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Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York Mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client, with the goal of taking down the infamous Mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn't want to have anything to do with Herbie - or the Mafia, for that matter - he is soon coerced into being Herbie's lawyer.

With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, Stone investigates "Datilla the Hun", and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay?

With the swift action, razor-sharp characters, and crackling dialogue that are Stuart Woods's hallmarks, Fresh Disasters is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers.

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"Series regulars and newcomers alike will be perfectly satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Denis
  • Naples, FL, USA
  • 05-07-07

Disaster is right!

What happened to the Stone Barrington I used to know and love? Stone is "forced" into taking on a case he would never take or face being "let go" from Woodman and Weld. The OLD Stone would have told Bill Eggers to STICK IT, but this Stone reluctantly takes the assignment, because he -really needs the money.

Tony Roberts is the reader again and his voice really grates on me. His reading of the story makes me picture Dino as a big fat slob who has trouble breathing.

The book is mildly entertaining with a plot so thin you could slide it under a door.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Canalwoman
  • Bethany Beach, DE, United States
  • 07-21-07


I've never had to stop listening to a book until this. Even if I'm not totally engaged, I can usually find some redeeming qualities. This, however has none. I can't quite decide which was worse; the writing or the narration. Do yourself a favor and save your time and money.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Gail
  • Bristol, CT, United States
  • 07-13-07


Fresh Disasters is an undeniably entertaining, mostly typical Stone Barrington tale - but it is somewhat more vulgar and sloppy than other Stuart Woods works.

I finished this book and then wished I hadn't invested my time. Unimpressive is the adjective that comes to mind.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Going No Where

I turned it off after an hour and half. It was like a car stuck in the mud spinning its tires. I guess if you want something very light you might enjoy the book. I though there was little substance.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fresh Disasters

For the most part this is a fun listen. The plot keeps moving. I would have rated it higher, but the sex is ridiculous and I found myself fast forwarding through it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration

While the story is fun, the narration was annoying. The voice was so unpleasant that the characters became unattractive, especially "Deano".

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  • Vikki
  • WICHITA, KS, United States
  • 07-02-07


Stuart Woods does it again. I don't think this guy can write a bad novel. This one surpasses all of the other "Stone Barrington" novels that I have read. Lots of intrigue and humor. Never a dull moment.

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Repeated narration

What made the experience of listening to Fresh Disasters the most enjoyable?

The most irritating thing was that every so often the narration would go back fifteen to thirty minutes ad repeat.

What did you like best about this story?

The constant surprises.

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


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  • Michael
  • Weston, MA, United States
  • 12-18-17

Whatever happened to Herbie?

Love this series and this was a good early one. Those who’ve read the later ones may be excused for wondering how Herbie Fisher the imbecile somehow morphed in Herbie the genius lawyer but the series is mostly so much fun that it’s hard to hold Woods to too strict consistency. And the narrator is perfect.

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Not great

Not great , one of the few Stuart Woods books I can say that about. I'll try another.