Eight Million Ways to Die

Letto da: Lawrence Block
Durata: 9 ore e 6 min
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Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy. But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer. And not for Matthew Scudder - just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die. Winner of the Shamus Award!

©1982 Lawrence Block; 2012 AudioGO

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  • Generale
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  • antonio
  • 26/05/2012

Matt Scudder is the best !

Would you consider the audio edition of Eight Million Ways to Die to be better than the print version?

Yes, certainly. I've read the book many years ago, but was truly a pleasure to listen to it. Lawrence Block does a great job in reading it and one can see the empathy with the main character (i.e. Matt Scudder)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eight Million Ways to Die?

There not a particular moment. The strength of this book is the way the author describes characters and the NY atmosphere . Reflective with a dark humor and an acute sense on how to develop the plot

What does Lawrence Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is simply a different experience .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The beginning and the end

Any additional comments?

Lawrence Block is one of the very best writers of crime novels ( probably better than Michael Connelly). The challenge with him is that he has written too many books of uneven quality. With Matt Scudder he is at his best (probably because is the character closer to him) and delivers very consistent top quality books

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  • FRITZ STOOP
  • 06/06/2019

Block nearly ruined it

This book is a very good mystery and a fair and accurate treatment of AA (I’m 30 years sober), but someone should have stopped Block from narrating. He was the worst i have ever experienced and i have listened to more than a thousand titles. I hung in and tried to ignore and embellish his droning failure.

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  • ej
  • 15/08/2020

Writers write, actors perform, rarely they meet

The Matthew Scudder series is an excellent, contemporary hard-boiled detective series. I read all as books and wanted to be able to listen at leisure. I have been collecting them in sequential order, because Scudder grows and matures with each passing year, This book is being returned. I'm returning it, not because of the storyline. It's a classic, excellent Lawrence Block tome. I'm returning because Block narrates the book and as a narrator, he's a great writer. If I were to write a paragraph the way that Block reads (not performs) his own work you would notice that there is no punctuation nor any paragraph break because that is the way that Block drones in "Eight Million Ways To Die" I gave up about the third chapter when I could not differentiate between women and men characters and Scudder changed voice several times so I exercised my right to return the book to get a different one from the series narrated by an actual performer I recommend you do the same. If you can't stand the punctuationless paragrah, here are all the missing periods and commas that you can add back in. ............,,,,,,

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  • Ben B.
  • 14/06/2017

Much deeper than most detective fiction

Very good entry in the Scudder series. Lawrence Block is a better writer than narrator; he's an odd choice to play his hard boiled narrator. He reads almost everything in the same monotone drawl. Yet he can be strangely endearing after a while, too. The story itself needs no qualifications. It's at times sordid, at times depressing, and at times uplifting or at least hopeful. Scudder's battle with alcoholism plays at least as important role as the murder mystery. Deep and moving stuff.

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  • Generale
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  • John
  • 21/02/2016

Powerful

What made the experience of listening to Eight Million Ways to Die the most enjoyable?

Two great story lines going on at the same time. Both story lines deal with human emotions and frailties . Block has created a captivating novel that tugs at your heart strings and emotions. His best work in the series to date.

What does Lawrence Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is his story. He knows how it is supposed to sound and does a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time ..Definitely

Any additional comments?

A must read !!!

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  • Generale
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  • Gayle Stallings
  • 28/09/2020

Author should not narrate his own books

Fortunately, the story line is great. If is wasn't, I might have returned it. There are so many excellent narrators. They don't write, and writers shouldn't narrate.

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  • A. Sage Osterfeld
  • 08/07/2017

I liked the book.

Would you consider the audio edition of Eight Million Ways to Die to be better than the print version?

No

What other book might you compare Eight Million Ways to Die to and why?

None unless it's about you being an alcoholic.

What about Lawrence Block’s performance did you like?

Not really, Burt Reloads is worse. I like Titus Welliver or Joe Mantegna.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's about a drunk.

  • Generale
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  • Julie
  • 01/05/2017

Laurance Block is always a good read.

Mathew Scudder is a real, intelligent man. Thoughtful, down to earth and smart. I've got a crush on him every since I read my first one.

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  • J.S.J
  • 05/12/2016

Brilliant noir

Have you listened to any of Lawrence Block’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Great book, and well read. I'm a fan of Block and the Scudder series. This is the first book of the Scudder series that breaks away from the formula of boozing-detective, as Scudder realises he has a drinking problem and exerts as much effort fighting his urge to drink as he does solving the mystery. So well written and crafted, all the story holds up except perhaps for the ending which was a bit 80s-B-movie for me, but considering this was written in 1982, is holds up amazingly well. I didn't read/ listen to this for a long time as I'd seen an awful film version, but the plot had been changed and has nothing to do with the plot of the novel (funny how Hollywood does that). Highly recommended

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  • Lynn Braybrooke
  • 16/01/2020

this is so cool

I could listen all day long to Lawrence Block's books whether he reads them or someone else. Just great writing. Loved it.