As with all first books in a very in depth series, there is a lot to explain and a lot of character development to get through. Kidney does this well and makes his first book sinister and interesting.
A great book and and even better performance.
Great inventive story and was excited to find out it was actually a series.
I love the fact that the main character lived in Hell and was able to escape. I thought the book was so entertaining and I love books that can make me laugh...lots of dry humor and sarcasm in the book too.
The narrator wasn't bad but I'm very picky with narrators, so that is a hard category for someone to score perfect in. However, this narrator's voice worked well with the character. It did not stop me from listening to the great story.
This was a good book to listen to each day during my hour long drive to and from school.
Great series....talented writer
The narrator did an excellent job at bring the book to life, and the author did a great job at providing a fun urban fantasy plot that was about betrayal, loss and retribution while managing to avoid being cheesy or predictable.
Had trouble in the beginning with the main characters "stupidity". But it got better as it went on and I realised it was just a bit of character development that was overlong on the no brains side. Some of the action felt short. I realise it was meant to be abrupt intentionally but it did not have enough contrast to have that sudden feeling. Overall I enjoyed the story for its originality.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)
I own about a thousand audiobooks and this is surely at the top of the list for fun and entertainment, a hell of a ride,great writing, excelent narrator . i really like the mythology in it too.
I love a good anti-hero and Sandman Slim is exactly that. Jimmie Stark is a member of the Sub Rosa, what the magical community in this world build call themselves. At nineteen he's got it all, magic, a group of friends he can use it with, and the love of his life.
And then his friends betray him. They try to kill him, but send him to hell alive instead. Stark becomes the hellions new toy, fighting as a gladiator in the pit until Azazel sees prospective talent and claims Stark to make him the best assassin hell has ever known.
But Stark hasn't forgotten his friends, or what they did to his Alice. With a stolen key, a bone knife that kills all demons, a knowledge of Hellion magic, and his desire for revenge, Stark breaks out of hell intent on tracking down Mason and the others.
The world build involves angels, fallen and otherwise, the corps of hell, humans, magical beings, and a kind of angel called the kissi - a race of beings who thrive on chaos - and they are all over L.A. As Stark searches for Mason and the others who sent him to hell, he runs into an old friend, makes a couple new ones, really pisses off an angel and a marshal with Homeland Security.
Stark is irreverent and back on Earth for no one but himself, but he isn't the hardboiled tough guy he wants everyone to think he is. He cares more than he wants to and while he attributes this to Alice, it's more about himself. This is the first in a series I can't wait to dive headlong into. This was an audible purchase for me. I like to continue with series in the same format, so I'll be listening to more Sandman in the future. Maybe we'll even find out where the name came from.
I've listened to more than a few audiobooks, but this is the first one that compelled me to actually write a review.
Stark. because Sandman Slim.
Loved the attitude, angst, and cynicism of this character. Kadrey nailed it.
Really impressed with the range of narration. Very defined character voices, and none were disappointing.
After surviving the pits of hell it's hard to find a normal life. Except in LA.
downloading the rest of the series