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The Authorities Audiobook

The Authorities

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Publisher's Summary

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people "the creeps".

There is no shortage of suspects.

©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2015 Scott Meyer

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    J Reason 20/12/2015
    J Reason 20/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "An entertaining, humorous police procedural"

    The Authorities is an entertaining, lighthearted police procedural, full of eccentric characters and gentle humour. In many ways, it is similar to the author's Magic 2.0 books - a simple, amusing story featuring endearingly socially inept characters. Luke Daniels' narration is excellent. His character voices really add to the humour.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Lanigan 05/05/2016
    Tom Lanigan 05/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"

    This book is so easy to listen to. It's well read and written. I was walking the dog with a smile on my face

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Charles
    USA
    21/01/16
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    "Great Work"

    I'm definitely a Scott Meyer fan- I adore his 2.0 series and didn't think Master of Formalities was anywhere near as questionable as some listeners apparently did. In The Authorities, Meyer turns his wit and charm onto a classic genre- mysteries.

    Being honest, I am not a huge mystery or crime novel fan. They generally don't capture my imagination in a way that keeps me engaged. Obviously this wasn't a serious mystery, but I was entertained the entire time.

    As with other Meyer books, there were character development flaws, but these were overcome by the sheer movement of the story and how engrossing the overall experience was.

    I listen to books on my drive back and forth to work- I know I have a good book when I not only don't realize how long the drive is, but also when I am disappointed I have to turn the car off and head inside. I was always disappointed at the end of my drives while listening to this one.

    Funny, entertaining, and imaginative. High marks and worth a credit.

    48 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth J Grogan
    10/02/16
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    "If you liked Magic 2.0, get this book"

    I devoured the Magic 2.0 books. I found them clever and at times laugh out loud funny. So I decided to pick this one up. I was not disappointed. The wit of the prior series was present and the characters were fun and well performed by the reader. The story is by no means earth shattering, but clever enough to hold my attention and definitely entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • clifford
    United States
    26/01/16
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    "Good start, but becomes mired half way through"

    The Authorities started out fairly interestingly enough. Rutherford (the protagonist) starts off as a policeman, solves a case, & becomes a part of a special elite team. All of this is fun and moves along at a nice clip.

    Once the primary mystery is introduced, things slow down. The story is basically the special elite team (the Authorities) going from one person to another and interviewing them. Well it gets boring and repetitive. The underlying mystery is not the focus of this story. Its more the group getting to know one another. Because the mystery is not that engaging, the story is not either.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
    USA
    09/03/16
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    "Laugh out loud awkward detective work."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you like mysteries, but really like those with colorfully goofy characters and humorously awkward situations, then "The Authorities" is defiantly a book that you would want to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Authorities?

    There was a scene where bees are first used as an bizarrely effective interrogation technique that was funny to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a scene where the suspect was unsuccessfully trying to run, yet couldn't, so "The Authorities" had to sort of nonchalantly help the suspect out a little so they could get good video of themselves chasing him. It was read as so hilariously awkward and ponderous with narrator Luke Daniels' voice work that it became one of many favorite scenes.


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

    Oh there was much laughter. A healthy down to earth moment or two to round out the story and flesh out the characters, but mostly laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Author Scott Meyers and narrator Luke Daniels are quickly becoming one of my favorite audio book team. Scott Meyer's sense of ironically awkward and humorous character interaction situations only multiplies with the amazingly detailed and voice work of Luke Daniels. "Off to be the wizard" and "Master of Formalities" are also suggested if you enjoy Scott Meyer's sense of humor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    13/02/16
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    "Daniels sold it!"
    What did you love best about The Authorities?

    Normally Meyers is great. In fact, he's one of my favorite authors for comedy. This fell sort of flat. It had its moments but they are few and far between. If not for Daniels this one probably wouldn't have been finished. If there's another in the series I'll get it if Daniels is reading but even so here's to hoping the story is better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Meyer? Why or why not?

    Yes. He has an incredible sense of humor that translates well into everyday "human speak".


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    All of it. If you haven't heard him try "Off to be the Wizard"-simply incredible!


    If you could rename The Authorities, what would you call it?

    Not sure anything else fits.


    Any additional comments?

    nah.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    11/02/16
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    "meh."

    After finishing this and the Masters of Formalities one I think.. Scott should stick to Magic 2.0... This wasn't a bad book, it's just... bland. Nothing really interesting happens, none of the characters felt important. I miss the relatable-ness and humor.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    08/01/16
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Wizard 2.0 books (hope they don't stop). However, one issue with those books, is that it's about guys wanting to be wizards, which tbh limits the number of folks who would be interested just on the premise. The Authorities though has a similar comedic/wit element to the Wizard books, but is set as part of a light crime story - which even non-geeks can appreciate. Basically, I'll come across sounding like less of a nerd by recommending the Authorities to folks than the Wizard books, all while introducing them to a great story teller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Authorities?

    The reflection that pedestrians being upset by them *not* being struck by Rutherford's driving his van. Absolutely love the wit of Meyer. I also liked the "laughing, laughing" by Sloan, and the explanation of why Max has three computers.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Definitely Max. Although, this may be more because this was a more unique voice since it's not used in the Wizard 2.0 series.


    If you could rename The Authorities, what would you call it?

    Off to be a Detective


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    20/12/15
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    "FanFreakinTastic"

    An awesome read and what promises to be a wonderful new series... This band of misfit detectives is utterly unique and enjoyable... The characters are all exceptionally rich and vibrant, especially Rutherford, Max, and Sloan... The quirkiness and humor could not be done w/ more pinache and vim, while remaining rooted... The pace and flow of the story are conducive to binge reading;) You'll find yourself laughing regularly, and chuckling even more... The whodunit and howdunit is fun, but not complicated... Most will figure it out quickly, but this is a story of characters more than anything and they will suck you in immediately, and take you on one helluva fun read... The narration is excellent and accomplishes changing tones and viewpoints beautifully... Worth the credit w/o a doubt.... Hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this delicious piece of ear candy;).

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Lory Marshall
    Fort Worth, TX
    03/10/16
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    "Wonderful"

    I love Scott Meyer's writing. I really like the up to date references, I don't see that in a lot of the other books I listen to. And his stories are usually a bit odd, but I love it!

    Luke Daniels might be my favorite narrator, I've never questioned whether the story was good or the narrator was good.. turns out it was both!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CodySydney
    Sydney, Australia
    05/03/16
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    "That's it, Scott Meyer is the most entertaining!"
    If you could sum up The Authorities in three words, what would they be?

    Creative, entertaining, quirky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh no! They were all brilliant! Colourful and original and so fun!!


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Luke Daniels is just awesome, I love his work so I won't pick anyone in particular


    Who was the most memorable character of The Authorities and why?

    The bees!!


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Meyer keeps coming up with brilliant characters and environments, one after another. Any other author would milk each for all they are worth and write sequel after sequel with the same characters. Scott Meyer keeps coming up with new ideas! Anyone else would be lucky to create ONE novel like any of Scott Meyers. I just can't wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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