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This sequel to the best-selling Booked to Die combines masterful suspense, bullets, and booklore in one of the best contemporary whodunits on offer.

When rare book collector Cliff Janeway is offered a lucrative bondsman job, he can't refuse, especially since the bail jumper might have a priceless copy of The Raven. This is a must listen for mystery buffs and especially those who love booklore.

©1995 John Dunning (P)1995 Recorded Books

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  • David
  • Newark, OH, USA
  • 03-18-08

Better than the prequel

This book is even more enjoyable than its prequel, Booked to Die. The author expertly connects the present and the past in a book that is part mystery, part suspense, and part detective story. The attention to detail regarding booklore is both fascinating and informative. But the best part is the narration. George Guidall is one of my favorites and he does a wonderful job bringing the main character, Cliff Janeway, to life.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Constance
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 07-27-11

Intricate, fast paced, and smart

Dunning's Bookman series is smart and well paced with lots of clever zinger lines, but what makes this series stand out is how each story is propelled by the obsessive fascination and craving for books--particular books, particular authors, particular years, particular perfect dust jackets, particular you-name-it---all the holy grails that make collectors, buyers, and sellers obsessive and sometimes murderous pursuers of completion and perfection. If you like a good, smart mystery you'll enjoy this very well narrated book; if you're a book lover you'll love it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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If I were a book collector...

If I were a book collector, the details of this book would have kept me enthralled (I think). But I am not a book collector, and the details began to lose me and my attention. The book started strong, and I felt exhilarated to be listening to George Guidall reading what seemed like a very exciting book. But after a while, the excitement diminished, the plot got sidelined to make room for many details about book printing and book collection, and I started to not worry about what had happened to one of the characters who went missing. The ending was drawn out for hours, and I was not satisfied.
It's hard to not like a book that George Guidall narrates, but I just didn't enjoy this book very much.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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bookman's wake

What made the experience of listening to The Bookman's Wake the most enjoyable?

another great dunning mystery set in the book world. terrific suspense while learning about the book dealer and his world. wonderful narrator no equal in guidall. look forward to the next dunning and anything read by guidall!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Maybe a little less

John Dunning is a very good writer. I enjoyed all the of the Bookman series so far. This last installment is not as grabbing as the other 2 though. It has a nice story line and plot, but the characters aren't as believeable. I di enjoy reading the book though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Sheff
  • Inkster, Michigan United States
  • 05-22-18

Excellent Story Performed Flawlessly.

This was the second Cliff Janeway novel and far and away the best of the series. In the 90s when this came out Poe had become quite trendy and a subject matter for quite a few mysteries. This is by far the best treatment for that time period. ENJOY!

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There isnt a poor one

Dunning is a cry for the love of books but in a master's voice. This is a sad but exciting hunt for both killer and books. It is another in a series of gorgeous prose mysteries.

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  • Ross
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 01-05-17

Loving this series

I have read two of them now and love the plot lines, the language and George's narration.
I have reach a point where I no longer think I am listening to Mitch Rapp!

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engaging story and great narration!

Where does The Bookman's Wake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

high

What did you like best about this story?

evocative narration, vivid scenery, memorable characters and intriguing details about the book collection world

Any additional comments?

Guidall is one of the best narrators I've heard, especially for books by John Dunning or Tony Hillerman

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  • Nancy
  • Hot Springs Village, AR, United States
  • 09-28-11

The Bookman's Wake

Too long and drawn out. Lost interest about halfway through. I felt that the characters were not believable and neither was the story line.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful