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A Good mystery marred by poor narration
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2019
Robert Parker always produced great dialogue full of wit and the best kind of sardonic remarks. His great characters, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randle, Spenser, are always more important than the mysteries themselves. In "High Profile," the real focus is Jesse Stone's personal struggles with love, alcohol, and friendship. The mystery is, however, more than sufficient to hold our attention and mildly challenge our detecting skills. Unfortunately, the narration sometimes spoils the listening experience. The narrator himself is just fine; but the script uses the same dialogue structure with almost no exception. Every utterance is followed by "Jesse said," Sunny said," "Peter said." There is no variation. This may not sound so awful, but five hours of such monotonous structure really detracts from what is otherwise a good, solid audio book.