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After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he's summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone's unique skill set, and it's a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime and in bed, Holly Barker.

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  • William R.
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 01-18-12

The Stone Barrington Series Seems Back on Track

The last few Stone Barrington novels have been interesting because they dealt with family, friends and financial wheeling and dealing. They were not horrible but I missed the good old days of Stone and Dino working together to catch the bad guys.

DC Dead is a great book with all the things that originally drew me to the Stone novels. Stone and Dino are whisked off to DC in order to investigate what may be a suicide but could also be a murder. As the book progresses and the murders pile up we go on a ride that is half murder mystery and half excellent recipes for perfect cocktails.

While I will not mention it here, there is a whole other plot line involving Holly Barker that did not quite seem to make sense so I am assuming it will lead in to the next Stone novel. Hopefully this distraction was not to just fill pages.

If you like the Stone Barrington novels, you will really enjoy this one. As always, Tony Roberts done a fantastic job with all the voices throughout. If they ever change Tony out, I might lose interest, he is that good.

-Bill

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not one of Woods' best efforts

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but not strongly. I thought the story had several holes in the detective work, and a couple of dumb conclusions on the part of our heroes Stone and Dino. Appeared they were thinking with the wrong head on several occassions. Stuart seems to be fascinated with Teddy Faye who appears yet again. I've about had all of the exposure to him I care for.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

Yes. Woods is one of my favorite authors, and everyone has a not so good effort from time to time.

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  • Rick
  • Trussville, AL, United States
  • 04-07-13

Frequent Listener

Talk about a bummer, this one was not what I expected. Tony gets thumbs up from me, one of my favorite narrators. He seems to have these characters down pat. I think if I had to listen to this series with any other narrator it wouldn't be the same. As always, not great literature, but always entertaining.

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  • Jill
  • Charlote, NC, United States
  • 04-05-12

Great typical Stone Barrington story line!

Where does D.C. Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Stuart Woods is my favorite audio author. I keep trying to branch out to others but love the story lines and the narrator!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Stone and Holly together in the books.

Which character – as performed by Tony Roberts – was your favorite?

Dino!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course...but didn't get to...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • WICPA
  • United States
  • 02-08-12

Excellent Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Stone Barrington et al provide the expected humor, plot twists and suspense that we expect from this Stuart Woods series.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line began on the same day that Son of Stone ended! Surprised me but is cool!

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

His voice is so versatile!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Serial killer loose in Washington, D.C.D

Where does D.C. Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Difficult to say. I love all the Stuart Woods books. Near the top of my ratings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of D.C. Dead?

Guessing who the killer was, before the book had it worked out.

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

His vocal portrayal of the characters give a visual image of them. I listen in the car. I drive about 10 hours a week. I could never read all the books that I listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, just a good read (listen?)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Typical Stone Barrington ...

Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Tony Roberts?

Have loved and listend to many (if not all) of the Woods / Roberts team.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

That Stone was back to being Stone after the Son of Stone diversion, which I did like.

Have you listened to any of Tony Roberts???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Equal ... Tony is very consistent.

Was D.C. Dead worth the listening time?

At less than10 hours, yes.

Any additional comments?

Was glad to see Stuart Woods back to the Stone of old, however this iteration did seem to drag a bit. Bringing Holly Barker and Teddy Faye back in for a parallel plot served only to continue the viability of their characters beyond DC Dead for possible (indeed probable) future inclusion into the Stone Barrington storyline.

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  • Kathleen
  • Central, SC, United States
  • 01-31-12

Another great novel, however not as good as some

Where does D.C. Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Compared to some I've listened to I'd give it a 4. It didn't seem to have the intensity that some of the other books have had. Some of my favorites are

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

That's it!!

What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

I always enjoy Tony's performance. Great voice, easy to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's not over til it's over.

Any additional comments?

Have enjoyed all of Stuart Woods' books thus far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Great read -- Woods NEVER fails!

Would you consider the audio edition of D.C. Dead to be better than the print version?

I never tried the print version.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely-the series is always wonderful.

What about Tony Roberts???s performance did you like?

I would be disappointed if a Barrington book was not narrated by Roberts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile as I live in the DC area.

Any additional comments?

Keep the Stone Barrington series alive and well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I just enjoy these Stone Barrington books.

I just enjoy these Stone Barrington books. ok so he ALWAYS gets to sleep with multiple women in EVERY book, and they ALWAYS seem to be just as detached as he. Things ALWAYS work out for him in the end. It's hilarious, unrealistic and entertaining so although EVERY single book has it's obvious formula, I still enjoy and keep coming back for more!