Without a doubt. Michael Kramer is a fantastic performer.
Constantly on the edge of my seat. This is the third and last in The Butcher's Boy series and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the first two books....and was the same here. Listened for hours at a time. It is a very detailed and tightly woven plot and every thought and action of the assassin is performed.
Have not heard Michael Kramer before, but I have listened to all three of The Butcher's Boy series and Kramer is at the top of my list. Will seek him out now.
It kept me riveted for hours.
Do not miss even one of The Butcher's Boy series.
So i skipped to this one because of the reviews and I was not disappointed. I can be a bit squeamish however this book is not overly graphic. Based on the summary I put off getting it for a while and in this respect it really exceeded my expectations. It is fast paced throughout. I will only say that the ending seemed a bit abrupt to me, though this is only a minor gripe.
The Butcher's Boy series of Thomas Perry is my favorite of all time. I also have to say that Michael Kramer is my favorite narrator. In fact, he and Johnathan Davis are the only narrators I ever search for just to listen to their performances. I recommend the Butcher's Boy series is best enjoyed in order, but you can pick them up in any sequence and pick up seamlessly. I am now listening to this wonderful suspense thriller for the second time and enjoying it just as much as the first. Thank you Mr Perry and Mr Kramer. You make a great team.
That is true of any book for me. It's all in the narration. If the voice doesn't grab me, or convince me, I won't purchase it.
When he saves the woman who had been hunting him.
He did them all so well, but The Informant himself is what sold me to purchase the book.
In the men's room with the honest wise guy. He showed his metal. He was a man of honor.
I was testing out books, looking for something like Michael Connelly's books. I have read and listened to all of Michael Connelly's works, two and three times. It's was the Narration of, The Informant, that sold it for me. I listened to this book first and then searched for others by Thomas Perry. I did purchase Butcher's Boy not knowing Michael Connelly was going to give a recommend to this author and such a great one at that. I liked the Butcher's Boy but I like this one, The Informant, much better.
There are books I thought looked interesting but I didn't purchase because I didn't like the narration. The voice was wrong. The narrator wasn't matched well to the material or wasn't as good as I was hoping to hear.
Due to audible I am enjoying the written word so much more. I would read a book maybe every other month and now I am going through books like a scholar. I listen to each book several times. This is perfect for me.
More Thomas Perry, more Michael Kramer please.
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.