• Flashfire

  • Parker, Book 19
  • By: Richard Stark
  • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The basis for the movie Parker, starring Jason Stratham and Jennifer Lopez!

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.

©2000 Richard Stark (P)2012 AudioGO, Ltd.

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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 the hospital. He had to trust and rely on a woman he recently met. I love the way Parker gets revenge on people who cross him which he does here. I liked what Parker did to the bad guys’ hideout home and guns.

I especially liked one line. Parker is describing to Leslie how the bad guys are going to rob a charity auction - coming in or leaving by sea wearing scuba gear. Leslie said “Like James Bond.” Parker said “More like Jaws.” These are really bad guys - not cool like James Bond.

The narrator Mark Peckham was ok, but his voice for Parker didn’t fit. He made Parker sound too normal. I prefer Keith Szarabajka.

THE SERIES:
This is book 19 in the 24 book series. These stories are about bad guys. They rob. They kill. They’re smart. Most don’t go to jail. Parker is the main bad guy, a brilliant strategist. He partners with different guys for different jobs in each book.

If you are new to the series, I suggest reading the first three and then choose among the rest. A few should be read in order since characters continue in a sequel fashion. Those are listed below (with my star ratings). The rest can be read as stand alones.

The first three books in order:
4 stars. The Hunter (Point Blank movie with Lee Marvin 1967) (Payback movie with Mel Gibson)
3 ½ stars. The Man with the Getaway Face (The Steel Hit)
4 stars. The Outfit.

Read these two in order:
5 stars. Slayground (Bk #14)
5 stars. Butcher’s Moon (Bk #16)

Read these four in order:
4 ½ stars. The Sour Lemon Score (Bk #12)
2 ½ stars. Firebreak (Bk #20)
(not read) Nobody Runs Forever (Bk #22)
2 ½ stars. Dirty Money (Bk #24)

Others that I gave 4 or more stars to:
The Jugger (Bk #6), The Seventh (Bk#7), The Handle (Bk #8), Deadly Edge (Bk#13), Flashfire (Bk#19)

GENRE: noir crime fiction

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Narrator Change is Jarring

For those listeners who are making their way through the Parker novels, the narration change is a bit jarring. It’s not bad, just different.

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Good story, but...

The story was good, but the narrator just isn't a good fit for Parker. Not bad, just not good for this type of story. He puts too much emotion and humanity into Parker, and it just doesn't mesh with the cold, mechanical nature of the character. Also, his accent is a bit distracting. It isn't heavy, or thick, but he pronounces words like "got" as "gut", and it's really noticable. Still worth the time, but this might be one to read rather than listen to.

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After listening to all of the Parker stories told by Keith Szarabajka, you get used to the voices of the characters. So even Mark Peckham is good, it just didn’t feel the same.

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Bad read

This needs to be read by a pro. Not sure what’s up with this one, all others were listenable. Please fix. Cheers

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Worst narration

Don't know why they picked this narrator as he seems to not care and obviously has no understanding of the material. Previous Parker novels were all great.

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Probably a better read than a listen

There is no tension or anticipation with Peckham as the narrator. He sounds like a junior high teacher who took one drama class in high school reading a Parker story to a class of new 7th graders...don't want to scare them or excite them about English class. This was a very disappointing listen.

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alter your speed

there was another comment here earlier. speed up the narration to 1.1 or higher. makes it better. and once you get past the first chapter the narrator gets his pacing better

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Ghastly narration.

Plodding and entirely unsuited to the style and substance of the novel. Previous narrators in this series have been excellent. Mr. Peckham is a radical and off putting change in style that exhibits a lack of understanding about Stark/Westlake’s intention in the Parker novels. Unfortunate.

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Narrator is awful

All the Parker novels are a fun escape but this narrator completely misses. He reading is jerky and at times pauses as if if reading ahead to himself and makes dialogue between characters awkward. Finally, he makes Parker sound like a goofy dad trying to embarrass his kids