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  • 1

    The Godwulf Manuscript

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    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.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
    Good start to a great series!

    I've gone years without attempting the Spenser series. I decided to take up the task of trying to read all the books in the series in order. This book..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 31 2010 by William (Columbia, Seychelles)
  • 2

    God Save the Child: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

    richard says: "Early Parker, like Early Autumn. Very engaging."
    Early Parker, like Early Autumn. Very engaging.

    Parker was so prolific for so long that it is sometimes hard to tell one book from another. I may have confused my review of Early Autumn with this on..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 17 2012 by richard (San Anselmo, CA, United States)
  • 3

    Mortal Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Everybody loves a winner, and the Rabbs are major league. Marty is the Red Sox star pitcher, Linda the loving wife. She loves everyone except the blackmailer out to wreck her life. Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16. America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three.

    Jane says: "Very enjoyable. Had some laughs."
    Very enjoyable. Had some laughs.

    Love the author’s wit.

    In the beginning I wondered how Spenser would ever be able to investigate. Then I was pleased with things he did. I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 02 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 4

    Promised Land

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Spenser is good at finding things. But this time he has a client out on Cape Cod who is in over his head. Harvey Shepard has lost his pretty wife - and a very pretty quarter million bucks in real estate. Now a loan shark is putting on the bite.

    bebe says: "Spencer is my hero!"
    Spencer is my hero!

    This book was good, but not the best of the series. This is fairly early in the series (book number 4) and the Susan/Spencer relationship is just deve..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 5

    The Judas Goat: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    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.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Spenser is not Sam Spade."
    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 ear..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 17 2010 by Mike From Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
  • 6

    Looking for Rachel Wallace: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    When Spenser accepts a job as a "bodyguard" for a beautiful young woman, he gets in way over his head.

    richard says: "Spenser is a pleasure"
    Spenser is a pleasure

    Rachel Wallace is a lesbian feminist who writes books and names names, and gets vilified for speaking her mind. Her publisher hires Spenser to be her ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 12 2012 by richard (San Anselmo, CA, United States)
  • 7

    Early Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

    bebe says: "a very good Spencer novel"
    a very good Spencer novel

    If you like Spencer, you will like Early Autumn. This book has all the "Spencer" elements I like, Spencer is his usual sexy wise cracking self and Ha..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 8

    A Savage Place: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career.

    rick says: "A Different Kind of Spencer"
    A Different Kind of Spencer

    This is one of the more complicated Spenser novels. Spenser cheats on Susan; develops feelings for another woman. The climatic scene was the one of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 16 2014 by rick (PURLEAR, NC, United States)
  • 9

    Ceremony: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Spenser's out to make war, not love, as he goes after Boston's entire X-rated industry. Pretty teenager April Kyle has disappeared into the city's darkest underworld, and to rescue her, Spencer pits muscle and wit against bullets and bullies.

    Jane says: "2 ½ stars."
    2 ½ stars.

    My mind wandered a lot, but it might have been other things going on in my life - not sure.

    If you’re new to the series and just want to read..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 02 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 10

    The Widening Gyre: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    The adoring wife of a senatorial candidate has a smile as sweet as candy and dots her "i's" with little hearts. A blond beauty, she is the perfect mate for an ambitious politician, but she has a little problem with sex and drugs--a problem someone has managed to put on videotape. The big boys figure a little blackmail will put her husband out of the race. Until Spenser hops on the candidate's bandwagon.

    bebe says: "good"
    good

    This was a good Spencer book, but not one of the best, in my opinion. I could not get too attached to the politician and his wife. The politician is ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 29 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 11

    Valediction: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't afraid to die. But the most deadly is one who doesn't want to live. And Spenser has just lost the woman who made life his number-one priority. So when a religious sect kidnaps a pretty young dancer, no death threat can make Spenser cut and run. Now a hit man's bullet is wearing Spenser's name. But Boston's big boys don't know Spenser's ready and willing to meet death more than halfway.

    richard says: "Not the best Parker, but still pretty good."
    Not the best Parker, but still pretty good.

