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.
This was an ok book. Not great, but not bad. The narrator has been beat up pretty bad in other reviews. I think reason the narrator didn't work is because the main character is a 15 year old boy, and his narration was just not believable. It especially atrocious when he did female voices. I actually felt embarrassed for the narrator. This is the first book in a series. I will not listen to the rest of the books.
The story is told from a teenage boy's point of view and the narrator sounded like a middle age man. I hate when narrators are poorly matched to the character they are narrating. I found it hard to enjoy the story because it was so distracting. I didn't like the narrators cadence.
I wish I wouldn't have spent my money on this book
I didn't really think the story was that entertaining
no, not if the same narrator is used
perhaps if he was supposed to be narrating a middle age or older man's character
I enjoyed this book even though I am NOT into supernatural fantasy stuff. I took a chance since it was on sale and I enjoyed it. I will probably get the next in the series, especially if it's on sale.
FYI.. might be a little spoiler in this review, but I wish there had been before I bought the book.
After reading other reviews I expected the bad narrator, and that's what I got. As long as you go in expecting that then it's not THAT bad lol. I thought the story sounded interesting and was going to get the next 2 books in the series if I liked this one, but now I'm not so sure. The book went in a supernatural direction that I wasn't expecting and I wasn't really looking for that kind of story so it was a little disappointing.