Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen, and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero - or the deadest of dupes.
©1998 Robert B. Parker;(P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
I am an avid listener and had just enjoyed a Parker book and was so diappointed that I couldn't listen to this because the sound quality was just so poor.
"Difficult to follow"
The story is slow, but much of that is a necessary result of character development. The narrator's enunciation, delivery, and accents were difficult to understand. His tone and tempo seem inconsistent with the time and place of the book's setting. Listen to the audio sample prior to purchasing.
"Good book, bad narration"
Richard Masur isn't a bad narrator, but the book sounds like a low-quality mp3 made from a third-generation audiotape duplicate recorded from a shortwave broadcast. Audible should ditch this recording and get something better. And unabridged.
As always, Robert B. Parker manages to combine self-analysis, social commentary, macho heroics, and sly humor into a great mystery story. I'm not sure what the audio equivalent of a "page turner" is, but I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter and eagerly moved on to the next. Jesse Stone is not quite as funny as Spenser(my all time favorite mystery hero), but he is a complex and interesting character. Night Passage is well worth the listening time.
"Bad quality audio"
This recording need to be replaced. It is very poor quality. The story and performance might be fine but it was hard to hear.
"Must Have Been Read Over the Phone"
I read this particular book several years ago and looked to receiving the audio version. Much to my regret I neglected to listen to the sound sample. The audio transmission sounds as though Richard Mazur is reading it over a cell phone circa 2001; given the sound quality of this one I can find no reason whatsoever to recommend it.
"needs a new reader"
The story is wonderful and Robert B. Parker's characters are, as usual, colorful and great.
He sounds like he is in a well.
I wish audible would have it re-read. I would buy it again.
"Story is great, but presentation disappointing"
I was hoping to hear Tom Selleck read the story, so I was probably disappointed anyway. I had never heard of Richard Masur.
Sadly, an "A" story read by a "B" actor.
"poor reader. older or poor recording. good story."
no, the story was ruined by the recording and the reader.
Typical Jesse Stone novel and a good start to the series. Read the paperback unless this
No character to his voice. Monotone.
stupid question for this context. It's the first of a series.
"Richard Masur is not for me"
I could not get past the first 20 minutes.
the narrator reads the material as if he was an 8th grade boy forced to read David Copperfield in class. He sounded bored and uninterested there was no inflection or interest
NEVER I tried samples of other things and it was the same BORING for him and boring for me
"Bad Sound Quality"
The bad quality of the recording really had a negative impact on enjoying this audiobook
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