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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781436178020
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Popular author Lawrence Block creates the wild and wonderful world of Bernie Rhodenbarr: fine, upstanding citizen by day, and crafty burglar by night. In this hilarious whodunit, Bernie does a favor for his dentist, only to discover mixing his personal and professional lives can be hazardous to his well-being. As Bernie squirms in the dental chair, Dr. Sheldrake presents a business proposition. He wants Bernie to rob his estranged wife's apartment while she's out enjoying the New York City nightlife. Bernie would get her fabulous collection of jewels, and Dr. Sheldrake would only take 20% of the profits. The plan sounds foolproof, so why has Bernie found himself locked in Mrs. Sheldrake's closet? Winner of three Edgar and four Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block creates plots that twist around every corner and packs them with fun-loving characters. You'll want the quirky Bernie and his companions for your very own friends, as gravelly-voiced narrator Richard Ferrone brings them vividly 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 Alex Lewis | 2/14/2014

    " Dated, but enjoyable. Like I said, it's like a Monk marathon. Lighthearted murder. With character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Williams | 2/8/2014

    " It's a formulaic mystery novel, but a very entertaining one. Block has a way with the dark humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lana | 2/2/2014

    " An enjoyable read - especially being from the main character's viewpoint "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda S. | 1/14/2014

    " I mildly fun and funny book and great for a plane ride where you do not need to pay too much attention to the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Green | 1/12/2014

    " Some clever plotting, likeable characters and some interesting attention to detail, but overall this doesn't charm me enough to want to read any more of Block's books. Block is a competent writer and it is an easy read, but nothing really makes the characters or dialogue feel worth the effort. I may give him another chance as I hear another series he wrote has more depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 1/4/2014

    " Bernie is in the wrong place again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Kelly | 12/18/2013

    " Who doesn't love a little Bernie Rhodenbarr? I know I can read & re-read these books...never a dull moment for our friendly burgler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/13/2013

    " I stumbled across this series. Bernie is funny and clever. I enjoy them so much. Even better, I have been unable to predict the ending in both books so far. Light, easy reading. Only 150-200 pages so easy to toss off in an evening or long afternoon. Worth a look--a nice change from a chick lit book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 brain | 11/20/2013

    " Fun and took about 5 hours to read. Ok actually this one was way better than the first one, but it's not like I'm some mystery guru or anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/20/2013

    " Imagine that - the lovable main character, Bernie, is a criminal! This is the first Lawrence Block book I've read; how cleverly he makes us love a burglar! A funny, light mystery that even a non-mystery-reader such as myself enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/8/2013

    " They made a pretty bad movie (Burglar, with Whoopie Goldberg) that was only slightly related to this book. The book itself is great, and will make anyone who likes mysteries want to read the other Bernie Rhodenbarr books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl | 7/21/2013

    " all his Bernie Rhodenbarr, the burglar mysteries "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald | 4/30/2013

    " Block's characters are fascinating and eccentric. There is a sameness to all his books as there is with many mystery writers who return over and over to familiar comfortable themes. They are still a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 3/12/2013

    " Listened to this on audio and was amused. Can't decide if I want to do more of them. Perhaps I will. A thief as a detective has a definite advantage in solving crimes. He just breaks in and looks for clues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 10/1/2012

    " Book was ok. Didn't especially care for the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 1/29/2012

    " 1978 - Bernie Rhodenbarr #2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marni | 12/24/2011

    " Yet another series that I have completely read, waiting eagerly for each new addition. Luckily Lawrence Block is as prolific a writer as I am an avid reader fo his books. He is an american treasure--read him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 10/2/2011

    " Fun author to read - also has darker stuff... I've read them all and enjoyed them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jagadish Singh | 7/12/2011

    " Hilarious, tongue-in-cheek. Good break from my usual genre. Gotta intersperse my reads with more from Block! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 6/24/2011

    " Block is a master at writing an entertaining read, regardless of which recurring character he's writing about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doree Burt | 3/19/2011

    " I read this so long ago and started writing a script from it. Apparently I wasn't the only writer who thought it would make a great movie. It was the basis for the movie Burglar starring Whoopie Goldberg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 2/13/2011

    " Love these mysteries! Another good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 9/27/2010

    " Any Lawrence Block book in the Bernie the Burglar series is great fun. It almost makes you want to be a cat burglar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 9/4/2010

    " Book was ok. Didn't especially care for the protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 3/20/2010

    " that was an adventurous reading .....What I like the most about crime novels is this crazy, fast drive they put you in. This book was no exception.
    I read this one, borrowed from a friend, in Cambridge UK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 11/30/2009

    " Block is a master at writing an entertaining read, regardless of which recurring character he's writing about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/26/2009

    " AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lana | 9/13/2009

    " An enjoyable read - especially being from the main character's viewpoint "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/11/2009

    " Listened to this on audio and was amused. Can't decide if I want to do more of them. Perhaps I will. A thief as a detective has a definite advantage in solving crimes. He just breaks in and looks for clues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/26/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Bernie Rhodenbarr; burglar makes deal to steal dentist's ex-wife's jewels then must prove he didn't kill her.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg of A2 | 4/16/2009

    " I love Bernie what can I say. A thief with a heart of gold and he sells used books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/23/2008

    " They made a pretty bad movie (Burglar, with Whoopie Goldberg) that was only slightly related to this book. The book itself is great, and will make anyone who likes mysteries want to read the other Bernie Rhodenbarr books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl | 11/29/2008

    " all his Bernie Rhodenbarr, the burglar mysteries "

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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.