Entertaining book. Not realistic but plenty of action and relatively well written. Will listen to further Perry novels.
The butcher boy is an unforgettable character. There is something fascinating about assassin stories and here is one you can root for, albeit in a semi-guilty way. The book is well written, chilling and humorous at the same time, fast paced and original. I enjoyed each one in the series.
We listened to the three Butcher's Boy books. We loved the first and last one, and the middle one was so-so. What we really liked was the ending of the third book, and the conclusion to the B.B.'s forage into the world. We recommend it!
Yes, The delivery that Michael Kramer gives adds to the underlying coldness of the hit man which I found riveting.
I found "The Gray Man' series by Mark Greaney to be of the same quality. The narrator makes it seem perfectly plausible that the main character can just calmly perform the super human acts that he does. The action is fast paced.
My favorite scene was at the end but I don't want to give it away. Suffice it to say, I like how the author worked out how the Butcher Boy could retire.
Yes, it was hard to tear myself away from the book.
The author presents interesting ways in which the main character gets out of seemingly impossible situations. The author also manages to make the "bad guy" look like a good guy even though he really is not. He straddles a fine line and does it remarkable well.
If you like thrillers and mysteries that keep you entertained and guessing, then you add this to your library.
The gravity and near-monotone of the reader's voice add to the drama, although the slowness of his pace can sometimes be a bit irritating. The ins and outs of the plot yield surprises, and the pacing of the narrative keeps it all rolling along at a good clip.
The butcher's boy is a sympathetic bad guy and a great projection screen for your average guy omnipotent power fantasy. The female protagonist, though, is a flat, one-dimensional fantasy, less a screen for projection and identification, or even fascination, than a soft foil for the bad guys.
As far as thrillers are concerned this is little short of excellent. One feels that we should be less admiring of the 'BOY"however he evokes powerful sympathy. One is left with the feeling the world is a better place for his being in it, although there are times that we wish he had been less acomadating to his prime employers. well written, fast moving, an excellent plot and narrated very well, in all, a great book I will be looking for more.
Love history, good mysteries, spiritual, in general well written books. Shy away from romance novels.
This book is part of the Butcher's Boy series. It is a fast hard hitting story and I would enjoy reading others like it.
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
I could not put this book down! The butchers boy kept me listening late into the night. It is extremely violent, but most of it was justified. The whole Mafia connection was interesting too. Naration excellent. I love this book.
I am going to start buying other Thomas Perry books after this one. The story, based on a hit man with whom I had total empathy (he takes out bad guys right?), moves along at a brisk pace and develops the two main characters wonderfully. Michael Kramer has an interesting narration: he delivers his words in almost a monotone that is totally effecting. He lets the words and the story move the listener along. I loved the way he delivered the story! This is a fast paced book, I found I liked both main characters considerably, they were intelligent, wily, and resourceful, and Kramer's narration makes this a total winner.
I became an audiobook reader 9 years ago when I worked for a mission agency. When you wake up in the jungle in PNG because of the heat, can't get out of the mosquito net because of malaria carrying mosquitos and/or snakes, Audiobooks ara a great way to pass the time. Nowdays I don't read if I can listen,
Love the Butcher's Boy concept of riding the center line dealing to the baddies while avoiding the goodies with a healthy respect.
Michael Kramer does a creditable job with this book as he does with other Perry books.
For years I have bought lots of
I don't know where Thomas Perry has been but I think it's a shame that his books haven't had greater exposure. I would love to see them on the screen one day.