I like spy trash (hit man/spy/international thriller stuff) if it is done well and this one is not. The characters are routinely asked to do stupid things that would not be what even a casual reader of the genre would do in the situation. A frustrating listen at best.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
After joining Audible in December 2006 I began listening to Nelson DeMIlle, Daniel Silva. and Vince Flynn thrillers. In mid-2007 I decided to purchase a book written by Brett Battles, an author I had never heard of. The novel was The Cleaner which had just been released. I discover a superb author in Brett Battles as well as the narrator, Scott Brick, who remains my favorite. I've enjoyed listening to each Brett Battles book since as it was released. The Cleaner is, of course, Book 1 in the wonderful Jonathan Quinn series.
Although The Cleaner at 3.8 stars is not as highly rated as subsequent Quinn novels, it is an excellent novel and the place to start the series after first listening to Becoming Quinn which was published in 2012 and is a superb introduction to the man who became Jonathan Quinn.
Husband, father, lifter, recovering alcoholic
He characters are awesome. Quinn, Nate and Orlando are unstoppable.
Quinn is the new Jack Reacher.
The characters come to life. Nates playful innocence, Orlando's determination, Quinn's self confidence can be heard in his reading, it's more in the inflection the it is on the words. Brilliant.
Very highly recommend this whole series. I just wish it was longer.
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I love this series!
The job of cleaning up murder scenes could make for stomach churning stories from the pens of some writers. However, Brett Battles, while giving those gruesome details, manages to move along story lines with a style that keeps you entertained. I hesitate to use the word humorous, but wry might describe the tone. As if it's all in an ordinary day's work, each book has a new scenario. Jonathan Quinn must do his assigned task and there are always complications (sometimes it's his own curiosity.)
Needless to say, with a life constantly on call, a job requiring secrecy and with high security risks Quinn is left estranged from his family and with few contacts other than his trusted working partners. This leads to the development of his history and character as the series progresses. In addition, the other regulars have their own histories, crises, and relationships with Quinn.
Scott Brick, as always, is a perfect narrator. He manages to voice urgency, danger, and fear at appropriate times without intruding on the scene or dialog.
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
This canned, quasi-spy novel, is written to wind your tension-lovin' spring. But, the story is so pedestrian, so canned and unbelievable, that its masquerade as thriller is as transparent as the unsmoked glass that the good guys must endure in their rented Porches when the genocidal maniacs shoot their silenced guns through the streets of crowded cities into their righteous and speedy vehicles.
What incredibly bogus, pulp fiction, this stuff is…I feel dirty.
But, as always Scott Brick is my hero. Narrator extraordinaire!
I like an action/mystery book or movie to move along and not get hung up on details. If I could have edited this book, I would have cut out several chapters and had the central plot move more directly.
The good -
The bad -
shallowly developed characters
The ugly -
terrible narration. all the voices were the same and the man cannot do accents to save his life.