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Publisher's Summary

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, 35-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.

Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen, and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero - or the deadest of dupes.

©1998 Robert B. Parker (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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  • Felicia
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 03-18-07

Difficult to follow

The story is slow, but much of that is a necessary result of character development. The narrator's enunciation, delivery, and accents were difficult to understand. His tone and tempo seem inconsistent with the time and place of the book's setting. Listen to the audio sample prior to purchasing.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good book, bad narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Masur?

Richard Masur isn't a bad narrator, but the book sounds like a low-quality mp3 made from a third-generation audiotape duplicate recorded from a shortwave broadcast. Audible should ditch this recording and get something better. And unabridged.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Must Have Been Read Over the Phone

I read this particular book several years ago and looked to receiving the audio version. Much to my regret I neglected to listen to the sound sample. The audio transmission sounds as though Richard Mazur is reading it over a cell phone circa 2001; given the sound quality of this one I can find no reason whatsoever to recommend it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • 05-02-13

Bad quality audio

Any additional comments?

This recording need to be replaced. It is very poor quality. The story and performance might be fine but it was hard to hear.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • S
  • 09-02-06

Vintage Parker

As always, Robert B. Parker manages to combine self-analysis, social commentary, macho heroics, and sly humor into a great mystery story. I'm not sure what the audio equivalent of a "page turner" is, but I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter and eagerly moved on to the next. Jesse Stone is not quite as funny as Spenser(my all time favorite mystery hero), but he is a complex and interesting character. Night Passage is well worth the listening time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

poor reader. older or poor recording. good story.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no, the story was ruined by the recording and the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

Typical Jesse Stone novel and a good start to the series. Read the paperback unless this
is redone.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Masur?

No character to his voice. Monotone.

Do you think Night Passage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

stupid question for this context. It's the first of a series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Leesburg, VA, United States
  • 08-26-10

Good Book Bad Quality audio

The book is a good setup of the character. You feel for Stone in his internal struggle with his ex-wife. The audio is really poor and needs to be updated. I hope someone takes the time to do it. Audible Are you listening?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack
  • Wayne, NJ, United States
  • 08-10-10

Poor quality audio, not a good reader

I love Robert B Parker books, I started with Spencer and then found Jesse Stone. I tried listening to this book on my iPod but gave up after about an hour. Someone needs to re-record this story as it sets the stage for the rest of the Jesse Stone books. This reader just has no emotion, and the audio quality is fuzzy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story is great, but presentation disappointing

I was hoping to hear Tom Selleck read the story, so I was probably disappointed anyway. I had never heard of Richard Masur.
Sadly, an "A" story read by a "B" actor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Richard Masur is not for me

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I could not get past the first 20 minutes.

What was most disappointing about Robert B. Parker’s story?

the narrator reads the material as if he was an 8th grade boy forced to read David Copperfield in class. He sounded bored and uninterested there was no inflection or interest

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Masur’s performances?

NEVER I tried samples of other things and it was the same BORING for him and boring for me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 03-14-13

Poor Sound Quality

I am an avid listener and had just enjoyed a Parker book and was so diappointed that I couldn't listen to this because the sound quality was just so poor.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • lynn Davidson
  • 06-21-17

Not great

This was not the best sound quality, and I felt it was boring to listen to, turned it off after 10 mins

2 of 2 people found this review helpful