• A Ticket to the Boneyard

  • A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel, Book 8
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (287 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Matthew Scudder is about to face every cop's worst nightmare: James Leo Motley, psychopath extraordinaire.

Twelve years ago Matthew Scudder lied to a jury to put James Leo Motley behind bars. Now the ingenious psychopath is free, and the alcoholic ex-cop turned private investigator must pay dearly for his sins. Friends and former lovers - even strangers unfortunate enough to share Scudder's name - are turning up dead because a vengeful maniac is determined not to rest until he's driven his nemesis back to the bottle…and then to the boneyard.

©1990 Lawrence Block (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Another Matt Scudder great story...

I know am biased : i am firmly convinced that Lawrence Block's Matthew series lays on the the top of the thrillers stories of the past 30 years . I've read all the books in "real time" (i.e. when they were first published) and now i've the pleasure to discover them in an audio format. The books have not aged a bit as Matt Scudder's stories provide what one expects from a great thriller : an intriguing and tense plot, engaging characters , great atmosphere and a tension that builds up as you turn the pages . They are well written , captivating and make you feel a great empathy with the lonely hero , Matt Scudder.
Do not miss it !

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Fantastic read for a fantastic story.

What did you love best about A Ticket to the Boneyard?

Block has never failed to impress me with his evolving look at Matt Scudder. So many readers have attempted these books and I've liked them all (Block himself did one and it was pretty good). Joe Barrett might be the best yet.

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

Great, subtle accents and a warm, welcoming voice.

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

Yes - as it was, I took it to the gym and worked out more than I would have.

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What happened to Lawrence Block’s witty repartee?

This seriously oppressive book lacks any of the usual Block humor. I think I will give up on Matt Scudder.

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Ending is very disappointing

Could of been a lot better. Unnecessarily long, great story but pathetic ending made it worse. When it seems like the story was leading to revenge or some type of justice and falls flat on the face.

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Lawrence Block holds up

I started reading the Scudder books in my twenties. Returning to them a couple of decades later, I’m delighted that I’ve forgotten the stories enough to enjoy them all over again — and that Block stands the test of a maturing palate.

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Great series

Love this series. I avoid stories about alcoholics . It was highly recommended by a friend and since it was an Audible plus offering I gave it a try. Narration. is great and Block is a great writer. Parts of the books that
would normally bore me when written by others really keep my interest. One thing that makes the stories wonderful is the insight into alcoholic recovery Crime stories you can get your teeth into

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Once I started I couldn't stop!!

Block is agreat author and Barrett does a great job in performing the reading of this book. If it were a movie it would have to be rated at least PG13, But it is a good thrilled!

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Revenge Tale with Full-Blooded Characters

Matt Scudder ticks along the bottom of New York's criminal depths, finding friendship among thieves, catching the fallen, and by luck and circumstance, saving himself from himself.

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Who’s this guy?

I used to enjoy L. Block but his more recent stories seem like they are about a day in the life of a troubled alcoholic. Just too much AA stuff and jargon. This obsession or whatever it is is distracting while trying to following the plot.

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Mediocre story. Very little plot or mystery.
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Monotone voice. Poorly read.
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  • 08-07-14

Good story, excellent performance

Joe Barrett's voice is perfect for the book. The story was good and the whole thing was a pleasure to listen to. I'm glad that the producers of audiobooks seem to have realised that the narrator is absolutely crucial to the success of an audiobook.

I have ordered some books of a different genre read by Joe Barrett, for instance, one by Anne Tyler.

I don't mean to downplay the book itself. I have bought lots of Lawrence Block for my Kindle. The Scudder stories are just right, though perhaps I could manage without quite so many references to AA meetings. The combination of his writing and Joe Barrett's voice is fantastic.