This was an excellent book. It had plot, characters, was read well, and kept the listener connected throughout the book. I would have offered 5 stars, except the language was terrible! The f-word is used over and over, and really adds nothing to the storyline. I guess it was an attempt to make the story more believable. If so, it failed to do that for me.
Without the bad language, this is a 5-star book. As is, 3-star book. Too bad. Sometimes books improve by leaving something to the imagination.
From the annoying fake Irish accent of the narrator, to the endless descriptive passages of the pathetic life of the narrator and how disgusting it is to live in a NYC apartment full of roaches, this book is NOT worth it! I listened for 3 hours -- nothing happened -- so I stopped listening. Save your money for something good!
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Because this book had such favorable reviews, I bought it. However I could not get past the accent of the narrator. I stopped listening after the first chapter.
The reader is as good as they come. The story is intriguing, and while some implausible escapes by the main character. would have been acceptable, the plot contains too many.
The ending is somewhat predictable, but probably unavoidably so.
The reader's accent is just right and adds a great deal to the atmosphere and character development. Like so many readers, he seems to think (mistakenly) that readers must be actors and,- again, like so many readers - he's a much better reader than an actor. Trying to deliver each character's lines with a distinctive voice is not only unecessary, but also annoying.
There were several that I found very effective.
The language disappointed me in this book. It may have been shorter by 1/2 hour if the f word had been edited out.
the accent was great. Many parts of the story were riveting.
thank you Mr. Narrator
the story was fast moving.....barely a dull moment. few surprises in the plot and the descriptions weren't gory or overly detailed - some things are better left to the imagination....the beginning of some chapters read like irish poetry - it was lovely.I have to say though that i dont know if i would have had the same experience if i read the book. the narrator really carried this story! i'd give it a solid 3.5+ ( a 5 rating should be near unreachable, a 4 rating should also be used with care)
I'm angry that I spent anything to purchase this book. The author displays an extremely limited vocabulary. He doesn't seem to know many words beyond "f--k." It is repeated beyond belief. After hearing it repeated over and over and over, I finally just gave up and wrote it off as a terrible purchase. I would guess the author would have cut the length of his book in half if he'd left out this word he seems to love. Perhaps his mother washed his mouth out with soap when he used it as a child, so he has to use it now to make up for lost time!
I used a precious credit to download this first book in the trilogy, thinking this would be a new author to fall in love with. I didn't even finish the first part. The writing/story might be great, as so many other reviewers have indicated, but the narration is flat and monotonous. I could not follow the story because my mind kept wandering off. The reading/telling of this story was emotionless and I felt nothing for any of the characters. I may go back to it when I have nothing else to listen to and am waiting for new credits to hit my account...but only then.
Ratings due to complete and utter boredom. The main character couldn't keep my interest.
Gerard Doyle man please just stop!
I did not like anything about this book.
all of them and then what character? there was none!