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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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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really enjoyable performance."

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

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

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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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    Bookbums United States 07-23-13
    Bookbums United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2010
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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?

    0 of 0 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 Member Since 2005

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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.

    0 of 0 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 2011
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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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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply Spenser"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if the friend had read the whole series. If not, I'd tell to start at the beginning.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Suspenseful and unexpected.


    What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

    I like his pacing and timing.


    Could you see Robert B. Parker's Wonderland being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it could be a movie. Joe Mantegna could be Spenser. Or Tom select although he plays Jesse Stone, another Parker character.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Henry and Z. I have never liked Susan. The Susan and Spenser scenes are my least favorite. I like Spenser's attitude as sense of humor. The investigation kept me interested. Nice addition to the series.

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    Robert Independence, MO, United States 07-30-13
    Robert Independence, MO, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Spenser continues!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Atkins has the style and the fever to continue the Spenser series. While Mantegna is an outstanding actor playing Spenser, bring back Prichard as the reader. Michael Prichard could make the reading of a phone book exciting. Great job overall. If you liked Parker's Spenser then the new version by Atkins will not disappoint you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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