The whole thing about snuff films is an urban legend. That's ok. it worked for "dirty pretty things." But here it is just silly. I stopped in the middle.
I kept getting all the characters mixed up and could only make it thru about 1/3 of the book before I just gave up. None of the characters were very interesting to me
I really tried to get into this book but it just couldn't keep my interest.
I love this series; however, they picked the wrong narrator this time. The story is told as a first-person account by a young half-Thai man, but the narrator's voice has the deep, fruity tone of an elderly BBC announcer. The dissonance between the character and the voice was an immense distraction and irritation.
Borish, hard to listen to, and made me vow to never bother to visit Thailand. Very brutal view of the corruption of power and law enforcement in Thailand, with a un-needed and exploitative use of the sex trade as a major story focus.
The book's description sounded more interesting than the book turns out to be.
There is not one character to like in this grim novel.
I seldom stop listening to anything, but I quit half way through this.
The World According to JimG944
5 Stars for the Audible book Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett. This story is set in the dirty underbelly of Thailand and focuses on the ugly side of life; this ain't a pretty story. What I really enjoyed was the method of story telling where you are inside the thinking of the lead character hearing his thoughts. Its like you have a direct pipe into his brain; there are even times when he addresses you the reader. This draws you into the story and his actions; you become part of it rather than just seeing the actions. This is the third in this series of books which I have finished the first two part before. From where this story starts, you will never see the ending coming! Highly recommended, however, with the warnings that the subjects are not pretty.
I might have given this another star if the pace was a bit faster. I'd thought the Bangkok backdrop would be interesting but I found the story to be extremely drawn out with numerous epilogues from the main character that were just too much. I just can't manage to finish the book, which is unusual for me. I would like to know who did kill the victim but I cannot keep track of the twists in the story line. I don't know how this could have won any accolades and I'm certainly not moved to read more from this author.
I was intrigued by the locale but for some reason, I just couldn't get into the book. The narrator seemed ok so I think it was the writing. Sometimes you just can't get into a book and it might have nothing to do with the book--maybe you just aren't in the mood for that style. For whatever reason, I didn't find this book all that great and couldn't finish it. It seemed to drag on.
I personally could not listen to this book. It was too full of coarse, obscene passages. I'm no prude, the occasional F*** word doesn't bother me, but this book's description should warn that it pushes the envelope in this regard.
The reader seemed suited to the prose, and here I am not implying anything bad. I didn't listen to enough of it to be able to comment on plot, characters, etc.
I was looking for more sense of Bangkok culture, without the debauchery.
I have never heard this author before. After I got used to the accents,I liked the book. It was an original story line and not predictable. I would recommend it.