Delightful book -- full of interesting characters, dark humor, and social/political commentary delivered with a deft touch. Terrific narrator -- local color is spot on. Oh, and a good story too. I even enjoyed some oblique potshots at my august alma mater. All in all, highly recommended.
Jeff Woodman nailed the Rhode Island accent. I cracked up on the subway when he did the main character disguising his voice on the phone. The first time I listened to a book he narrated it was Scottish, English, and Irish.
I liked hearing directly from the author why he wrote the book.
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
This is a great update on the reporter as crime fighter trope - this isn't 'His Girl Friday,' it's a depressed newsroom with layoffs and budget cuts, and has a more unvarnished view of the journalism industry. The protagonist, Mulligan, has issues, of course, but also has an entertaining cast of acquaintances and sources, in varying shades of unsavory. The author does a great job of creating the look and feel of this town. This first is an excellent book, with a lot of heart. I recommend 'Cliff Walk' as well, a solid follow up.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book--but I doubt the paper version could compare. The performance is so wonderful, and the timing of lines so perfect that I don't believe I would have enjoyed it half as much if I hadn't listened to it on Audible. I would listen to it a second time if on a drive with my husband. Loved the baseball elements throughout.
Everything--as mentioned above. Accents are so important to the characters in this book. And the timing of the lines is perfect.
No--I enjoy prolonging the end of the best books I hear or read.
The language--Fword used as an adjective to most nouns--might bother some. But it created the characters so beautifully. Not a good choice if you are listening with children in the car! I do find that after I listen to a book like this I find myself cursing more often.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Let me get the narration and production out of the way first. Terrific. Okay, now for the plot... It works on every level. More twists than Whoopie Goldberg's locks. Characters? Every one, even those only on the phone... worked. And when I say worked... I meant the all did heavy lifting. This book made me want to cut out the world and just listen. Can't write more, I'm off to find the next Bruce DeSilva novel. Oh BTW... look at my reviews... I'm a HARD grader... and look... LOOK! FIVE STARS. Wheeeee.... :-)
This was my first book by this author. I enjoyed the story and the bits of humor interjected; the narrator's performance was excellent. My only recommendation to the author for future books is to limit the amount of sports talk. Many of us reading these books are not sports fans and are not familiar with the players, teams, etc. I enjoyed the mystery and although you could figure out much of it, that didn't detract from the story. I loved the ending, which is important to me (to have an ending that ties up all loose ends and doesn't leave you either hanging or depressed). All and all this is a very good book and I would highly recommend it.
This is my first experience with Bruce DaSilva. The writing is very funny, but it's the narrator who makes it priceless. His various Rhode Island accents are brilliant. I listened to it on the treadmill and I laughed like an idiot. Aidiobooks don't often make me laugh out loud, and I love it when one does. The writing reminds me of the late and very much lamented Donald Westlake. Same cast of looney and slightly demented characters. I will definitely get more of the Mulligan series by DaSilva.
One of the top 10%.
I became friends with the characters... and made a few new enemies as well.
The respect shown to Mulligan by "the business men" by dismissing him from the long table before business was concluded.
"I gotta change that ring tone..."
If you like Lee Child and John Sanford you must buy this book.
An almost perfect presentation of a brilliant, engaging, clever, wry and gripping story. The characters are brand-new, yet so tenderly brought to life that you feel you'd recognize them on the street. This book packs an emotional wallop and still manages to be wholly believable. I just learned that the second book in the series is out, and I know what I'm listening to next!
The main character may be closer to a charming Andy Carpenter or young Spenser, but his story places him in sinister company and surroundings more familiar to readers of Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Adrian McKinty and Dennis LeHane. Anyone who appreciates great storytelling and flawless characterizations will love this audiobook.
Although this may have a wonderful story, I cannot fully comment. I admit to being an unusual reader. I greatly dislike vulgar speech. The F word repeated so often does make any book for me virtually unreadable. I made it through a few hours, then stopped. I realize I am not the audience for this book, but I personally appreciate it when someone else writes a review that comments on such strong language.