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Sleeping Dogs Audiobook

Sleeping Dogs

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He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head. Now, after a decade, they've found him.

The Butcher's Boy escapes back to the States with more reasons to kill. Until the odds turn terrifyingly against him...until the Mafia, the cops, the FBI, and the damn Justice Department want his hide...until he's locked into a cross-country odyssey of fear and death that could tear his world to pieces.

©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 04-04-17
    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 04-04-17
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    "As Xclnt as the First Listening"

    My 2nd listening of the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Remains an A+. Unforgivingly terse. Emotionally stirring.

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    Lawrence C. Baldassano 04-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Butcher's Boy vs Victor the Aassassain"
    Where does Sleeping Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the Best


    What other book might you compare Sleeping Dogs to and why?

    Victor the Assassain by Tom Woods same great assassains both have style


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

    Can't say


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

    Same as with Tom Woods Victor Character "If you could choose your assassin would it be The Butcher's Boy or Victor


    Any additional comments?

    Need more books in each series

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    Déjà Twice 01-25-17
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    "Sleeping Dogs"

    A real "page turner." Events did not play out the way I expected. Good story.

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    joe'S AUDIBLE FOR ANNDROID 08-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "PERRY BUTCHERS THIS NOVEL, PUTS EVERYONE ASLEEP🐴"

    Not well written like the original novel. The characters are wooden, and sleep through this nightmare. A SLEEPING DOG !!!!!!!!

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    Fred271 09-30-15
    Fred271 09-30-15
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    "A dark comedy of errors"

    This is what thrillers look like when they grow up. Dark, sardonic, very funny; full of well-grounded movement; a solid idea of how the world works; wonderful characters, some of whom you end up caring about a great deal. To see just how well Thomas Perry does all this, compare it with one of the cheap knock offs, say Tom Woods' The Killer.

    I've read the novel several times, and if the narrator wasn't right, I wouldn't have touched the audiobook. Michael Kramer gives the kind of reading that works so well you can't imagine doing it any other way.

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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting!!!"
    Would you listen to Sleeping Dogs again? Why?

    Yesssss....second in The Butchers Boy series and I could not put it down...literally, I could not put it down. Absolutely riveting story. Line by line, thought by thought. But I am not nearly as fascinated with Elizabeth Waring, the Justice Dept agent. But no matter. The assassin is the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Dogs?

    Every single assassination the Butcher's Boy does.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The Butcher's Boy, who, in this second book is mentioned by name..or by one of the several names he uses.


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

    Yes....and I came close to doing that. I listened for hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this series....

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    Jim Palmer 10-06-13
    Jim Palmer 10-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great followup to the first in the series."

    I really enjoyed the series from The Butcher's Boy thru The Informant. I consider this series a must for every library. He presents a cold blooded killer as likable. Michael Kramer is a treat to listen to, he makes the book come alive. I wish Thomas Perry would write another in this series. I would suggest he drop back to the early days when Eddie took in the boy and bring us forward to the first in the series. I failed to find fault with some inaccuracies of reality for instance "door locks", give me a break, it is a great series. Do some of these critics not watch movies? Do they hold politicians to this same standard? I think not!!!!

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    Christy 04-08-13
    Christy 04-08-13 Member Since 2016

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    "It is possible to root for the "bad guy"!"

    This edition of the Butcher's Boy series is an incredible piece of writitng that just had me mesmerized. I loved being carried along in this stream of coincidences and mistaken identities as the Butcher's Boy once again makes his way across the U.S. on a mission, and my suspension of disbelief was firmly in place as I listened.

    I don't know how to give a review of this book beyond my astonishment that I thought it was so good. It's both a simple and complex plot, and the characters are coming from different angles at the same information, with the listener in the background just drinking it in and thinking (at least I was), "No! That's not it at all!" We want to root for the government girl (Elizabeth), of course, but we want to root for the the assassin-protagonist (the Butcher's Boy), too. And in all of this, there is poignancy, sadness, suspense, and an undertone of humor that I think is a little bit of Thomas Perry's magic.

    I recommend that you read the first installment (The Butcher's Boy) to have a full appreciation of this one, but I don't think it's totally necessary. Perry gives enough information when referring to events of 10 years before that you wouldn't be lost.

    And of course, Michael Kramer's narration is superb.

    Amazing!

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    Janels 02-13-13
    Janels 02-13-13
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    "The Butcher's Boy is no Thomas Ripley"

    Expecting a likable and entertaining murderer without a conscience, and being a huge fan of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, I found this a ho-hum listen. The Butcher's Boy could have been clever and entertaining, even though he was a murderer; but, he was deadly dull and not the least entertaining. It was an effort to find him likable. If he had some personality, it would be worthwhile. But, as popular as this series seems to be, I find it pales in comparison to the truly complicated, entertaining yet twisted Thomas Ripley. I have tried two recommended Perry books, that may be enough for me.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    Very good pulp fiction with over the top action. Need to leave reality behind and just enjoy the excitement. I have next in series in my library.

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