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Publisher's Summary

John Dortmunder and his merry band of crooks return to the scene of the crime world in an attempt to steal a fleet of automobiles that would leave the Sultan of Brunei blushing. The mark is Monroe Hall, corrupt CEO of a now defunct conglomerate, who spent more of his company's money on himself than the boys at Enron and WorldCom combined. Having escaped prosecution, Hall is holed up on his massive Pennsylvania farm, and Dortmunder, as usual, has his eyes on the big prize: Hall's vintage wheels.
©2004 Donald E. Westlake (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

"Nobody does comic capers better than Westlake. This one unfolds with...cinematic energy." ( Publishers Weekly)
"William Dufris has a high old time with the large and disparate cast of characters, including Dortmunder's merry band and an alcoholic traveling salesman. He even gives voice to one of the venture capitalists before and after a broken jaw." ( AudioFile)

What listeners say about The Road to Ruin

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Bleehhh!

Boring, poorly plotted, no sense of pacing. The jokes fall flat.
The narration really doesn't help--monotone, and some of the characters, even quite important ones, are indistinguishable from one another. The women, in particular, sound almost alike, and this is yet another male narrator who can't seem to read a female dialogue without sounding like he's mocking the woman in question.

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The Dortmunder Gang tries again!

Another Dortmunder caper comes to audio, and is once again well-read by William Dufris. His portrayals of Dortmunder, Kelp, Tiny and all the members of the crew, as well as the "civilians" and law enforcement officials, kept me grinning all through the story.

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Well, It Wasn't Quite As Funny

If you could sum up The Road to Ruin in three words, what would they be?

OK Little Story

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I kind of felt that there were a lot of word added just to make it a longer story. Not sure but it did seem to drag a bit. For some reason it just felt like the story wasn't really about the mis-fits themselves but about everyone else. I like when the story totally revolves around the "gang".

Which scene was your favorite?

When the guys watched all the classic cars they wanted to steal taken out on flat beds.

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

Yes, but its a longer book so it took two days even with the re-reads/listens.

Any additional comments?

This one wasn't as funny as some others in the series. I did miss that. It also seem a bit more confusing so I kept going back for clarity. Not sure if it was the reader or the writing or both.

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A decent story ruined by overzealous narration.

Dissapointing. The narrator should have been reminded that this was a book, not a play.

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😂😂😂Amazing and hilarious 🥰🥰🥰

I typically don’t write reviews but after I saw the negative comment left by “Karen”. I had to chime in and redeem the integrity of this book. I laughed and laughed until tears came rolling down my cheeks. The plot and the narration were well put together and flowed like water. I just found this author. I’m usually a suspense thriller kind of person but man these comedy books have been a welcomed breath of fresh air. During this pandemic it’s been gloom and doom and media chaos everywhere. These books written by Mr. Westlake have been laughter for the soul. Comic relief to bring back healthy endorphins into the brain and cheer up some of the sad and depressing events of the last two years. Your books have been keeping me mentally healthy. And with my sincerest gratitude I thank you.

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Not a mystery or thriller

Not a mystery or a thriller unless maybe you are British! It reminded me of a British comedy. Not my cup of tea.

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Dortmunder does it again!

The plot weaves and twists in the usual hilarious Westlake fashion, with all your favorite Dortmunder characters.