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Stone Cold Audiobook Review

by Janette Hanagarne

I like to listen to books while riding in the car. Audiobooks can be a great way to get through a few more books every year that I wouldn’t be able to read otherwise. I recently picked up a copy of Robert Parker’s Stone Cold. It appealed to me for a couple of reasons. First, it was short. I like the audio versions, but don’t do a ton of driving, so if it’s too long, I can’t get through it before the due date comes around. Second, it was a thriller and who doesn’t like that?

This is the fourth book Parker has written about Jesse Stone. In this story, Jesse is the attractive, brooding chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts. A string of murders are committed and Jesse is in charge of the case. Meanwhile, he deals with another case solving the assault of a high school girl which was perpetrated by a number of boys from her school, including a few arrogant little idiots whose comeuppance was pretty sweet.

The dialog in the book is well done by the reader, although I have to say that the “he said” and “she said” became cumbersome. I guess when you read a book, those words become background and you don’t really see them. Hearing them is a different matter. But the overall story was captivating enough that I didn’t give up.

By the second disc, I was hooked. I wanted to know how things were going to work out for everyone. Jesse was a character I was rooting for.  I can tell that Robert Parker is one of the novelist who, once I know that I have enjoyed one of his books, I will enjoy most of them. It’s nice to “discover” an author once they’ve already built up a big catalog of work!

Janette, Mrs. World’s Strongest Librarian

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