I've gone years without attempting the Spenser series. I decided to take up the task of trying to read all the books in the series in order. This book is a great start. Without spoiling anything, you get a sense of Spenser's humor while getting a great mini mystery. Yes the book is unabridged and great for a quick trip but the reader is wear it counts. At first his narration comes off as dull but you start to enjoy his interpretation of the character. The story is nothing revolutionary but the plus side is that you can tell Parker respects the likes of Chandler, Hammett etc...which adds to the feel of the novel.
Overall the book is a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Not the best, not the worst. If you're a completest like me then read it, if not still read it because it's the introduction of Spenser who is one of the greats in detective fiction.
Yes it's not the most inventive story but it's very entertaining. Spenser's charm is what keeps a sub par plot from sinking. I liked the book but if this wasn't a Spenser novel it would of felt bland. I wonder how readers felt back in the 70's when this was release? Maybe a weak follow up? I disagree. It keeps things interesting with small mystery but as said before...all because of Spenser. The reader is great and you can tell he understands Spenser's humor. Check it out!
The audiobook has only a select few of the stories from the collection. Good stories though.
I like Deaver alot but this story didn't grab me to well. The reader is good at some books but others he isn't to great. Lincoln Rhyme is a great character though.
I figured this would be a boring story or bad quality (considering its price). But this was a GREAT listen...check it out!
Good readers. Good stories. But it stinks that its only a few stories.
I enjoyed the book. It wasn't amazing but it was a decent read. The reader is alright...nothing special. This book still deserves 4 stars.
This is a long but great audiobook. Definately worth the read. The reader does a great job.
Alright this was the first time I ever took a chance on Mr. Deaver and now I practically own all his books...need to know anything else? BUT SERIOUSLY the stories are very entertaining and have amazing twist...hence "Twisted". I told one of the stories to my friend and he was just quiet for a couple of seconds then just looked at me (after obviously putting the puzzle together in his head) and said "whooaaaa that's amazing!"...anyways it's a good audiobook and I enjoyed the readers.
ps. a review before mine said you don't need to pay attention to the stories to grasp whats going on...VERY TRUE...I was taking a test while listening to the stories...and I passed...
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