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The Judas Goat Audiobook

The Judas Goat: A Spenser Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy.

But there are nine killers to one Spenser -- long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat -- to lead him to others. Trouble is, he hasn't counted on her being very blond, very beautiful and very dangerous.

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...with a little Sam Spade and Nero Wolfe thrown in...Irreverent, witty, worldly...makes for fast, amusing reading." (Pittsburgh Press)

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    Mike From Mesa 09-17-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Spenser is not Sam Spade."

    I have read or listened to all of the Spenser books and this book, although very dated in its language, has always been one of my favorites of the early mysteries. But the books are intended to be light and breezy - an easy read without too much seriousness. Joe Montagne, who narrates the later books, has the exactly right approach to the characters where the light-hearted banter between Spenser, Hawk, Vinnie and others sets the tone.

    But Michael Prichard seems to think that Spenser is Sam Spade and narrates the book accordingly. There is almost no humor and he has completely lost the tone of the book. That is too bad since I would like to have bought more of the early Spenser books. Now I am stuck with The Judas Goat and, my personal favorite, A Catskill Eagle, and neither touches the upbeat and sprightly tone of the books themselves. I would willingly buy them again if Joe Montagne were to narrate them.

    Good book. Poor narration. And a real disappointment.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "3 ½ stars. Some parts very good. Some parts ok."

    Spenser is hired to find and capture or kill some terrorist bombers. I couldn’t imagine how he would do it. I enjoyed watching him do it. The previous book introduced Hawk. In this book Spenser hires Hawk to help. There were some good scenes with them together. As always, I like this author because of his wit.

    The narrator Michael Prichard was very good.

    This is book #5 in the Spenser series.

    Genre: PI mystery

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thomas United States 09-06-12
    thomas United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "THE PERFECT RECIPE..."

    ONCE AGAIN, I HAVE REVISITED ONE OF ROBERT PARKER'S EARLIER SPENSER NOVELS, AND THIS ONE IS A GEM. THE JUDAS GOAT BRINGS ALL THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD SPENSER NOVEL TOGETHER IN A PERFECT RECIPE OF ACTION, SUSPENSE, HUMOR, AND HUMAN INSIGHT THAT HAVE MADE SPENSER SUCH A POPULAR CHARACTER FOR SO MANY YEARS. THE PLOT HERE INVOLVES SPENSER TRACKING DOWN TERRORISTS, AND TAKES HIM FROM THE UNITED STATES TO ENGLAND, AND ACROSS EUROPE. HIS LETHAL COMPANION HAWK JOINS UP WITH HIM HALF-WAY THROUGH THE STORY, AND THINGS REALLY TAKE OFF FROM THERE. THE PARTNERING OF SPENSER AND HAWK IS PERFECTLY WRITTEN, A RICH PATOIS OF HUMOROUS BANTERING AND THOUGHTFUL INSIGHT IS REVEALED THROUGH THESE TWO CHARACTERS THAT ARE AT ONCE ALIKE AND YET EXPONENTAILLY DIFFERENT. THEY ARE TWO SIDES TO A VERY DANGEROUS COIN. ROBERT PARKER'S WRITING SHINES IN THE EXPLORATION OF HIS MAIN CHARACTERS; AND HE MANAGES TO DO IT WITHOUT BEING HEAVY, OR WEIGHING THE STORY DOWN IN EXPOSITION. LIKE A GOOD STEW, YOU MAY NOT REALIZE ALL THE INGREDIENTS THAT HAVE GONE INTO MAKING IT, BUT IT TASTES GREAT JUST THE SAME. AND ONCE AGAIN, MICHAEL PRICHARD DOES A STELLAR JOB BRINGING PARKER'S WORDS TO LIFE. HIS PERFORMANCE OF THESE SPENSER NOVELS ARE BY FAR MY FAVORITE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana M. 07-31-12
    Diana M. 07-31-12

    Diana McDonald

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    "Love Spenser Series"

    Each book I listen to gets better and better. The characters are really developing.
    Can't wait for the next book in the series. "Looking for Rachel Wallace".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Blaine 03-12-12
    S. Blaine 03-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Entertaining"

    Spenser novels are not great literature, but they can be entertaining. I've always enjoyed narration by Michael Prichard and for me, there is a comfort in hearing his familiar voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FredVL Michigan 08-09-16
    FredVL Michigan 08-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Fred

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    "Judas Goat"

    I am coming to love the Robert B Parker books. This book, in the series of books has been very enjoyable to me. It's not the greatest story, but I really found it enjoyable and a good read. For me, the Spencer series is so good because of the relationship between Spencer and hawk. And I enjoy all the characters that get developed throughout the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Himes 10-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Judas Goat"
    What disappointed you about The Judas Goat?

    I normally love Robert B. Parker's stories; however, the reader was so bad I could not finish listening to the book. He uses one voice for every character so you are never sure who is talking. This may have been a good story, but the reader ruined it for me.


    Would you recommend The Judas Goat to your friends? Why or why not?

    See the above.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    As stated above, he voiced all the characters in the same dull voice. It was so bad, I couldn't finish the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As I said, it may have been a good story, but the reader was so bad I couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I wasted a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Wade 08-06-15
    Bill Wade 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Best one yet!"

    Love these books. They always keep me wanting the next one. Love the story taking the plot to England and Europe.

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    William North Dartmouth, MA, United States 04-22-15
    William North Dartmouth, MA, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Accents Are Not Our Specialty"

    I enjoy these novels. I even, for whatever reason, enjoy Pritchard's narration usually, but good gods are those accents terrible. Probably the worst I've ever heard. I mean he didn't even try, and these narrations are pretty phoned in anyhow. Still, the story is sound and I enjoyed myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nanette Furman Boulder, Co USA 11-12-14
    Nanette Furman Boulder, Co USA 11-12-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Parker good as usual, reading quite adequate."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you haven't tried Parker's Spencer novels, you should, The reading is quite apt for the tone of the books, and does not detract from the experience. Always a joy to enter this world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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