Parker
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(4.0 based on 534 ratings)
  • 1

    The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They're heisters.

    Jane says: "It was fun. It was different."
    It was fun. It was different.

    It’s about a loner bad guy (totally alpha male) in the bad guy world.

    At first I wasn’t sure if I would like this. Parker kills a couple inn..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 12 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 2

    The Man with the Getaway Face

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style, Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. There were some good parts."
    3 ½ stars. There were some good parts.

    I like watching what Parker does. I enjoy it because it’s part of an interesting series. It would not be as good as a stand alone story. When I fin..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 14 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 3

    The Outfit

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The Outfit was organized crime with a capital O. They were big. They were bad. They were brutal. And no crook ever crossed them and lived to enjoy it. Except Parker. So they wanted Parker dead, and a hit man proved they meant business. Too bad for the Outfit he missed. Ripping off the Outfit was the easy part of Parker's game. Going one-on-one with Bronson, the Outfit's Big Boss, was the hard part.

    Jane says: "The Outfit (mafia) sends a hitman to kill Parker."
    The Outfit (mafia) sends a hitman to kill Parker.

    Parker makes the Outfit sorry it ever tangled with him.

    I’m enjoying these stories and find myself wanting to read one right after the other...Show More »

    Reviewed on April 15 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 4

    The Mourner

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The heist was a piece of cake. It didn't bother Parker that the priceless statue was in a Russian diplomat's house… because he had no scruples about ripping off a Red. It didn't bother Parker that his ex-girlfriend had blackmailed him into pulling this job… because he figured out how to make an extra fifty grand on the deal. It did bother Parker that somebody else was trying to steal the statue first - because being second wasn't Parker's style. Whether he was up against the mob or the KGB, Parker intended to beat them all at the stealing game. Of course, he didn't count on a double cross....

    Jane says: "It wasn’t as good as the first three books,"
    It wasn’t as good as the first three books,

    but it was still good. My mind wandered at times.

    KGB guy Menlo comes to the US to kill Kapor, a Russian diplomat who stole from the KGB. A..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 5

    The Score

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It was an impossible crime: knock off an entire North Dakota town called Copper Canyon - clean out the plant payroll, both banks, and all the stores in one night. Parker called it "science fiction," but with the right men (a score of them), he could figure it out to the last detail. It could work. If the men behaved like pros, cool and smart; if they didn't get impatient, start chasing skirts, or decide to take the opportunity to settle secret old scores…they just might pull it off.

    Jane says: "Weak 3 stars. Not enough suspense or unexpected."
    Weak 3 stars. Not enough suspense or unexpected.

    This wasn’t as good as some of the others in the series, but it was ok. I’m intrigued with Parker, and that keeps me reading.

    Edgars has an ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 18 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 6

    The Jugger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Not many men knew what Parker did for a living, because what he did was steal. But Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker knew. He knew Parker's alias, his whereabouts, his plans... and because he knew too much, he knew to keep his mouth shut. Or die. But Joe was more than ready to trade what he knew for what every man needs - his freedom. So Parker had come to Nebraska to find the old jugger... and probably murder him. But what Parker found was trouble: Joe was already six feet under.

    Jane says: "An average story most of the way,"
    An average story most of the way,

    but I liked the twists and turns at the end.

    Parker comes to town after receiving a strange letter from one of his guys. The guy died after ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 19 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 7

    The Seventh

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The robbery was a piece of cake. The getaway was clean. And seven men were safely holed up in different places while Parker held all the cash. But somehow the sweet heist of a college football game turns sour, Parker's woman is murdered, and the take is stolen. Now Parker's looking for the lowlife who did him dirty, while the cops are looking for seven clever thieves - and Parker must outrun them all. When hunters and hunted meet, some win, some lose….

    Sherri says: "Another great Parker novel!"
    Another great Parker novel!

    I dont know if there are any crappy Parker novels. Stark had this down to a science. Never boring, never drawn out. Just beautifully delivered stacca..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2011 by Sherri (Clinton, CT, United States)
  • 8

    The Handle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Baron is clever - perhaps too clever. He sits on the heavily protected island of Cockaigne, a mini-Las Vegas forty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, raking in as much as $250,000 some nights, laughing at the Outfit, who can’t collect their cut. Now the Outfit can no longer stand the loss of face - not to mention the loss of revenue. That’s why they’ve sent for Parker, who knows that the line between success and failure on this score would be exactly the length of the barrel of a .38.

