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Robert B. Parker's Wonderland | [Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (creator)]

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.

Aspiration, greed, and twisted dreams all focus on the old Wonderland dog track where the famous amusement park once fronted the ocean. For Spenser and Z, this simple favor to Henry will become the fight of their lives.

©2013 Ace Atkins (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Bookbums 07-23-13
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    "Good but not quite"
    What did you love best about Robert B. Parker's Wonderland?

    This is Spenser. This is Parker - well not quite but close enough.


    What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe Mantegna has been the voice of Spenser; he is Spenser.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Bo! I wanted to parse it out so it would last.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is Hawk?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John CHESTERFIELD, MI, United States 01-28-15
    John CHESTERFIELD, MI, United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the time!"

    One of the best Spenser stories!
    Strong recommendation!

    Lots of twists and turns!

    Joe M. Makes it even better. Yes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyable performance."

    Nothing was lost in this continuing character driven story. If anything, funnier than originals. Worth the purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 07-04-13
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 07-04-13

    Ann

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    "Another Spencer adventure, interesting story"

    I have all of Parker's 'Spencer' audiobooks and especially treasure the ones read by Joe Mantegna. Ace Atkins did a pretty good job of writing Spencer dialog. I missed having Hawk in the book, like I do any time he is "unavailable" for the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha 07-22-15
    Sasha 07-22-15 Member Since 2015

    My turn; are you ready Audible world?

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    "In the Spirit of the Original"

    Ace Atkins does a good job of channeling Parker in his second Spenser novel. Atkins has a bit of a harder than most of Parker's works and his attempts at humor come up a bit short of the master's. Evidently he has decided that Hawk, (the best character in the series) is no longer relevant, expendable, or is just too difficult to write well. Thankfully he has practically dropped the character of Susan Silverman. Atkins' Spenser runs a bit longer than most of the Spenser novels, mostly to no effect. There is a stretch of about 60-90 minutes where the narrative seems to wander aimlessly, and for no apparent reason; still, a slightly less authentic Spenser is still Spenser. Zebulon Sixkill is something of a Wooden Indian, and responds to most of Spenser's Hollywood Indian comments as if he were old enough to remember them, but he provides a further opportunity for Spenser to take on the role of father. Healy and Lundquist serve as decent replacements for Quirk and Belson; Atkins has allowed Spenser to continue on which is good enough for a recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 01-16-15
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    "Almost"

    Briefly, 1. Chapters too long
    2. Swearing unnecessary and not a part of Susan and rarely of Spencer
    3. Sequential chapters too often continue the flow of the same action, same arc
    4. Book felt like the author was paid by the word
    5. Dialogue very Parker-like
    6. The descriptive asides appear to distract from the action, too long, sometimes too oblique
    7. Plot twists often oblique enough to fatigue and disconnect the reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-01-14

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    "Again Spenser!"

    Thanks to Ace Atkins for channeling RBP's essence and Joe M for making it live. RBP gone too soon.

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    Brenda United States 01-01-14
    Brenda United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2009

    I read all series books, when I find a character I love I can't stand not to know what happens to them next.

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    "Spencer continues"
    Any additional comments?

    I have really liked all the Spencer novels and I think Ace Atkins has really done a good job filling in some big shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holger CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-13-13
    Holger CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2010

    I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work

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    "Robert B. Parker is proud"
    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Wonderland in three words, what would they be?

    great, fantastic and enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From the beginning to end I could not stop listening to the story. Ace Atskins did a great job with spenser by bringing his humor and tough character alive. The tradition continue without Robert B. Parker.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Mantegna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe does an exelent job with Spenser. He makes spenser live with his voice and does a great job bringing all the other character alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Everytime I read a Spenser novel I laugh. I listen to the story 3 times and do not get tire hearing it. Not only I laugh but Spenser makes me think.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read. If you love the spenser TV show you must read all his spenser novels.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Homewood, IL, United States 05-23-13
    James Homewood, IL, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ace aces Robert Parker's Spenser."
    Would you listen to Robert B. Parker's Wonderland again? Why?

    Yes, It is funny and entertaining throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is like listening to a Spenser novel written by Robert Parker...very entertaining.


    What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe is Spenser and I regard him as the best voice of Spenser ever.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was laughing throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Ace Atkins embodies the heart and soul of the lead characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • C. Leys
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    2/1/15
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    "Badly read"

    It was obvious this was not written completely by Mr Parker but was ok. However what spoiled it for me was the narration very poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    "A very good clone"

    Joe Mantagna is a wonderful narrator for Spenser. Atkins channels Parker flawlessly, yet is the story just a little too predictable? Definitely one for fans though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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