Great book, but he cover that Audible uses is embarrassing. The narrator grew on my in the second book. A little predictable, kind of simple, but engrossing.
This book was great. I really enjoyed the plot as well as the narrator, who brings the book to life. Wish they had more books from the series.
I didn't read the print edition, so I can't really say. However, Brick did a good job conveying the laid-back nature of a couple of the characters (esp. a hippie leader of one faction), which I wouldn't have picked up on quickly without his narration. He's obviously a talented performer, so bound to make the most of what the text has to offer.
It's a first-person story, so we of course identify with the main character, who is a nice mix of tough guy and worrywart.
I really liked all the character voices *other* than the main character, who, presumably by request of the author, has a sort of trite noir-detective New York twang. Every time the story returned from other groups (the downtown hippies, the way-uptown black toughs, the mysterious druidical sect) to our main character, I cringed a little again. But the story and overall narration were great, so I was pulled along.
It had fast and slow stretches, so there were some breaks when I didn't mind having to take my headphones off. But I did want to get back to it.
Not at all typical of how vampires are handled, and honestly, the sort of detective story and political maneouvering are much more central to the story than is the vampire aspect, so it might appeal to plenty of people who are put off by all the romantic woes of the mainstream vampire cadre...
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This was okay to listen to, but it did not draw me in at all. This adds nothing extra to the genre.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Scott Brick could not even salvage this listen. I have no history and I felt like I jumped into the middle of the story. This is a vampire story and there was no biting, there disease was caused by a virus...I think. I have no idea what made me choose this book but thank goodness it was a 4.95 blue moon special. I forced myself to finish it to see if it would make any sense in the end...it didn't.
I liked the original a little better, but it's still great and I can't wait for the next installment on audible.com.
I tried to listen the endless devastation of his existence is too much.
Did not go to the end.
A serious downer.
Actually a little slow.
I don't know who to replace him with, but Scott's dialect used to characterize black people in his perception of the ghetto, was extremly offensive and over the top. Why not just resurrect the "Black Face" Amos and Andy white men playing black men from the 40's amd 50's on radio.
Yes, Yes, Yes. I like the story line but was completely turned-off as an African-American by the dialect used to project what the author and narrator think black people sound like. Exactly, what audience is that playing to?
I am conflicted as to buying any other books narrated in the same fashion. I really cannot see spending my money for more offensive narration. I will add that since I got the book on tape, whcih I purchase hundreds of during the year, I do not know if Mr. Houston uses the same dialectics in the written words. If that is the case, it is extremely offensive both in the written words and the narration and I can believe many are offended.