Atkins does a wonderful job embracing the spirit of Parker in this book. If you enjoy Spencer, this is a must listen. Joe Mantagna makes these books that much better.
The reader is clearly superior and makes the book come to life. It was a great thrill to see that Parker's legacy will continue. The new author didn't miss a beat. I hope he will continue with more Spenser novels.
Hawk and he should play a greater role.
No other reader is as good as Mantegna. He makes each of the characters recognizable with their own special voice characteristics.
no... it was all good.
Encourage the new author to continue. His direct stories without too many tangents or too much flowery language makes it a pleasure to listen to.
Akins did an excellent job capturing Parker's Spenser. Seemed to try a little too hard with the wisecracks but that wouldn't keep me from reading another. Or should I say listening to another. Joe Mantegna IS Spenser.
True to form!
I enjoyed hearing about Spenser, Susan, Hawke, Pearl and all the rest. I always love the way Spenser keeps picking and picking until it all shakes out. The way he respected the young girl and stood up for her was endearing.
Joe Mantegna MAKES the Spenser books. He IS Spenser to me.
The only detriment was the language. It was kind of embarassing to have that language coming out of my Ipod player. I sure couldn't listen to this book around anyone else. I hope the author will temper it (especially the F bomb) in the next books. The bad language did NOT add anything to the story.
I didn't like Joe Mantegna's style of performance/reading. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary cursing. Don't get me wrong, I can talk like a truck driver at times, but this just seemed excessive and contrived.
Not, sure, but I just didn't like his style of performance. I like Joe Mantegna as an actor, but he did not do well with this book in my opinion.
I liked the character Mattie Sullivan.
I love listening to detective novels while I walk or run in the park.
I listen to audio books while running/walking and I stick to familiar names and genres - so, for this environment, the audio edition is better than the print one!
Cut out all the "she said/he said" which represent 30% of all spoken words!
I have just started to listen to audiobooks while I walk, but would like to listen to ALL of the books narrated by Joe Mantegna!
Joe Mantegna's voice seems to fit perfectly the droll humor of Parker, and the type of voice I would imagine from Spenser ... in the Sam Spade detective type of story.
yes! I put it on in my car every time I ran an errand ... even to catch a few more minutes whenever I got the chance.
The story was good as all Spencer stories are but Joe Mantegna brought to it an added greatness.
I wouldn"t say on edge, but it was intriging.
He is a wonderful actor and in his reading that came through. I liked the way he took on each caracter with a difference in voice and speach.
A young girls fight to avenge her mothers death.
Spenser came back.
He is always excellent.
There is something different from Robert B. Parker's original Spenser, I feel.
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.