Yes and no, it was just a creative listen
Listening to Johns thoughts and concerns
Not right for the story
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Strange, not bad, terrible narration. A want to be yound Dexter with a supernatural twist. Not my type of story, but not awful.
No. The story may be good, but I couldn't tell. The narrator reads as though every sentence ends with an exclamation mark. It was so annoying that I had to stop listening. I could not appreciate the story.
An different narrator.
Anyone with emotion. The monotone narration was the worst.
The story is good, but the narrator is terrible. Go for the other books in the series, and buy this one in print.
No, absolutely not. John Cleaver, the narrator of I Am Not A Serial Killer, describes a newscaster in the book as famous for his "sensationalist melodrama" and I thought that was a pretty apt description of the narrator for the book. The only time I thought the narrator of the audiobook was doing a good job was when he was voicing the newscaster.
I thought this was a pretty good book. I heard about it through a podcast that the author puts on and he talked about the main character a couple times which got me intrigued about the book.
The story was good, engaging and you really sympathise with the main character, John Cleaver. I was surprised when I found out that he was much much younger than I thought he would have been but that worked well in terms of the story.
I have already recommended this book to some friends but I'd give out the warning that if you're sqeamish at all to avoid this book as there are some graphic descriptions of dead things.
Yes, particularly because of the genre bending twist that comes out of no where. Its the sort of surprise that realy wakes me up durring a listen. "wait! What?!" I love a book that can through you of balance.
The sociopathic protagonist puts me in mind of the many wonderful 'Dexter' novels by Jeff Lindsay. The surprise supernaturtal elemnts put me in mind of 'The Harbor" by John Ajvide Lindqvist (of 'Let the Right One In' fame). But in retrospect the unsetling mood that inspires great discomfort reminded me of "The Dead Father's Club" by Matt Haig.
Due to the detatched emotionless pressence the main character maintains through most story Nelson's performance is really effective when he really lets loose. The characters are clearly seperate with enough life and depth that you feel for them even for the protagonist and antogonist, each of which the reader may feel guilty sympathising or empathysing for.
John Cleaver is an very interesting character. Ironically the sociopath is more human because of the relationships he has with the people in his life, particularly his mother, his phyciatrist, and his 'enemy'. Like Dexter Morgan, John Cleaver has a 'dark passanger'. He calls this darker nature within himself 'Mr. Monster'. It is his desire to sipress and reluctance to unlease Mr. Monster that makes John a sympathetic character. He knows he is different, but doesn't want to be a killer. Hense the title.
I thought this was a enjoyable story. It is fully selfcontained, but i was plesantly surprised to find out there are more John Cleaver books, that i plan to listen to as soon as possible.
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This is not my sort of book. I generally read fantasy, and urban more the epic. There is really nothing about this book that says that it would be something that I would be interested in but the story of the book really compelled me and I couldn't stop listening even though I really should have.
I greatly enjoyed the character of John Cleaver. I found it oddly fascinating watching the monster lurking not very far under the surface of the character. John never denies it and works very hard to control it. The struggle he goes through and the breaks in walls he builds around himself is fascinating to watch. John is such a well realized character but you are never allowed to forget his dangerous nature. He's sympathetic and horrifying all at the same time. Honestly, found him kind of noble in his own off-kilter way.
The main problem I had with the book was the narration. Not that the actual performance was bad, just that he really sounded so mature that for the first hour or so I had to will my self to suspend disbelief and I think it took something away from the beginning of the story.
I'm not sure if the book is good or not. I was so put off by the narrator that I only lasted 15 minutes.
Anyone in the English-speaking world except Carrot Top or Steve from the Dell commercials.
I'll let you know after I read the book.
This is just the kind of story I long for - one that makes you think and forces your imagination into the darkest crevices of the human mind. One that makes you just a little more leery of the nice teen boy who cuts your grass and shovels your snow. What's so scary about John Wayne Cleaver? Everything. But most of all, his very ordinariness. I have never come across a work that combs so thoroughly the inner-most thoughts of a sociopath - to the point that it makes me wonder about Dan Wells, himself! And with a nice lemon splash of the supernatural - it doesn't get any better than this. Except for the next book, Mr. Monster, which was even a darker shade of evil. Ohhhhh...these are well worth the credits, believe me!
this listen was easy to understand and light hearted.
I like the twist at the end.I think they could have chosen a better reader. overall a good listen.