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.
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.
Seriously, I can see making the mistake of hiring a bad narrator once, but twice??? Why does Johnny Heller narrate anything? The tv show is fun, so I was looking forward to this even though I didn't expect much from the story. But the narrator made it unbearable. I can't even finish. Nikki Heat, the presumably hot young female detective sounds like a 60-year old smoker. And why does the leading man, the leading woman, and the narrator all have exactly the same voice????
Sorry, couldn't continue with this one...no interest. Lost train of thought with this one. Hope the next is better
I must start by saying I am a fan of the Castle television show but quickly adapted to Detective Heat's character being very different from the "inspiration". The story line was not earth shattering, but it was enjoyable. My main problem and distraction was Mr. Heller's narration. Despite his annoying voice I was determined to complete the story to see if I could figure out "who done it". However, I will not listen to anything else that he is associated with.
not sure how good the book is. love the tv series. couldn't listen. The reader is the worst I have ever heard. Unintelligible, variable volume, reads like he doesn't care what he is reading.
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 enjoy listening to my library of books here in the summer heat of central Florida. I find falling asleep to a book relaxing.
Another narrator would have made this a better experience for me. I couldn't follow the novel with John Heller reading it. His enunication was poor.
This was my first Richard Castle book and I found I was not interested in going through the series with this narrator. This was a poor job to me and I am throughly put off. I won't listen to the whole series because I am so disappointed with the way Heat Wave sounded. I may try the last in the series with the other narrator.
Totally, my experience was awful; listening to Mr Heller was very disappointing.
I like the character of Kate Beckett much more than Nikki Heat. Kat is more weiter & the chemistry between the two is way better.
I was disappointed with the lack of action in the story. Plus, the story was really in depth that I had problems completely following.
At times it was hard to tell what character he was performing because they all sounded a lot alike, especially Nikki & Rook.
I LOVE THE SHOW SO YES, YES, YES!!