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The Butcher's Boy Audiobook

The Butcher's Boy

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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

©2003 Thomas Perry; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-18-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Expected more"

    Perhaps Michael Connelly's introduction raised the bar a little too high, but I wasn't overly impressed by this work. However, I'm glad Perry didn't abandon the character because I have liked other stories in the series better. This moved along at a slow pace and it seemed that Perry was simply setting up the character for future "adventures." Have another one in my library and, with the bar now set lower, hope to enjoy it more.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-01-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-01-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Thomas Perry's flawless first novel!"

    The Butcher's Boy was first released 44 years ago. I consider it an American classic which launched the author's career. The protagonist is professional hitman Michael Schaeffer. Schaeffer's step father was a butcher. I could listen to The Butcher's Boy again and again. This is a must read novel for fans of the thriller genre.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    brenda hubbard 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

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    "slow to start but enjoyable"

    In general I like Thomas Perry's writing. It is straightforward and methodical in a way that highlights the characters analytical thinking. I am always enthralled by how Perry's bad guys think through their strategies.

    There was an introduction at the beginning that I found tedious and set me up to think that this was going to be a real page turner. Instead it was slow to start and I thought, "wow, what disservice that intro did to this book."

    The narration was well done. I will buy more Thomas Perry. But I don't need the commercial intro that was almost ten minutes in length!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-23-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Interesting"

    A good story, like an old movie so it was a little dated. Still a good listen, I will definetly listen to the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cangrande 09-18-09
    cangrande 09-18-09
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    "Narrated by the Drowsy Man"

    The description makes this sound like a great book -- I'll have to pick up a hard copy. I usually listen to audio books in while driving. This one would make that dangerous. The narrator has so little enthusiasm or voice inflection I couldn't force myself past the 1 hr. mark. I downloaded Michael Connelly's Angel's Flight and I'm safe on the road again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 11-30-12
    Randy 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Need to buy three books to know full story"
    What disappointed you about The Butcher's Boy?

    The reader is not too good but the biggest problem the book leaves you hanging without an ending. It takes the full series to make one story line. They should have made this into one long book.


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

    It does not have an ending.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    Poor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the book company asking us to believe we purchased a book instead of 1/3 book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am torn between purchasing the third part to make a complaint and knowing what eventually happens.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-25-12
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2002
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    "If you like Jack Reacher, you'll enjoy this"

    Perry does a great job creating a tension between a surprisingly sympathetic mob hit man and the Department of Justice lawyer who is chasing him. First in a series that I've pretty much finished.

    Not your prototypical enjoyable listen. The reader sounds a bit like a 50's film noir detective (just the facts, ma'am) and the hit man guesses right just a bit too often, but it all ... just ... works.

    If you like Reacher, I'm guessing you'll like the Butcher's Boy. Not 6'4", but the same kind of analytical thinking and get 'er done attitude. A total steal at the $4.95 sale price; definitely worth it at full retail.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Foley 08-01-17 Member Since 2017

    Avid listener...100+ per year for many years. Very few reviews seems I only say something when I am disappointed or elated!

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    "Very engaging!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Butcher's Boy the most enjoyable?

    Performance was outstanding (Michael Kramer), pace was right on for me, and story complexity and twists had me wanting more at every chapter. Fantastic first book...wish I would have found this author much sooner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Butcher's Boy - many interesting aspects to his character very well developed in a minimal way!


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

    Great smooth voice top grade reader performance.


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

    yes definitely was up till 3am listening, woke and started right back on it at 7am.


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    A. L. DeWitt Jefferson City, MO United States 07-25-17
    A. L. DeWitt Jefferson City, MO United States 07-25-17 Member Since 2011

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    "One of Perry's best"

    The Butcher's Boy is not a model of morality. He kills, and its a living. But when the hunter becomes the hunted, his reversal of fortune sends him spiraling down alleys with no way out. Add to this the FBI agent out to catch him, who intuits his existence from statistical data.
    While it starts out hard to suspend disbelief, the book is a thrill ride that gets better with every new chapter, and leaves you wishing for more. Thankfully there are two sequels to this book, and they're every bit as good as this one.
    The research in the book, the description of gun play, the use of alternate identification, and the reliance on fact over fiction in the areas of guns are all things that make this book shine. Great narration by Michael Kramer seals the deal.

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    Zachary Spring, TX, United States 07-18-17
    Zachary Spring, TX, United States 07-18-17 Member Since 2010

    Listening to books helps me to take mind off the stresses of the day as I use my imagination to frame the story and characters. So much fun!

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    Michael Kramer is the best I have heard. Excellent voice control and story teller.

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