The author Michael Brandman (who wrote the screen plays for the Jesse Stone TV Movies starring Tom Selleck) continued the Jesse Stone legacy, but unfortunately he thinks he is still writing for the screen adaptation and not a book to follow in Robert B. Parker style.
The story is great, the narration is great, my main problem is Michael Brandman uses the book to marry up the book version and screen version of Jesse Stone, each of which in my eye(ear) were great in their own right but definitely different.
Overall I enjoyed the experience and am glad that Jesse Stone lives on, I only wish he would stay as he was.
I "bought" this book (actually, a free offer) thinking that it was a Parker novel. However, it isn't. And although I have read some books which were continuations of series established by someone else that were done well enough, this doesn't maintain Parker's tone. Moreover, it is a continuation of the TV movies, not the books -- this in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is something you should be prepared for. I can't say that this is a bad book, but it is a bad Parker book. This is the first book-on-tape I've tried, and it is a taste I haven't yet acquired; however, Naughton's performance was certainly acceptable.
Although Robert B. Parker has died, Jesse Stone lives on very well. Mr. Brandman has taken up the style and mystery quality to a great extent. I didn't notice much difference in the writing and still felt highly entertained. James Naughton continues as the narrator which helps to extend the novel as one of Parker's stories.
Brandman did an outstanding job of catching the original Jessie Stone story and feeling. It was a fun listen and a very satisfying end.
Love the story and even love the reading... But I can not deal with all the swallowing and gulping sounds that come with the narrator, something must be done about this. If you have any problem with someones reading and hearing noises their they make while reading. DONT buy this book.
Teens and young adults.
Hard to follow the characters and what was occurring.
After each character spoke he identified each speaker by saying Jesse said or Hanson said, etc. Detracted from the smooth flow.