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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dortmunder Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781482978797
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Eluding the law has always been high on Dortmunder’s list. But getting caught red-handed is inevitable in his next caper, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to star in a reality show that captures their next score. The producer even guarantees to keep the show from being used as evidence against them. They’re dubious at first, but the pay’s good, so they sign on. A mock-up of the OJ Bar is built in a downtown New York City warehouse. As the gang plans their next move with the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp sneak onto the roof of their new studio to organize a private enterprise. It will take an ingenious plan to outwit viewers glued to their television sets, but Dortmunder is nothing if not persistent, and he’s determined to end this shoot with money in his pockets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Before Janet Evanovich brought us Stephanie Plum, Don Westlake was the Grand Master of Criminal Laughs with his hilarious novels about professional thief John Dortmunder. Get Real is the fourteenth Dortmunder novel and proves again that Westlake is the King of Clever.”

    Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A rollicking crime caper that pulls the pants right off the reality TV industry.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Delightfully understated…a worthy final word from Westlake…will rouse chuckles from even jaded readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With brilliant restraint and perfectly pitched deadpan dialogue, Westlake keeps his characters dancing precariously along the knife’s edge of absurdity. Reading his ever-more-colorful descriptions…is a sheer delight, only tempered by the knowledge that this is last call at the OJ Bar & Grill.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Side-splittingly funny…Westlake will be remembered for his clever commentary on current affairs, his always amusing whimsical characters, and of course his brilliant depiction of modern-day Robin Hoods robbing from the rich and giving to, well, themselves.”

     BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 2/18/2014

    " I was glad to find a relatively new Dortmunder book. This one had a particular fun premise ....the gang starring in a reality show, and went along nicely until it just sort of ended. Still, I hope another one comes along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/16/2014

    " I loved the idea of Donald Westlake in a modern setting. Everything I've read of his was very old, and this one is about a reality show. Fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 2/14/2014

    " Loved the dialogue and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " Reality show "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 2/1/2014

    " this is, sadly, his last book.....and it is one of the best. His earlier Dortmunder books are hilariously funny, the later ones so-so, but this one is a keeper. RIP Westlake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missmath144 | 1/24/2014

    " I love Donald Westlake. This final episode (posthumous) of the Dortmunder series is as delightful as the previous ones. This level of subtle humour can only be achieved by a master writer. But start with Hot Rock and go through the entire series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 1/13/2014

    " I love his work. Yet another prolific author...I shall have to attain some measure of immortality "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 12/29/2013

    " I love these Dortmunder books because they're light, easy reading. But they must be hard to write. Getting the dialogue just right and researching all the criminal details must take forever. Westlake manages to combine crime and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Althea | 12/19/2013

    " Dortmunder's gang gets a reality show. Westlake is always fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 11/20/2013

    " When you use the same characters over and over, the results get a bit mechanical. But the series is still OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 11/9/2013

    " His last book. Good for one airplane trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 11/4/2013

    " A fairly simple and entertaining read, and it is more witty than funny. The bad guys are more con-men than criminals, and they have a real sense of class. DROWNED HOPES is my favorite of the John Dortmunder series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 1/2/2013

    " Very sad to have read what will probably be the last of the Dortmunder series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/24/2012

    " A gang of Runyonesque crooks provide for escapist entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 10/13/2012

    " He always makes me laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/18/2012

    " Pretty amusing story about crooks and reality TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 8/25/2012

    " First one of his books that I've read. REally liked this, will try to read a few more of the Dortmunder books to find out more of the back story of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catamorandi | 7/22/2012

    " It was everything you would expect from a Dortmunder novel. It was extremely funny, a strange idea, the bumbling and fumbling, and more. It was unfortunately Donald E Westlake's final Dortmunder novel. I will miss him and his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Hattenbach | 7/20/2012

    " A real fun romp, Westlake creates rich, lovable crooks and manages to shed some light on how "reality" TV shows are made. I breezed through it on the beach and laughed a ton. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a light and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/22/2011

    " As always I love Dortmunder! This one was a notch above all the others. I'm sad to learn of Westlake's death, I feel lost a close family member. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheala | 11/21/2011

    " I was about halfway through this when I heard that Westlake had died earlier int he year. So I found this bittersweet. I love how he was constantly updating the scenarios for Dortmunder and his band of crooks. This take on reality TV is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/18/2011

    " New spin! Dortmunder gang meets reality show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 4/1/2011

    " The last book in the Dortmunder series. A good way to finish, but not as good as the earlier ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/20/2011

    " Dortmunder et al do a reality show. I am going to miss Dormunder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/11/2011

    " Sadly, this is the last Dortmunder caper as it's the last book Westlake wrote before his death. I will miss these hilarious tales and this group of thieves. RIP Westlake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/9/2011

    " Westlake's last Dortmunder novel. SIGH. He will be missed.

    This installment has the usual mix of wacky-yet-grounded characters, the caper-committing know-how of Dortmunder's crew, and the comedic twists and turns I've come to expect from this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/28/2010

    " being caught red-handed is inevitable in Dortmunder's next production, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to do a reality show.
    terrific page turner. one of my favorite dortmunder books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/22/2010

    " This book was provided to me from the Book Discussion Group I've been going to every month. I'm glad we're reading another mystery again and from the reviews on the back cover, it sounds like it's going to be a funny and interesting read. I'm looking forward to it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sal | 7/16/2010

    " If you are a fan of Westlake you will love this one. The usual cast of characters gets into the usual caper with the usual results...Hilarious.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/13/2010

    " More fun with John Dortmunder. What needs to be said. Funny, sharp, perfect. "

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