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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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In this first in a series of wickedly funny mysteries, best-selling author Lawrence Block introduces Bernie Rhodenbarr, sometimes burglar, sometimes sleuth. Pulling only an occasional, very discreet job, Bernie manages to maintain his comfortable New York City apartment and keep his unorthodox vocation a closely-guarded secret. Every burglar knows never to trust anonymous phone calls. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job. All he has to do is find a blue box in an empty apartment. But the valuable box is nowhere to be found. The occupant is, however - and he's dead. Suddenly Bernie finds himself the object of a massive man hunt, wanted for both theft and murder. Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block crafts clever plots with characters you wish you could have over for drinks. But stop to count the silver afterwards. You'll find yourself laughing out loud as gravelly-voiced narrator Richard Ferrone brings sticky-fingered Bernie to life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 2/18/2014

    " this series is like bon bons; easy to read and funny; "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/3/2014

    " This is my first Lawrence Block book. I'm not sure if I'll become a fan of Bernie Rhodenbarr but I'll probaby listen to another one to see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 2/1/2014

    " Block's "Bernie" series is a wonderful, funny diversion. Especially entertaining if yiou listen to the Audible version read by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoy all of the Bernie Rhodenbarr books. There is a gentle humor, wonderful characters and delightful twists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Burkhardt | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book, overall, enough to pick up the second in the series. I think Bernie makes for an interesting protagonist and works well as a first person narrator. It's light reading, which was nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/19/2014

    " Worth the time, gave a few laughs, almost believably tangled story. Who doesn't like getting inside the mind of a criminal? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Henry | 12/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately, the ending was too convoluted. Otherwise, it's a fast-paced read with good characterizations. You have to love the hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 11/27/2013

    " Fun book, a bit sexual here & there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/2/2013

    " I think I had read a Block book twenty or twenty five years ago, so I came across him again and gave him a shot. It was enjoyable and felt like a throwback to a more innocent time. It was funny at times, but not uproariously so. Good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 9/28/2013

    " Great start to Block's burglar series. I recently watched the film based on this novel. I can't recommend it, primarily because the character of Carolyn was distorted beyond recognition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/25/2013

    " I love Bernie Rhodenbarr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 brain | 9/22/2013

    " I mean, why not? I couldn't (and you shouldn't) survive on mysteries alone, but this was a fine book for a lazy Sunday. I'll probably read more of this guy, and i'll probably give all of it like three or four stars, and that's all fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Davison | 9/19/2013

    " Good whodunit mystery that takes a bit different approach with the main protagonist being a thief instead of some law enforcement type. Bernie uses his unique skills to solve crimes (and keep himself out of trouble) while making the NYPD look a bit inept and corrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 9/17/2013

    " Good start to the series. I am back filling the story having started with quite a few of the later books, in fact most of them. These are fun, light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 3/23/2013

    " I've read most of the Rhodenbarr mysteries, but somehow the first few eluded me. Until now. Next will be 'The Burglar in The Closet'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jay Greiner | 1/18/2013

    " the title and back cover sold me in an airport. i guess it wasn't so bad that i didn't finish it on my trip. i found 'haunted' in an airport. including the 'ruins' the current score of books i can remember buying in airport is: jay-1, airport-2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/20/2012

    " It's a bit dated making me wonder how Bernie would handle the digital age but it's still a very engaging mystery novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 8/9/2012

    " 1977 - Bernie Rhodenbarr #1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/3/2012

    " This series is very entertaining. The main character is funny and endearing. Very easy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 5/21/2012

    " A burglar solves a murder that he was charged with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/22/2012

    " Fun introduction to Bernie Rhodenbarr and his life of crime interspersed with solving murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/16/2012

    " Interesting twist using a burglar as the main character. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/9/2011

    " The first Rhodenbarr mystery in the series, it's odd to go back after starting later in the series. He doesn't yet have the friends and places that we come to associate with my favorite burglar, but he still has the word play and the keep you guessing attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 7/25/2011

    " Look, it's not literature, but it's a great piece of genre fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lugene | 5/24/2011

    " The 1st in the series. Professional burglar has to turn PI to clear his name of a murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenny | 5/6/2011

    " Maybe a 3.5 star book... Very fun and I will most likely read the rest of the series.
    I thought about giving it 4-stars, but then I recalled that every night the last few days I've fallen asleep while reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/1/2011

    " Worth the time, gave a few laughs, almost believably tangled story. Who doesn't like getting inside the mind of a criminal? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 4/27/2011

    " A fun, fast read. Funny and charming. The main character is a "gentleman burglar" who takes a job to steal and object and ends up accused of murder. It is the first in the series and I'll be looking for the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcharbon | 4/25/2011

    " Fun Gets a little expository at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2010

    " Great character. Good humor. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/9/2010

    " Interesting twist using a burglar as the main character. I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Jane | 8/23/2010

    " This is the first in a series. I heard that one of the books in the series was really good, so I started with the 1st one. It was okay for a mystery. I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. I am not inspired to read the whole series. I am going to skip to the book that I was told was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharonm | 6/6/2010

    " The first in the Bernie Rhodenbarr series, involving a burglar as a sleuth. Bernie is very clever and the book is written tongue-in-cheek. However, all the characters seem to be the same, with the same acerbic humor. Even though it’s colorful, it’s still monochromatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 4/25/2010

    " Never read from a burglar's POV,but it was a pretty fun novel if you are bored.

    It's a lot better than Alex Cross though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/10/2010

    " Set in NYC, Bernie Rhodenbarr, is a career burgler with unusual bungles in his career path. Only the rich and with no violence is his motto. But the best laid plans go awry and Bernie is on the lam. The first book of a slightly twisted series. the mystery is in who set Bernie up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/8/2010

    " I love this series - the premise, the Upper West Side setting, the wit, Rhodenbarr himself and his relationship with Ray the cop - however implausible the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 1/22/2010

    " Fun book, a bit sexual here & there. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series and dozens of short stories and articles. He has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of America, and many others. Aside from being a mystery writer, he has also written a number of episodes for television, including two episodes of the ESPN series Tilt; he also cowrote the screenplay for the film My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones. Block currently lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.