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The Godwulf Manuscript Audiobook

The Godwulf Manuscript

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Publisher's Summary

Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest.

The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" -- for dead.

Crack another case with Spenser.

©1992 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

>"Spenser is Boston's answer to James Bond - irreverent, witty, worldy. His first-person recital of his detective work makes for fast, amusing reading." (The Pittsburgh Press)

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    Sharon 03-01-16
    Sharon 03-01-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor narration killed it for me."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no- I usually enjoy Spenser stories, but this one's narration was like eating dry, stale toast.


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

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his voice was monotone, with no inflection or change of attitude. It could have been the phone book for all of the personality he gave it. He sounded like a newscaster delivering the dead-pan news reel.


    Was The Godwulf Manuscript worth the listening time?

    no -


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    gilley57 12-28-15
    gilley57 12-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Favorite authors, Elizabeth George, Robert B. Parker, Agatha Christie, PD James

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    "an avid Robert B. Parker fan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love the Spenser series and have read all of them. Perhaps someone who has not read any of the series and has no preconceived idea of Spenser might enjoy this narration. The story is fine, the narrator is not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

    The narration was so off character. I couldn't even listen to the book. Spenser was not a formal person and the narrator was wrong for this part.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and have read the hard covers of all of them. The only issue I had with this purchase was the narration. The narrator was totally wrong for the role of Spenser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 11-23-15
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 11-23-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "GOOD INTRODUCTION TO SPENCER"

    Robert B. Parker is sometimes known as the Dean of American Crime fiction. This is the first book in his voluminous Spencer private detective series. This is not a great mystery, but it unfolds through the eyes of private detective Spencer and his sarcastic humor. Although the reader can be assured that Spencer will ultimately prevail, still the journey to the end is very entertaining and worth a listen.

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    Nancy L Geurin 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listening for a road trip"

    It was not to complicated or long. With several of us listening it was entertaining for all.

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    Terri 10-01-15
    Terri 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Audio Re-do!"

    Please commission both Joe Montegna and Burt Reynolds to redo/reread the early Spenser Novels for audio. & Walking Shadow also. Someone should redo those audios even if they aren't able.

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    Acacia 09-25-15
    Acacia 09-25-15 Member Since 2016

    Favorite books: Mysteries Amelia Peabody & Inspector Gamache, supernatural novels by Laurel K. Hamilton, Ilona Andrews and many more!

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    "UNEVOLVED!"

    This book was recommended to me as one of the best in its genre, unfortunately I disagree. The protagonist was a hard core drinker, smoker and solve everything himself type, who handled serious situations with humor.

    First of all, he smoked, drank and splurged on junk food to the point of excess, yet he was described as having a powerfully built body that was all muscle... how, by magic? His wit was sort of amusing for the first half of the book, but then it was overplayed and became obnoxious. His bravery was underscored by how unrealistically easy he overcame every difficult situation he got into.

    The characters in the book were less than one dimensional. One African American woman in the book referred to herself and her race as "colored," and "darkies." This book takes place in the 60's or 70's, whichever decade it was either during or right on the back of the civil rights movement. I'm sure no African American would have used such derogatory words to describe themselves or their race to a white male.

    Women's rights were not commonplace during the time this book took place, but that doesn't mean there were no intelligent and positive women with values. As a woman, I don't enjoy a book where every female is unethical, stupid or needing a mans strong arms around them to make them feel better... what rubbish!

    I didn't care about the fate of Spenser or any of the characters in this book, which was cliché and backwards, even given the time period. Don't get me wrong, I know this is fictional, but there is only so much you can overlook for the sake of entertainment.

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    Jim Davis Louisiana 08-13-15
    Jim Davis Louisiana 08-13-15 Member Since 2001

    Jim

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    "Good Beginning for a New (to me) Series"
    If you could sum up The Godwulf Manuscript in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect Memory Detective


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story line about a detective with a perfect (sort of) memory


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    Spenser, the detective, was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    l look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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    Kenneth wylie 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very disappointed! "

    I enjoy Robert B. Parker stories, BUT, I'm already on chapter 3 and ..... I will never ever ever never purchase another audiobook narrated by Michael Prichard. This is dull and painful! "O, speak to me no more! These words like daggers enter my ears!" It took me three days to get through this narrator. :-/

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    Karen B. Walker 05-04-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Always good"

    A simple procedural- always good for escape listening. Easy to listen to and a good reader. You will enjoy it.

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    Grant 04-08-15
    Grant 04-08-15
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    "Welcome to Spenser"
    Where does The Godwulf Manuscript rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Parker drops us into Spenser's world with a snappy mystery involving love, drugs, and Chaucer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spenser, but only because we don't meet Hawk in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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