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.
It's a good thing the story is so good. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to listen to the narrator. Whoever said it sounds like he's doing Unsolved Mysteries is correct. He overly dramatizes mundane scenes, calmly describes graphically dramatic scenes and puts way too much emphasis in all the wrong places.
Five stars for the book. One star for the narrator. Balances out to 3 stars over all.
It's not very often you have a sociopath as a protagonist. But our unlikely hero in this book, John Wayne Cleaver is no Beaver Cleaver. He's a 16 year old sociopath... excuse me, he's too young for that label, but then, you'll just have to listen to get all the details of our hero's life; how he lives above a mortuary, loves to embalm people, is fascinated by serial killers and becomes a demon hunter.
I really enjoyed this book, and wanted to listen to the other two, and did. Plenty of tension, plot twists and interesting characters. And it was well read by the narrator. I recommend it.
From reading the publishers summary of the book I had no idea the main character was a 15 year old boy (and a diagnosed sociopath) or that there were some supernatural elements key to the story. I wouldn't have wasted a credit had I known. I have to agree with the comparision to "Robert Stack" on the narrator.
As the other reviewers have stated, the narration isn't easy to listen to, however don't judge the book on how someone else speaks it.
I personally wasn't a huge fan of the story but for personal reasons. I think a lot of it could have been handled differently, however, the delivery was done reasonably well.
This book is readable, not so much listenable. No offense to John Allen Nelson, but he was not the right choice for a teenage narrator.
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.