    Jane says: "4 ½ stars."
    4 ½ stars.

    Several times I laughed or enjoyed something surprising or unexpected. Parker is on a job. Things go wrong. How he and his partners respond is neat..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 21 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 9

    The Rare Coin Score

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When it comes to heists, Parker believes in some cardinal rules. On this job, he breaks two of them: never bring a dame along - especially not one you like - and never, ever, work with amateurs. Nevertheless, with the help of a creep named Billy, and the lure of a classy widow, he agrees to set up a heist of a coin convention. But Billy’s a rookie with no idea how to pull off a score, and the lady soon becomes a major distraction. The Rare Coin Score marks the first appearance of Claire, who will steal Parker’s heister’s heart - while together they steal two million dollars’ worth of coins.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Engaging."
    3 ½ stars. Engaging.

    Some slightly different characters this time.

    Needy childlike Billy loves Claire the widow who sees Billy with contempt. This book was sligh..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 10

    The Green Eagle Score: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Here’s Parker—planning to steal the entire payroll of an Air Force base in upstate New York, with help from Marty Fusco, fresh out of the pen, and a smart-aleck finance clerk named Devers. Holed up with family in a scrappy little town, the hoisters prepare for the risky job by trying to shorten the odds. But the ice is thinner than Parker likes to think—and Marty’s ex-wife is much more complicated.

    Jane says: "Not as good a some of the others in the series,"
    Not as good a some of the others in the series,

    but I still love the series.

    Parker seemed out of character in this story because he allowed one of the wives to sit in on the planning sessi..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 11

    The Black Ice Score: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The good guys in a new African nation were missing a treasury full of diamonds. The nation's corrupt leader had stashed the rocks somewhere in New York City. Now the good guys needed a specialist to get their diamonds back. So they came to the best in the business: Parker. Only the three mysterious tough guys came to Parker, too. They figured three hands filled with .38s could convince him to pass up this international gem game. But leaning on Parker was like pressuring a box of TNT with a short fuse.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Most of the story was average - ok,"
    3 ½ stars. Most of the story was average - ok,

    but the ending was good - when things went wrong.

    THE SET UP:
    There are three groups of guys from a small African nation. The A guys wor..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 12

    The Sour Lemon Score: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Bank robberies should run like clockwork, right? If your name's Parker, you expect nothing less. Until, that is, one of your partners gets too greedy for his own good. The four-way split following a job leaves too small a take for George Uhl, who begins to pick off his fellow hoisters, one by one. The first mistake? That he doesn't begin things by putting a bullet in Parker. That means he won't get the chance to make a second. One of the darkest novels in the series, this caper proves the adage that no one crosses Parker and lives.

    Jane says: "4 ½ stars. I liked getting revenge,"
    4 ½ stars. I liked getting revenge,

    and I liked Parker’s detective mystery solving.

    The bank robbery is a short section at the beginning. Then one of the group (George) kills t..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 15

    Plunder Squad

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  • 17

    Comeback: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    After the bloodbath of Butcher’s Moon, the action-filled blowout Parker adventure, Donald Westlake said, “Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone.” But nothing bad is truly gone forever, and Parker’s as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one day in 1997, “suddenly, he came back from the dead” - and the resulting novel, Comeback, showed that neither Stark nor Parker had lost a single step. Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. This was ok,"
    3 ½ stars. This was ok,

    but not as good as some of the others. A few memorable scenes.

    The robbery is successful, but there is a double cross and others are trying ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 18

    Backflash: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Backflash finds Parker checking out the scene on a Hudson River gambling boat. Parker’s no fan of either relaxation or risk, however, so you can be sure he’s playing with house money - and he’s willing to do anything to tilt the odds in his favor. Featuring a great cast of heisters, a striking setting, and a new introduction by Westlake’s close friend and writing partner, Lawrence Block, this classic Parker adventure deserves a place of honor in any crime fan’s library.

    Jane says: "This one was good."
    This one was good.

    It didn’t grab me like some of the others, but it was ok. I still want to read the whole series.

