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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780307705358
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Spenser goes back to school--to investigate corruption in college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. And if Spenser doesn't watch his own footwork, the guilty parties will shave a few years off his life... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Macdonald | 2/14/2014

    " Spenser, America's favorite iron-pumping, gourmet-cooking private eye, smells corruption in college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash, and if Spenser doesn't watch his own footwork, the guilty parties will shave a few years off his life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Bresnahan | 2/2/2014

    " This is one of my most favorite Parker novels. Taft University's basketball is suspected of point shaving. Their star basketball player Dwayne Woodcock is the main suspect. Spenser's task is to get to the bottom of this case. The story has the usual snarky humor, and Woodcock is made out as the typical jock. Spenser discovers much corruption and fixes the problem, as usual. A very entertaining read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/28/2014

    " Playmates by Robert B. Parker (1990) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/24/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Spenser; a basketball player is shaving points for bad guys; Spenser figures out how to nail the crooks wothout destroying the player. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/20/2014

    " LOVE the humor! Spenser rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/19/2014

    " The Spenser for Hire books are short and sweet. Love the witty dialogue. The mysteries are not exactly complex, but they are enjoyable books because of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Maenza | 1/13/2014

    " See my blog for my review: Martin's View: Playmates. "

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

    " Spenser and Susan and Hawk and good lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/2/2014

    " Playmates features a surprise heroine, which is refreshing for a Spenser novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/31/2013

    " This is an okay Spenser outing. It bugs a little that he goes after freedom of the press and higher ed. But the second half of the book just oozes cool detective noir. And that is totally cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/10/2013

    " Robert B. Parker year continues. Things should reach a crescendo over the Christmas week. Extra star for describing the NY mobster sporting a popped collar 20 years before this round. It's a terrible idea every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla Melchior | 12/2/2013

    " Typical Parker -- quick, easy, entertaining. Plus basketball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/1/2013

    " What can I say... It's Robert B. Parker!!!!!!!!!! I love Robert B. Parker books. This was one of my favorites. That Spenser is so witty. I just love to hear how he thinks. I find myself thinking like him often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 8/30/2013

    " Spenser, a basketball stud and the mob "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 7/31/2013

    " Another solid Spenser outing--this time getting to the bottom of basketball point-shaving at Taft University. Three and a half stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 5/27/2013

    " I like Spenser and College basketball. I had no choice but to like this book a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/27/2012

    " "Playmates" was the best Spencer's book I've ever read, if you are Robert B. Parker's fan, I do recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 10/16/2012

    " An all-around solid Spenser novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 7/29/2012

    " This wasn't my favorite Spenser book, but more because of my political views instead of his writing or the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Mel. | 12/17/2011

    " This was a little different genre than I have been reading. Enjoyed that this was an easy quick read that I could accomplish when at work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/22/2011

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 6/17/2011

    " A little softer than most Spensers but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 6/2/2011

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 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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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.