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If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot in three words, what would they be?
Just Like Parker
What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot?
When you find out Dee is more than she appears to be.....complete surprise
What does James Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great use of New England accents from Southie to Patrician
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Better than before
Any additional comments?
Far more developed story line and characters by Coleman than Brandman. Brandman's work smacks of Stuart Woods--hurry up and tell the story and pretend it is the same. Look forward to more Jesse from Coleman....as good as Ace Atkins is with Spenser.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What was most disappointing about Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) ’s story?
I really enjoy the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker, the new novels by Michael Brandman were written in Parker's style and are also fabulous. Unfortunately Reed Farrel Coleman uses the characters but not in the style of Robert B Parker. This is a big disappointment. This Jesse Stone is not the same Jesse Stone as portrayed in the books by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman. In addition, the story has some sadistic parts which stick in the memory unpleasantly, something which is absent from the works of Robert B Parker (and from both Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins). Very disappointed.
In addition, this is actually the first novel of a multipart story, the last 30 seconds of the audio recording are the equivalent of the "to be continued ..." screen on a TV show. This is also very different to the Robert B Parker novels which are all self-contained stories.
Have you listened to any of James Naughton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Nothing wrong with the narrator, in fact, the narration was really good, it's the content that is the problem.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment because the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman are very good, and this one is very different, I feel a cheated. I am also a bit upset that this novel leaves unpleasant gruesome images in my memory which I did not want. I liked the previous novels because they are subtle and character-based, psychological thrillers without the need for horrific or gruesome detail descriptions.
Any additional comments?
I just wish that Michael Brandman had continued to write the Jesse Stone sequels.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sadly when the world lost Robert B Parker, his talent died with him. I loved the Jesse Stone stories, but Coleman's interpretation lacks the finesse that we are so used to. Too much sex, too much drinking and sacrilegious to suggest getting rid of the Ozzie Smith picture!
I wouldn't recommend this story, but James Naughton does a good job with narration.