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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stone Barrington Series Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780060841966
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Someone is brutally killing the women in Stone Barrington's life -- his date, his secretary and his neighbor are murdered within 24 hours of each other. Stone, the New York lawyer-turned-investigator and his best friend, Dino, being their dangerous search for the killer. Stone falls suspect to the DA's office of being the killer himself. With the help of Dino's mafioso-type father-in-law, his beautiful daughter Dolce, and the keen eye of a doorman, Stone is able to capture the murderer, clear his good name and save the lives of the women he cares about.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent escape reading…There’s plenty of excitement as Stone and Dino race around New York chasing a killer.”

    USA Today

  • “Woods is a no-nonsense, slam-bang storyteller.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Chillingly suspenseful…A winner.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Woods is into building suspense…[and tosses] in a nice little twist at the novel’s end…Fans of [his] novels should be pleased with Worst Fears Realized.”

    Omaha World-Herald

  • “Woods’ Stone Barrington series continues to offer solid escapist entertainment, combining the sophistication of a Nick and Nora Charles plot, the macho charm and tongue-in-cheek humor of a James Bond flick, the crisp dialogue of a Spenser mystery, and the slam-bang action of a Schwarzeneger film.”

    Booklist

  • “With sharply drawn characters, a plot that’s satisfying to the last dirty deed, and a story that flows with the effortless grace attained only by a master, this seductive novel will have readers twitching with suspense. Highly recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Woods’ breezy and irreverent brand of detective fiction, full of mischievous asides, plays especially well as audio drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 2/16/2014

    " Stone's dating a Mafia daughter, people he knows are dying, and he reunites with his old partner on the police force. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leo | 2/10/2014

    " Ok mystery. It was the first Stuart Woods novel that I picked up and it seemed that this one was for long-time fans of Stone Barrington. Breezy, but I doubt I'll remember this next month. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 2/9/2014

    " All the women in Stone's life are turing up dead. Enjoy the two friends working together to solve the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/6/2014

    " One of my favorite Stuart Woods book so far. A good fun read with an intriguing plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni Stastny | 2/4/2014

    " I love the stories and it is a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/28/2014

    " This book was a page turner until the characters figured out who did it about half way through. I guess I was a little disappointed in the end because there was no twist- a decent beach read anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crys Williams | 1/26/2014

    " such a boring read I only lasted 15 minutes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Maner | 1/21/2014

    " up to par with other Stuart Woods books and a fast read ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/19/2014

    " pretty good story in this one. Stuart Woods (Author) doesn't disappoint. In this novel we meet up with Dolce.. hahaha.. if he only knew now what he knows in the later books, things could have been avoided "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent; continuing character: Stone Barrington; Stone's companions are dying at the hands of a man who he caught and imprisoned years before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 1/1/2014

    " This the second or third Stone Barrington novel I've read so far. I've liked them all, wish I would have started them in order, but am enjoying them no matter what order they are in. I consider these stories to be good for a change in pace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Floyd | 12/20/2013

    " I'm pretty sure my IQ dropped a few deviations as a result of reading this book. If you're into cheesy detective novels that require absolutely no intelligent though whatsoever...this is your kinda book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/4/2013

    " Another GREAT novel, Mr. Woods...looking forward to the next installment of Stone Barrington's adventures!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 11/28/2013

    " An entertaining read, lots of action and interesting characters. There is violence and sex, but neither is graphic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/17/2013

    " Quick read, good mystery - "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 11/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/3/2013

    " Stone Barrington solves a well-crafted mystery, shoots at things, and has some women issues. This was not my favorite Barrington (someone is killing people close to Stone, his friends, and allies) but it works. It closes rapidly but leaves the reader with some things to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 8/18/2013

    " Another Stone Barrington novel. Another quick read. This time Stone is really frightened when people he knows are turning up dead. The suspect has an alibi, he is in prison. Then an old friend turns up and becomes one of the targets too. Even Stone's friend and old partner's family become targets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Choopie | 8/8/2013

    " some times these cosy reads are better than agonising police procedurals where they go into too many minute details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 7/29/2013

    " One of the best Stone Barrington books I have listened to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmie | 7/28/2013

    " Mr. Woods keeps you guessing all the way to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/2/2013

    " Another book with typical Stone Barrington behavior. These books are fun to read and the plots are not all that intricate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Minich | 3/12/2013

    " Although I read this not in correct sequence, it gave me great story line info about Stone Barrington characters. Love all of Stuart Woods' books.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Fitzsimons | 12/2/2012

    " I would rate this a 3.8. It's an easy read and perfect for a summer day. Stone Brrington is smart, witty and goes through women like water but you gotta love the guy. I really enjoy this series as a less intense murder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 11/18/2012

    " Ron 3 stars; Nancy 4 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 9/5/2012

    " Oh! That Stone is such a tom cat!!! and rich too. Murders galore for Stone and his buddy Dino to catch in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cade | 6/21/2012

    " It keeps the pages turning. Lots of action even when there is not action. That is, the personal relationships between the characters keeps you turning the pages, just as much as the 'guns drawn' portions of the book do. A nice read to let the mind slip off to somewhere else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 4/9/2012

    " Stone and Dino reunite to solve a mess of murders. Easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 1/13/2012

    " The books are a light read. Not much character building but very entertaining. Love Stone. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/27/2011

    " Better than most of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 2/14/2011

    " There is enough action to satisfy me in this fifth installment of the Stone Barrington series. And the usual rich, beautiful, over-sexed characters I've come to expect in the series keep me amused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luckngrace | 1/18/2011

    " I always like to relax with Stone Barrington. A fast read and a decent thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/3/2010

    " Stone Barrington solves a well-crafted mystery, shoots at things, and has some women issues. This was not my favorite Barrington (someone is killing people close to Stone, his friends, and allies) but it works. It closes rapidly but leaves the reader with some things to think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 10/18/2010

    " Stone and Dino reunite to solve a mess of murders. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 8/13/2010

    " Oh! That Stone is such a tom cat!!! and rich too. Murders galore for Stone and his buddy Dino to catch in NYC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zodama | 7/16/2010

    " Stone Barrington is a likable character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/6/2010

    " Better than most of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/29/2010

    " I would rate this a 3.8. It's an easy read and perfect for a summer day. Stone Brrington is smart, witty and goes through women like water but you gotta love the guy. I really enjoy this series as a less intense murder mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 5/24/2010

    " The books are a light read. Not much character building but very entertaining. Love Stone. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/4/2010

    " You have to love Stone Barrington. Tough guy, good looking, he loves women, many of them. Some of his adventures are because he loves a lot of women.

    Anyway, another great Stone Barrington novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/25/2010

    " One of my favorite Stuart Woods book so far. A good fun read with an intriguing plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 12/6/2009

    " I love the stories and it is a fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claudine | 11/29/2009

    " The only thing worse than your worst fears being realized is reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 11/7/2009

    " This is the book I accidentally skipped. A series of murders and attempted murders occur around Stone Barrington, and the main suspect is incarcerated at Sing Sing. Stone gets help from an unexpected source, and from his best friend, Dino Bacchetti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cade | 10/11/2009

    " It keeps the pages turning. Lots of action even when there is not action. That is, the personal relationships between the characters keeps you turning the pages, just as much as the 'guns drawn' portions of the book do. A nice read to let the mind slip off to somewhere else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 9/24/2009

    " One of the best Stone Barrington books I have listened to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/25/2009

    " Excellent; continuing character: Stone Barrington; Stone's companions are dying at the hands of a man who he caught and imprisoned years before.
    "

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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.