English Lit BA highest honors UC Berkeley, 1974. Listening to books for pleasure or education is fun and it separates good writing from bad.
Thomas Perry sir, when are you going to regale us with tales of the level of the Butcher's Boy series or 'Metzger's Dog'? This was a reread (listen) for me, and O, how your craft doth flow! The frisson of surprise that you, the reader are pulling for a professional killer!
And of course, Michael Kramer's cool narration gives the low down on how the rotten crooks keep it on the down low.
Solid story. A couple of telegraphed outcomes of some sticky situations, but enjoyed the book to the end. I put 50k miles on my car each year and look for stories that keep me intrigued and awake. This kept me intrigued.
read the book. the performance was bad. monotone and boring. It was like the narrator has to pause after every sentence. No movement, did not convey any action.
The Informent was great.
Say something about yourself!
Elizabeth Waring and of course "The Butchers Boy", Michael Schaeffer. I love a book that makes a "Bad" guy the guy you love.
I love the scene in the church and of course the ending scenes that brought the story to an end.
Michael Kramer does a great job as a narrator, and will now check out more Thomas Perry books, as this was my first, but NOT my last.
The suddenness of the ending threw off the whole pace of the book. Just prior to the end we are presented with, "Three weeks later...". Then it is tidily, though unbelievably, wrapped up in several paragraphs. It seems the author ran out of ideas, or words.
All of them.
A likable killer.
Well read and well written, I found this book enjoyable despite not having read the rest of the series. The main character the aptly named "Butcher's Boy" was both scary and at the same time, likeable. It kept me interested right till the end.
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.