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Pale Kings and Princes

By: Robert B. Parker
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
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Publisher's summary

Caught in a snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate, Spenser investigates a cocaine-related murder.
Crack another case with Spenser.
©1988 Robert B. Parker (P)2009 Random House

Critic reviews

"Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in a dishonorable world. When he says he will do something, it is done. The dialogues zings, and there is plenty of action... but it is the moral element that sets them above most detective fiction." ( Newsweek)

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Pritchard's reading leaves much to be desired

Where does Pale Kings and Princes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank it pretty high. It was exciting and had a good story line and plot.

What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

Pritchard is just a deep MONOTONE voice that simply does not portray the underlying humor that Parker intended for his Spencer novels... and painfully struggles when talking for Hawk! Usually when I listen to a Spencer novel I am smiling throughout the book because of the quips of Spencer, Hawk and others. With Prichard, I had to listen carefully to even catch a hint of a joke or quip. Bring back JOE M. "We be fools not to..."

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