Reader has obviously fake accent that vacillates between Australian, British, and South African. Pronunciation was deplorable and often took me away from the book. The misplaced modifiers often left me trying to figure out who was in trouble or getting thrown into a wall.
On the other hand, it was an ok book. The story line moves quickly, but can be repetitive at times. This is the first book in the series. I purchased books 1 and 2 when the "Find a New Series" sale was going on. I figured I may as well listen to the others and I'm glad I did; especially once the narrator was changed to an actual Brittish guy who had a grip on the author's sense of humor.
Carey weaves an intriguing story of mystery & suspense. Felix Castor is a well developed character, that had a left-sided sense of humor. I also skipped this one, I'am so glad I gave it a chance.
Narrator is prefect for Felix Castor.
I was so excited to find this series! I hung in there for 2 hours and then had to quit because of the numerous F bombs. I am sad because the story was really great however I chose not to listen.
Only if I thought they could get past the terrible fake English accent that fades in and out. It makes listening to the story nearly impossible because the constant change.
The story itself is fairly interesting. Reminiscent of Dresden Files.
Hugh Fraser. Anyone with a legitimate English accent. Kramer is a decent narrator. I've listened to 8 or 9 of the Wheel of Time series he co-narrated. His voice has a distinct quality that is not unpleasant. He should just stick to straight American accents.
Write a negative review about the narration.
I hardly dare raise my head here to say that I found the narrator's accent distracting to the plot. I can't pretend he's from England which is basic to the performance. It's comparable to an English voice narrating a Mickey Spillane novel.
Just spoils it really...
I picked this up on a deal, and was pleasantly surprised to find it worth the money. With the books main focus being only one character, it is difficult not to give a spoiler or rewrite the synopsis. What I can tell you is that Felix Castor is a well developed character with a salty disposition and a tinge of guilt. Although not in the forefront, the supporting characters are also eccentric and interesting. I like ghost stories, and this book certainly provides more than enough ghosts and scares throughout it. The narrator provides a perfect reading of the material and character voices. So basically, if you like humorous situations and characters, mixed with crime investigation and ghost stories, this is a great book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
W. Alex Livesley
Yes, Michael Kramer is very good indeed and the performance brings something extra to the book. It helps that Mr Kramer has good material with which to work.
I listen to audio books when I am going to sleep and certain passages were starkly creepy when listening in the dark. It's not the sudden shock form of creepy but the growing feeling of horror when one begins to empathize with the characters and their experiences. The audio book forced this on me much more than the physical book (which I also enjoyed).
Others of the Felix Castor series. Rivers of London series, Ben Ben Aaronovitch. Harry Dresden series, Jim Butcher. Forgotten Gods trilogy, Sarah Pinborough. Perdido Street Station and The Scar, China Mieville.
Similar genres, good writers able to tell a story.
Felix Castor. He has him to a t.
Night is coming, perhaps!
The accents are terrible, not even close, which can be grating at times. However, unless you know what a Scouser, a Geordie or an Essex boy are meant to sound like you won't care.
In the end it doesn't matter since Michael Kramer brings the book to life.
As a qualified recommendation, yes. I moderately enjoyed it, but will not purchase the next installment of the series. If I hadn't just returned my previous Audible purchase I would have also returned this. I enjoyed it, but it was nothing special. I love the Dresden Files (and James Marster's narration) and have just finished listening to Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series and thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
I like the urban paranormal aspect.
Honestly, the narrator's tone seemed very one-note to me and I often found it hard to pay attention as his voice started to fade into the background.
I know there are follow ups, but I wouldn't purchase another audio-book. Perhaps I'll get the print copy.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Any time I listen to a book I find them better. And I look like a drunk driver when I read and drive at the same time.
The Dresdon Files. Urban Fantasy placed in England. A exorcist with some interesting powers. His powers and methods were very interesting. Has a office in the shady part of town and he is broke. Has some strange friends also. Has a zombie supper computer guy. Kind of like bob.
Sound like anybody we know?
Main Characters voice was Mat Coffins voice in Robert Jordan's Wheel of time Series. And that was pretty cool. Dont worry you forget whos voice it is real fast after the story gets going. Like most books Kramer does I dont care for him at the beginning of the book and end up loving him by the end.
#sound (ghostbusters theme soung) and instead of Ghost busters it would say "Ghostdetective"
I am not going to power through this series like I did Dresdon. I am going to save each book for when I get the itch for a first person urban fantasy.
This is the first book in the Felix Castor series (a series of 5 books).
Castor is an exorcist, in a modern London where the dead have started rising as ghosts. Castor's job is to get rid of the unwanted ghosts. In this opening tale, the Bonneville Archive Building is being haunted by the ghost of a young woman.
What sounds like a simple job turns into a much bigger story than Castor imagined. Ultimately, the story leads him to: a pimp involved in the sex trade; a near deadly encounter with a succubus named Juliet, and a few other battles (I don't want to give away too much!)
The story starts off slowly, seems to get stuck wandering around a bit, then finally picks up and carries you along to the end.
It seems to me that there were several parts of the story that didn't have much to do with anything, unless they're going to be explained in subsequent books.
The writing is brisk, fun -- a bit like an old-fashioned private eye novel, but with more humor. For some, there might be a bit too many four-letter words -- I'd suggest staying away from the book if you can't handle foul language.
Overall, I'd give the story a 3.5 -- good effort, interesting characters and premise, but a bit slow going at points.
As for the narrator, Michael Kramer -- definitely five stars. While some of the character voices changed a bit over the course of the reading (which never really bothers me much), he does a great job of keeping the voices distinct enough to know who's speaking. He also does a good job of keeping the story moving along in the places where not much is happening.
I liked the story well enough, though, I'm undecided about reading the next book.