A fun and light-hearted take on some usually dark and menacing characters. This was an enjoyable listen. Here lately I've been enjoying stories that are a bit off-kilter and not too serious, so this one was a pleasant surprise. I took another chance on an author I've never read or listened to and it paid off.
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
One of the best decisions I have made in my “reading” life is when I started following another member in the listener page section. She never steers me wrong!
This book was no exception. Gil’s All Fright Diner was short but packed full of so much fun it was hard to get out of the car. Don’t let the name scare you off. I wouldn’t put this is the horror section; more of the comedy (see zombie cows). The “scary” characters are not the stereotypical vampires and such. The little world that Martinez paints, where Vampires, Werewolves, Ghost and Ghouls are just hanging out with the rest of us, is so intriguing that my only regret is that this is not a series. I would love to follow Earl and Duke around for a few more stories. I like the new supernatural rules the author puts in the stories, like ghost not being able to leave the cemetery, and ghouls. I would like more of this world.
The narrator brings the story alive with his character voices. I look forward to finding more of his narrations.
While I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, the narrator was trying way too hard, and the hysterical subtleties of the characters were often reduced to hayseed slapstick. A pity, because Martinez created some great characters here, Duke and Earl, the zombie cows, Mistress Lillith the teenage hellraiser . . . Do yourself a favor and read the novel before you listen to the audio version.
I laughed out loud several times. The characters were brought to life by the fantastic narration. Even the dead ones. I'll be doing several more A Lee Martinez books. Immediately.
A.Lee Martinez writes a very witty horror story, but Fred Berman brings it to life.
The characters have personality because Mr. Berman gives a range of voices that is pretty amazing, yet his narrator's voice is great.
Compare to Too Many Curses in the way that a very good story is made better by great but not over the top voicing of characters.
This is my first book with Fred Berman as Narrator.
It's pretty funny throughout.
I enjoy A Lee Martinez writing, and appreciate the voicing of characters by Fred Berman.
I have already purchased more of A Lee Martinez audio books and expect those to be just as entertaining.
If I had to sum up this book in a sentence, it would be: "Two rednecks save the world in a Poe-dunk town where vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and black-magic welding cult leaders are so commonplace that they barely serve mentioning." Literally. You are going to love this book.
I find myself becoming a big A Lee Martinez fan. I liked this book but it wasn't the author's best work, though I do recommend it.
I didn't love it, but I liked it. It was very easy to listen to and the narrator was AWESOME!! It's quirky and fun and not completely predictable. I would recommend it. :-)