    Robert B. Parker wrote a number of Spenser novels, in which Spenser's best friend was a black guy named Hawk, and his girlfriend was a woman named Sus..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 02 2012 by richard (San Anselmo, CA, United States)
  • 12

    A Catskill Eagle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns and murder.

    diana mcdonald says: "Spencer and Hawk"
    Spencer and Hawk

    As I have started from the beginning on listening to the Spenser series, so far I have found this one to be the most entertaining.
    The relationshi..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 22 2012 by diana mcdonald (Carneys Point, NJ, US)
  • 13

    Taming a Sea-Horse: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Robert B. Parker takes listeners into the murky big-city underground. Spenser undertakes an intense search for a beautiful, missing prostitute, and finds himself traveling amidst the sleaze of Times Square, where sex is a commodity, and young girls are the currency.

    richard says: "Parker and Prichard are always fun."
    Parker and Prichard are always fun.

    This series, starring Spenser, his girlfriend the beautiful and brilliant Susan Silverman, Ph.D., and the strong but silent man of muscle Hawk, is per..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 11 2013 by richard (San Anselmo, CA, United States)
  • 14

    Pale Kings and Princes: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Caught in a snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate, Spenser investigates a cocaine-related murder.

    bebe says: "I love Robert Parker's Spencer series."
    I love Robert Parker's Spencer series.

    Pale Kings and Princes, the 14th in the series, is a traditional Spencer" format (Hawk and Susan are present). The residents in the small town Spencer..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 15

    Crimson Joy: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    A serial killer is on the loose in Beantown and the cops can't catch him. But when the killer leaves his red rose calling card for Spenser's own Susan Silverman, he gets all the attention that Spenser and Hawk can give. Spenser plays against time while he tracks the Red Rose killer from Boston's Combat Zone to the suburbs. His trap is both daring and brave, and gives the story a satisfying climax.

    Carol says: "Disappointed"
    Disappointed

    I was disappointed in Prichard's uninspired reading of what I've always thought was one of the better Spenser novels. I think I'd avoid his narrations..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 18 2010 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 16

    Playmates: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Spenser smells corruption in a college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. All manner of sleaze -- from corrupt academics to hoods with graduate degrees -- have their fingers in the pot. Spenser's search takes him from lecture halls to blue collar bars and finally into a bloody confrontation with almost certain death. But Spenser saves an arrogant young athlete -- even though it nearly kills him to do it.

    Roger Conner says: "Terrible voice actor"
    Terrible voice actor

    The reader makes no vocal distinction between characters. His attempt to portray black dialect would be funny if it didn't spoil the reading so. Get t..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 08 2014 by Roger Conner (Oak Park, IL United States)
  • 17

    Stardust: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When a Hollywood-based TV series schedules filming in Boston, Spenser smells trouble. When he signs up to protect the show's star, Jill Joyce, he knows it's on its way. First, there's Jill herself. She's spoiled, arrogant, drugged out -- made worse by fear. Someone is out to get her -- does she imagine it, or is it real?

    lindablue says: "Stardust, another winner by Parker"
    Stardust, another winner by Parker

    I'm biased in favor of Parker's Spenser novels, I like all that I've listened to. There's always snappy dialogue and fast moving plot. This novel was ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 14 2011 by lindablue (Salisbury, MD)
  • 18

    Pastime

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    • By Robert B. Parker
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  • 19

    Double Deuce: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Spenser is forced by loyalty into an alien world where violence is a way of lie and outsiders enter at a lethal risk. When Spenser's cohort Hawk is hired by the tenants of a gang-plagued Boston housing project known as "Double Deuce," he enlists his friend's aid. A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated murder.

    Judy Stone says: "Good Story, Lousy reader"
    Good Story, Lousy reader

    It was difficult to continue listening to this story because of the reader. His idea of voices for the black characters was embarassing.

    Reviewed on November 24 2012 by Judy Stone (Palouse, WA, US)
  • 20

    Paper Doll: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes his late wife Olivia's brutal street slaying to be something other than random violence, Spencer immediately senses that his client's picture-perfect portrayal of his family life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is too saintly, her house is as lived-in as a stage set, and her troubled children don't appear to be the product of a happy home.

