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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (705 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Daniel Parker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307582485
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Young Spenser is tough. No doubt about it. After all, he's being raised by his father and uncles—three of the toughest men in town. He knows how to fight, and he's had to prove it. But his father taught him something far more valuable: Sometimes the toughest thing a guy can do is walk away from a fight.
            So when Spenser sees his friend Jeannie being taken in a boat downriver by her abusive father, he knows he has a hard decision to make. Should he trust his gut and risk his own life to save Jeannie's? And if so, how can he overcome such a bear of a man?
            Robert B. Parker's bestselling Spenser novels are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, for the first time, he gives us a glimpse into the formative years of his most iconic character. Chasing the Bear is a suspenseful thriller sure to satisfy Parker's growing legion of fans.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/19/2014

    " Spenser was always cool. This was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 1/29/2014

    " As with all Spenser novels, I really liked this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/27/2014

    " I really didn't like this, which disappoints me a lot. For the most part, I love the Spenser books. Unfortunately, I don't think Parker's writing has translated well for the YA set. This is, literally, a YA Spenser, and it's all the boring parts of a regular Spenser novel (the lovey-dovey self examination and some wine), with very little of the cool stuff. It was interesting learning about his family, but it was too perfect, too Walden, too MUCH. Anyway, I'm just glad I finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/26/2014

    " I love the Spenser novels by Robert Parker. This one gives the reader a glimpse of Spenser's childhood and how he became the person he is. I recommend this to anyone who is a Spenser fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/7/2014

    " A brief look at Spenser's early years, as told to Susan, his current love interest. In the book, Spenser saves a girl (but not a girl friend) from an abusive father, a Hispanic boy from bigoted classmates, and learns life lessons from his father and uncles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/3/2014

    " Fans of Parkers Spenser Series will enjoy this. It opens up a whole new way of presenting the detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Du | 1/3/2014

    " Good, but definitely late Spenser. It wouldn't have been the end of the world to miss this one. On the upside it took just over 2 hours to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/2/2014

    " This is a short book with several vignettes of Spencer as a boy and teenager living with his dad and two uncles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmlc | 7/28/2013

    " I'll read just about anything Robert B Parker writes, especially if it's about Spenser. This was a nice background sketch of Spenser with some stories from previous books fleshed out a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 7/27/2013

    " Good story. I've read a Spenser book before and thought it was just OK, but this one tells about him as a boy and was quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/27/2013

    " A cute book- more like a short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.R. Rain | 6/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this little book. Definitely Spenser light. It is also the first book I've read from Parker since his death. I heard he had passed away on his keyboard. Not sure where I read that, but that is definitely how I want to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 6/3/2013

    " Early development of Robert B. Parker's Spenser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/1/2013

    " This is the "prequel" to the Spenser books, with Susan asking Spenser about his growing up years. I found it fun and at 169 pages with lots of white space, quickly read. It's a YA book, but another way to get a Spenser fix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/30/2013

    " Robert B. Parker died a few days ago... I cried on the way to work when I heard it on NPR. Then I had to explain my blotchy face to my students. I love that this book finally shows Spencer as a young man - it was just right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Birchall | 4/27/2013

    " Ya novella but now that bob Parker has left us I will take anything he's done... Which is a whole lot better than much of the stuff out there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Pool | 8/29/2012

    " OK, too much Susan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 8/14/2012

    " If I wanted to read a phamplet, I'd go sit in in my doctors office "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Sam | 6/16/2012

    " This is a fine young adult novel with action and also a discussion of what it means to be an adult. For those adults who like Spenser novels, it is enjoyable to see how Parker conveives of thso eyouthful experiences that shaped the detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Murgo | 3/23/2012

    " As a friend opined, "This is the 'secret origin' of Spenser you've kept us waiting for?" Oh please... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hendricks | 3/14/2012

    " A nice backgrounder about Parker's best character...however, the size of the book does not quite justify the $14.99 list price...it should have went direct to $6.99 mass market pricing...4 stars for story, 1 star for gouging... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 caitlin Richards | 10/15/2011

    " Spencer killed his first man at the age of fourteen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roseann | 6/11/2011

    " I listened to the audio. I found the whole book and experience irritating. The book must have been written by a 6th grader. I said, she said, he said, I said is the primary dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 5/24/2011

    " The voice just sounds different to me. It was O.K. but..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoyed this YA novel about the young Spencer and how he came to be. I read the first book in the Spencer series some months ago and was wondering if I could actually read more books that were so old, but this one made me eager to give it a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 3/25/2011

    " While parts of the book repeat information that true Spenser fans already know, the books is a great addition to the Spenser lore. It's a little like hearing a familiar story that is repeated at family gatherings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/6/2011

    " this book was not quite up to par with the rest of Parker's books. I still enjoyed it, but it did ramble just a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Du | 2/20/2011

    " Good, but definitely late Spenser. It wouldn't have been the end of the world to miss this one. On the upside it took just over 2 hours to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/23/2011

    " Spenser’s formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West
    i read it aqnd didn't write notes.
    short and charming little spenser.
    go for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/20/2011

    " As a friend opined, "This is the 'secret origin' of Spenser you've kept us waiting for?" Oh please... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/16/2011

    " Would that every boy have parents like Spenser has in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yankey | 1/13/2011

    " So long Mr. Robert B. Parker. It was great fun joining younger versions of our beloved Spenser as he developed those unique characteristics. we will sadly miss reading this series develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 6/22/2010

    " Spenser relates some of the incidents in his life that formed his code of ethics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.R. | 6/21/2010

    " I enjoyed this little book. Definitely Spenser light. It is also the first book I've read from Parker since his death. I heard he had passed away on his keyboard. Not sure where I read that, but that is definitely how I want to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/14/2010

    " A brief look at Spenser's early years, as told to Susan, his current love interest. In the book, Spenser saves a girl (but not a girl friend) from an abusive father, a Hispanic boy from bigoted classmates, and learns life lessons from his father and uncles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/12/2010

    " As the title says, this YA novel deals with the young Spenser. Find out what made him. Quick read, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 4/6/2010

    " Good story. I've read a Spenser book before and thought it was just OK, but this one tells about him as a boy and was quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 3/24/2010

    " In comparison to Parker's "The Boxer and the Spy",this young adult novel is hands down a better read. Tying in Spenser's current relationship with Susan and his past as a young boy, you can see the foundational develop of his character leading to the man he is today. Nicely done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 3/17/2010

    " A little disjointed but still pretty great. Spenser's father and uncles are well drawn and do a fine job of showing how Spenser became Spenser without any George Lucas like suckyness. "

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