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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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What did you love best about Robert B. Parker's Wonderland?
This is Spenser. This is Parker - well not quite but close enough.
What does Joe Mantegna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Joe Mantegna has been the voice of Spenser; he is Spenser.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Bo! I wanted to parse it out so it would last.
Any additional comments?
Where is Hawk?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It was obvious this was not written completely by Mr Parker but was ok. However what spoiled it for me was the narration very poor.
Joe Mantagna is a wonderful narrator for Spenser. Atkins channels Parker flawlessly, yet is the story just a little too predictable? Definitely one for fans though.