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Night Passage | [Robert B. Parker]

Night Passage

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, 35-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.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.
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Publisher's Summary

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, 35-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.

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.

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    Felicia Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-07
    Felicia Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Difficult to follow"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S MENARD, TX, United States 09-02-06
    S MENARD, TX, United States 09-02-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Vintage Parker"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew St. Andrews, United Kingdom 05-02-13
    Andrew St. Andrews, United Kingdom 05-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Bad quality audio"
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    This recording need to be replaced. It is very poor quality. The story and performance might be fine but it was hard to hear.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Silver Spring, Moldova, Republic of 07-09-12
    Frederick Silver Spring, Moldova, Republic of 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, bad narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Masur?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Brady, TX, United States 07-10-13
    Jeanette Brady, TX, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "needs a new reader"
    What did you like best about Night Passage? What did you like least?

    The story is wonderful and Robert B. Parker's characters are, as usual, colorful and great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesse Stone


    What didn’t you like about Richard Masur’s performance?

    He sounds like he is in a well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish audible would have it re-read. I would buy it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-11-12
    06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Story is great, but presentation disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Thomas JONESBORO, ARKANSAS, US 05-28-12
    Michael G. Thomas JONESBORO, ARKANSAS, US 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "poor reader. older or poor recording. good story."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, the story was ruined by the recording and the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Typical Jesse Stone novel and a good start to the series. Read the paperback unless this
    is redone.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Masur?

    No character to his voice. Monotone.


    Do you think Night Passage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    stupid question for this context. It's the first of a series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas maryville, IL, United States 05-23-12
    Thomas maryville, IL, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Richard Masur is not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I could not get past the first 20 minutes.


    What was most disappointing about Robert B. Parker’s story?

    the narrator reads the material as if he was an 8th grade boy forced to read David Copperfield in class. He sounded bored and uninterested there was no inflection or interest


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Masur’s performances?

    NEVER I tried samples of other things and it was the same BORING for him and boring for me


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L Schnelker Iowa CIty, IA, United States 09-15-11
    L Schnelker Iowa CIty, IA, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Sound Quality"

    The bad quality of the recording really had a negative impact on enjoying this audiobook
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Kempton Park, South Africa 03-04-11
    Erik Kempton Park, South Africa 03-04-11

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    "Great Narration"

    This is an excellent debut for the Jesse Stone series, well written in true Robert B. Parker style.
    Richard Masur's excellent narration however is dimmed by the recording of this particular title

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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