The Authorities

  • by Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.
But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people "the creeps".
There is no shortage of suspects.


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Great Work

I'm definitely a Scott Meyer fan- I adore his 2.0 series and didn't think Master of Formalities was anywhere near as questionable as some listeners apparently did. In The Authorities, Meyer turns his wit and charm onto a classic genre- mysteries.

Being honest, I am not a huge mystery or crime novel fan. They generally don't capture my imagination in a way that keeps me engaged. Obviously this wasn't a serious mystery, but I was entertained the entire time.

As with other Meyer books, there were character development flaws, but these were overcome by the sheer movement of the story and how engrossing the overall experience was.

I listen to books on my drive back and forth to work- I know I have a good book when I not only don't realize how long the drive is, but also when I am disappointed I have to turn the car off and head inside. I was always disappointed at the end of my drives while listening to this one.

Funny, entertaining, and imaginative. High marks and worth a credit.
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- Charlie

Imaginorexia... An Imagination Disorder

Scott Meyer might have written this as a send-up of every procedural and detective novel written (or filmed) since Ian Fleming. OTH, Ian Fleming was a satirist, so the question here is, can satire be satirized?

You know what happens when you take a picture of a picture? Then photocopy the resulting picture? Then take a picture of the photocopy? Think of the result, then think of "The Authorities?. There is not an original thought in this book. NOT ONE! Meyer is like a mechanic at a fifth rate shop. When he finishes with your car, it'll probably run, but... not so good. Pity since Luke Daniels is a brilliant actor. His ability to clearly create youthful voices interacting with older men and women is stunning. He keeps every character and characterization note-perfect.

Here, Daniels is like a master violinist interpreting "I'm A Little Teapot."

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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2015
  • Publisher: Scott Meyer