The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake audiobook

The Comedy is Finished

By Donald E. Westlake
Read by Peter Berkrot

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
10.80 Hours Unabridged
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The year is 1977, and America is finallygetting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangoverthat was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go. Not aging comedianKoo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO toursto buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members ofthe self-proclaimed People’s Revolutionary Army, who’ve decided that kidnappingKoo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life. This is thefinal, previously unpublished novel from the legendary author Donald Westlake.

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Summary

Summary

The year is 1977, and America is finallygetting over the nightmares of Watergate and Vietnam and the national hangoverthat was the 1960s. But not everyone is ready to let it go. Not aging comedianKoo Davis, friend to generals and presidents and veteran of countless USO toursto buck up American troops in the field. And not the five remaining members ofthe self-proclaimed People’s Revolutionary Army, who’ve decided that kidnappingKoo Davis would be the perfect way to bring their cause back to life.

This is thefinal, previously unpublished novel from the legendary author Donald Westlake.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best Westlake novels I’ve read.” Washington Post
“A terrifying sprint for redemption and rescue with the reader kept in agonizing suspense until the literal last page. Not to be missed.” Mystery Scene
“We’re all in the presence of the master one last time.” Open Letters Review
“Halfway into January and we already have the first great book of 2012…some of the finest work of the author’s career. And that is truly saying something.” Vince Keenan, author and critic 
“MWA Grand Master Westlake shows his skill and versatility as an author in this posthumous crime novel…Sharply written and insightful, this ‘lost’ novel is a worthy addition to Westlake’s lengthy catalogue.” Publishers Weekly
“The characters are well drawn, the dialog flows, and the chapters speed by, making for a breezy, solid read. This late discovery is a welcomed treat for Westlake’s many fans. A natural for all mystery collections.” Library Journal
The Comedy Is Finished is a tense, compelling story of captive, captors, and an FBI agent, but it’s also a painfully insightful portrait of a very dark period in US history. All the main characters’ lives have been affected by the war or Watergate, and Westlake, who wrote the novel in the late 1970s, gives each plenty of opportunity to lament what happened to them and relive some of this country’s darkest years. It’s very different from Westlake’s beloved comic crime capers, and although readers old enough to remember those years may find the memories dredged up to be unpleasant, they will probably be hard-pressed to put the book down.” Booklist
“The story is fascinating and compelling as can certainly be expected from Westlake. Narrator Peter Berkrot’s flat California accent is well suited to the action. His pacing moves the story along, and his characterizations are terrific—especially his voice for the kidnapped comic. Verdict: Although the 1970s setting seems dated, the writing is crisp and the story moves quickly. Westlake’s numerous fans will be thrilled to have this final novel. A fine addition to twenieth-century mystery collections.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Peter Berkrot’s narration is compelling, and he doesn’t let the story lag…His voices are suited to the well-drawn characters…An absorbing narration.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Donald E. Westlake

Author Bio: Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008) wrote dozens of novels under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, including Richard Stark and Alan Marshall. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank and the 1999 smash hit Payback.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English