I am a fan of the author with some of his young adult books but did not like this one. First of all the Irish accent and expressions made it hard to understand at times. Also the story itself seemed hard to take in and the pacing made it hard to enjoy. Reader was good but should not have used his Irish accent so much.
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I really enjoyed this book. The story keeps you involved and John Keating does a fantastic job! He kept me laughing though out the entire book! But... The ending left me looking for more. It was almost as if the author ran out of paper! The book just ended... Abruptly!
This is my first Colfer book so maybe that is his style and I just don't know it, but it really caught my off guard and left me wanting more from the author. I understand Colfer is a children's author... Maybe he should stick to what he knows.
As for John Keating... I look forward to listening to anything he reads. Next to the legendary Scott Brick, Keating has become my second favorite narrator.
I loved all the different accents the narrator could imitate. He was brilliant
I loved when he saved his friend from the gangsters.
No but I will go find some
It was really funny, I laughed out loud when they were making fun of the Secret, even though I love the secret.
Very entertaining. Story moves right along. Many giggles. Stayed awake into the morning.
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... but not so much in a good way.
I love all of the other Eoin Colfer novels I've read: all of the Artemis Fowls, Half Moon Investigation, and The Supernaturalist. But this story just fell a bit flat. Early in the book during character introduction/development, the story bounced around quite a bit. Then once things settled into the story, it felt more like the story was simply happening to the main character, Daniel McEvoy, rather than him engaging and actively pursuing the next stage of the events. Much like those old cartoons where the sleeping character haphazardly meanders blindly from one hazard to the next, only to peacefully end up back in his bed with little knowledge as to the hijinks that had just occurred.
That's how this reviewer sees it anyways... just a bland story about the day in the life of a bouncer with hairplugs, where the solution to a murder mystery simply unfolds around him... sort of like "The Big Lebowski", except without any real "Dudeness" to speak of... ya know?
I am a huge fan of Colfer's works, until I started to listen to this. I was shocked by the vulgar humor and the F word! my heavens! why? not 10 min in and there it is I was very disappointed with this.
While Mr. Colfer has written some fabulous kids books that adults enjoy - I love the Artemis series and really enjoyed Halfmoon. Be warned: this is NOT a kids book. I found the book crude, with the f-word frequently dropped, references to penis injections, sexual encounters, etc. John Keating does a great reading, too bad the material couldn't have been better.
Overwritten and underfed. Too cute. Not enough forward momentum. Conversations trying to establish colorful character and ending up over-written. The narrator was great. One reader called the main character an Irish Chili Palmer. That's exactly what he's not. Elmore Leonard writes the way an athlete breathes. The effort it takes shows way too much in Eoin Colfer. This is my first and last try for him, but I'll listen to John Keating again with pleasure, especially if he picks a better book.