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.
OMG the other reviews are right! This narrator is completely wrong for this story. He sounds like a 30-year-old man, but the main character is supposed to be 15. I just couldn't buy it with this narrator. The narrator also has strange intonation and stress patterns - the words he emphasizes are weirdly chosen, and the dialogue is kind of stilted and unrealistic because of it.
The story is good, but the narrator made it really frustrating to get through.
The story is terrific, had me laughing out loud in the middle of the grocery store. However, the narrator is completely inappropriate. For the first few minutes it makes it almost intolerable, however, the story kept me hooked and I was able to finish. I see there is a new narrator for the second book in the series so I can't wait to give that one a try.
Some reviewers are complaining about the reader, but I think he's got a creative solution to doing a 15-year-old's voice. He does sound naive and young, and that's what the protagonist is.
I have a feeling this book would be perfect for male teens, and may be intended for young adults. However, I enjoyed it and I finished it, and I'm not young or male!
It's not clear that John Wayne Cleaver is a serial killer. He thinks he is, but he may just be mixed up normally. He does not in fact kill anyone....................exactly, at least not anyone human. I liked this kid a lot more than Dexter, which goes WAAAAY too far in violence for me.
Lots of action and lots of interesting psychology and very creative ideas: all in all, a good listen, in my opinion.
I grew up in a household full of books. I love reading, and I love having someone read to me.
I have two real problems with this.
One is a personal issue, the other is a narration issue.
Problem the first:
I have an irrational fear of embalming (I know, I know...that's why it's irrational), and as this takes place partly in a mortuary, it's a no brainer that embalming will be mentioned...I have no issue with that...but it wasn't just mentioned. It was described. I do have issues with that...listening in the car on the way to work was not the best idea...blarg...once I got past that bit I really began to enjoy the story.
The second issue:
I have an issue with the decision to cast John Allen Nelson as the narrator for this audiobook. Don't get me wrong, he has a wonderful voice for reading, just not for reading a narration by a 15 year old boy. His voice makes John Cleaver sound like a news anchor. I just don't think it was a good fit. I see that there is a diffrent narratior for the next two books, so I hope he's a better fit.
With the exception of these two thing I really enjoy this book, and would definatly recommend it.
I loved this book because the main character was creepy and the antagonist was likable. I will never read this book again or further books in the series because the main character was too creepy for my taste. Read at your own peril. I would, however, suggest that a friend of mine would read this.