©1999 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Phoenix
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"THIS READER CANNOT DO PARKER's RHYTHM"
This reader CANNOT do Parker. Those of us who love the English language, and who love rhythm that authors create, look forward to someone reading who understands that musical magic. This guy is TERRIBLE. Everywhere there's a period (which is very frequent with Parker!) he reads as a comma or a question mark. It's EXCRUTIATING. AWFUL. PLEASE do not let this guy read Parker again, and I really want my money back.
"Featuring Susan Silverman; But It's Good Anyway"
Susan asks Spenser to help her ex-husband Brad Sterling (Silverman being too Jewish) who has come to her with a sob story about being broke. Strangely enough he informs Spenser that she's an overwrought woman being too melodramatic. In the meantime she's extremely bitchy towards Spenser who has taken on the case pro bono in order to help her ex solely because she asks him. Naturally Spenser accepts this with equanimity; and along with his pal Hawk they go through thugs on both sides of the law to get to the truth. In the meantime Spenser and the evidently weirdly compelling Susan Silverman work through her problem in a highly Freudian way though it hasn't been the therapy of choice since the 1960's. Despite all the negatives this is an action filled, fast paced mystery that delivers what we've come to expect from Parker's first icon.
"Complex Story; okay reading"
interesting complex plot, I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but remained very interested
He does a good spenser, but all the characters sound the same. I could not differentiate Spence from Hawk
Kept me interested as I commuted and on my walks.
"Enjoyable story but narrator detracts"
I am enjoying the story as much as I have the other Spenser novels I've listened to with one exception - the narrator. I haven't finished the book yet and it is a struggle to get myself to turn it on as I find the narration so distracting compared to Joe Mantegna's narration in other Spenser novels. This narrator has a very old, gravelly voice which does not fit the character of Spencer and the rhythm is off. There is also very little distinction between the characters so at times you aren't quite sure who is speaking. The story is fine but can't recommend the narrator.
"Robert B Parker Spenser series always a good read"
This was the 2nd audio book I ever listened to and got me hooked on audio. The story line was interesting, the personal interaction of Susan Spenser and Hawk was funny and warm and gives a first comer to Spenser a good view of the characters. I have since read all of the Spenser series and they are those that I'll read, or listen to, over and over. Just so sorry the run is over. We lost a great writer and philosopher when Mr. Parker left us.
As always with this series, Spenser, Susan and Hawk occupy the favorite positions because of their interacting relationships and the philosophies they convey.
I don't do tag lines
Read all of the Spenser books....I went back and started with the 1st. It was entertaining to grow with the characters.
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