I have always liked the performance of Joe Mantegna. He does an excellent reading of the Spenser books, best of all of the performers.
Just to have another opportunity to revisit characters that are so embraced by so many.
A level of emotion that you would not necessarily experience on your own if you simply read the book.
Overall the book was good, not great. Ace does an admirable job of picking up the characters and making them live again. However, I did find the characters slightly off. Spenser was a little harder drinker, the way things were described were a bit more direct and crude. Some metaphors were less artful than in previous writings.
Spenser gets shot -- something that hasn't really happened since the grey man. I had the opportunity to listen to every Spenser book in sequence before I heard Lullaby. I could hear the difference.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a good book and enjoyable to listen to. However, I do hope Ace will re-examine his approach and his writing style to more closely match the art, not the science, of the original writings.
There were a few places where it didn't quite sound like the Robert B Parker versions of Spenser. Those bothered me.
No. Not quite up to its predecessors, and my friends don't even like those...too formulaic and certainly elitist when it comes to Harvard.
His narration helped it sound like the Spenser novels I'm used to.
I just listened to The Chaperone and would give it five stars. I'm recommending it to all of my friends.
If you liked the "Spenser" series and the characters he met--Hawk, Susan, Pearl the Wonder Dog, and all the others, you will like this book.
It captures the tenor and the pace of Robert B. Parker's stories.
Joe Mantegna brings just the right tone of seriousness and light banter to the exchanges between Hawk and Spenser and the philosophical discussions between Spenser and Susan.
I could listen to Joe all day long. He's the best.
I've read almost all of RBP's books but I always listened to the ones read by Joe.
I was a little concerned about delving into a Spenser book written by someone other than the late, great Robert B. Parker, but I'm so glad he did. Ace Atkins captured the literary voice of Spenser perfectly. The story held my interest, the banter was top-notch, and Susan-worshipping didn't take center-stage. As always, Joe Mantegna's narration was perfection.
Another nice thing -- this book seemed meatier than recent Spenser books, which seemed to be getting shorter and shorter. I hope this won't be the last venture into Spenserland by Ace. Keep 'em coming, I say!
I have yet to listen to a book twice. This is a murder mystery, so it would have to be extremely compelling in terms of writing and story line to bring me back again.
The character of the young girl, Mattie, who hires Spenser, was fun to hear. It was easy to appreciate her spunk.
I won't offer a favorite. Joe Mantegna is a great performer and brings everyone alive.
Small client, big case--After 10 years, can even Spenser find the truth?
Always a great listen.
That all my favorite characters are alive and well
I was amazed at how well Atkins was able to write in Parker's style. I was so sad about losing my favorite characters after Parker's death. However, here everyone is as entertaining as ever! Yea...I hope Ace Atkins is young and will carry on for many years to come.
I have listened to most of his Spencer books and he was better than ever in this one.
Ace Atkins captures the essence of Robert B. Parker's Spenser in this story, capably narrated by Joe Mantegna. Having read or listened to almost all of the Spenser books, I was worried this was going to be an attempt to trade on the Spenser name with inferior goods. Not the case. The story is excellent, the pacing perfect and Mantegna's narration is spot on. If you're a Spenser fan, don't miss this one.
Robert B. Parker will be missed, but Ace Atkins does a creditable job of continuing to breath live into his characters. Some of their dialog is cliched, almost as if it was extracted from previous stories, but they do ring true. Prior to hearing the story, I was concerned that this might not be the case, Now, I feel good that the Parker estate chose wisely in their selection of Atkins and believe that the characters will continue to evolve, as he becomes more comfortable with them. Atkins provides us with a glimpse into Hawk's background that was never shared with us before, which brings up the question as to whether it's an attempt on his part to make a personal contribution to the Spenser storyline, or if he's treating us to a bit of background that Parker had previously held back. Joe Mantegna turns in his usual excellent performance, which goes a long way toward helping us accept Spenser's new chronicler. All in all, a recommended listen.
Joe Mantegna brings Spenser and his associates to life. He has a great feel for the character and his relationships that has grown out of not only his previous readings of Spenser novels, but also his portrayal of Spenser in made for TV movies. His voices, inflection, and timing are dead on as he delivers our favorite private eye's one liners.
Ace Atkins is truely Robert B. Parker's clone. Lullaby reads just like one of Parker's Spencer novels. I was bummed out when I read that Parker had died because I thought that Spencer had died with him. Fortunately Ace Atkins is channeling Parker 'cause it's him - it's Spencer. Great book.