It's not the best but it's certainly in the top ten
Since this is just a spin-off of the Castle TV show, I expected the worst: hack writing, rehashing of old plots, obvious signs of a 5 minute writing process. Instead, it was solidly written and, most interestingly, written from the viewpoint of Kate Beckett. Now you have the TV show - which is all about the male character - and the books, which are all about the woman. It's like a sexual Rashomon.
Those who don't want to think too much or have characters who feel like real people.
This book was written as a screen play and not a novel. It's simple,silly, empty and generally boring. Couldn't finish it as it was a waste of my time.
If you're a fan of the series, or of Nathan Fillion, buy this book, then read the rest of this review. If you're not, well ...
It was said long ago that Humphrey Bogart didn't play parts, he simply was Humphrey Bogart doing all those things. Nathan Fillion is the same, every part he plays is the same - it's just him there pretending to be these things and doing them like he'd do them if that was his real job. Rick Castle is Nathan Fillion if Nathan Fillion were a cop-story novelist. This book is the book Nathan Fillion would write, if he were a cop-story novelist. If the publisher had gotten Nathan Fillion/Rick Castle to read it, it would have been perfect. Read by anyone else? Complete flop. Never had a chance. Sorry.
The book itself (not talking about the narration/performance here) is, frankly, terrible. It is, unfortunately for me, not the worst thing I've put in my head in the last year, but it's in the top (bottom?) ten. Five, even.
The performance/narration? This IS the worst Audiobook I have put in my head, ever. I don't know who Johnny Heller is, I am sure he is a very nice man, fun to hang out with, probably very attractive. He can date my sister (no, scratch that, I don't have a sister. He can date my Girlfriend) so long as he never reads anything to her. Ever. I don't ever want to hear him read to me again. Ever.
So in short.... Bad book, worse narration. Fans of the show: buy it. Everyone else: Skip it.
I think it would sound better if it was Nikki doing the narration. The narrator is trying to sound like Rick Castle and he's failing. He doesn't have the inflection in his voice - it sounds monotone to me. It's probably a very good story, but I can't get through it based on the voice.
I enjoy Castle, so I thought this might be fun. I did not, however, expect it to merely be the show under pseudonyms. To a man, the characters are precisely the same as those in the TV show, just with different names. Perhaps I should have seen that coming, but I thought it would garner a little more creativity on the part of the writer. Plus, the story was uninspiring to the point that I can hardly remember a bit of it.
The marketing ploy of releasing books with the series is an interesting one, but it could have been done much, much better.
Good story, good characters.
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. A little mystery, a little humor
Inflection, more emotion, more pizazz, more anything. Reading was dead pan and boring almost monotone.
Had trouble getting into it because of narrator
I will most likely not purchase the rest of the series because of the narrator
Performance powerfully brought this "pseudo-novel" to life- cadences matches known "Castle" characters, very much enhancing this listen ...
Great fun for any "Castle" fan - will listen to more in the series!
I have the Kindle version of Heat Wave and I was never able to finish reading it because it dragged on. The audio version was so much better than the actual book. I would recommend the Audible version over the reading version (first book I have ever recommended this way).