Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
A good story, like an old movie so it was a little dated. Still a good listen, I will definetly listen to the next in the series.
The description makes this sound like a great book -- I'll have to pick up a hard copy. I usually listen to audio books in while driving. This one would make that dangerous. The narrator has so little enthusiasm or voice inflection I couldn't force myself past the 1 hr. mark. I downloaded Michael Connelly's Angel's Flight and I'm safe on the road again.
Most disappointing is that the book does NOT resolve in a traditional ending - evidently have to listen/read the next two books.
Worse, the plot is plodding and many aspects are simply not believable.
It was not the "complete" story! And I didn't like it enough to buy the other 2 books, much less spend the time listening.
It was OK.
Really a disappointment given some of the highly positive reviews. Michael Connolly's long intro also made the book sound like a true gem - maybe that set the bar to high as someone else noted.
The story, the characters, the reader, the author, the vocabulary..what else is there? A book must get me by the end of the first page. This one had me at the first line. Fascinating, intricately woven thriller. The main character, the butcher's boy, is never mentioned by name. His thoughts and the thoughts of his protagonist make up most of the book. I love stories about assassins, and this one will be read again. It's that darn good.
The thoughts and plans of the the assassin.
Oh, Michael Kramer has a fabulous voice. He weaves suspense throughout.
I neither laughed nor cried, but I absolutely could not put it down. I usually listen to books when I am driving. This one I brought into the house, attached a speaker to my iPhone and listened til it was done
Get it!!! You will not regret it.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
In general I like Thomas Perry's writing. It is straightforward and methodical in a way that highlights the characters analytical thinking. I am always enthralled by how Perry's bad guys think through their strategies.
There was an introduction at the beginning that I found tedious and set me up to think that this was going to be a real page turner. Instead it was slow to start and I thought, "wow, what disservice that intro did to this book."
The narration was well done. I will buy more Thomas Perry. But I don't need the commercial intro that was almost ten minutes in length!
The developement of the characters. They just kept getting more and more interesting. Especially the "Butcher's Boy", but also the group of people that look for people like him.
I feel like I should not have liked the main character, but as it went along I just couldn't help myself but to want him to get away.
I loved how he set up one of his enemies to take to fall for a murder that was of his doing. I really liked how he played all of the mob bosses against each other and got them all confused as to who was doing what to who and why.
I am a house painter and so I listen to books all day while I paint. This was one, that when the day was over, I just didn't want to turn it off.
I LOVED the very end. I won't spoil it for anyone, but it made me smile. I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy, Sleeping Dogs.
This book was great... until the ending! Lots of great suspense and intrigue in this book but I'm still waiting for the ending! It's almost as if the author had a limit to the amount of pages he could submit and had to force a quick ending. Still worth the listen just for the characters and story line.
Perry does a great job creating a tension between a surprisingly sympathetic mob hit man and the Department of Justice lawyer who is chasing him. First in a series that I've pretty much finished.
Not your prototypical enjoyable listen. The reader sounds a bit like a 50's film noir detective (just the facts, ma'am) and the hit man guesses right just a bit too often, but it all ... just ... works.
If you like Reacher, I'm guessing you'll like the Butcher's Boy. Not 6'4", but the same kind of analytical thinking and get 'er done attitude. A total steal at the $4.95 sale price; definitely worth it at full retail.