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Brandon Langlois

Omaha, NE United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1375)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "So incredibly lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More sympathetic characters, less grade school level cursing and insults.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Kadrey again?

    If this is indicative of his usual work, then no.


    What aspect of MacLeod Andrews’s performance would you have changed?

    He actually did an alright job, considering the super ultra tough guy and other boring cliches he had to work with. It was a little silly that he gave a Mexican accent to everyone who had a Hispanic sounding name.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was mostly just bored. Stark isn't even remotely interesting or likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, this book almost reads like some relabeled self-insert fan fiction. Stark is just about perfect in every way, has all kinds of amazing powers, no weaknesses, always has some (amazingly stupid) one liner, but the greatest thing is how he becomes immune to any attack after he survives it once.

    To be fair, I was laughing pretty much any time a character talked about their state of the art Blackberries.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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