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Kelp has a plan, and John Dortmunder knows that means trouble. His friend Kelp is a jinx, and his schemes, no matter how well intentioned, tend to spiral quickly out of control. But this one, Kelp swears, is airtight. He read it in a book.

In county lock-up for a traffic charge, Kelp came across a library of trashy novels by an author named Richard Stark. The hero is a thief named Parker whose plans, unlike Kelp and Dortmunder's, always work out. In one, Parker orchestrates a kidnapping so brilliant that, Kelp thinks, it would have to work in real life. Though offended that his usual role as planner has been usurped, Dortmunder agrees to try using the novel as a blueprint. Unfortunately, what's simple on the page turns complex in real life, and there is no book to guide him through the madness he's signed on for.

©1974 Donald E. Westlake. Recorded by arrangement with Mysterious Press.com, LLC (P)2013 HighBridge Company

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What a hoot!

I love the Dortmunder series for what it is! Give me more and more of the gang that could shouldn't shoot straight. I am happy to laugh my way through their escapades time after time. Here is a book that you can read with a light heart and a big laugh. Here is a book that isn't pretending or even trying to be great literature. It has no depth. It has no message. It doesn't even call out for a review.

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very funny

Would you consider the audio edition of Jimmy the Kid to be better than the print version?

It's Donald Westlake at his best. A great since of humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mom, is the person you encounter on any day in customer service work.

Which character – as performed by Brian Holsopple – was your favorite?

Holsopple made each person come to life.

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Dortmunder Does It Again

Outstanding entertainment. Good and evil? There is no evil. Just entrepreneurship. Clever plot with twists. Brian's voice brings the characters to life.

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The Kid Steals the Show

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Another great entry in the Dortmunder series. I was laughing out loud at a scene where Dortmunder's gang is trying to pull off a kidnapping while in rubber masks.

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I'm loyal to a different reader

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was fine. It's not one that I would recommend. To recommend a book I have to find it especially good.

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

Having read Westlake before, the ending was predictable. Endings are not the reason I listen to a Westlake book. I listen for the humor and fun between the beginning and the end.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I am sure that Brian Holsopple is a great narrator for many books. With that said, the first 2 Westlake books I listened to were read by Jeff Woodman. His narrating was spot on, and enhanced the books, which is what a good reader should do. Holsopple's voice for women was exceedingly annoying, whereas Woodman's was wonderful. I bought 3 more Westlake books that I have not yet listened to. Sadly, only one was read by Woodman - which I did not know when I bought them.

Did Jimmy the Kid inspire you to do anything?

No.

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