This book went at a fast pace and it was easy to miss something and have to go back again. I loved the subject matter of this book- ghosts. I loved following the mystery as it unravelled bit by bit. I give it 3 starts and not more just because I had to rewind often because at least for me one scene flew into the next so fast I would miss it and listen again. That could have been user error, I do a lot of stopping and starting when I'm listening to a book.
the new reader made it petfect! the story was excellent to start but a real cockney voice narating ? A delight! WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!
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.
I had a little trouble with this audio book at the beginning understanding the narrator's English accent but after a while I got used to it. Of course, since it was set in London there were a lot of phrases I didn't get but luckily didn't distract too much from the story.
Felix Castro is a necromancer that used to exorcise ghosts until something happened and he went into retirement. He has some old debts he has to pay so he's pulled out of retirement to take a job exorcising a ghost from the archives. While he's researching the ghost he gets pulled into the mystery of who she is and how she died. It's sort of a dark mystery with ghosts and were-animals and even a succubus. The story is told in first person and you follow Castro on his adventures in solving the mystery.
After I got used to the narrator's English accent he was easier to follow and did a good job on all the different accents he had to do considering he's an American actor.