Robert B. Parker's Wonderland : Spenser

  • by Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (creator)
  • Narrated by Joe Mantegna
  • Series: Spenser
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Aspiration, greed, and twisted dreams all focus on the old Wonderland dog track where the famous amusement park once fronted the ocean. For Spenser and Z, this simple favor to Henry will become the fight of their lives.

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In the Spirit of the Original

Ace Atkins does a good job of channeling Parker in his second Spenser novel. Atkins has a bit of a harder than most of Parker's works and his attempts at humor come up a bit short of the master's. Evidently he has decided that Hawk, (the best character in the series) is no longer relevant, expendable, or is just too difficult to write well. Thankfully he has practically dropped the character of Susan Silverman. Atkins' Spenser runs a bit longer than most of the Spenser novels, mostly to no effect. There is a stretch of about 60-90 minutes where the narrative seems to wander aimlessly, and for no apparent reason; still, a slightly less authentic Spenser is still Spenser. Zebulon Sixkill is something of a Wooden Indian, and responds to most of Spenser's Hollywood Indian comments as if he were old enough to remember them, but he provides a further opportunity for Spenser to take on the role of father. Healy and Lundquist serve as decent replacements for Quirk and Belson; Atkins has allowed Spenser to continue on which is good enough for a recommendation.
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If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Wonderland in three words, what would they be?

great, fantastic and enjoyable.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

From the beginning to end I could not stop listening to the story. Ace Atskins did a great job with spenser by bringing his humor and tough character alive. The tradition continue without Robert B. Parker.


Have you listened to any of Joe Mantegna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Joe does an exelent job with Spenser. He makes spenser live with his voice and does a great job bringing all the other character alive.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Everytime I read a Spenser novel I laugh. I listen to the story 3 times and do not get tire hearing it. Not only I laugh but Spenser makes me think.


Any additional comments?

This is a must read. If you love the spenser TV show you must read all his spenser novels.

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- Holger "I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio