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May 10, 2012 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods

Cover of Unnatural Acts by Stuart WoodsUnnatural Acts:
A Stone Barrington Novel

by Stuart Woods
Narrated by Tony Roberts

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Format: Audio, 8 hours
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 3 of 5

Stone Barrington returns along with his side-kick Dino for another adventure in the 23rd book in this series.

Now back in New York, after a brief trip to Washington D.C. ( DC Dead), Stone is helping a hedge fund billionaire get his rebellious son out of some money troubles. The son has borrowed a significant amount from a loan shark and has been selling illegal drugs.

So what does Stone do to help his client? He passes the case off to a law firm Associate, Herbie Fisher. Most of the story and plot revolves around Herbie, who now wants to be called Herb. Herb is angling for a promotion to Sr. Associate. Several times it was mentioned that Herbie might be the new Stone Barrington. The story was more about Herbie than Stone, although Dino makes enough of an appearance to keep it interesting.

I enjoyed Tony Roberts narration, especially his voice for Dino. The book is easy to listen to and easy to follow with a simple, straight-forward plot. I’d go so far as to say there is little complexity at all, which makes it a good choice for escapist listening while multitasking. It’s fast-paced, light reading. Look elsewhere for a tightly plotted mystery, this one is just for fun.

As the 23rd Stone Barrington novel, these books are clearly aimed at fans of the series, although new readers should be able to pick up the main characters fairly quickly.

Source: Review copy.
© 2012 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.


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  1. BermudaOnion / May 10 2012 1:51 pm

    I’ve never tried Woods’ work but I’m always up for trying a fun book!


  2. Suko / May 10 2012 4:12 pm

    Excellent review, Leslie! Glad you enjoyed listening to this one.


  3. Sheila (Book Journey) / May 11 2012 11:11 am

    Audio is such a big draw for me and I go through it so quickly… this sounds worth a try! 🙂


    • Leslie / May 11 2012 11:16 am

      Me too! I go through some of these books in a few days and sometimes light, easy listening is just want I want.


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