Painted Ladies: A Spenser Novel

#38 of Spenser
Written by:
Robert B. Parker
Narrated by:
Joe Mantegna

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2010
5 hours 27 minutes
The brilliant new Spenser novel from the beloved New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker.

Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting.

The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves. But this is a game he might not come out of alive...

Completed the year before he passed away, Painted Ladies is Spenser and Robert B. Parker at their electrifying best.
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Parker's story is o.k. but the reading was just bad. EVERY single conversation exchange was "sentence," I said, ""sentence," she said. With only two people present, surely one could follow the conversation without the I said, she said. And never asked, even if it was a question! I can't believe Parker wrote his book like that. Pretty soon that was all one heard. And, while I'm fussing, WHY can't the reader say "end of disk" and "Disk 2" etc. I listen in the car and have no idea when a disk is ending.

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I love all Robert Parker books, & I love Joe Mantegna's voice, but....I hate that there are so many "she said, he said, I said". It gets to be very annoying after every phrase. Other than that, its a great book!

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The story is really good but annoyingly written in the 1st person. The prose is like listening to a teenager's conversation with tons of "then he said" and "I said"... towards the last half, I really had to tune this out. I like Joe M. as an actor but prefer the style of other readers that use voice inflection, cadence and other nuances for the different characters. An excellent store told by Uncle Joe over a pot of coffee...

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