I have heard a lot of great things about this book, but the narrative is so bad that I can't tell for myself if the book is any good or not. I wasn't going to even rate the story but I couldn't post a review without doing so. The narration is all one voice at one level of intensity no matter what is happening. This makes it difficult to understand who is talking sometimes and makes it difficult to stay tuned into the story.
Bronson Pinchot would be a great narrator for this book.
Love gritty mystery thrillers.
i never read the print version
the main character is my favorite
I'm not a fan of his narration, the book got so much better when Kirby Heyborne read book two and three.
i pretty much did, the book was refreshing and a fun listen.
great story! If you like shows like dexter, you will love this series.
Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.
I noticed a few people mentioned they didn't like the narration. I thought it was fine, but I don't think Nelson's voice is a good match for the genre. I think his voice would be perfect for non-fiction, business, or something like that. It helped to increase the pace to 1.5 speed.
The story was great. At one point the plot seemed to twist so much that I found myself a little disappointed that the story I had become invested in seemed to no longer be the focus. But it ended up getting all tied together. I'm surprised that the average rating is under four stars. I recommend giving it the book a try.
I decided just to read the book after a chapter. John Allen Nelson just sounds like a computer. I'm used to fixing inflection and accent here and there in my head, but I had to re-render EVERYTHING so that it sounded like a kid in high school and had the sarcasm of that high schooler. Dan Wells is great, though. I met him at Comic-con with Brandon Sanderson. if you like Brandon, you'll love Dan. I guess my fiancé is proof that if you *don't* like Brandon Sanderson, you'll like Dan Wells, but that'bedside the point..
I read the other reviews - I was warned. But I listened to a sample and thought, "The narrator isn't bad. I'll give it a shot."
Yeah, I should have heeded their advice. The narrator starts out as tolerable, but it just wore me down the further I got into the book. And while the subject of the book is interesting, the writing isn't enough to entice me to finish the book. When you're wincing at the thought of listening again, that's not a good sign.
A nice romp!
I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!
I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!
This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.
This was a great debut effort that stands out because of the strong characterization of the main character. Boiled down, this is a pretty straightforward mystery novel. The thing that makes it stand out is that the story is told in the voice of a main character who is a sociopath. In that sense, Wells has done an outstanding job. Now, I don't know if his depiction of a sociopath is accurate or not, but it feels believable enough. On the other hand, the main character is afraid that he is going to turn into a serial killer because he has so many common serial killer traits and thoughts. I don't know if I buy all that, and I think that it is overdone in several places. Parts of the book were disturbing and I would rather they not be in there, personally. But overall I have to admit that it is well done. The overall plot may not be realistic, but the book itself is pretty good.
This is a clever little book, kind of Dexter for YA, but the narrator is so so wrong I could barely listen to the story. So on on level was not well spent.
He simply sounds like a grouchy older guy, not al all like a teen. It was a complete mismatch, for which I guess the publisher is to blame.