Pastime : Spenser

  • by Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by David Dukes
  • Series: Spenser
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago, Paul Giacomin's corrupt father and loose mother used the boys as a pawn in their violent race: Only Spenser could call them off and straighten out the misled teen - almost getting killed in the process. Paul is now 24 and reconciled to his mother's wanton ways. But when Patty Giacomin vanishes, Paul begs Spenser to help him rescue her from the clutches of her boyfriend, a shady character he's sure coerced his mother into running.
As Spenser - accompanied by Paul, Susan Silverman, and the redoubtable Hawk - follow Patty's trail to its astonishing conclusion, he is led back through Paul's own rites of passage to the lanes of his own memories. The boy Spenser was and the man Paul must become race toward a confrontation that may break their hearts...and threaten their lives.


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Customer Reviews

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David Dukes ruined a book in one of my favorite series' with his monotone narration and his propensity to mispronounce every word more complicated than Hawk. Paul Giacomin was a huge disappointment in this book as well. Parker went way too far to create the juxtaposition in the father son relationships between Spenser and Paul and the Broz's Joe and Gerry. Paul develops a sudden anxiety about his mother that had been absent in previous books including his introduction in Early Autumn. He also reverts to being almost as diffident and whiny as the fifteen year old train wreck he was then. Still this one was a pretty decent book and with Joe Mantegna as the narrator it would have been an enjoyable listening experience; unfortunately it's quite likely that this reader could screw up the best or simplest literary work.
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- Me & My Girls

Not up to par

What would have made Pastime better?

A more energetic narrator

What could Robert B. Parker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's probably a good book but Mr. Dukes reads it in such a monotone and so slowly that Spenser doesn't even resemble the character he was in previous books.

How could the performance have been better?

Go back to the previous narrator

Any additional comments?

I love the Spenser series but this was just really bizarre. I wasn't able to get into the storyline very easily - I finished it but it was tough

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- sousaf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2013
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books