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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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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tombo
  • Wirral UK
  • 05-05-16

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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great

the story was interesting and the. Characters with very engaging. pretty good listen but quite short. thanks.

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brilliant story. lots of fun<br />

simply wonderful. a place procedural comedy. witty clever and modern.

better than I could have possibly imagined

now I really hope he does a sequel

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Good plot, narrator poor

It took a wigletm suss that this war funny because the narrator was so deadpan would be nice to see more me the characters in another book.

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A fun distraction

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's probably a 4.5 star rating. 5 stars for the fun factor, 4 stars because it's a bit unlikely / random.

It's a "who-dunnit" with a difference. Socially awkward rookie cop not who wasn't quite fitting in with the local force, finds himself in an interesting new crime-investigating team.

Eccentricity meets technology....what could possibly go wrong?!

Similar light tone to the wizard books, but a very different theme. The humour is fun, the narration perfectly suited. Ideal when light relief is required between the more heavy-duty or emotional listens.

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A bit of a disappointment, after the Wizard books

I read Scott Meyers &quot;Wizard&quot; books with varying levels of enjoyment. All have believable, three-dimensional characters, and all are at least mildly amusing. The fundamental stupidness of the plots is masked -- to a variable degree -- by the humour and the characterization.

The Authorities did not succeed, for me, to the same extent as any of the Wizard books. The plot is as silly and unconvincing as the plots of the Wizard books, but most of the characters have little depth, and the interactions between the characters are often not very believable. It's still an amusing book, but not enough to overcome its fundamental daftness.

Luke Daniels narration carries this book along, I think, as it does some of Meyer's other work. However, I sort of got the impression that his heart wasn't really in it this time. But that could just be by imagination.

Authorities is not a bad book, and I wouldn't be deterred from reading more by the same author. I guess it just wasn't as good as I was expecting.

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Great story, but I would have liked more!

Great story, but I would have liked more! I wish there was one more mystery.

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good overall book, feels like the first in a serie

good overall book, feels like the first in a series. would be interested in others, recommend his other books

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great story!

I really loved the twist on the bad boy image and security, this had me laughing out loud on the way to work!

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  • Elizabeth J Grogan
  • 10-02-16

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.

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  • Matt
  • 04-11-17

Another fun book by Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer’s books are great true to form this book is whimsical with fun dynamics between character. Solid writing without getting too wordy. I jVe enjoyed many of his books most of which have been narrated by Luke Daniels who does a great job portraying the kinds of characters that tend to be in Scotts books

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  • Dubi
  • 05-06-17

All the Authorities They Just Stand Around & Boast

Scott Meyer is best known for his Magic 2.0 series, which just hit four entries in length, in which a computer file allows geeks who figure it out to travel through time. The Authorities was his first attempt at breaking out of that series. The good news is that the best elements of Magic 2.0 are applied here as well. The not so good news (but not too bad) is that the story doesn't quite measure up.

The story: A geeky Seattle cop is recruited by a famous gazillionaire to be part of a team of private investigators who use modern technology to solve cases (and social networking to self-promote). When a high profile psychoanalyst is murdered, the team has to investigate his group therapy patients to identify the killer, using their Bond-like tech and razor sharp wit to outwit the various and sundry crazies.

This idea of a super-wealthy tech guru getting involved in policing did not fly well in the recent Fox TV show APB, canceled after one partial season (although this book was written before the show). On the other hand, the idea of looking a members of a therapy group did work well in Gregg Hurwitz's Tell No Lies (although without the humorous element).

But the story is secondary for Meyer. His strength is creating a group of characters who banter back and forth as humorously as possible. As the title of my review says (a line from a Dylan song), The Authorities often just stand around and boast. This works especially well in audio with Luke Daniels narrating (not taking his voices too far over the top as in Magic 2.0). Still, a stronger story would've elevated the proceedings immeasurably.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 09-03-16

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • 13-02-16

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica's Bookshelf
  • 13-09-17

Sequel, please!

Any additional comments?

Hi. Don't mind me. I'm just gonna stand here and beg for a sequel.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Chad
  • 08-01-16

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

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  • Robin
  • 11-02-16

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.

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  • Peyton Starr
  • 11-06-18

Not my kind of humor

I came to this book after getting through all of the current Magic 2.0 books (which I loved) and was exploring other works by Scott Meyer when I came across this one. I loved Program Run (or was it Run Program?) and thought I would love this one too.

Unfortunately, the humor in The Authorities is a bit different. In both Magic 2.0 and Program Run, the humor stems from two places: the sarcastic interactions between the characters, and the simple, stupid ways in which they act in what is supposed to be an otherwise serious situation. This book doesn’t lack either of those, but also seems to throw in some Office-like or Park-And-Rec-like awkwardness into the mix. I cannot stand cringe humor and I felt like the book had a lot of it. If you like that sort of thing, you will probably like this book.

Humor is pretty subjective and it could have been the delivery of the narrator, though. Or maybe I didn’t get deep enough into the story to fall in love the character interactions like I did with the other books. What really earns it three stars is that the story took a little too long to get started and the pacing was a bit off. I lost interest after awhile. Maybe it gets better later in the book, but from the other reviews I surmise that it probably doesn’t.

Overall, Scott Meyer is a damn good author, I will continue to read his books, but I’ll skip on this one.

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  • clifford
  • 26-01-16

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.

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