School Days

Written by:
Robert B. Parker
Narrated by:
Joe Mantegna

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2005
5 hours 48 minutes
Lily Ellsworth--erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish--is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.

As the probe goes on, Spenser finds himself up against a number of roadblocks--from the school officials who don't want him asking questions, to Jared's own parents, who are completely indifferent to the boy's defense. Ultimately, Spenser discovers a web of blackmail and some heavy-duty indiscretions--and a truth too disturbing to contemplate. Before the case reaches its unfortunate end, he is forced to make a series of difficult decisions--with fatal consequences.
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This was may second Robert Parker audiobook. I enjoy his tongue in cheek style. Always have a smile listening to his books. The subject of this book was grim but it still came off a light hearted book. The reader is excellent. Look forward to listening to more of Parker.

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The book is written in a light, easy to listen to manner, even though it is a very serious topic. The narrator is one of the best, and I will forever envision Spenser with that voice. This was the first Robert Parker book I have read, and imagine I will read more.

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I didn't get past the first fifteen minutes of the book. I know many of you aren't annoyed by profanity and foul language but I am. It's unnecessary, even if the author claims that it makes his dialogue more realistic. In reading I can skip the offensive words but in hearing it's impossible. I expect that other reviewers are correct, that this is a good story. But I won't wade through mud to get to the garden. If you enjoy the book, great. But I won't choose Parker again.

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Let me just say this up front: I wanted a different ending. This one works, and very well, but... it's not what I wanted. Spenser takes on the case of one of the shooters in a school massacre at the request of the boy's grandmother. What he uncovers in his incessant questioning will surprise you. Spenser's sense of humor and self-deprecation is always amusing and well worth a listen. The fact that this is a touchy topic we hear in the news makes it an even more poignant tale.

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Robert B Parker did it again!!! This is an awesome book although I did miss Hawk! The narrator was good. However, I would have liked less 'he said/she said'. I think that listeners would be able to figure out who said what when. Pearl was at her best, sleuthing with her master and eating the same sandwiches as Spencer.

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Story kept me entertained throughout. Made for a good listen.

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