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The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in. But this assignment carries the unmistakable stench of sleaze and perversion, luring Scudder into a sordid world of phony religion and murderous lust where children must die for their parents' most unspeakable sins.

©1976 Lawrence Block (P)2011 AudioGo

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Good introduction to a popular series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy mystery series. And, after reading it, I'll seek out more volumes in this series for myself.

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

Good differentiation among voices without over-acting; a good portrayal of the meaning of words, phrases, and entire conversations.

Could you see The Sins of the Fathers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps a TV movie -- action could fit into a 90 minute window (plus commercials = 2 hours). The plot is straightforward enough to survive its necessary shortening to make the screen play. Good actors would convey the personalities and relationships among main characters effectively and efficiently, without relying on words alone.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A listen you won't want to stop until the climax,

Where does The Sins of the Fathers rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Certainly in the top 15.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt, because he somehow manages to stick with the initial goal and stay in character.

What about Alan Sklar???s performance did you like?

Very good but not at the top, but I would listen to something else by him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I would not hesitate to recommend this audible to others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • joan
  • YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
  • 05-14-13

Good Pulpish reading

About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Shawn
  • Carrollton, TX, United States
  • 11-16-13

Very good Detective Book

I would recommend this to those enjoy the Detective type of books.
I was engaged but miss the "Blood Lust" for the good Thrillers and Covert Spec Ops.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very Done

I really enjoyed this story. I've listened to it twice. The narrator has a beautiful deep voice, very nice to listen to him speak. Thank you

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block, one of the best, does ot disappoint

so good I could not stop listening. this is my first Scudder boo. will be looking for mote.

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Pretty Terrible.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story-line, or having any idea where Matt Scudder came up with his theories. Believable and consistent characters would have also been a plus.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Man Called Ove by Frederk Backman

What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?

Overdramatic bordering on ridiculous.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I listened to it because other reviewers said that while it wasn't a great start to the Matt Scudder series, it was worth it if you want to know the back story to Scudder. I would disagree -- listening to this made me uninterested in reading further books. Maybe start later in the series and if you enjoy it you can come back to this one.

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The start of a well respected detective series.

Would you listen to The Sins of the Fathers again? Why?

Maybe. While the book shows growing pains for the still developing Scudder character, it's the performance that really stood out. As far as the story goes, it's...fine.

Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to the first three in the Scudder series and the narrator is fantastic. In the fourth book they switched to another narrator who isn't nearly as good. It's a shame. Sklar really nails Scudder's inner voice.

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

There is a conversation Scudder has towards the end of the book that is incredible. It would make for a great film scene. Shame none of the movies are very good.

Any additional comments?

This book is for completionists like myself. I've heard it's actually better to skip the first two books in the series, but I couldn't do that. Personally I found it to be a good listen. Just don't expect the fireworks the later books in the series apparently have.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 02-11-16

Big fan

Of Mathew Scudder. This is my favorite - but they are all very good. Generally prefer the drinking Scudder. Mr Sklar has the "voice" just right and does a great job conveying both the text and the tone of the story as it evolves

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Great listen

Great story. Great pacing by the narrator. Good book for commuting or just general listening. Downloading next in series immediately.