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The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling

Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Bernie Rhodenbarr, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Best-selling author Lawrence Block will keep you hooting with laughter as you follow the hilarious hijinks of his incorrigible character, Bernie Rhodenbarr: notorious burglar and part-time sleuth. Trying to go legit, Bernie has taken over a secondhand bookstore in Greenwich Village, but he still can't resist stealing things when the rewards are right. Ever since he bought Barnegat Books, Bernie has been having trouble making ends meet. When a mysterious client asks him to steal a rare edition of Kipling's poetry, he seizes the opportunity to practice his criminal talents and pay his creditors. Pilfering the book is boringly easy. But delivering it is difficult - with the police and a host of shady assailants hot on his heels. A Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster, Lawrence Block packs his entertaining whodunits with plenty of action and unexpected plot twists. Richard Ferrone's gravelly voice and expert pacing will keep you glued to the tape deck as Bernie lands in one dangerous scrape after another.
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A great Bernie mystery

What other book might you compare The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling to, and why?

I'm a big fan of the Bernie mysteries. They're kind of light - due to the relaxed, friendly persona of the protagonist; but always well written, with great meandering dialogue, and cleverly researched themes.

I'd contradict another reviewer who called this series 'samey'. Yes, they are about a burglar who gets involved in murder mysteries, so they're as samey as any other serial mystery character. It's the well explored theme of each story that separates the books, for example the work of Kipling is explored here in a very interesting way. And the husky noir-ish voiced narrator is excellent.

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  • Jerry
  • 21-06-15

How about something new

Bernie steals, Bernie finds dead body (or not but it's there) rest of book Bernie evades cops and murder charge then wala Bernie proves he didn't really kill anybody oh and the cop pockets some cash....REALLY getting old.
Remember that dead horse?

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  • TigressJade
  • 20-02-20

LOVE this series!

I LOVE the Bernard G. Rhodenbarr series. The narrator did the characters justice and made it clear when they were changing. These "The Burglar Who..." books are filled with witty banter, comedy, crime, and of course, mystery. Bernie is the best burglarizing detective ever!

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  • Glenn
  • 08-12-17

Ferrone makes these easy burglar stories a treat

The Narration makes the book!
The story is fine but Ferrone makes the character come to life.

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  • Jan
  • 21-01-17

How does Bernie do it?

I don't think that I have read this one before, but I'm glad that I caught up with it now. It is somewhat more convoluted than some of the others. I often find it worth a giggle or two to see how far communications and inflation have come since the book was written. The story involves double crossing, double dealing, some godawful poetry, and a mink coat.
Richard Ferrone continues to be marvelous as Bernie Rhodenbarr.

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  • robert
  • 16-07-16

Bernie the best

The characters are wonderfully realized by Mr Block in one the best books in a great series. Mr Ferrone's reading brings the characters to life: he's a very good reader.

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  • mark
  • 03-08-18

Fantastic

Block has a real talent for developing lovable characters. Dialogue never feels forced or fake. Bernie is a delightful character, a simple guy who is well read and articulate. Quick of wit and a big heart. Only problem is he's a crook.
Block so masterfully leads the reader along that by the storys climax you are caught up rooting for him to pull all the threads together.