• Out the Window

  • A Matthew Scudder Story, Book 1
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Block
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Matthew Scudder, a down-but-not-out-detective, is shocked by the apparent suicide of Paula, a waitress at Armstrong’s, one of Scudder’s hangouts. When Paula’s sister shows up and asks Matt to investigate what she believes to be a murder, Scudder agrees to take on the case. A number of clues don’t add up to suicide, and Scudder’s investigation leads him to the dark corners of Paula’s world.

©2011 Lawrence Block (P)2012 AudioGO

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Good detective story.

It has been at least 30 years since I read a Lawrence Block novel. I read them on long international flights when traveling on business. What I liked about his novels is that they were interesting enough to entertain me wile awake but never interesting enough to keep me from going to sleep. That is a fine line that this author filled. This novella is the Lawrence Block that I remember.

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Could not finish

Mr Block should write but NOT NARRATE. His reading was so unbalanced; up and down sentence sounds. Ugh

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Great little short story.

My first Lawrence Block in many years, and first ever audio book with him narrating. I started with a free “included” title because a reviewer of one of his complained about his voice - called it “whiny”. His voice is fine, far from whiny, a different/odd (smoker? Idk) but fine to listen to and I always love a self narrated book — you know you’re getting all the right emphases and pauses, etc. Anyway, intriguing, nice pace, a little snack.

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An interesting short story.

This is an interesting short story in his typical style.

It’s worth a listen to while away an hour.

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Missing the end of the story. Very frustrating. Also frustrating is the minimum word requirement

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Suicide or Murder

This is one of those short, sweet stories that keeps your attention. A waitress that works at a bar Scudder frequents falls from her 17th floor apartment. Was it suicide or murder? Scudder doggedly searches for the answer.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-05-22

"Like a ghost through walls."

Matt Scudder, retired cop who left the police after inadvertently shooting a little girl and, simultaneously, also left his wife and family to concentrate on his drinking, is asked by the younger sister of a declared suicide to prove that it was actually murder.

The writing is tight, no superfluous wording yet everything, and everyone is perfectly portrayed. Read by the author, his slightly gravelly and sardonic tone suits the character of Scudder well and other protagonists are given individual voices. The whole experience is most enjoyable despite the brevity of the book.

Recommended.
Available for free with Audible Plus; thank you, Audible

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  • Fleurie
  • 05-09-22

Just superlative 💖

L Block has the perfect sardonic tone to match his own peerless work of New York noir.