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  • 21

    Walking Shadow

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    • By Robert B. Parker
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  • 22

    Thin Air: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When the bride of a Boston police detective vanishes, he hires Spenser to find her. His path leads from a New England college campus to glamorous L.A. sports clubs. When the trail turns to a world of prostitution, drug abuse, and self-destruction, Spenser must enter ghetto tenements to continue his search. Ultimately, Spenser must hire a Chicago hitman to help him free the girl from a sociopathic ex lover.

    Denise says: "Good story, voice is very different"
    Good story, voice is very different

    I have really enjoyed Michael Pritchard's reading - I think he captured the dry wit of Robert B. Parker's writing. This reading makes Spencer sound m..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2012 by Denise (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 23

    Chance: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Big-time Boston hoodlum Julius Ventura wants to find his only daughter's missing husband - at least that's how he puts it to Spenser and Hawk, even though its pretty clear that Julius isn't telling the whole truth. Or maybe not any part of the truth. Something about the case appeals to Spenser's passion for justice, and he launches an odyssey that takes the tough-but-tender duo with their penchant for literary allusions into the netherworld of organized crime.

    bebe says: "story good - reader bad"
    story good - reader bad

    This is a good story with a lot of action and mystery. Hawk and Susan are in the story, and that is alway a plus for me; however, the presentation is..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 29 2010 by bebe (South Carolina)
  • 24

    Small Vices: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

    Vincent says: "Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
    Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent

    Once again, Parker came through with a winner -- a fast-moving, often humorous voyage with a well-hidden ending, which, by the way, was a TV movie wit..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 08 2004 by Vincent (Brandenburg, KY, USA)
  • 25

    Sudden Mischief: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By William Windom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Brad Sterling - former Harvard football player, ne¿er-do-well, and Susan Silverman's long out-of touch ex-husband, is by all appearances a successful businessman. But when, in the course of running a vast fundraiser called Galapalooza, he is charged with sexual harassment, he turns to Susan for help.

    Indy says: "THIS READER CANNOT DO PARKER's RHYTHM"
    THIS READER CANNOT DO PARKER's RHYTHM

    This reader CANNOT do Parker. Those of us who love the English language, and who love rhythm that authors create, look forward to someone reading who..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 28 2009 by Indy ()
  • 26

    Hush Money

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    • By Robert B. Parker
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  • 37

    The Professional: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
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    (44)
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    A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another wonderful Spencer book"
    Another wonderful Spencer book

    As with an earlier reviewer I, too, have been reading the Spencer books for a very long time. I have either read or listened to them all from the firs..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 26 2010 by Mike From Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
  • 27

    Hugger Mugger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (40)

    Somebody is shooting horses at Walter Clive's Three Fillies Stables, and Clive has hired Spenser to find out who before they claim the life of champion two-year-old Hugger Mugger. Amid unsightly family secrets, crooked security guards, an apathetic sheriff's deputy, and a jockey the size of a ham sandwich, Spenser's case takes a deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim - and Spenser could be next.

    Jack says: "Really good listen"
    Really good listen

    I'd previously listened to Robert Parker's "Potshot" and enjoyed it. This book has the same mix of old style private eye, tough guy, glamorous and in..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 04 2005 by Jack (Brisbane QLDAustralia)
  • 28

    Potshot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Boston P.I. Spenser is back! He's traveled west to investigate a murder in Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a hangout for Los Angeles millionaires. A motley band of thieves, lead by The Preacher, is wreaking havoc, and Spenser must find a way to beat the gang at their own dangerous game.

    Daniel says: "A 'POTSHOT' at Potshot"
    A 'POTSHOT' at Potshot

    The title of this book makes almost too good of a target. OK -- To make it short and sweet -- it's got a good beat, but it's hard to dance to (my apol..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 09 2003 by Daniel (Potomac, MD, USA)
  • 29

    Widow's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (158)
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    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Boston's premier P.I. investigates the murder of a prominent local banker with family ties to the Mayflower - and perhaps the mob. It's hard not to imagine the victim's young bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can afford - and thanks to her late husband's millions, she can afford plenty - so Spenser hires on to investigate.

    jbx2usa says: "Great narrative, slow story"
    Great narrative, slow story

    I found Joe Mantegna's narrative flawless on this book. His voice was easy to listen to and offered a great narrative to Spencer. I started with Spe..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 22 2005 by jbx2usa (MI, USA)
  • 30

    Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (171)
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    (34)
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    (34)

    In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Now it's up to Spenser to solve her murder.

