The Blackbird Papers

  • by Ian Smith
  • Narrated by Brent Jennings
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Professor Wilson Bledsoe is brutally murdered, two loathsome white supremacists seem like the obvious culprits. But Bledsoe's younger brother Sterling, an FBI agent in New York, has other ideas. A look around Wilson's lab and interviews with his students, his fellow professors, and the college's president pique Sterling's curiosity about Wilson's nearly-completed project on the mysterious death of hundreds of local blackbirds. But when a tape supposedly incriminating Sterling is sent to the FBI, Sterling becomes a man on the run. Determined to clear his name and bring his brother's murderer to justice, Sterling finds that his brother's project has far-reaching and sinister implications that tie together his brother's college, big-money interests in the Midwest, and some very influential people at the highest levels of government.


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Predictable plot, awful narration

After all the hype associated with this title (and the fact that it was written by a fellow DMS-grad), I must say I was very disappointed. The plot was predictable, the ending telegraphed well within the first half of the novel, and--worst of all--the narration was dreadful.

I also listened to the sampler for the abridged version and found the author's reading to be preferable. Now that I've finished the book in its unabridged form, I can't help thinking that maybe the abridged version would be better on both counts (content and narration).

The 3 star rating I gave this book was definitely on the generous side.
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- Woody


This is excellent. I really loved this book and couldn't put it down. The Blackbird Papers kept me on the edge and always wanting more. For a first timer this was an excellent mystery/suspense.
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- Cynthia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape