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Description

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.

©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2015 Scott Meyer

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  • Global
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  • Matt
  • 04/11/2017

Another fun book by Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer’s books are great true to form this book is whimsical with fun dynamics between character. Solid writing without getting too wordy. I jVe enjoyed many of his books most of which have been narrated by Luke Daniels who does a great job portraying the kinds of characters that tend to be in Scotts books

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  • Global
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  • Elizabeth J Grogan
  • 10/02/2016

If you liked Magic 2.0, get this book

I devoured the Magic 2.0 books. I found them clever and at times laugh out loud funny. So I decided to pick this one up. I was not disappointed. The wit of the prior series was present and the characters were fun and well performed by the reader. The story is by no means earth shattering, but clever enough to hold my attention and definitely entertaining.

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  • Dubi
  • 05/06/2017

All the Authorities They Just Stand Around & Boast

Scott Meyer is best known for his Magic 2.0 series, which just hit four entries in length, in which a computer file allows geeks who figure it out to travel through time. The Authorities was his first attempt at breaking out of that series. The good news is that the best elements of Magic 2.0 are applied here as well. The not so good news (but not too bad) is that the story doesn't quite measure up.

The story: A geeky Seattle cop is recruited by a famous gazillionaire to be part of a team of private investigators who use modern technology to solve cases (and social networking to self-promote). When a high profile psychoanalyst is murdered, the team has to investigate his group therapy patients to identify the killer, using their Bond-like tech and razor sharp wit to outwit the various and sundry crazies.

This idea of a super-wealthy tech guru getting involved in policing did not fly well in the recent Fox TV show APB, canceled after one partial season (although this book was written before the show). On the other hand, the idea of looking a members of a therapy group did work well in Gregg Hurwitz's Tell No Lies (although without the humorous element).

But the story is secondary for Meyer. His strength is creating a group of characters who banter back and forth as humorously as possible. As the title of my review says (a line from a Dylan song), The Authorities often just stand around and boast. This works especially well in audio with Luke Daniels narrating (not taking his voices too far over the top as in Magic 2.0). Still, a stronger story would've elevated the proceedings immeasurably.

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  • Global
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  • Peyton Starr
  • 11/06/2018

Not my kind of humor

I came to this book after getting through all of the current Magic 2.0 books (which I loved) and was exploring other works by Scott Meyer when I came across this one. I loved Program Run (or was it Run Program?) and thought I would love this one too.

Unfortunately, the humor in The Authorities is a bit different. In both Magic 2.0 and Program Run, the humor stems from two places: the sarcastic interactions between the characters, and the simple, stupid ways in which they act in what is supposed to be an otherwise serious situation. This book doesn’t lack either of those, but also seems to throw in some Office-like or Park-And-Rec-like awkwardness into the mix. I cannot stand cringe humor and I felt like the book had a lot of it. If you like that sort of thing, you will probably like this book.

Humor is pretty subjective and it could have been the delivery of the narrator, though. Or maybe I didn’t get deep enough into the story to fall in love the character interactions like I did with the other books. What really earns it three stars is that the story took a little too long to get started and the pacing was a bit off. I lost interest after awhile. Maybe it gets better later in the book, but from the other reviews I surmise that it probably doesn’t.

Overall, Scott Meyer is a damn good author, I will continue to read his books, but I’ll skip on this one.

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 09/03/2016

Laugh out loud awkward detective work.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. If you like mysteries, but really like those with colorfully goofy characters and humorously awkward situations, then "The Authorities" is defiantly a book that you would want to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Authorities?

There was a scene where bees are first used as an bizarrely effective interrogation technique that was funny to listen to.

Which scene was your favorite?

There was a scene where the suspect was unsuccessfully trying to run, yet couldn't, so "The Authorities" had to sort of nonchalantly help the suspect out a little so they could get good video of themselves chasing him. It was read as so hilariously awkward and ponderous with narrator Luke Daniels' voice work that it became one of many favorite scenes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh there was much laughter. A healthy down to earth moment or two to round out the story and flesh out the characters, but mostly laughter.

Any additional comments?

Author Scott Meyers and narrator Luke Daniels are quickly becoming one of my favorite audio book team. Scott Meyer's sense of ironically awkward and humorous character interaction situations only multiplies with the amazingly detailed and voice work of Luke Daniels. "Off to be the wizard" and "Master of Formalities" are also suggested if you enjoy Scott Meyer's sense of humor.

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  • Global
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  • Jason
  • 13/02/2016

Daniels sold it!

What did you love best about The Authorities?

Normally Meyers is great. In fact, he's one of my favorite authors for comedy. This fell sort of flat. It had its moments but they are few and far between. If not for Daniels this one probably wouldn't have been finished. If there's another in the series I'll get it if Daniels is reading but even so here's to hoping the story is better.

Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Meyer? Why or why not?

Yes. He has an incredible sense of humor that translates well into everyday "human speak".

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

All of it. If you haven't heard him try "Off to be the Wizard"-simply incredible!

If you could rename The Authorities, what would you call it?

Not sure anything else fits.

Any additional comments?

nah.

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  • Global
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  • Jessica's Bookshelf
  • 13/09/2017

Sequel, please!

Any additional comments?

Hi. Don't mind me. I'm just gonna stand here and beg for a sequel.

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  • Chad
  • 08/01/2016

Enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thoroughly enjoyed the Wizard 2.0 books (hope they don't stop). However, one issue with those books, is that it's about guys wanting to be wizards, which tbh limits the number of folks who would be interested just on the premise. The Authorities though has a similar comedic/wit element to the Wizard books, but is set as part of a light crime story - which even non-geeks can appreciate. Basically, I'll come across sounding like less of a nerd by recommending the Authorities to folks than the Wizard books, all while introducing them to a great story teller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Authorities?

The reflection that pedestrians being upset by them *not* being struck by Rutherford's driving his van. Absolutely love the wit of Meyer. I also liked the "laughing, laughing" by Sloan, and the explanation of why Max has three computers.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Definitely Max. Although, this may be more because this was a more unique voice since it's not used in the Wizard 2.0 series.

If you could rename The Authorities, what would you call it?

Off to be a Detective

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  • Robin
  • 11/02/2016

meh.

After finishing this and the Masters of Formalities one I think.. Scott should stick to Magic 2.0... This wasn't a bad book, it's just... bland. Nothing really interesting happens, none of the characters felt important. I miss the relatable-ness and humor.

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  • Steve
  • 03/10/2017

Entertaining

I really enjoy all of the authors books. They are are not masterpieces of literature but are definitely entertaining. This one is no different. It is a fun book though I questioned the plot at the end. The case was solved by good old detective work and had little to do with the gear or experience of the team. Still, the characters and writing made up for this shortcoming and I did enjoy the book.

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