Neil Gaiman productions are always a delight and this one was right on the money! The characters voices were perfect and the Duke especially stole the show! The reading added such depth to the character that I probably would have missed had I read the book myself. I have not read the first book in the series but did not feel that it made any difference. The story and characters were complete without prior knowledge of them. It has, however, made want to find the first book to learn about the Dukes younger years and how he came to be the fascinating character that he is!
The duke. I could just picture him lounging and appearing disinterested but always thinking behind the facade!
I can't praise it enough! It is one that I would listen to again and I NEVER listen to books over again! I can't wait for the next one!
What an original idea for a story. Not the viral apocalypse, that's been done to death. But the resulting brains without bodies rather than bodies without brains( ie zombies) is novel. The characters are great and believable. I love the creativity in how the world solves the resulting problem and how Americans always find a way to make a profit! It's also has a good murder mystery mixed in! The narrator is great! I love her different voices! There is another version with a male narrator which assumes the main character is male (the characters sex is never stated in the story) which would probably change the dynamic of the story. I also liked the bonus novella at the end that tells the story of the beginning of the syndrome and the evolution of the response. Great listen! I truly hope the characters can continue in a sequel!
In other reviews this book is compared to Dan Brown stories due to the treasure hunt type mystery but to me, it fell way short. I like stories where the characters have to put clues together which lead to more clues, but some of these clues really were a stretch. DNA tests were done in 24 hrs and he got permission to remove a fountain and dig up a public garden in the middle of the night? In what universe? I liked the characters so I may read the next in the series, but I hope it's a little more realistic.
This is a book that stays with you after you're done! It was a little confusing at first but it sorted itself out once the second narrator joined. I would listen to it again because with all the twists and turns, I feel like I may have missed something that should have given me a clue! It's a story within a story within a story!
It was defiantly an original story line!
Yes! I love "quest" type mysteries. It's like a lighter Dan Brown type mystery without the blood shed!
It was humorous in many places! The main character is such a normal guy, you cent help but love him!
What an interesting idea! It was written in the 1960's at the height of the "spy" era and Mrs. pollifax wants to by a spy. What starts out as a simple courier trip of course gets more complicated! Mrs. pollifax is a very lovable character and the narrator really brings her to life. Fun read!
I love the Mrs. Pollifax character and really enjoy her travels, but this one seemed a bit of a stretch. She gets in way over her head and for anyone to survive this adventure, let alone an untrained, elderly woman, would be a feat! With that said, the characters are as always, wonderful! Still an enjoyable read!
I loved when they met Sandor. His character is great! "What the hell!"
David Tennant makes this book! If I could give more than 5 stars for the narration I would!
Sunya? Not sure of the spelling. She is Jamie's super hero. It is wonderful to watch their relationship change.
I wish he had more books other than Dr. Who and How to Train your Dragon! He is by far the best narrator I have heard.
Both! Hence the bittersweet!
The scene when Tucker gets arrested for speeding before they know he is the new police chief.
The narrator starts out kind of slow but then grows on you and after awhile I couldn't wait to listen to his voice and southern drawl! The story spans 3 generations of small town police chiefs and how their experiences all relate. They characters are all very well developed and interesting. Woods does a great job of capturing the character and personality of a southern small town through the years. Highly recommended!
It's impossible not to compare Hill to his father. This book was right up there with King's and maybe even better. His attention to detail is awesome! The narrator is fabulous and does creepy voices better than any other I have heard! It is a story of the real world vs. the imaginative world of thoughts and how powerful that second world can be. If you are a fan of the King genre, you will love this!
I listened to the second book in the series first and am so glad I did. It was wonderful! If I had listened to this one first however, I would have never listened to the second. This one lacked the character development and adventure of the second. It really dragged and the political structure was confusing.
Skip this one and move on to the next!
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