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.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
Leave out the torture of animals
I'm not sure.
Someone with the acting ability to sound 15. Andy Crane (Grinny).
Anything that mentions hurting animals.
Interesting idea, I guess.
Any comparison to the Dexter series is accurate on only the most superficial level. The dark self-exploration of the disturbed psyche that is at the heart of Dexter's story is mature, thought-provoking and at times hauntingly lyrical. Mr. Wells' novel is a completely different genre, relying on a fantasy creature rather than the real-life monsters that Dexter seeks. In gastronomical terms, the Dexter series is a blood-rare steak--Wells' book is a bag of Doritos.
I don't think this is really my type of book. It was hard to follow at times and the subject was one that does not really interest me. I listen to books on my commute to work each day and now have someone riding with me. This was her book selection - we will complete the series. Maybe the next book will be better.
No - not my type of book
He brings the character to the book - the voice and freakiness of the character. Job well done
Yes to explain the demons
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. It had a lot of pyscho-analysis of serial killers as well as dealing with inner demons.
John is very upfront about the demons that haunt him. In real life this is hard to find so I always appreciate it when I see (or hear it).
Mr. Nelson was a good reader, but not the right person for this reading. The part of John, who is supposed to be a teenager, was way too mature.
Towards the end, John's mom tried to make an effort to make thier relationship better.
I think I might have enjoyed this book more with a different narrator. Throughout most of the story, the main character sounded angry, hostile and just plain annoying. I think the narrator was not getting the connection with the character. It was not terrible or unbearable; just distracting. I found some valuable insight into the world of sociopaths, and how it clearly not all sociopaths are inherently dangerous. I appreciate this point of view. Add to that some inside views of a mortuary, and the story becomes that more tangible. The story progressed well, and it was not long before I was feeling a great deal of empathy for this teen and his plight. But, I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the ending. I think maybe the author struggled with this story, and may have rushed to publication a bit. I would not discourage others outright against this book, as it does have some very energetic moments. I found myself crying for some of the characters. But, I will have to think twice about others written by Dab Wells or narrated by John Allen Nelson. It may be that they are just not a good combination together. Overall, it was a worthwhile listen for me.
Loved loved loved this book. I agree that the person reading the book was miscast. I think he was trying to get across that the main character essentially has no empathy, but instead it came across as monotone. Otherwise, the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I was very skeptical about the supernatural element, which I thought was going to be a cop out, but instead I found it fascinating. I want to know more. I'd really like it if one of the characters went to the Vatican library or something and researched the issue because I'm dying to understand what exactly John is fighting. I literally stayed up all night listening to this. Best book this year.
The story itself is very interesting, hard to listen to the narrator. It is suppose to be a fifteen year old, but sounds like he is in thirties ( at least ). The reader is monotone, with an odd speaking pattern (think Terminator crossed with the Twilight Zone speaker). I really wish they would redo the audiobook with another reader.
Yes, even with the awful narration
The choice of narrator wasn't a good fit. I looked at other books the actor has read and think that the non-fiction and detective stories would be a better fit for him.
The story is an interesting one. A teenage sociopath as the protagonist is a daring concept. The characterization of the villain made him hard to completely demonize.
My only complaint was that the editor didn't correct Dan's grammar. I was mentally correcting it as I was listening and that can be quite distracting.