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Burt Reynolds Reads Robert B. Parker

A Spenser 3-in-1 Edition: Chance, Hush Money, Small Vices
Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins

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Burt Reynolds reads three of Robert B. Parker's finest Spenser novels.  

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Chance - Big-time Boston hoodlum Julius Ventura wants to find his only daughter's missing husband - at least that's how he puts it to Spenser and Hawk, even though it's pretty clear Julius isn't telling the whole truth. Or maybe not any part of the truth. Something about the case appeals to Spenser's passion for justice, and he launches an odyssey into the netherworld of organized crime. 

Hush Money - When Robin Nevins is denied acceptance at an exclusive university, Spenser is eager to investigate. It seems the denial is tied to the suicide of a young gay activist, and as Spenser digs deeper, he is nearly drowned in a multicultural swamp of politics: black, gay, academic, and feminist. Meanwhile, Spenser's inamorata, Susan, asks him to come to the aid of an old college friend, K.C. Roth, the victim of a stalker. Spenser solves the problem a bit too effectively when K.C. turns the tables and begins to stalk him. 

Small Vices - Ellis Alves is no angel. But when his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson, Alves looks to Spenser for help. 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, is the chance for justice dead?

©1997, 1999 Robert B. Parker (P)2018 Phoenix Books

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  • Bill Heath
  • 17-12-2018

Editing Bust

I've been a huge Parker and Reynolds fans for years and was excited to see this option. Reynolds famous sarcasm seemed perfect for Spenser. but this was a huge rushed mistake. The biggest single problem with this is the editing. The chapters are out of order, making the whole process unbearable. It just seems like it was rushed out in order to capitalize on Reynolds death. Beyond that, I still enjoyed spending time on a trip with an old friend like Spense with a familiar voice. Reynolds performance was not all bad, but at times it sounded like he was reading the material for the first time, with odd pauses that reminded me of Christopher Walken. I do't know when this was recorded, but would assume it was not long before his death. Due to the poor editing making the flow so bad, I believe Audible owes me a refund. The first chapter is not the first in the book. It comes in four to five chapters late. And there is even one of the chapters of Chance that shows up in the middle of Hush Money. Just sloppy.

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  • The Poolroom Loafer
  • 06-05-2019

Burt Reynolds's talents lie elsewhere, far away.

Mr. Reynolds is a fine actor onscreen and onstage, but he is a very, very bad reader. These 3 performances are so cursory and badly produced that they're an embarassment to the company that originally snagged the "name" reader, and should be to Audible, who passes them along without comment. Reynolds is obviously reading these books for the first time as he's recording them, amateurishly pausing and catching up at odd times where the line breaks on the page. He attempts to give some sort of life to the performance by giving extremely slow and over-articulated readings to certain words that have no relation to to the sense of the sentence or the paragraph. It makes him sould like a drunk. Plus, he's so close to the microphone that you can hear every lip-smack and breath. Save your money.

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  • YB
  • 15-04-2019

Good trio of stories

Burt Reynolds does a passable job as narrator. He is not as smooth as Mr. Prichard, the usual narrator. He does a good job with differentiating voices. The stories are good as always. I have said previously that I would think twice about buying a Spenser book if it wasn't done by Mr. Prichard; I was right but the bargain of three books for the price of one was too much to pass up.

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  • Linda
  • 22-03-2019

Finally! RBP and Burt Reynolds

I have all of these titles on the original audio tapes. Robert B. Parker was one of my absolute favorite authors especially the Spenser/Hawk series. Wonderful use of language and well-developed character and stories. What a mind!. Burt Reynolds did a fantastic job bringing the characters and the stories to life. Thank you for resurrecting these books and putting them on audio.

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  • One big family!
  • 29-01-2020

It was a bonus to hear Burt R. read the books.

I will admit that it took a beat to get used to Burt Reynolds’ different character voices. That is only because I’ve read all the books and hear them differently. Also, Avery B. who performed as Hawk on the tv show owns that character. It would be awesome to hear him read the entire Spenser series. I can imagine everyone wanting to hear Hawk read Spenser’s exploits aloud.

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  • Cat
  • 02-04-2019

my review

early spenser books are the best. burt t should read them all . for me he is spenser

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  • Jackie Perry
  • 18-03-2019

too much music!

the music which fades in and out throughout the story is both distracting and overblown for the simple reading of a robber bee Parker tail. it distracts from the story makes it almost impossible to hear at times and changes the ambiance of the book. plus which I thought this was three books not just one?

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 13-10-2020

Burt Reynolds

I found Burt Reynolds did a superior job in his narration of this novel compendium by Robert B Parker. he had so many different characters in his voice it sounded as if there was a chorus of people.

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  • ej
  • 15-08-2020

Spenser at classic best times three; Narration wea

The three books, they're Robert B. Parkers early. middle, and recent Spensers. The story lines are what they always are, and they're great reads. Spenser novels had numerous narrators over the years, and I would expect that the late Burt Reynolds would be among the best. No one, however, beats Joseph Montaegna. Reynolds is okay. He has a wonderful voice, and Spenser, Hawk, and Susan are well-performed. Everyone else sounds the same with a weird, I think supposed-to-be Boston accent. It doesn't come off, and all the bad guys sound like bad Jimmy Cagney parodies. If you're a Spenser fan and you don't already have these three books, it's worth the deal.

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  • Steve
  • 21-07-2020

Dated, but starting to see Parker's appeal

Robert B. Parker is praised as a master of the genre, but ive struggled with both early Spencer books and later Jesse Stone. with these books, I start to see the appeal. His writing and characters are enjoyable. But even when he's clearly making an effort to be progressive. the racial and sexual politics still often face-plant for the 2020 reader, making a straight-forward recommendation impossible. Unlike other reviewers, I found the Burt Reynolds narration to be mostly fine, though his handling of Hawk and other black characters can be cringe-worthy. Best enjoyed when considered in historical context.

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  • MD
  • 26-10-2020

Excellent reading of Spenser

Reynolds is great casting to read Spenser. Some inflections miss the meaning, but the characterisation is excellent. The background noise in the first book is annoying; but still a good listen. To those reviewers who think these novels are just tough guys swearing: you're right, they are that; but they are also so much more, if you care to listen and think about it.

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  • George
  • 22-09-2020

Foul language alert .

I can understand why these books have been lumped together as one offering , anyone who was unfortunate enough to buy the first one would never have purchased the other two . It’s just a load of tough guy macho foul language read by a narrator who thinks it should be read in a back of the throat whisper , although not being able to hear this drivel is something of a bonus .

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  • Lynn Braybrooke
  • 17-05-2019

this is heaven

As a great fan of Robert B Parker this is just wonderful to hear Burt Reynolds narrate his style so well. Got it just right.

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  • VSK
  • 05-03-2019

Poor sound

Never listened to the Spencer book before and have to say enjoyed them, however the sound quality is pretty darn awfull at the beginning of Chance, it got better but still had to turn the volume up, missed the first two to three chapters due to bad sound quality. However did enjoy them albeit a wee bit predictable, (but that maybe as I read to many detective stories) they are funny and nice enough stories. Mr Reynolds has a pleasant enough voice, for audible, but I think to soft this maybe the reason for the sound quality. (but this is not something I am used to with audible, it feels the books are rushed to put together as a previous revieuw says) Due to sound quality I have taken 2 stars off as it really does not help the books. I will listen to another but due to the number of the book can not start at the beginning really, maybe listeners advice on this.