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Download The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Dunning Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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Rare book dealer, ex-homicide cop, and private eye, Cliff Janeway is resourceful, impulsive, and hell-bent for danger. A unique character in crime fiction, Janeway is beloved by bibliophiles and mystery fans alike. In The Bookwoman's Last Fling, John Dunning puts Janeway back in the saddle, literally.

Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless. It's a collection worth millions of dollars, a fact that Janeway would be happy to discuss with Mr. Geiger if the man wasn't dead. Janeway becomes convinced that someone has been cherry-picking the book collection for personal profit. Soon he's off on Geiger's cold trail, to the California Races at Golden Gates Fields and Santa Anita Park.

Bringing together his inside knowledge of both books and horseracing, John Dunning provides another memorable, hard-boiled detective adventure, filled with all the authenticity and delicious trivia that fans have come to expect from the Bookman series.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kj | 2/13/2014

    " Always fun to read, Dunning's mystery doesn't hold together in the end, but was enjoyable for the characters and the colorful race-track descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2014

    " These are diversionary summer reads. I like them because much of the action takes place in Denver and I am familiar with places mentioned in the story. Little above average detective story except the Clifford Janeway is a former detective turned bookseller and collector.These are diversionary summer reads. I like them because much of the action takes place in Denver and I am familiar with places mentioned in the story. Little above average detective story except the Clifford Janeway is a former detective turned bookseller and collector and learning about books is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlene Elliott-mclean | 1/24/2014

    " A knowledgeable and satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Hochstrasser | 1/22/2014

    " I actually listened to the book on CD. It was interesting but a little long. I could have read it faster than the narrator was going and so I got bored in the middle. It would have been good on a long trip, but the few miles I go back and forth daily made it go on forever. The reader, George Goodwin was especially easy to listen to and has a great voice. I don't think the ending fit exactly either because there was so little about the antagonist at the beginning of the book. He wasn't a major player until the very end. So that made it a surprise ending, and I like to be able to guess the ending, even if I'm wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khosch | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the book, but it kind of meandered about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/11/2014

    " This was very satisfying. There are a few holes in the plot, but I like the Cliff Janeway character so much that I forgive them. The book connection is fun, of course, but I also enjoyed the parts in the horse racing community. Dunning obviously knows that world and the little bits of information felt real. He included some strong women characters as well. I particularly liked a scene in which Janeway's wife knocked down the guy who was going to shoot him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/30/2013

    " this was a pretty good janeway book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzi | 12/20/2013

    " Sorry to see this was the last one : ( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/24/2013

    " Too much horse racing, not enough books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/9/2013

    " This is a great series, but the books appeared at various lengths of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 4/5/2013

    " 30.1B Fling / throw / toss in title "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 4/3/2013

    " Dense reading for a potboiler of a mystery story set in the horseracing/bibiliophile world. Lost track of the number of times The Black Stallion was mentioned. Twisty generational family intrigue mixed with lots of small potatoes minor characters. Plotwise, more satisfying than his previous titles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lost In A Fog | 5/19/2012

    " I love the Janeway mystery series set in the book-collector world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2012

    " I think that John Dunning is channeling Dick Francis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 12/18/2011

    " Love all of his books, because I love books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/5/2011

    " Having read several of the Cliff Janeway mysteries, I consider this to be one of the best. Hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/27/2011

    " I think I have read all of Dunning's books now. I picked this up at the library 7/09 and realized that I had already read it. Good mysteries with Janeway a retired detective who is a bookseller now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 7/6/2011

    " Cliff gets involvede with the horse world when he is asked to investigae a 20-year-old deal of Carmen, a book collector of Children's books. Cliff's friend and librarian at a private children's library, turns out to be a little crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 6/21/2011

    " It has been a while since I've read John Dunning. Great entry into this series and I'm glad I refound him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2011

    " The other Janeway books are much more enjoyable...it seems like he wrote this one to get away from the book collecting into a more traditional cops and robbers storyteller. It's not a bad thing, but the collecting was a great hook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/13/2011

    " Cliff Janeway (the former Denver cop turned rare book dealer/sleuth) is my "Perfect" man. I live for the next Janeway mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherelyn | 12/30/2010

    " What's not to like about this??? Horses, rare books, a mystery, a good detective character--this was a great break from The Brothers Karamazov. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsey | 12/14/2010

    " Not my favorite Janeway novel, but it was entertaining enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/23/2010

    " The Bookwoman's Last Fling by John Dunning (2006) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 6/27/2010

    " Combining children's literature, horses, and mystery -- a knock-out combination for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 6/15/2010

    " Good book thief and horse racing mystery. Easy reading and kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo | 5/4/2010

    " I'll probably read more of John Dunning's books. This one wasn't flashy, but it was satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2010

    " Love all of his books, because I love books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kj | 4/6/2010

    " Always fun to read, Dunning's mystery doesn't hold together in the end, but was enjoyable for the characters and the colorful race-track descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 4/3/2010

    " My first Cliff Janeway novel. It seemed to kind of plod along or maybe the setting of horse racing didn't appeal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kari | 1/11/2010

    " Not one of his better mysteries. More about Horse racing than books. Enjoyed the first two Cliff Janeway books a lot more. "

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About the Author
Author John Dunning

John Dunning has revealed some of book collectings most shocking secrets in his bestselling series of crime novels featuring Cliff Janeway. Those books have won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award, been New York Times Notable Books, and becoming New York Times and Book Sense bestsellers. Dunning is also the author of the Edgar Award–nominated Deadline, The Holland Suggestions, and Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime. An expert on rare and collectible books, he owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years. He is also an expert on American radio history and the author of On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. His other jobs have included glass cutter, racetrack groom, and political publicist. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.