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The Burglar in the Rye Audiobook

The Burglar in the Rye

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block keeps fans guessing to the end with his rollicking Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries. In this diverting caper, full-time bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie tries to do the right thing for a new friend, only to find himself accused of some terrible wrongs.

All Bernie plans to do is steal some letters. A New York City literary agent is auctioning off her personal correspondence with enigmatic writer Gully Fairborn. Gully's attractive ex-girlfriend has asked Bernie to swipe the letters so she can return them to her old heartthrob. But when Bernie breaks in, the letters are missing, and the literary agent is in bed with no hope of waking up.

With the police watching him very closely, Bernie relies on jiggers of rye and Caroline, his lesbian best friend, to sharpen his deductive skills and find the killer. Narrator Richard Ferrone expertly guides you on a laugh-filled journey through the twists and turns of the clever plot.

©1999 Lawrence Block; (P)2000 Recorded Books

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  • F. Hayek
    Indianapolis, IN
    24/06/09
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    "Outstanding"

    Since I got introduced to L. Block's work in "The burglar who painted like Mondrian" and can't get enough. This is a delightful episode in the series about Bernard Rhodenbarr, an "admitted" burglar and reluctant detective. I found wonderful humor, wit, scorn and a very healthy dose of funny cynicism. The writing is masterful and the wry dialogue is sophisticated. Every sentence is expertly crafted. Richard Ferrone's narration is outstanding.
    Despite a modern Hercule Poirot ending (Agatha Christie elements are common in this series), this lighthearted piece that keeps your cerebrum very well nourished and your time very well spent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MidwestGeek
    Ann Arbor, MI, United States
    21/12/13
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    "One of Block's funniest, most ingenious mysteries."

    I enjoy comic mysteries, so I like the Bernie Rhodenbarr series about a burglar with a complicated sense of justice, who usually does more good than harm. This is a complex story about an author, who resembles Thomas Pynchon, whose novel "Nobody's Baby", meant a great deal to Bernie but who guards his privacy at all costs. The denouement is a scene out of Agatha Christie, in which Bernie plays Hercule Poirot, who has gathered the suspects together to coax out the true killer. Meanwhile, Bernie suffers his usual internal torments, engages in the pursuit of sexy women, and of course repeatedly uses his skills as a burglar to obtain information if not wealth.

    Richard Ferrone does an excellent job of narration. He even made some female characters come to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Janels
    Highlands Ranch, CO, United States
    19/12/13
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    "Good voyage in literary references, and OK mystery"

    The lovable fastidious thief just misses the mark in this book, but the richness in literary references makes it worthwhile. The book ends like an Agatha Christie mystery, with all characters gathered in the same room and our hero pointing out the guilty person. However, unlike Christie, he had an unfair advantage, and the clues were not really there or believable. The "Thief's Guide" series is much more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorrie H
    NC USA
    09/12/13
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    "Not one of Block's best; still worth listening."

    I am a great fan of Lawrence Block and especially like this series. I was disappointed with this book, but still, it was Lawrence Block and his worst is better than most.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doug
    30/08/15
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    "Excellent story . Very entertaining"

    Intricate plot and requires close attention, but well worth the effort !
    Absolutely recommended reading. Reader performance is wonderful !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean Sergile
    02/04/15
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    "Great Great Book!"

    This is the second book I've ever read and this really changed my views about reading , I used to hate it but after this book I've never felt so good about reading a story like this . More books should be written like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria T.
    New Haven, CT
    24/11/14
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    "Exquisite!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What an exquisite combination of wonderful writing, a neat plotline, literary erudition, and sarcastic humor! It was my first exposure to this writer and I absolutely fell in love (despite being very picky when it comes to fiction -- to the point that I choose non-fiction about 9 out of 10 times whenever I am looking for a new book to listen to).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot twists kept me listening way past my bedtime :)


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    And the performance by Richard Ferrone is absolutely captivating! Now I hope that any other books featuring this lovable character Bernie are voiced over by Ferrone!


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait to hear another book in this series! (And I very rarely get into series, I'd say the only exception is Lawrence Sanders and his "deadly sin" short series).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Peer
    Australia
    08/01/14
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    "My first time and not the last"

    I bought this audiobook during a sale, and I'm pleased to have discovered a new series.

    At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like it - the style was dry and wry, and the idea of a burglar protagonist with a social conscience took me a little time to warm to. But soon I found myself not chuckling exactly but making little abrupt giggles at many points in the book in this entertaining mystery.

    Quite delightful...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherry Pitcock
    Park City Utah
    29/12/13
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    "Likeable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Burglar in the Rye the most enjoyable?

    The story moved along well. I liked the characters. It was read well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The metaphor and reference to Catcher in the Rye. I read it as a teenager and it was meaningful to so many of us at that age. Just wish old JD had written more.


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

    Great voice(s)


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of the burglar as the good guy and an intellectual was interesting. I liked that he was so proud of his expertise and talents. Good story all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandria
    New York
    24/12/13
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    "A Moral Thief"

    This is the first book I've listened to in the series, and thankfully I didn't feel like I was missing any important information.

    This is an enjoyable and solidly entertaining book. What it is not is original. It follows a fairly detectable formula of detective stories focused on the wrongfully accused with one exception: whereas usually such stories have a strong "man against the world" angle, the hero-thief of this story had a whole host of supporting characters gladly helping him along, confident of his innocence. While it's an interesting angle, it also deprived the story of a certain level of suspense - if everyone is already on his side, then is anything really at stake?

    To his benefit, the author kept it nice and simple and knew when to quit. Had this story been 15 hours I would have hated it, but its fast pace and catchy dialogue kept me hooked. I can't complain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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