    This is about a heist from a riverboat gamb..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 19

    Flashfire: Parker, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Mark Peckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Between Parker's 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards have to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing makes escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money has gone digital - the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone. But cash isn't everything, and now Parker's after a fortune in jewels. In Flashfire, Parker's in West Palm Beach, competing with a crew that has an unhealthy love of explosions. When things go sour, Parker finds himself shot and trapped - and forced to rely on a civilian to survive.

    Jane says: "This was pretty good."
    This was pretty good.

    Not the best Parker, but above average. The ending was very feel good.

    This was different in that Parker needed help when he was shot and in..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
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    Flashfire: A Parker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In a Midwestern city, Parker calmly tosses a firebomb through a plate-glass window, while some newfound partners in crime take down a nearby bank. Making their getaway in the confusion, the bank robbers tell him two things: that this heist was only seed money for a much gaudier one, and that Parker has to loan them his share of the take.

    Sarah says: "Entertaining and Well-Written"
    Entertaining and Well-Written

    Good pacing, well written and entertianing. Many unabridged audiobooks seem to plod along and have much unneeded and uninteresting descrptive, this bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 15 2005 by Sarah (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • 20

    Firebreak

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    For Parker, the amoral super-thief extraordinaire, it will be an excellent haul. The fact that the lead came from his old partners in crime, Elkins and Wiss, is no impediment to his joining their team and going for the score. The goods are a bunch of paintings by Old Masters kept out of sight in a dot-com billionaire's Montana lodge for his personal delight.

    Igor says: "Old School Crime Time"
    Old School Crime Time

    This is old school noir with lots of modern touches (Russian hitmen, internet etc). For fans who like tough pulp fiction type books with an emphasis ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 18 2005 by Igor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • 21

    Breakout

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  • 22

    Nobody Runs Forever

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  • 23

    Ask the Parrot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Racing through the backwoods of Massachusetts and on the verge of being taken down for one of the biggest and most disastrous bank heists the state has ever seen, Parker runs right into the barrel of a gun pointed from the "wrong" side of the law. A quiet but angry recluse - with only a silent parrot for company - saves Parker from the police dogs, but enmeshes him in a dubious, highly dangerous, but potentially profitable scheme.

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    Ask the Parrot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Racing through the backwoods of Massachusetts and on the verge of being taken down for one of the biggest and most disastrous bank heists the state has ever seen, Parker runs right into the barrel of a gun pointed from the wrong side of the law. A quiet and angry recluse with only a silent parrot for company in his seclusion, Tom Lindahl saves Parker from the police dogs, but enmeshes him in yet another in a long line of dubious, highly dangerous, but seriously profitable jobs.

    Jane says: "Ok. Not as good as some of the others,"
    Ok. Not as good as some of the others,

    but I still enjoy reading Parker.

    Parker is in the woods fleeing after a robbery. A local guy Tom sees Parker and realizes he’s one of the r..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 24

    Dirty Money

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Master criminal Parker takes another turn for the worse as he tries to recover loot from a heist gone terribly wrong. Parker and two cohorts stole the assets of a bank in transit, but the police heat was so great they could only escape if they left the money behind. Now Parker and his associates plot to reclaim the loot, which they hid in the choir loft of an unused country church.

    Jane says: "2 ½ stars. It was hard to stay interested."
    2 ½ stars. It was hard to stay interested.

    My mind wandered. The ending was good for Parker but abrupt.

    Prior to this book three guys rob an armored car and hide the money in a church..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)
  • 20

    Firebreak: A Parker Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Between Parker’s 1961 debut and his return in the late 1990s, the world of crime changed considerably. Now fake IDs and credit cards had to be purchased from specialists; increasingly sophisticated policing made escape and evasion tougher; and, worst of all, money had gone digital - the days of cash-stuffed payroll trucks were long gone. Firebreak takes Parker to a palatial Montana "hunting lodge" where a dot-com millionaire hides a gallery of stolen old masters - which will fetch Parker a pretty penny if his team can just get it past the mansion’s tight security.

    Jane says: "2 ½ stars. I kept getting distracted."
    2 ½ stars. I kept getting distracted.

    My mind wandered.

    There seemed to be more characters than normal in this book. Toward the end I was confused about some of them. Maybe beca..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 17 2013 by Jane (Chicago, IL, United States)