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The Godwulf Manuscript | [Robert B. Parker]

The Godwulf Manuscript

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 dead.
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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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    Michelle 01-13-15
    Michelle 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Spencer series"

    Book 1 The Godwulf Manuscript. Great book read and heard on audio as well !! On to my next one!!! Awesome!

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    Rick United States 10-10-14
    Rick United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Change the narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert B. Parker before, how does this one compare?

    Never have before.


    Did Michael Prichard do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. To bland.


    Do you think The Godwulf Manuscript needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Hope the next would be better.


    Any additional comments?

    This was hard to get into. Didn't like the narrator and the whole story was slow and from the 60's I think. Enjoyed the Spenser movies and TV show but this was a hard listen. I hope the next one is better.

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    K N 09-03-12
    K N 09-03-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good Story - Good Stage Setting"

    I'm a Spenser and I thought it would be good to go back to the beginning and see how all this started. I enjoyed the first time perspective of this novel and it was fun to see Spenser stretch his legs. However, I'm not too much of a fan of the "Grandfather reads a book" style of narration. I much prefer the story telling actor narration of, say, Scott Brick or Simon Vance. I think I will avoid the rest of the Michael Prichard Spensers and put them on my Kindle instead.

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    Bookbums 07-17-12
    Bookbums 07-17-12
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    "First Spenser"
    Would you listen to The Godwulf Manuscript again? Why?

    I have and will again. This is the first Spenser, and all that comes after has this as the foundation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NO! NO! NO! The television show was awful, and I can not imagine that a movie would be better.


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    diana121 06-02-12
    diana121 06-02-12

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    "Spenser in the Beginning"

    This is the first in the Spenser series. It is interesting how his character has changed over the years.
    I am now starting with this 1st book and will continue on in sequence. I wish I had read this one first instead of skipping around.
    Love Spenser Series. Sorry to hear Mr. Parker has passed.

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    Russ collegeville, pa, United States 04-17-12
    Russ collegeville, pa, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "1st Book ... More and better to come!!!"
    What did you love best about The Godwulf Manuscript?

    Spencer as a young, relatively innocent, PI. Stumbling and Bumbling (as he does for the next 36 books) through things to find the real reason something took place ... he is the idealist that we would all like to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spencer. See above. He's young, fresh, inquisitive, and wants to do the right thing ... by his standards.


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

    Hated the reader until I really listened. He is fabulous! He reads such that you don't hear his voice, but hear the text and storyline. He is matter of fact ... just the way Spencer is ... Great Reader! Read the book ... hear the voices in my head. Mr. Prichard ... hear the voices in the book.


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

    Sure, you laugh at Spencer bumbling about. You cry at the victim (he can't save) losing their life. You wait for the next emotional reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert B. Parker wrote 37 books. It is my goal to collect ALL of them!

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-15-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Tight and well-written"

    This book was such a pleasant surprise. I picked it up based on some good things I'd heard about Parker and because this book was on sale. Had it not been on sale, I probably would never have read it, and would be much the worse for it.

    This short book is slightly dated in some of its language regarding women, but there seems no ill-will behind it, and it conveys an anachronistic charm. Aside from this, the novel is fresh and timeless.

    Parker has a unique, descriptive style which I found very pleasing. The writing is full of subtle humor.

    Although I didn't think his effort was exceptional, I warmed up to the narrator after a while. His uninflected style is well-suited to the material.

    I do not consider myself a fan of detective or crime fiction as a rule, but I really enjoyed this. If you ARE a fan of those genres, this is a can't miss.

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    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 02-25-12
    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "OK Spencer Novel Poorly Delivered"
    What disappointed you about The Godwulf Manuscript?

    The narration reminds me of some of the robotic, monotone xtranormal stuff. And Spencer was not the Spencer I have enjoyed reading about in other novels: an independent, intelligent, untouchable man of action.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone and robotic. I hope he improves -- if not, he should quit or get fired.


    What character would you cut from The Godwulf Manuscript?

    None. Just make Spencer the Spencer I know and love: the independent man who can't be touched, who is principled and strong. Spencer in The GM sleeps around with women he does not even know, and does them because they are there. What a pathetic moron. At least, if he is to sleep around, have him sleep with woman who are hard to get and who are good, independent, strong people!! Don't make Spencer a desparate loser!!!


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    Carolyn SILVERTON, CO, United States 02-13-12
    Carolyn SILVERTON, CO, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story poor narrator"

    Would have prefered a different reader, that distracted from the story I do enjoy the Robert B Parker books and like Spencer

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    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 12-15-11
    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Terrible narration!"
    What disappointed you about The Godwulf Manuscript?

    I love the story and the characters but there might as well have been an automated computer voice doing the narration. All life and vibrancy was stripped from the story. I had to quit and go read the paperback.


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  • Maxine
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    "A no-nonsense read."

    Fast paced, no nonsense, tightly written and witty. More gritty than the series Spenser for Hire which was based on this character and which I can remember watching when I was young. The TV series, with Robert Urich, was as much for the gals as for the guys but I would say this book would appeal more to the male reader.

    I enjoyed it though and if you do, there are so many more in the series to chose from...

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