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Publisher's Summary

Stone and his ex-partner, Dino, are facing every policeman's worst fear: the people close to them are being murdered, probably by someone the two of them sent to prison in the past. To complicate matters, Stone finds himself involved in a distracting relationship with a woman who may be as dangerous as she is beautiful. As the body count multiplies, Stone and Dino race against time to find clues to the brilliant killer's identity. Through glitzy restaurants, dark back alleys, and posh summer communities, the suave Stone Barrington faces mobsters, a bomber, and a former lover to get his man. Richard Ferrone's rugged, no-nonsense narration is the perfect vehicle for this nonstop thrill ride.

The author of nearly two dozen best sellers, Stuart Woods unfailingly entertains legions of fans with his suspenseful novels.

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Critic Reviews

"With sharply drawn characters, a plot that's satisfying to the last dirty deed, and a story that flows with the effortless grace attained only by a master, this seductive novel will have readers twitching with suspense." (Library Journal)

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bruce
  • Moultonborough, NH, USA
  • 06-23-10

A Great Audiobook!

This is my 6th Stone Barrington audiobook, and I find it thrilling. I listen to my audiobooks while traveling and I regret when I have to pause this book. I can't wait to get back to it.

The narrater is ok, but I think Tony Roberts does the best job with the Stone Barrington books. This is why I gave it four instead of five stars.

I don't understand the negative reviews. It confusing me as they must be very hard to please for an audiobook. If they would only mention an audiobook they thought was great, then I would have something to compare and find their review of value. Without knowing what they thought was a quality book, I can't give any credit to their review since I found this audiobook well worth the time and the money. I really enjoy listening to this story and it makes my travel time pass too quickly. This is all I hope for in an audiobook and this one more than meets the bill for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • MEMcL
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • 06-07-07

A good listen

This wasn't a great book, but a very pleasant one to listen to. The reader was excellent and the story really held my interest. I found myself looking for periods of quiet time to listen to the next chapter. So, all in all, it was worthwhile.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Worst book realized

I am in the second part of this book and it is like swimming in bad jello. There is a plot about a guy who gets out of prison and is getting revenge by killing all the people he feels is responsible, but you, the unlucky person who used a credit for this dreck, has to listen to how these very wealthy socialites buy fabulous houses in Connecticut and, if that is not boring enough, you also get to hear about furnishing them and about their dinner parties. Every woman alive throws themselves at the incredibly handsome protagonist and the murder mystery plot cannot advance without long descriptions of their incredible cars, lovemaking and dinners at expensive restaurants. I am on the side of the killer, I want all these people dead.
I have never read those breast heaving romantic novels of Barbara Cartland or Danielle Steele, but I suspect that is what is going on here.
Really, a bad book.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Barely above

All told, the book is a combination of light reading, modest page-turner, and a yawn, especially at the end. One more formulaic whodunit detective novel. Not worth the money to buy it or the time to listen to it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not up to snuff

Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Richard Ferrone?

Yes

Has Worst Fears Realized turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

None, really none of them

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Worst Fears Realized?

Too many to count and in the beginning the author changes the sex of the baby from female to male - just dumb.

Any additional comments?

I hope Stone uses a condom! This book was so ridiculous, the focus on the mystery was secondary to the "lifestyles of the rich and famous" - as other reviewers stated, too much of the over the top lifestyle and Stone is a dog but in this story he is a real dog and just didn't care for this book as I have the others.

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Great, as always!

In the style of Stone Barrington, Stuart Woods continues to develop his characters. Although a bit dated in terms of using the house phones and often inconvenienced because a phone wasn't available, this novel still reads like a great detective who-done-it.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Stone Barrington does it again.

Many great moments tho to me feels like a filler or connecter between better stories....guess I'll just have to keep reading. Certainly hope Richard Ferrone hangs with this series...he/his reading brings out the details & personalities.

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another great book

Stewart woods continues to lead you through another great book. can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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Stuart Woods fan

Story was very, very good and the reading couldn't have been better. This reader is one of the best, doesn't try to sound like a woman when a woman is speaking. Just reads it like it's supposed to be read and it does not detract from the story.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Maybe not the worst

I bought this book hoping that Richard Ferrone's narration could make a mediocre book enjoyable. Surprisingly he managed to do that for the first couple of hours before the sheer implausiblility of Stuart Woods' characters, plot and dialogue made things nearly unlistenable. Stuart Woods clearly has an appreciative audience. I'm just not among them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful