The Ghostman, of course. He is flawed and criminal yet you can put yourself in his shoes and see things from his perspective.
I enjoyed breaking it up into my commutes to absorb and think about it as I went along.
Great first novel. The book weaves 2 stories involving the same character at different times in a way that slowly lets you understand why the Ghostman is the person he is and why he is in his current situation. Like any good book, he teaches you a lot about the subject and makes you feel a part of the action. I listen to dozens of books a year and this is one of the best. I usually don't write reviews, but wanted to share this one with people who like criminal thrillers.
Yes. This book was riveting. I loved the intense detail and the main character being so despicable yet likable.
The book had a dual plot that was wonderful. It was great to see them both play out and see how they informed one another.
I found Jake Weber when he did Night Film. I followed him to this book - an even better book. His performance is dynamite. I love his different voices and pacing.
I wish I could've! I listened to it at work, in the car, while walking my cat...
Great plot, great performance. Beautiful mastery of the nitty gritty - good action sequences and great explanations of underworld workings of which I had no previous knowledge (are they even real? Scatters really exist? I'm off to google...) Wish it had blossomed into a love story a little more, but it leaves it open for another book.
The story was fine at first, standard antihero material but then the author decides to show how bad the villain is so they gratuitously have him feed a little girl drano until she dies. There was no need for this and I strongly urge parents (and other people who like kids) to avoid this book.
No, just this author.
It was fine.
Disgust. The image disturbed me for several days. I'm a 41 year old male so I'm not a wilting flower, but seriously, drano to a little girl?
This was definitely an entertaining listen. It seems as though many of the reviewers have unrealistic expectations of this kind of book. It's not a "classic" people, it's just meant to be entertainment! Upon starting the book, the narrator was extremely slow, but that is easily fixed; most devices have the ability to change the speed of the playback and that's all it took to fix it. I found the narration of the book quite enjoyable. I questioned the cash handling in a casino setting. It was lax and I think it could have been tightened up a bit more in the writing of the book. I say this because I work in a Casino and the described cash drop security doesn't come close to what I have experienced. Thus the 4 rating instead of 5. Some books are better reads than listens, but I think this would not have been as enjoyable had I read it instead of listening to it. Really, it's just entertaining; easy to listen to and not hard work to follow the plot.
Speed up the reading pace
All the ones where "I took out the cellphone battery and threw it out the window"
Like all 20 of them. That was the most ridiculous part (of many ridiculous parts) of the novel.
Fairly interesting yarn, however borders on the ridiculous and unbelievable. The narrator bored me to tears with his slow reading pace.
The story was good don't get me wrong. It was very interesting, kept me guessing and wanting more. But the narration was awesome.
The guy who was looking for ghost man. Weber's narration for this guy was excellent, one of the best I've heard.
I spend hours researching books: checking number of readers, readers reviews, listening to narrators, ratio of stars to numbers of readers ete.,etc. Sometime I don't find anything that appeals to me so I go to bed. However, Ghostman caught my attention. I've been looking for a modern mystery and it seemed to meet my criteria
I have been reading Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, John La Carre, Eric Ambler up through Brad Thor,
Vince Flynn, all the spy,espionage genera and I wanted something current. That's when I found "Ghost Man". and took a shot. Wow. What a surprise. A story and plot just what I was hungry for.
This is one terrific novel. performance, plot. originality. I really got lucky. Looking for more from this talented writer, Roger Hobbs , together with narrator Jake Weber. Check it out! It's the beginning of a brilliant career, and it's nice to get in on the first novel.
An interesting concept, but only to answer the question, "who is the least evil?" Keeps your attention, but only if you are incessantly bored. The switch between what was and what is can only be described as "meh." If you are considering listening, save your credit.