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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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If you could sum up The Butcher's Boy in three words, what would they be?

entertaining interesting fascinating

What did you like best about this story?

The main character is fascinating.

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

I like His Michael Kramer interpretation of the main character. the characters is so methodical as the characters goes about killing people. After all that is what he does for a living.

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

My wife and I listened to the series (3 books) twice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 12-11-12

This book is truly compelling

Would you consider the audio edition of The Butcher's Boy to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What other book might you compare The Butcher's Boy to and why?

The informant.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

He is my fovorite.

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

No much too long

Any additional comments?

Really, this book is hard to put down.

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Entertaining--lots of twists and turns

The first book I've listened to of Thomas Perry's, and the first book he wrote. I was entertained.

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Entertaining Listen!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Butcher's Boy to be better than the print version?

Yes

What other book might you compare The Butcher's Boy to and why?

This book is simular to just about every book that I have read by Michael Connelly, mostly the ones in the LAPD Detective Harry Bosch series because of the writing style of Connelly is very similar to this author's work.

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

The lead character, of course. However, Kramer does a great job with all, even with female characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not really. The entire books is full twists and turns to keep the reader/listener off balance and entertained.

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book and am anxious to listen to another by Perry.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Northridge, CA, United States
  • 09-25-12

Crime Fans? Snap This One Up!

I initially grabbed this one out of sheer fandom for the reader Michael Kramer, who was SO good on Richard Stark (Westlake)'s 'Parker' series. He doesn't disappoint here. The story too is worthy of it's accolades. In fact, it is not dissimilar to the Westlake books: a solitary (anti) hero on a relentless mission against those who wronged him. Except the focus here is not on a caper, but a hitman (and the addition of a third party - Waring from Justice Dept). Now to find out if the other 2 'Butcher' novels are available via audiobook.

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Good book, interesting character

What did you like best about The Butcher's Boy? What did you like least?

The narrator leaves a lot to be desired. I am used to really good narrators like George Guidall, Scott Brick and Dick Hill. I like the character of the story but the narrator detracted from the story. I have already bought the second book in the series but after listening to the first book, if I hadn't already bought "The Informant" I would have bought the book and read it instead of listening to Kramer again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

No. I am sorry that I bought the first two books in this series at the same time. If I hadn't done that I would have opted to read the second book instead of listening to Kramer again.

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  • James
  • Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
  • 07-26-11

Moderate your expectations

This was an okay book, particularly for a new author. Nonetheless, the book didn't live up to the outstanding reviews it got on Audible and Amazon. For example, many of the positive reviews highlighted the writer's research of the subject matter and the authenticity of the story. However, there were some parts of the book that seemed foollish ... after Oklahoma City, would law enforcement officers really not know that fertilizer could be used for a bomb? Also, the overall depiction of the mafia didn't ring true and was sometimes almost clownish. I actually enjoyed the book, but I might have enjoyed it more if there wasn't so much unwarranted hype.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really good and fun

Lots of action. Like this author - too bad it was so short. Highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy Thomas Perry

Action packed drama from the beginning. Enjoy all Thomas Perry books because he has my attention from the first sentence and is able to maintain action throughout the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slow Moving, Average book

If you are looking for a book that keeps you interested then pass on this one.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful