I love the Sandman Slim series - he's anything but PC and I love his sarcasism, wit and bloody response to the antagonists. MacLeod Andrews is the perfect voice for this book! He makes a some what laking story still very enjoyable again and again.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
OK, I love this series BUT this book didn't go where I expected. I was left with a distinct "Is this all there is to the fire?" feeling. Hoping Book four answers some questions, this one cut some corners. Just sayin'...
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
As an individual episode, this book is just OK. Sandman Slim spends another novel being a tough guy, treating his friends like garbage, referencing movies, beating up monsters and cracking one-liners. That leitmotiv remains strong. Unfortunately, there is no deepening of the narrative or development of the characters. Throughout the previous book I'd thought it was going somewhere. Jim was learning about his dual nature and hinting at a growing maturity in solving his complex problems. Kadrey appears to have scrapped that sort of character development. It makes this book feel like empty calories. It has some good fight scenes and it has a well described Los Angeles qua Hell setting that will probably appeal to people from that area, but the characters are just meh.
I understand the whole "root for the bad guy," anti-hero protagonist narrative. These novels are missing two important elements of this. The anti-hero is usually rebelling against a system or a prevailing authority of some sort. For that protagonist to be an anti-hero instead of merely a villain, that system has to be corrupt somehow justifying his or her antithesis. In this series, there is no such system or authority. There are lots of powerful individuals, but there is really no "man" to stick it to. Also the anti-hero has to have some redeeming quality for the audience to admire. Jim is mean, dishonorable, selfish, sociopathic and not particularly smart. He has a lot of power, but he uses it to harm innocents for his own convenience and rebukes those that show him kindness all while failing to grow up.
He's a thug. There is little to redeem him. I am back to rooting for him to lose. I think this will be the last book of this series for me unless I get really bored.
unfortunately, not everyone who strings together magic and PI is able to hold a candle to Harry Dresden. Please correct me if I am injustly prejudiced, in as far as I started on "Aloha from Hell", which is the third(?) of the series, and maybe I just lack the immersion that the first story captures you in. But really, I find it quite tedious. The narrator does his best, and he is very good. But for the rest, well, let me say, it seems to be something for the initiated only. If you like that kind of genre, as I do, you're far better off with Simon R.Green`s "Nightside", or you might like to check out Benjamin Jacka (don`t know if he`s on audibe yet). Have fun!
I loved the first two books in this series, however this one dosent measure up. Characters are two dimensional and what was sharp cynical wit in the first two books, comes off as belligerent ranting in this book.
The narration and performance is very good making this disappointment more tolerable.
The overall story isn't bad. Sometimes Kadrey gets stuck in exposition as opposed to moving the plot forward. I think some explanations could've been omitted but it's a fun enough listen
I would recommend this book only to the open-minded that could appreciate an atypical, but fun story.
The most interesting and frustrating aspect of the story was the description of Hell. The author's persistence to describe Hell was a distraction that served only to decrease the quality of the story. The strength of this work is found in the dynamics that develops between the colorful characters and their roles.
The narrator is outstanding! I actually look for books narrated by MacLeod Andrew's. He has the uncommon gift of bringing a story to life.
Mustang Sally's Ride to Hell.
sometimes when my back hurts so bad I lie down and it takes me 2 hours just to try to find one book there are so many to choose Iluv audible
Well done Mr. Kadrey MacLeod Andrews gives a powerhouse performance he's as good as They come
Kadrey's writing is both action packed and subtly beautiful. Macleod Andrews brings his work to life like no one else. The characters are complex, conflicted and excrutiatingly human, yet the story delivers larger than life obstacles, fantastical settings, and epic, world threatening battles.
Looking for action, fantasy, gritty realism and characters to fall in love with? Stop looking. You found it.