From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid, tennis-star boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, the hope for justice may die with him.
©1997 Robert B. Parker; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio, All Rights Reserved
"Robert B. Parker is a tough act to follow." (The New York Times Book Review)
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"Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
Once again, Parker came through with a winner -- a fast-moving, often humorous voyage with a well-hidden ending, which, by the way, was a TV movie with Joe Montegna. There was a complaint about Burt Reynold's dropping off his endings. That was OK and perfectly in keeping with the character -- and did you notice there were no complaints about Spencer's sometimes exasperating I said's, he said's, she said's -- which are what he dropped off the most.
As an avid Spenser fan, I found this to be one of the best books in the series. Plenty of twists and turns, along with Spenser's dry humor throughout.
This is standard Spenser fare. If you've ready one Parker mystery, this is very likely the same. Spenser's still cracking wise. Hawk's still tough and kinda scary and Susan's....well...Susan. Utterly standard, solid and forgettable. Charming characters in an uninspired mystery.
"Novel idea, but slow."
It's fun to see Spenser up against an assailant who may be his equal as a shooter and about whom his usual contacts know nothing. It's also intereting that (with the exception of one bad apple) all the constituted lawmen are on his side. But there is a too-long stretch of the year of repetitive training that it takes for Spenser to recover from his injuries. This is exacerbated by the reader who has great voices for most of the men except Spenser, but never varies his exceedingly slow pace. Spenser is quick witted, but the reader annoyingly drawls his repartee.
Burt Reynolds was terrific. He did all of the voices well, especially Hawk's. Super effort by ole Burt!
Burt Reynolds is a terrible narrator. The book loses the flavor of a Joe Montegna narrated Spencer.
"Enjoyed every minute!"
I loved this book. I enjoyed the author's humorous dialogue and I enjoyed the way Burt Reynolds read this book. I could picture him in every scene, just like it was a movie.
"Great book bad Reading"
This is a normal Parker book, but Burt Reynold's reading is horrendous. I like Burt as an actor but he reading of this book was hard to listen to at times. I had to listen to parts two or three times before understanding what he was saying. This made the story have no flow and made the 8 hrs seem longer. Otherwise, the book was a normal Parker book. I am look forward to the next book but I hope for a different reader.
I have loved this series for many years and have wanted to listen to this one because of Mr. Reynolds. It was better than expected.
"Avoid Burt Reynolds Narration"
Parkers books are all five star. But Burt Reynolds narration is below terrible. Big chunks are literally unintelligible. I gave 2 stars on the basis of the story, but I would strongly suggest you save your credit and avoid this audio book. Fine actor, terrible book narration. Buy the paper book and record it yourself, it'd sound better!!!
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