no- I usually enjoy Spenser stories, but this one's narration was like eating dry, stale toast.
his voice was monotone, with no inflection or change of attitude. It could have been the phone book for all of the personality he gave it. He sounded like a newscaster delivering the dead-pan news reel.
Favorite authors, Elizabeth George, Robert B. Parker, Agatha Christie, PD James
I love the Spenser series and have read all of them. Perhaps someone who has not read any of the series and has no preconceived idea of Spenser might enjoy this narration. The story is fine, the narrator is not.
The narration was so off character. I couldn't even listen to the book. Spenser was not a formal person and the narrator was wrong for this part.
I love this series and have read the hard covers of all of them. The only issue I had with this purchase was the narration. The narrator was totally wrong for the role of Spenser.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Robert B. Parker is sometimes known as the Dean of American Crime fiction. This is the first book in his voluminous Spencer private detective series. This is not a great mystery, but it unfolds through the eyes of private detective Spencer and his sarcastic humor. Although the reader can be assured that Spencer will ultimately prevail, still the journey to the end is very entertaining and worth a listen.
Please commission both Joe Montegna and Burt Reynolds to redo/reread the early Spenser Novels for audio. & Walking Shadow also. Someone should redo those audios even if they aren't able.
Favorite books: Mysteries Amelia Peabody & Inspector Gamache, supernatural novels by Laurel K. Hamilton, Ilona Andrews and many more!
This book was recommended to me as one of the best in its genre, unfortunately I disagree. The protagonist was a hard core drinker, smoker and solve everything himself type, who handled serious situations with humor.
First of all, he smoked, drank and splurged on junk food to the point of excess, yet he was described as having a powerfully built body that was all muscle... how, by magic? His wit was sort of amusing for the first half of the book, but then it was overplayed and became obnoxious. His bravery was underscored by how unrealistically easy he overcame every difficult situation he got into.
The characters in the book were less than one dimensional. One African American woman in the book referred to herself and her race as "colored," and "darkies." This book takes place in the 60's or 70's, whichever decade it was either during or right on the back of the civil rights movement. I'm sure no African American would have used such derogatory words to describe themselves or their race to a white male.
Women's rights were not commonplace during the time this book took place, but that doesn't mean there were no intelligent and positive women with values. As a woman, I don't enjoy a book where every female is unethical, stupid or needing a mans strong arms around them to make them feel better... what rubbish!
I didn't care about the fate of Spenser or any of the characters in this book, which was cliché and backwards, even given the time period. Don't get me wrong, I know this is fictional, but there is only so much you can overlook for the sake of entertainment.
Perfect Memory Detective
Story line about a detective with a perfect (sort of) memory
Spenser, the detective, was my favorite character.
l look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I enjoy Robert B. Parker stories, BUT, I'm already on chapter 3 and ..... I will never ever ever never purchase another audiobook narrated by Michael Prichard. This is dull and painful! "O, speak to me no more! These words like daggers enter my ears!" It took me three days to get through this narrator. :-/
Parker drops us into Spenser's world with a snappy mystery involving love, drugs, and Chaucer.
Spenser, but only because we don't meet Hawk in this book.