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Publisher's Summary

Three offbeat stories of crime and conundrum, set in the present moment, from the New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author of Underground Airlines and The Last Policeman.

Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine includes:

"The Crimson Parrot"

It's not easy masterminding the crime of the century when your whole gang is working from home. A high-stakes tale of larceny, deception, and teleconferencing. 

"The Cape House"

As the world shifts around them, two estranged brothers end up in their childhood home. But it's the memories they unearth that will change them forever.

"Stop Motion"

With endless time on her hands, an apartment-bound young woman gets to all the hobbies she's neglected - martial arts, playing the sax, photography...and solving a murder? 

©2020 Ben H. Winters (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

Our favorite moments from Inside Jobs

Planning a heist while working from home has its challenges.
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About the Creator

Ben H. Winters is the author of the novel Golden State, as well The New York Times best-selling Underground Airlines, The Last Policeman and its two sequels, the horror novel Bedbugs, and several works for young readers. Among other recognitions, Ben’s books have received the Edgar Award for mystery writing, the Philip K. Dick award in science fiction, the Sidewise Award for alternate history, and France's Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire. Ben’s writing has appeared in Slate and in The New York Times Book Review. He also writes for film and television, and was a producer on the FX show Legion. A film version of Bedbugs is currently in the works at MGM, with a script by the mystery writer Sara Gran. Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three children, dog, and fish.

About the Performer

Ellen Archer is a 2007 Audie Award winner for her narration of ...For the Love of a Dog; a 2018 Audie Award finalist for The Chemist; and a 2011 Audie Award finalist for her narration of The Penny and the multicast recording of Room. She is also recognized in AudioFile’s "Best of" lists for 2016 and 2017 and a winner of several Earphones and Publishers Weekly Awards. Ellen has performed more than 175 titles—many of them New York Times best sellers—and a number of wonderful series, including the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.

About the Perfomer

Scott is an actor and writer living in NYC. Best known for recurring character Tommy Barkow on Showtime’s Billions, Scott’s other television credits include The Good Fight (CBS, recurring), Blue Bloods (CBS, guest), The Deuce (HBO), The Path (Hulu), God Friended Me (CBS), The Newsroom (HBO), and Person of Interest (CBS). Scott has also narrated over one hundred audiiobooks. He received a 2015 Earphones Award for his narration of Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce. Through numerous projects at Audible Studios, he has also been nominated for two Audie Awards (Best Nonfiction, 2013 and Best Fantasy, 2018). His first full-length play, Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon received its Off-Broadway debut this past fall at 59E59 Theaters. Scott is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama (Group 41).

About the Performer

Kevin T. Collins is an accomplished narrator with more than 335 titles under his belt. Six of his audiobook performances, including Lone Survivor and Testimony, have won AudioFile Earphones Awards; another, Beautiful Creatures, was honored with a 2011 Audie Award. As an actor, he has been seen Off-Broadway in Made in Heaven and Angels; on TV in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Vinyl, One Life to Live, and What Would You Do?; and in the feature films Detachment, Aunt Rose, ZA: Zombies Anonymous, and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock.

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Modern fun.

I had a good laugh with this story. It’s definitely a unique time to be alive and these little Inside Jobs made me smile.
PS. Audible this months collection was wonderful. Thank you. For the last few months I passed on all of them. This month I got four.

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Fanfic-level writing with Swiss cheese plots

There's more holes in these plots than Swiss cheese. Ben Winters writes with all of the grace of a fanfiction writer, committing writing faux pas left and right. The motifs in these three short stories are all stolen from writers who did it better in a full-length feature book/script. For example: Stop Motion's plot is literally just Christopher Landon and Carl Ellsworth's screenplay, Disturbia--but now with a gay murderer, so you know it's relevant. At best this design choice is tasteless and at worst it's offensive. Affirmative action doesn't count when you portray minorities as villains or criminals--only when they have redeeming qualities that ingratiate themselves to the reader.

The common flaw with all three of these short stories is that none of them actually address why everyone is on lockdown. These stories will be absolutely, incontrovertibly, irrelevant and dubious after the Covid-19 virus fades from memory. No one is going to pick up this audiobook and say "I have to know why these stories exist" because they are not titillating to the senses. And at no point does Ben Winters do anything beyond mouthing the words "quarantine." It's lazy story-telling.

Despite all of my disapproval of these stories, I have to say that The Cape House had the most potential out of all three. There was some good buildup here, and I actually wanted to know which brother was going to make a move first. But deus ex machina is not a good trope for horror. It's not a good trope period, but using it in a horror story just deflates the tension that you were pumping into your bouncy castle of suspense all story long. Ultimately I was left wanting in a way that our author could never redeem.

Honorable mentions: the reading was acceptable across the board. Scott Aiello stole the show with his spot-on Upstate East coast accents. Good on ya, Scott.

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Very entertaining, especially during this pandemic

I really enjoyed the three stories, especially the first one. I even chuckled a few times listening to the story. The accents the narrator did for the first story were what made it really good. These stories were even better with being confined during this current pandemic. It makes you wonder if things like this are going on. Definitely worth listening to. Great characters and stories.

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Entertaining

My favorite was the first story. I could totally imagine it. I spent a lot of time trying to find places to hide from family members. I mean, at first I was happy to have all the together time. Then it changed. Haha. I enjoyed the narrators. It was a fun listen.

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Fun listens

Funny to be listening to stories from “quarantine time”. “Real time “. Some laugh out loud moments. A good distraction for a few hours. Thanks for the free listen Audible!

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Mixed mystery/thriller collection

The Cape House kind of made my skin crawl, but The Crimson Parrot and Stop Motion were great, with that little touch of humor that always seems to make mysteries more realistic. Quarantine hasn't really bothered me, possibly because I always did go around with an audiobook playing through the earbuds so it just annoyed me anyway when actual people interrupted, but it's useful to hear about various other folks' reactions.

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Free Audible Original

I gave it 4 stars since it was a free Audible Original. The first story sounds like a bumbling mobster caper as the scene starts with the gangsters trying to meet through a Zoom video call. The characters in the second story aren't well developed and therefore, not very interesting to follow along with. The third story had a little humor and a little suspense, so it wasn't bad.

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interesting

A neat twist on the current events . Murders against the backdrop of the Corona virus epidemic .

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Great story teller for 2020/COVID19!
Readers were so astounding, their voices and tone perfect.

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short and sweet

In these times of lockdown. these short stories are simple, partially expected. and still enjoyed.

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