• Bait

  • By: Kenneth Abel
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-28-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With some of the most spine-chilling scenes in modern suspense fiction, Bait guarantees the listener a roller coaster ride with a hero not afraid to cross the line. Life for narcotics detective Jack Walsh is one continuous drunken binge - until one blurry night when his car veers into an oncoming car, killing the son of Boston’s premier crime boss. Now Jack must decide if he wants to hide from D’Angelo’s vengeful compatriots or reclaim his life.
©1994 Kenneth Abel (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard Delman on 02-12-12

A fantastic story, told by the Master.

I'd never heard of Kenneth Abel, but he sure can spin a yarn. The story of Jack Walsh and his struggles through the Boston Police Department, with his alcoholism and with his family, all ring true. The plot runs all over the place, but never becomes incoherent. The book is entertaining throughout. The mob boss DiAngelo is a very clever man, and the intrigues that swirl around him and his cronies read beautifully; just like the real thing, at least insofar as we know them in fiction. The book is fast-paced without being shallow. Walsh is an honest cop surrounded by corruption, something like the story of Frank Serpico, which is mentioned in the text. However, Walsh is not trying to stamp out the corruption and become a hero. He is merely trying to stay alive, with local cops and Feds swarming around him to try to nail DiAngelo.
Frank Muller was the finest narrator who ever lived. He had such a repertoire of voices, accents, dialogues, moods and inflections that the reader is thrilled at virtually everything he does. He narrated 200 books in his career, and almost all of them are great. His range as a narrator knows no bounds. He never hits a false note. You can listen to him for hours and hours and never get tired of the experience. From a book like this to John Grisham to Moby Dick to Charles Dickens to the George Smiley series to The Horse Whisperer: listen to him and you will recognize a towering talent that, I am guessing, will never be approached by any other narrator. Frank left us with a unique gift, and I feel lucky to be able to hear his work. He can do no wrong, IMHO (in my humble opinion). Do yourself a favor. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 01-21-14

Just a Tremendous Thriller All the Way

This has to be one of the better suspense novels I've listened to. So what makes a book worthy of 5 stars for me? I can't say this is set in stone, but on the whole it must contain:
1. A great story. This is the story of a conflicted ex-cop who has lost everything. Driving drunk, he's killed the son of a mafia don. He's in hiding, being cornered by the Feds as well as the mafia.
2. The main characters have to be likable, someone I can relate too and pull for. Jack Welsh is smart and resourceful, trying to understand what has happened and why. But he's also vulnerable. He suffers, but he doesn't let himself be swallowed up in self pity.
3. Great narration. It's read by the late Frank Mueller, one of the best narrators ever.

So it's an easy 5 stars!

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