This book was the perfect continuation of the Spencer series and it had the same rhythm of the late Robert B. Parker. The humor was there. The conversation between Spencer and Hawk was classic. Ace Atkins hit all the right notes on this book.
The plot kept me involved.
While Robert Ulrich is Spencer to some, Joe Mantegna's voice is, and always will be, Spencer for me.
This book gave me hope for the continuation of Robert B. Parker's characters.
I love Joe Montegna as a reader. I've always loved the characters in each story.
The language is just uncessary. Who are you proving a point to when you do that? I don't think John Q. Public speaks like that--I could be wrong. I just know that I don't and the folks that I hang with don't. At this point, I may not get another book--I know the saying is never say never. And guess what? I didn't have to say "f--king never say never". See how easy that is to leave it out? Honestly!
He's got the sass and the class to bring off the Spencer character.
Heavens, no--there'd probably be more language.
This book was typical Spencer, I loved it! I am extremely happy that the books are being continued. If you've enjoyed Robert Parkers books you'll love this one as well. The Characters are great and the story line included the same characters along with some new ones. It's a quick listen, light, easy.
Good Robert B Parker type story. Senser takes case of child no one else will listen too, and determines she knows more than the police regarding the murder of her mother. Didn't know what to expect with new author but happy to report it was a first rate effort. However the dialogue is not quite up to Parker's standard. It's fine with general cast of charaters but those more immediate or intimate exchanges between Spenser and Susan or Spenser with Hawk, there is something missing. But Parker was a master of that type of exchange, so tough shoes to fill.
Just an intersting story.
Joe does a nice job with the Boston inflection. Needs to work a little bit on Hawk's voice but not a bad effort at all. And I have to admit Hawk to me wshould always sound like Avery Brooks presentation of the character from the TV series.
To Parker's Spenser fans, I'd say give it a try. I think you'll be back for more, at least I know i will.
Story had same style and flow as previous books. I was a little concerned about Ace getting Hawk right and he nailed it.
Spenser walks again.
I've been a Spenser fan for 20 years and never expected anyone to be able pick up the characters and continue with the series, but Ace Atkins has done a simply masterful job with it. An excellent novel and, more to the point, an excellent *Spenser* novel.
Retired elementary school teacher, and now build guitars and furniture. Listen to about 40 books a year with a heave interest on detective story.
This could very well be in the top 20%. My current library is somewhere around 250 so go figure.
This not about one story or book but a process of several characters that have been developed over 30 years. What a great job Ace did with the characters.
He is one of the best but now could not listen to him as anybody else except Spenser.
Love the times he talks with the love of his life, Sue. I always enjoy these parts.
Hope Ace keep these coming, wish he could also pickup the Appaloosa series.
Absolutely. We were all crushed with the passing of Robert B. Parker. We thought that many of Spenser's tales would go unsaid. I purchased this audiobook with a skeptical eye (and ear), knowing that so many novels written by writers who attempted to mimic deceased writers came up so flat. Well, that is far from the case here. Naturally, it helps that this audiobook is read by Joe Mantegna who epitomizes Spenser in my humble opinion. Lullaby has the feel and texture of prior Parker novels. I believe that Robert B. Parker would have smiled on this book. I look forward to additional Ace Atkins books.
Mantegna gets all characters nailed! Spenser and Hawk are performed to a T.
Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.
You CANNOT tell that Robert Parker did not write this. If you love Robert Parker's Spenser series, there is reason to rejoice...halleluia! Lullabye is a typical Parker story but for some reason, his books never get old. It's a nice book to listen to while walking but I busted up at a Bon Jovi crack and got a few odd looks.
If it wasn't for the fact that Parker didn't write this, I'd say it was nothing special as far as Parker novels go...
A+ of course for Mantegna.
Ace Atkins picks up the baton. I love RBP books and am happy to know we will have more.
LOVE Joe Mantegna doing anything but Spenser is especially enjoyable.