Leonard but with more humor. Dan John Miller does a great job on narration.

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The book is better than the movie!

Isn't always the way? I loved the Chevy Chase movie "Fletch" when I was a kid, at the time I was 11yrs old in 1985. I had no clue it was based on this book. While both are similar in plot I think I liked the novel better than the movie. Keeping in mind that this book was originally written in 1974, so there are things in this book that wouldn't necessarily be socially acceptable today. Fletch is an amazing investigative reporter & a little sleazy in certain areas of his life. Very much like in the movie he takes on a variety of identities to get to the bottom of Stanwyk's proposal, but unlike the movie it's done mostly on the phone. The ending is also different, but I enjoyed the books ending better than the "Hollywood" ending.

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Didn't Enjoy It

Maybe it has aged or dated but I disliked the story and the characters almost immediately and things didn't improve so I quit halfway. Others have voted this into the top 50 crime novels.

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McDonald's Fletch-the sarcastic narcissist we love

The first of McDonald's Fletch series is the beginning of a great stories. Easy read and entertaining.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 08-28-18

Humorous modern-day Sam Spade mystery

An apparent vagrant on a beach is asked to respond to a rich man's proposal - he is dying of cancer and wishes to find someone to 'off' him, for his wife to receive the insurance money. It happens that 'Fletch', who appears to be a drug pusher is actually an investigative journalist working on a piece regarding drugs on the beach.

Not allowed to leave his own story, and with ex-wives on his case for alimony, Fletch must juggle his time looking into the multimillionaire's request and background with his boss's meetings and court appearances.

Fletch is a bit of a Sam Spade, a wise-cracking jaded character, with a past of his own and an eye for a puzzle. He's an antihero. There are some other sympathetic characters and a good mystery to wallow in and follow.

The narration by Fletch works as an audiobook, as we are spoken to. It's an entertaining listen and easy to follow. The voice artist does a grand job at bringing Fletch to life and voicing several others including (ex)wives anda female boss.

There are some excellent comic scenes, usually involving Fletch and the women around him. I've not seen the films but I imagine these scenes are included, they are some of the stand-outs and very funny.

I'm not sure I'd want to read more of the series, but I did enjoy becoming familiar with Fletch. I can imagine the style and pattern of the stories continuing in the same vein.

A most enjoyable mystery, though of the 1970s, and with just slightly outdated attitudes towards women, lots of the humour hits home.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-18

great book, well read.

different to the movie but still really good. never boring glad that there are more in the series