The story was a little inconsistent at times. Mainly the love/romantic complication that Bobby Dollar gets himself into with a demoness. How does an angel fall for a demon? Better yet, how does am angel fall for a demon because she looks so hot, even though he knows her appearance is nothing but illusion. Otherwise, the mystery is somewhat interesting, and satisfyingly tied up at the end.
Sure. I'm in for Bobby Dollar number two anyway.
Well read. I know a good narrator when halfway through a book I forget its just one guy reading the book!
Worth the listen.
Nothing like a great audio book. Nothing worse than a bad book - audio or otherwise.
I was excited to see that Tad Williams had started a new series. I am a big Williams fan, having enjoyed all of his other books. For those who haven't yet done so, I recommend reading or listening to his Otherland series. I would also recommend any of his fantasy books. The problem with The Dirty Streets of Heaven was that it wasn't near the quality of the other Williams offerings.
Had I not seen his name on the book, I never would have guessed that this book was written by Tad Williams. I would have thought it was a collaboration effort between Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files series) and Richard Kadrey (the Sandman Slim series). Bobby Dollar, it seemed to me, must be closely related to Harry Dresden. Dollar also inherited Dresden's sassy and (oftentimes but not always) endearing sense of humor. Maybe it's because I just got done listening to the (delightful) Dresden series, but I kept finding myself thinking I was listening to another Dresden book.
While the protagonist, earthy angel Bobby Dollar, is far less foul mouthed and depressed than Kadrey's (oftentimes but not always) likable Sandman Slim, he does have the same love/hate relationship with his otherworldly overlords (in Slim's case, the devil, and in Dollar's case, the angels). Dresden and Sandman are both series that took an original idea and ran with it. I hate to say it, but in my mind's eye I kept seeing Tad Williams talking to his editor about what kind of series he should write next. Anyone in the industry couldn't help but notice how successful this whole genre of books (the vampire, zombie, wizard, hellion themed books with a hip, loveable, very capable but self-denigrating anti-hero) has become. I kept wondering, as perhaps Tad Williams did while developing this character, "What would Harry Dresden do - WWHDD'? Where would Harry go? Or, what would a Harry Dresden-type character (who is a well intended, golden-hearted, anti-establishment earthbound angel) do if he had essentially the same personality as Harry Dresden but wasn't a wizard but rather an angel. Well, maybe it didn't happen that way at all. Maybe he didn't talk it over with his publisher at all.
What did Williams do well in this book? I was very impressed with his well considered presentation of the afterlife, and many of the salvation issues involved. His presentation of heaven actually made me excited to experience the afterlife. He deftly and successfully navigated around a lot of thorny theological considerations in a way that should offend few of any faith. In other words, as he does so well, Williams has created a consistent and believable imaginary world. What I found sadly lacking was the story itself and the characters. I expected better characters and character development from Williams. Other than Bobby Dollar and his (evil but virtuous, treacherous but warm-hearted, loyal but untrustworthy devil babe) girlfriend, the Countess of Cold Hands, I found the characters flat and not very likeable. I found the chase scenes and battle scenes with the "spawn of hell, creature, monster character" chasing and fighting with Dollar and his posse agonizingly frequent, predictable and boring. And the monster kept coming and Bobby kept escaping... again and again and again.
There are other shortcomings as well, but I don't want to whip a dead horse.
If I had never read Williams' other books, I wouldn't have expected as much as I did going into this one. Would I recommend it? I don't know. Will I read the next Bobby Dollar book? Probably, because I'm willing to try anything Tad Williams writes. Even when he lays a relative egg, he is a good enough writer that I'm willing to slog through it. At least this time.
I thought that the narrator, Dick Hill, did a yeoman's job. It was a good, but not in any way exceptional Hill performance.
Yes, I'd recommend a book to a friend that likes angels vs. demons stories, mysteries, and is more concerned about having something fun to read, rather then something that would amuse or surprise him.
I guess I answered that on my first response.
Yes. George Newbern does a very good performance. He gives a lot of personallity to Mr.Bobby Dollar, as well as some of the other characters. I mean, you can not only identify the character by the way he reads, but you can also get a feeling on its mood and intentions. Well executed!
You know what? Yes, I would! Although I was a bit disappointed with it as a book, I think it would make a very nice thriller on the big screen.
I was disappointed by the lack of creativity of the story - too many clichês for my taste. It felt like Mr Tad Williams (which is a terrific writer) was being pressed by his publisher to deliver a book faster than he'd like, and his solution was to come up with this fast and easy to read story, but that lacks on much of the depth of his other works.
Definitely. Absolutely phenomenal narration to a great book.
the narrator and the humor
Bobby's humor was great but Fox and the wanna-be had me rolling with laughter.
No. At sixteen hours I'd probably go into some sort of fantastical coma. No. I'm good with spreading it out over a week.
Great stuff. On par with Peter Grant series, Dresden, and Matthew Swift.
I discovered Tad Williams after reading, and falling in love with, his clever writing style demonstrated in The Otherland series. I knew this book was in a way different genre but loved the premise of the book. About halfway through, I sharply lost interest and gave up trying. I do think the story could be, but the narrators forced ironic / too cool for school voice and inflection just grates on me too much. This got returned. :(
aaaaa no it was great but i dont even watch the same movies twice...
i think he did a good job and pleasant to listen to
ahhh..yes and have been through all three in the series
If you enjoyed this but haven't heard of Harry Dresden, check that out too.
Felt a bit copycatish, but Tad, being the brilliant writer pulls it off on its own merits.
Good character development, snarky dialogue, and a grand conspiracy theory meld together along with a theme that questions the religious bones in your body. A great combination.
Absolutely. Tad Williams weaves a wonderfully imaginative tale of grit, action, suspense and non-stop snark all rolled into one in this tale of Angel and Demon advocates.
Williams' voice for Bobby Dollar reminds me of other authors such as Larry Correia, Christopher Moore, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Carl Hiaasen and the Nightstalkers (Area 51) series by Bob Mayer, so if you enjoy one liners and dialogue that make you laugh so hard you snort coffee out your nose mid sip ...
No, I've never had the pleasure of listening to George before and OMG, my world has been lacking because of it! George was awesome. He truly gave life to all the different characters.
Laughter -- to the extreme. Especially whenever G-man or Foxy showed up. On the first meeting of G-man, I was laughing so hard, I almost wet myself. (Yes, George's voice characterizations are that good. I was actually seeing the entire scene play out in vivid color in my mind.)
Come on, you know you want to hear it. Get it now. Your life won't be complete until you listen to the tale about a gun packing, smart talking, boozing, get in trouble Angel.