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Painted Ladies

A Spenser Novel
Written by: Robert B. Parker
Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
Series: Spenser, Book 38
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The brilliant new Spenser novel from the beloved New York Times-best-selling author Robert B. Parker.

Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting.

The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves. But this is a game he might not come out of alive....

Completed the year before he passed away, Painted Ladies is Spenser and Robert B. Parker at their electrifying best.

©2010 Robert B. Parker (P)2010 Random House Audio

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  • Karen
  • 2010-10-19

Highly recommend

Classic Spenser. This one is all good...plot, characterizations, etc...and no one but Mantegna should ever narrate a Spenser novel. I like the Jesse Stone novels better, but this is really an enjoyable listen. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-09

Another classic Spenser

Montegna is my favorite of the Spencer narrators. This is a fairly typical Spencer plot which makes it a good listen in my mind.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-05

Performance

All of my favorites are narrated by Joe Mantegna !
I love mr Parker’s humor. I listen on audible books and I enjoy busy work that way - and driving :)

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  • Gen C.
  • 2016-10-10

Always pleasant

I love RBP's Spenser, Joe Mantegna brings him to life for me. Thanks for such a great listen.

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  • lindablue
  • 2010-12-13

Spenser to the rescue

I enjoyed this novel--good action and mystery. Learned more about Susan & Spenser's relationship. A good listen!

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  • Lesley Levin
  • 2010-11-28

Enough Said

This book as horrible. Every other word was "said". I love Joe Mantegna but it was painful to hear him reading this poorly written book.

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  • Jorj
  • 2010-11-16

I said.. he said... spot said... jane said...

I could barley get through the first chapter from the I said, kate said, she said jungle. I swear to God this book is composed mostly of these words. Reads like a kids book. I'm still struggling to get through it. I doubt if I would recommend this book. I suppose if you "read" this book you just ignore the "saids", but listening is brutal.This is the first time I bought this author, if the rest of his books read this way it'll be the last. When I finally finish it I may write another review, but don't hold your breath I said.

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  • Richard R. Eiles
  • 2010-10-28

I SAID---SHE SAID

Perhaps I am listening to too many books. Parker's use of "I said, she said, I said", and Joe Mantegna's narration bugged me for the first time in the Spencer series. The plot was OK and the humor was there as usual. I missed Hawk. Mantegna portrays him well. In this book all of the characters had a Joe Mantegna accent. As I said, maybe its me....

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  • cat man
  • 2011-05-05

Enough "Said"

The incessant usage of the word "said" ruined this book for me, It was so distracting I stopped after an hour. Mr Montegna should have been given or requested more latitude in his reading.

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  • Agnieszka Janicka
  • 2010-11-29

disappointed

Great narrator, but terribly written. I could not finish the book, and i always finish a book.