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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

Critic Reviews

>"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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very disappointed!

I enjoy Robert B. Parker stories, BUT, I'm already on chapter 3 and ..... I will never ever ever never purchase another audiobook narrated by Michael Prichard. This is dull and painful! "O, speak to me no more! These words like daggers enter my ears!" It took me three days to get through this narrator. :-/

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Always good

A simple procedural- always good for escape listening. Easy to listen to and a good reader. You will enjoy it.

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Welcome to Spenser

Where does The Godwulf Manuscript rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Parker drops us into Spenser's world with a snappy mystery involving love, drugs, and Chaucer.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spenser, but only because we don't meet Hawk in this book.

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Slightly dated, doesn't hurt the great reading.

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Great start to the series. Hippy dialogue seems dated now but it is only sprinkled throughout the early chapters. Looking forward to next book.

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 02-07-15

Reminiscent of Chandler and Spillane

Very easy to listen to. As long as you don't expect too much in terms of depth of plot and character. Main character is very likeable and i would listen to more by Parker. I enjoyed this.

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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

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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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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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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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.