Basically this starts out as a mystical mystery, Then you run across a sex scene--okay, it's a modern world, I can put up with that. Then another sex scene, then a fantasy sex scene, and thinking about sex scene, and....well I gave up and checked the plot out in wikipedia...the book is just one long excuse for porn, with a sequel full of it too.
Geeze I know chick lit has girl sex descriptions in it, but at least when you read the "....in Death" series, there's an actual plot there too.
So if you like graphic sex scenes with unhuman creatures--a 5. If not, a 2.
The idea of an alternate universe London isn't new, but there are some fun ideas presented here. Although this first entry had some issues, I'll listen to the second in the serires.
The book needed a better editor. Too much foreshadowing and too many repetitious phrases ('in the Nightside', 'my gift', 'my private eye'). Also, not all exposition needs to be done in conversation, this isn't radio drama.
It's a sturdy little book. Greater plot complexity (and an editor) could have kicked it up a level.
I think this book may 'read' better than 'listen', i'd suggest it .
I thought the narrator really made this book an easier listen than the writing deserved.
Maybe. Books with thin plots tend to make good movies.
Read the title above.
There, I saved you a credit.
The book isn't awful, but the title of my comment sums it up. Worth a listen if you can get it cheap.
I selected this by mistake as I never order 'Abridged' on purpose. Let's just say, the abridgement is so awful, that at the end of the book you don't know who the murderer is.
You knew where the plot was going from the beginning because basically this is a reversioning of Red Harvest. That doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable listen. I assume by the ending that it's a series. I'll give the second a listen.
The characterization of the humans (particularly the secondary characters) was very good.
Made me want to go back and re-read Red Harvest.
Hold out for the unabridged verion of this book. The abridged version is mangled.
Instead of having brief exposition to explain what happened during the 'lost paragraphs', this abridgement just chucks out sections willy nilly, making it almost impossible to comprehend what's going on.
Awful. Awful. Awful.
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