Man Overboard

  • by Burl Barer
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1982: Oregon businessman Phil Champagne, age 52, dies in a tragic boating accident off Lopez Island. He is survived by one ex-wife, four adult children, an octogenarian mother, and two despondent brothers. Phil didn't know he was dead until he read it in the paper. All things considered, he took it rather well. So did Phil's brother, Mitch, the beneficiary of a 1.5 million dollar policy on Phil's life.
1992: Washington restaurateur Harold Stegeman, famous for his thick, juicy steaks, is arrested by the Secret Service for printing counterfeit US currency in an Idaho shed. In addition to the bogus bills, Stegeman also has a fraudulently obtained passport, a fabricated Cayman Island driver's license, and Phil Champagne's fingerprints.
When the uproarious reality of Harold Stegeman's secret identity hit the headlines, the counterfeit resurrection of Phil Champagne became one of the most celebrated and hysterically funny true-crime stories of the 20th century. And while every supermarket tabloid and television talk show hounded after the untold story, only Edgar Award winner Burl Barer captured Champagne's confidence and received permission to detail Phil's post-mortem career of fraud, deception, trickery, lies, and fine prime rib, bringing to life the exploits of a man his family thought dead over a decade ago.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"True crime at its best...Barer has undeniable talent, pizzaz ,and imagination!" (Jack Olsen, best-selling author and award-winning journalist)

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What the Critics Say

"Crisp as a freshly printed C-note. Exceptionally clever and vastly entertaining!" (Lee Goldberg, author, screenwriter, and television producer)
"Barer does it again! A deft and dazzling display of solid research and rapier wit - a must for all true crime aficionados." (Gary C. King, author of To Die For)

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Definitely Undead

Although this story is, essentially, about one man, it is one of the most complicated tales I’ve ever read. For one thing, his name keeps changing, as does his location and his nefarious activities. By the time he is arrested for counterfeiting, he has been a smuggler, an unwilling drug runner, and a gigolo.

I found this book nearly as confusing as the subject, because the author switched, without warning, between time periods, identities and incidents. Perhaps there were spacing cues in the print edition, but there weren’t any cues in the audio edition, so I kept having to backtrack to figure out who and what was being discussed, and when the incidents occurred.

I would have preferred a longer, more meticulously organized and constructed book, but, when all is said and done, the subject was so astounding that I rather enjoyed the experience of reading about it.

The narration was, as always when performed by Mr. Pierce, immaculate in every respect. He is absolutely perfect for this sort of book, so good, in fact, that he is one of the few narrators whose presence can lure me into reading a book, even if I am not fairly certain that it will be of interest to me.

I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com. 3 out of 5 stars.

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- Shoshana Hathaway "blind Kindle TTS user"

Somewhat hard to follow with all the alias'

Would you try another book from Burl Barer and/or Kevin Pierce?

Yes I would try another book by Burl Barer and or Kevin Pierce


Would you recommend Man Overboard to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe, as it was interesting to see how someone builds a new life and botches it.


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

Listening is like watching a movie. Each Character comes more alive than when you just read it.


Could you see Man Overboard being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. Stars, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.


Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Marla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2015
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press