    Ruth says: "...he's Baa-a-ack!"
    ...he's Baa-a-ack!

    okay: I haven't enjoyed a Parker novel in awhile, but this one, although not the most innovative, is fun and witty. His last few books have felt forc..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 30 2003 by Ruth (PALM DESERT, CA, United States)
  • 31

    Bad Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband Trent is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption.

    Jennifer says: "This is pure Parker"
    This is pure Parker

    I have listened to part of this book and Parker's "Backstory"-- also read by Mantegna. For me, his reading captures the style and pace of Spenser. T..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 01 2004 by Jennifer (Seabrook, SC, USA)
  • 32

    Cold Service

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.

    Dan says: "Parody of Parker--Pass it by!"
    Parody of Parker--Pass it by!

    Reads like a bad parody of Robert Parker--and this is coming from a Robert Parker fan. Instead try "All our Yesterdays" and "Early Autumn"--two of Par..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 15 2005 by Dan (Tacoma, WA, USA)
  • 33

    School Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Lily Ellsworth, erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish, is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence.

    Anthony says: "Spenser at his Best"
    Spenser at his Best

    I've read or listened to every Spenser novel since the beginning. You have to know a little about the history to appreciate the ongoing relationship ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 18 2005 by Anthony (Jefferson City, MO, United States)
  • 34

    Hundred-Dollar Baby: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (35)

    Once upon a time, though not so long ago, there was a girl named April Kyle, a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life. Now, April Kyle's return in Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.

    richard says: "If Robert B. Parker can't cure what ails you..."
    If Robert B. Parker can't cure what ails you...

    ...then you aint sick. Parker was a true genius. He was so productive that it might take me, a voracious reader, several more years to lap up every bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 24 2012 by richard (San Anselmo, CA, United States)
  • 35

    Now & Then

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job's a job, after all.

    Elaine says: "a good one!"
    a good one!

    I enjoy almost all of Robert B Parker's books, I enjoy Joe Mantegna's narration and the 'saids' are just a part of Parker's writing style that I've gr..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 26 2008 by Elaine (SNOQUALMIE, WA, United States)
  • 36

    Rough Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Heidi Bradshaw is wealthy, beautiful, and well-connected - and she needs Spenser's help. In a most unlikely request, Heidi, a notorious golddigger recently separated from her latest husband, recruits the Boston P.I. to accompany her to her private island, Tashtego, for her daughter's wedding. Spenser is unsure of what his role as personal bodyguard will entail, but he consents when it's decided that he can bring his beloved Susan Silverman along.

    Stephen says: "He Said, She Said"
    He Said, She Said

    I really like reading Parker, its kind of strange, you quickly forget you are reading. Have seen some of the made for TV Spenser movies with Joe Mante..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2008 by Stephen (Bradenton, FL, USA)
  • 38

    Painted Ladies: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves....

    Karen says: "Highly recommend"
    Highly recommend

    Classic Spenser. This one is all good...plot, characterizations, etc...and no one but Mantegna should ever narrate a Spenser novel. I like the Jesse S..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 19 2010 by Karen (sparta, NJ, United States)
  • 39

    Sixkill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability...

    Jean says: "SixKill"
    SixKill

    So sad this is the last Parker novel and it looks like he was introducing a new character Z. SixKill a Native American from the Cree Nation. Enjoy hi..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 15 2011 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 40

    Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (173)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    Ace aces Spenser!

    Atkins has more than captured the essence of Spenser. I have been rereading all the old Spenser novels (via Audible) and thus the whole enivronment is..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 04 2012 by Ed (Frankfort, NY, USA)
  • Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Daniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    For almost 40 years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with is father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.

    Stephen says: "Almost great"
    Almost great

    Up to the usual Parker standards, if you, like I, enjoy his excellent writing. Only hitch is the reader, who is mediocre by my reckoning, though his a..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2009 by Stephen (Ellensburg, WA, United States)