Its existence. It is completely superfluous to both genres.
The book is a rehash of Dashiell Hammett cum Strahd, except it lacks the experience of the former and the charm of the latter.
I dunno... narrate?
He did manage to read OK for the main characters, without confusing them, which is a plus.
But he was so obviously bored with the story -- for which I do not blame him one bit, it kept me yawning throughout myself -- that he just made it even worse.
Yeah... to return the book. Still not sure if I will. Probably will.
Go read original Hammett instead - the Falcon, or the Thin Man, or the Continental Op stories.
And don't miss out on both Elrod's "Strahd" books - they are excellent too.
Talk about a snooze fest! The narrator sounded as though he just learned how to read. I finally made it through the book, but it was like pulling teeth! I will make note of the narrator's name (Barrett Whitener) so that I avoid future books read in his monotone voice.
My 2 complaints are these... First one is that the guy has all these abilities and when he should use them he doesn't. Second one is that quite a few issues with the editing. It had multiple times when it would repeat the same sentence. I thought it might have been my phone at first but I saw a few reviews saying the same thing. Other than those, it was a well done book with an old style feel to it.
Story line was ok. Only problem is the narrator. Geezzzz. Narration was horrible. It's unfortunate that so many good stories are nearly ruined by a narrator that reads like a third grader.
This is the start of the Vampire Files series. I read these when they first came out and they are a great read.
Re discovering the series now shows the story can stand the test of time. And it's a much better vampire story than anything with glitter.
I am really mixed. The main two characters are very likable. It could have been great if while solving "his murder" there were a couple other mysteries going on at the same time. The more interaction between the two main characters could have had some great sardonic humor. Throw in the girl interest, she could have added some dark humor also. It is like a film noir but...... It is not too hard to get through but at the end..... There were only a few events that carry the whole story. It was along long story to solve one mystery. My least easy critic.
I might. His characters were great. He needed more story.
The narrator was very good. I don't think someone else would do better.
I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next in the series. The narrator really does a great job with the main character. The story kept me wanting more the whole time I was listening.
its in my personal top 20 audiobooks.
I really liked the relationship between esskit and the hero of the story wish there was even more of them. esskit was a neet character
I haven't listened to Whitners other performances but he does really well here.
I took just one night to listen to it the first time couldn't turn it off, I have listened to it so much I can talk in time with it.
flemming and esskit make an interesting pair could of seen them become partners in a private investigator type crime series.