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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781429585835
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Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York Mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client, with the goal of taking down the infamous Mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn't want to have anything to do with Herbie—or the Mafia, for that matter—he is soon coerced into being Herbie’s lawyer.

With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, Stone investigates “Datilla the Hun”, and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay?

With the swift action, razor-sharp characters, and crackling dialogue that are Stuart Woods's hallmarks, Fresh Disasters is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers.                            

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 2/16/2014

    " Too scattered in focus to be a good read. Women fall for him too easily and too often. For fluff, it is not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mardel Fehrenbach | 2/13/2014

    " A silly relief following a difficult read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/11/2014

    " My best description of the Stone Barrington series would be a male version of the Stephanie Plum series. These are quick light reads and totaly unrealistic but sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Rhee | 2/10/2014

    " "Fresh Disasters" is the first Stuart Woods book I have read, but it is the thirteenth book to feature his detective/lawyer Stone Barrington. Here's what I liked: Woods tells a darn good story, filled with the right amount of suspense and action, tempered with a healthy dose of humor and some snappy dialogue. Woods reminds me of another good mystery writer, the late Robert Parker. Parker's beloved detective, Spenser, was, like Stone, a manly, wise-cracking do-gooder. Here's what I didn't like: Stone is a lawyer. I'm kind of sick of lawyers. Not that I, personally, have come in contact with a lot of lawyers. I just think it's an oversaturated market. There are a ridiculous amount of TV shows about lawyers, as well as numerous authors who have lawyers as their protagonists. Yawn. Also, Stone Barrington suffers from the same malady that Parker's Spenser suffered from in later novels: perfection. There is, from what I could gather, nothing wrong with Stone. He's not an alcoholic. He doesn't have an annoying ex-wife. He doesn't have any children from a previous marriage with which he's struggling to build a relationship. He doesn't have any addictions of any kind (although a case can be made for sex addiction, because he gets laid an awful lot). He doesn't have any morally questionable or dysfunctional personality traits whatsoever. Woods, you gotta gimme something here... I guess I'm not a huge fan of protagonists who have no flaws, tragic or otherwise, unless they're superheroes. Even then, superheroes usually have some fatal flaw. Even Superman had kryptonite. All that being said, "Fresh Disasters" was a good, quick read. I'll probably give Woods another chance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Mask | 2/9/2014

    " Same song 288 pages long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna | 2/8/2014

    " Action packed. (Note: Loan from Larry.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 2/6/2014

    " A fun, quick read , although not one of his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 2/1/2014

    " Totally mindless and trashy book. But so is everything from Stuart Woods. I can't recommend it, but I did read it in less than a day when I was home sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/24/2014

    " Stone gets involved with the mob through a returning client and tracks a vicious killer who takes a chance at killing Stone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Humkeb | 1/16/2014

    " Lots of Stuart Woods books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shruts | 1/14/2014

    " Stuart Woods is not deep. These Stone Barrington novels are to be gobbled up waiting at airports and hanging around hotel rooms. As such, very useful because the writing takes little contemplation and you don't mnd interruptions. Good yarns but basically white noise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/13/2014

    " A story filled with intrigue, suspense and a lot of humor. I don't know know how Stone gets these situations but always manages to come out on top..... Literally!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/26/2013

    " I have to find more of this authors novels. It was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/15/2013

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmie | 11/11/2013

    " Another hit for Woods. While many of Stone's escapades seem unreal, they are what keep us interested in reading. Woods delivers with another interesting story with a character who captivates the reader into wanting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 8/29/2013

    " Stone Barrington leads a charmed life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avery | 8/22/2013

    " typical stuart woods book - easy reading, page turning, short chapters and twists until the end. great mindless read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lynn | 8/1/2013

    " i so enjoy stuart woods...ok..he may not write like he use to but.. i still find reading his stuff fun...enjoyable...a good story and low-key mystery... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Annie | 5/11/2013

    " i love to listen to stone barrington series on cd great mindless entertainment can't get enough "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sierra crosby | 1/18/2013

    " Stone sleeps with everyone, I don't like the character at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/20/2012

    " Although it is a rather short story I though it was well put together. If you are interested in a crime,mystery,or suspense novel give this one a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Wood | 11/12/2012

    " If you want a fun, easy read full of sex, murder and mayhem Stuart Woods delivers in his 13th novel featuring Stone Barrington. Great literature it is not, but a great read it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meme | 11/3/2012

    " Ok, the main character is a little unbelieveable, especially the amount of sex he gets! But it was fun to listen to while driving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/25/2012

    " One extra star for another classic Woods quick read. Stone is Stone and puts his thing in a bunch of different and beautiful places while tackling another unwanted but interesting case. Herbie shows up, too, as only Herbie can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy McC. Mc.C | 5/19/2012

    " Legal/crime suspense. I enjoy his plots; this one had more than the usual graphic violence so didn't like it as much as some of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 12/21/2011

    " I just finished listening to another average Stone Barrington novel. Towards the end it got really exciting, but before that it was rather humdrum and filled with more mail chauvinism than I wanted to be exposed to. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/9/2011

    " If you are a true-blue Stone Barrington fan, don't miss it. Otherwise, choose something else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mardel | 5/13/2011

    " A silly relief following a difficult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Humkeb | 5/11/2011

    " Lots of Stuart Woods books. "

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

    " Audio Book. Stone was very much a ladies man in this one. I am interested to see if that's been the case in all his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/15/2011

    " What great fun! If you need a fast paced myster with not one, but two sets of criminals, this is the one for you. And of course, it is always fun to see what kind of trouble Stone Barrington is in this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 3/7/2011

    " Sheesh! Isn't this studly guy Stone at all worried about getting STD's!!!
    He is some kind of superhuman performer LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/17/2011

    " Another Stone Barrington book by Stuart Woods and it is aas always entertaining and witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/28/2011

    " Stuart Woods at his best. Several women bedded, excellent dinning in New York, and wine consumed. Oh, yeah, there is a mystery or two to solve as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 1/13/2011

    " I just finished listening to another average Stone Barrington novel. Towards the end it got really exciting, but before that it was rather humdrum and filled with more mail chauvinism than I wanted to be exposed to. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Annie | 12/15/2010

    " i love to listen to stone barrington series on cd great mindless entertainment can't get enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 10/6/2010

    " It's alright - it's the first I read of Stuart Woods - kinda disappointed but I will read another of his books and see how it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/13/2010

    " z If you like Evanovich you'll love Woods' Stone Barrington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 8/20/2010

    " -Great audiobook. Good reader. I just love Stuart Woods’ books. Never a bad one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 8/9/2010

    " These books are like crack. . . you know they aren't very good, but you can't help yourself. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrator

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.