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Summary

Edgar Award-winner Lawrence Block invites you into the criminally funny world of the most notorious star of mystery fiction: Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day and burglar by night. In this humorous mystery, Bernie's passion for Humphrey Bogart movies leads him to a beautiful damsel in distress, a dangerous international conspiracy, and more than a few incriminating bodies. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.
©1995 Lawrence Block (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Kaye E Steeno
  • 02-01-10

Ho-Hum

The Bogart aspect of this book starts out cute and then falls apart as the reader gets summary after summary of Bogart movies. The "mystery" is not very interesting--no suspense.

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  • Paul
  • 06-01-10

Wonderful to hear Frank Muller

I bought this on the holiday sale (Thank you, Audible) because I had enjoyed "Hit Man" by Lawrence Block many years ago, but mostly because Frank Muller (Rest in Peace, 2008) was narrating. Though I have current favorite narrators, no one tops Frank Muller. What a treat to hear him.

This was a witty romp which reminded me of Garrison Keillor's "Guy Noir" sketches.

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  • PearlGirl
  • 02-05-09

Entertaining and funny

It's easy to get caught up in the characters Frank Muller brings to life through his reading. How the author presents the story is entertaining and he dispays a fun sense of humor with his witty dialogue. If you are a film noir fan, the ending will be somewhat predictable. Recommended reading.

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  • TanyaP
  • 14-04-19

I love the Bernie books

I really enjoy the Burglar series. Lawrence Block writes with a sense of humor that has me laughing out loud! The audio recording was great, with different voices. Although sometimes the reader said something in the wrong voice, overall it was very well done.

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  • Mountain YaYa
  • 02-10-18

Not Block’s best in the Buglar series

It may have been the narrator but Frank Muller just doesn’t ring true. Richard Ferrone will always be Barney’s in my mind. It was just off to be. There are better ones in Block’s Burglar series. I have listened to them all in order and enjoyed everyone. I was disappointed in this one.

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  • Amy
  • 20-09-10

Bernie the Burglar

I love this series, and this book in particular is my favorite. I believe this is the only book in this series read by Frank Muller. He does a wonderful job with different voices and accents of the characters. Mr. Block, please write more.

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  • Ivy Moore
  • 08-08-21

new narrator, still good

Muller is a good narrator. A bit slow but I set my reading speed to 1.20 and it was perfect.

The story was a bit sad but the list of eccentric characters was long which made for interesting listening/reading.

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  • Jan
  • 03-02-21

Another fun excursion!

murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, bernie-rodenbarr, burglar, snarky, punfest****

Another fine mystery featuring compulsive burglar/bookshop owner Bernie Rhodenbarr. This time the key elements include a mysterious lady who shares evenings with him at an old movie theater showing a Bogart revival, a couple of dead bodies, some eccentric eastern Europeans, and a whole lot of situational and verbal humor. See publisher's blurb for hints, the clues are in the story. I really enjoy this series!
Frank Muller does a really good job as narrator.

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  • Susan Weaver
  • 21-07-19

My favorite

This is definitely my favorite book in the series (thus far!). The Bogart references are clever, the narration slipping into a Bogart-esque intonation very funny.

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  • Mary Brodd
  • 19-11-17

Easy going

A light hearted, light headed, romp through Bogeyland. Light on plot. Light on character development. Light on substance. Heavy on patter. I am inclined to think the author was paid by the word.