Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen, and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero - or the deadest of dupes.
©1998 Robert B. Parker;(P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
The story is slow, but much of that is a necessary result of character development. The narrator's enunciation, delivery, and accents were difficult to understand. His tone and tempo seem inconsistent with the time and place of the book's setting. Listen to the audio sample prior to purchasing.
Richard Masur isn't a bad narrator, but the book sounds like a low-quality mp3 made from a third-generation audiotape duplicate recorded from a shortwave broadcast. Audible should ditch this recording and get something better. And unabridged.
This recording need to be replaced. It is very poor quality. The story and performance might be fine but it was hard to hear.
As always, Robert B. Parker manages to combine self-analysis, social commentary, macho heroics, and sly humor into a great mystery story. I'm not sure what the audio equivalent of a "page turner" is, but I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter and eagerly moved on to the next. Jesse Stone is not quite as funny as Spenser(my all time favorite mystery hero), but he is a complex and interesting character. Night Passage is well worth the listening time.
Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.
I read this particular book several years ago and looked to receiving the audio version. Much to my regret I neglected to listen to the sound sample. The audio transmission sounds as though Richard Mazur is reading it over a cell phone circa 2001; given the sound quality of this one I can find no reason whatsoever to recommend it.
The story is wonderful and Robert B. Parker's characters are, as usual, colorful and great.
He sounds like he is in a well.
I wish audible would have it re-read. I would buy it again.
The book is a good setup of the character. You feel for Stone in his internal struggle with his ex-wife. The audio is really poor and needs to be updated. I hope someone takes the time to do it. Audible Are you listening?
I love Robert B Parker books, I started with Spencer and then found Jesse Stone. I tried listening to this book on my iPod but gave up after about an hour. Someone needs to re-record this story as it sets the stage for the rest of the Jesse Stone books. This reader just has no emotion, and the audio quality is fuzzy.
I was hoping to hear Tom Selleck read the story, so I was probably disappointed anyway. I had never heard of Richard Masur.
Sadly, an "A" story read by a "B" actor.
no, the story was ruined by the recording and the reader.
Typical Jesse Stone novel and a good start to the series. Read the paperback unless this
No character to his voice. Monotone.
stupid question for this context. It's the first of a series.
"Poor Sound Quality"
I am an avid listener and had just enjoyed a Parker book and was so diappointed that I couldn't listen to this because the sound quality was just so poor.
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