I love Charlie Huston's Hank Thompson trilogy (Caught Stealing, etc)- he does full-energy noir better than any modern author since James Crumley. This is a very different book and also wonderful. The narrators did an excellent job of portraying the different first-person voices and the story itself is compelling and terrifying. The first chapter or so is a bit tough to key in to, since you are dropped right in the middle of the story with characters that are not yet introduced, let alone developed. Give it a chance, it's a great listen.
I was a bit worried when I read some of the negative reviews. Wow, those people were just wrong.
Huston sets up a sort of love child between Perfect Dark and Hannibal in this book. The styles and words and descriptions and patters all work together to set the moods. The meticulous perfection of a hired killer and the exhausted over-think of a philosopher-cop cum overstressed husband and father in a city that is disintegrating into chaos around them all.
Ignore the swapping between the two narrators. It's not quite tied solely to the point of view of the speaker -- I think it's more about the state of pace and style in each part, but even then I'm not really sure. Just go with it and let the voices do the job of setting pace. It works.
at the risk of reviewing, reviews I have a feeling that those bored by or confused by this book are the same people that have thumb callouses from texting at 75 words per minute.I probably don't share much genetic stock or communication proclivity with these people and personally think Charlie really told a terrifically detailed and terrifying story here. Anyone who read Steven King's "The Stand" while in the first stages of a cold or flu, will understand when I say, this is what Mr. Huston does with our food supply including the "corn syrup is good for you" commercials.
I gave the book a 4 star rating only because it scared the heck out of me and I can't recommend anyone not in the right frame of mind reading or listening to it, if I hadn't had corn meal pancakes for breakfast I would have given it a 5.
Don't share this book with anyone who doesn't realize in what kind of a mess the human race is in, or perhaps you should spread it as far as possible, just because Thomas Malthus was discredited doesn't mean he was wrong.
Thank God my eyes were spared the pain my ears endured, it is so ironic that the the book is about people who can't sleep, when this book would be the perfect cure.This guy could not walk down the isle of a grocery store without describing in every detail every item on every shelf on both sides, and by the time he was done he would have forgotten what he came to the store to buy. I hate wasting money so i said that i would finish the book somehow,but when i found myself wanting to smash my ipod to bits, i figured it was time to count my loss and quit.
I loved the two narrators. Porter and Bramhall were terrific. It helped to keep the characters straight. I am not a gamer so I cannot attest to the accuracy but thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of the story. I thought it was a real page turner.
Great listen - compelling characters, well read, both narrators were excellent. If you like noir-ish fiction and a reasonably plausible near-future scenario, buy this. Well drawn characters, even the evil mercenary. I listened to this Audiobook even when I had written materials at hand. In tone and prose, it reminded of "The Road".
They were fine
Waste of time
I bought this based on a couple good reviews by others. I like books of most styles but could never get into this story in any way. My rule is to stay at least 5 chapters just in case my interest picks up. I have only booted a book once after 5 in the last couple years and I listen to two books a month on average when I travel for work. I made it all the way through this book and wish I hadn't.
This was the biggest waste of a credit imaginable. The story line sounded interesting, but it was far from that. I finished it, but only because I had nothing else to listen to or read. I normally listen constantly every day to a book, this I kept skipping whole days and feeling like I was wasting my time. Hope he doesn't write anything else.