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Summary

"We know who you are! Can your current bank say that? We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled service to all of our customers. We're looking forward to banking with you!" 

In the small town of Montgomery, Arizona, Kyle Decker's book shop is barely breaking even. When a bank opens in the empty storefront next door, he hopes the new establishment will bring in more foot traffic. Trouble is, nobody has ever heard of the First People's Bank, and the local branch has appeared mysteriously overnight. 

Their incentives for new customers seem reasonable...at first. But is it a coincidence when Kyle's wife has her identity stolen and his son receives emails that seem to know his private thoughts? Or when the manager of a competing financial institution dies a gruesome death? 

Soon, if people in Montgomery, Arizona, want to buy a new car or home or if they need a small business loan, they have no choice but to work with the First People's Bank. As the bank makes increasingly bizarre demands on its customers, it becomes clear the town may be in too deep...and the penalty for an early withdrawal is too terrifying to imagine. 

With his latest original novel, Bentley Little's dark, razor-sharp satire takes on the worst practices of our banking industry, and you'll never look at your loan officer the same way again.

©2019 Bentley Little (P)2020 Journalstone

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Really enjoyed it

Fantastic narration, easy to understand and follow. I really enjoy Bentley Little stories, he really does draw you into the characters and story extremely well. The John Pirhalla narration is very very good.

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couldn't put it down

Unique story, enjoyable to listen to and a good choice if you are a fan of authors like Stephen King.
Well read recording too.

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No surprises, but not a bad listen

If like me you have listened to The Store or The Consultant then The Bank will hold no surprises.
The Bank is a good listen but I found the ending a disappointment, as I did with the books mentioned.
Bentley Little books are good but, there is a familiar story line running through a few of them.
His endings are always an anti climax, the only time I have not been too disappointed is when I listened to The Haunted.
Still, he has brought out a few books now and I hope his story endings will get better, fingers crossed.

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Little is on form with this deliciously satirical view of the banking industry.

Ask any diehard fan of Bentley Littles audiobooks and I’m sure they’d agree that the prospect of listening to one narrated by someone other than David Stifel is enough to leave them gibbering in a corner somewhere. However Pirhallas delivery of The Bank is certainly one to experience.
Pirhalla cleanly delivers a variety of accents to the characters allowing the listener to immerse themselves in the story with ease, while the clever use of editing techniques within bring a deeper sense of realism to the delivery.*
*Eg. Changing the audio quality to replicate a phone call etc.

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Meh

Love Bentley Little books. This however, was my least favourite. It was long and slow, no real story other than the bank being sinister. Wouldn't bother getting it He has way better novels so perhaps pass this one by.

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  • 18-05-20

Political

I have always enjoyed Bentley Little books, but with our political environment today I felt this was too much. it makes liberals look like morons and any gun owner a redneck racist murderer. This is the kind of thing that feeds stereotypes.
The ending was a let down, it didnt build it up enough.
on a high note, the narrator was good.

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  • Midwest Andy
  • 09-04-20

Too much of the same

I love BL and own all of his books, but several are just retreads of older stories. How does this book differ from The Mailman? Or the Store? Or many others. They all follow the very same format and this one really had no plot, just a string of scenes to fill the page requirement. This book was a disappointment.

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  • D. McCarty
  • 13-04-20

Great story

Like at BLs books, this is another great one. I’m so used to David Stifle as the narrator for his books, I was actually surprised to find this narrator much better with voices and helping with character development! Amazingly told!!

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  • JaneFear
  • 22-07-20

..again

I really wanted to like this story. After listening to one other book, I find this particular story to be repetitive and not original. I’m not an author and I have no talent for story telling. I do not like to give a negative review to any author, however, this story is similar to other stories this author has given us. I appreciate the attempt at suspense and terror but I don’t think I’ll be listening to another one of his stories.

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  • MamaBear
  • 07-06-21

Pretty sinister, poor ending

Good premise, good storyline, a few too many sexual references, but still a well structured tale. However, I was quite disappointed with the ending. I have many questions. Perhaps they will be answered in another book, but that does not help me now with this all too abrupt ending.

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  • Jerusha
  • 31-03-21

not his best but the narrator made it bearable

way too much going on with different characters and different plots where it was just too much and In my opinion some things were just open ended/unresolved (i.e. Nick's friend Aaron...was missing what happened to him...) crazy concept with the bank it was a good idea just wasn't set up enough where it just felt really rushed and all over the place.

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  • Helen The Dog Lady
  • 01-06-20

I wish he would knock off the animal cruelty...

This is the second BL book with parts I have had to skip past animal mutilation and cruelty (the first being The Resort) and I have only listened to two!
The narrator is fantastic and I enjoyed the theme, despite massive similarities to Needful Things.
He is a creepy writer but I personally don’t care for the gratuitous torture of critters so I knocked off a star. It actually makes reluctant to try any of his other books.

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  • Mediocrates
  • 22-04-20

Fun Bentley Little Book - Great Narration

Audiobook review here. I'm a BL fan. The Bank was definitely worth a listen. I liked the that there were several overlapping storylines that slowly converged throughout the book. The way BL pits unsuspecting everyday folk against the supernatural never gets old.
I mainly gave it 5 stars due to the narrator's performance. The amount of characters, personalities, accents and voices the narrator had to pull off was amazing. I hope he does more of BL's books.

(Slight spoiler) The sheriff's wife talking to her "new" family in the empty house was beyond creepy.

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  • Ruben
  • 21-04-20

Great

Awesome book and narrator did a good job of keeping the suspense. I recommend this book

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  • Jonathan T. Jefferson
  • 19-04-20

Hints of Needful Things

The truth about today's banks, or scary fiction? It's hard to tell which it is.

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