I loved the character of Eddie Dunford. I found the first book the least "poetic" of the four. Saul Reichlin is a billiant narrator!
At first I found the violence, especially toward women, hard to listen to, but the plot is very good in the final balance.
Annoyed with Audible because they wouldn't print my review about Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants"
A great noir and period piece- don't look for uplift but it will bring 1974 back if you lived through it.
Would suggest the narrator tone it down a notch- he starts at 10 on the "sounding desperate" scale and stays there for the duration- its exhausting and not always appropriate.
The writer cannot get past 1 minute without using the F word or other vulgarities....I don't consider myself a prude . . . I am a fan of Pulp Fiction! I'm surprised the Audio found a clip for the listener to hear that did not have bad words in it. I tried to get past the "F" word but then his use of Sh*t plus the "C" word involving sex with his lover finally did me in. There may be a story in there somewhere but the obscene language is extremely distracting. A BIG disappointment since Audible has chosen to showcase it this month. I asked for and received my credit back for the first time ever.
I found this book rather hard to follow. I am not certain if I will be listening to any more in the series.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I tried really hard to finish this book but just could not. I loved Saul Reichlin narration of the Millenium series but here his work was not so good. The never ending swearing bothered me and seemed unnecessary.
David Peace clearly decided to write a Raymond Chandler novel in the style of Marcel Proust and failed miserably at both.
???I???ve driven all night and come back here, as if it all came back here???, ???It came out of the dark at me as if I had been asleep my whole life???, ???I ate toast with jam??? This is the style of writing that permeates this book as if the author decided he liked the sound of lines and stuck them in anywhere even if the context belied the lines. Mixed metaphors abound.
As all bad writers do, he tells you what the main character is feeling rather than making you experience what the main character is feeling. I hesitate to use protagonist for main character here because that would mean he is a likeable person, not a weak, confused lout who couldn???t reason himself out of a grade school debate.
As far as plot, there is none that I can decipher, just random vignettes poorly linked together. If you liked the Shield TV show, and the use of curse words, you might like this book, but if you like well drawn characters, good writing, and a well thought out plot that builds to an strong conclusion, don???t waste your audible credits.
This book was disturbingly violent, but I could look beyond that if I cared about the characters (I didn't) or if the plot was great (It wasn't). I love British crime fiction, so this was just a big disappointment. Oddly, the most interesting bit was the interview with the author at the end of the audio.
I was really excited to listen to this book after reading the strong Audible recommendation and I was thrilled it was part of a series. Unfortunately I do not think this book translated well to the audible format. The first person narrative jumps between dreams, reality, and memories with little or no warning which can be a little confusing at times. However the extreme violence and a touch too much urine and vomit did translate very clearly. I couldn't wait for it to end as I found almost none of the characters likeable, including Eddie Dunford, and the ones I did were all murdered before the end of the book.
I love mysteries and the book does have a serial killer in it, but what struck me most about the book is what I think of as mafia style control and corruption over a region. The police are a hired hit squad that manipulate people (beatings and torture) to control a region, which isn't something I enjoy reading about, so for me, the book wasn't an enjoyable read.