Pretty much at the top.
Atmospheric, gothic and just a touch of the Lovecraftian horror, plus the dry, intriguing alternative-history fantasy world and the acerbic sarcasm of the narrator make this a one-time experience.
I was very pleased with Max's ability with the voice of the narrator: sophisticated, academic, young and wonderfully sarcastic. Then he did other characters, and I thought for a moment that I was listening to a radio play with multiple voice actors rather than just one talented man. Holy crap -- his accents are spot on, he gaelic sounds spot-on and he can sing, to boot!
I loved the print version, but the audiobook is far more immediate.
I liked that although there is a romance story, the thriller is the main force of the novel.
Austin, definitely. He really brought to life the Texan musician, so much so he feels like a guy I know.
When Austin played for Jace, just before the funeral.
This is a mystery, with thriller sensibilities, that hails from California -- it has that sunburnt and chrome-gleaming feel through-out. There are a lot of sunglasses, fast cars, beautiful Beverly Hills locations and so much sunshine.
There's also plenty of wry and sarcastic humor, a fact with humanizes our hero and makes for several laugh-out-loud moments. As an example: "Avery should be a travel agent for guilt trips".
The mystery itself takes quite a few twists and turns, starting with a dead man's missing time and ending with a serial killer.
While some of the action can be rough and heart-pounding, it never descended into the realms of the gory splatter-fests you might find in other mainstream novels.
I don't know about better, but it enhanced it greatly. I always knew that "Somebody Killed His Editor" was one of the snarkiest books ever written, but through the vocal talents of Mr. Free, I really appreciated how snarky Holmes really is. Very, very good.
Just about every conversation glows in my mind, and Kevin R Free is a master of the different voices. I didn't need any textual prompts to figure out who was talking, and it was like listening to a really great one-man radio play.
If forced to pick one moment, it would be discovering the body on the terrace, or when Holmes and Moriarity are eating in the bar late in the book. There's just something about those two moments that leap out of the audiobook and seem like I was listening to a recording of real events. Very cool.
The snark, the real emotional sense of the action taking place, are enhanced and extended.
Holmes. He's just so sarcastic!
One of the best I've listened to -- by far. The voice narration -- nay, voice acting -- was exceptional, vividly portraying each character, making them easily recognizable without any attribution. It was a little scary how good they were. Accents were good, even making different Vermonters recognizable.
The book itself is a great old atmospheric gothic tale, though more like the Hardy Boys than an overblown Gothic romance might imply. The atmosphere, descriptions and wry humor were all spot on. Just great stuff.
Perry, who was both a slightly fragile man and a really sarcastic bastard. A bit like Lanyon's Adrien English, but more artistic and painterly.
Oh man, they were all good. Mrs Mac was both funny and scary. Nick was a great gruff, traditionally masculine voice (sexy!) and all the Vermont accents were spot-on. If pressed, I'd have to pick Nick.
As if Perry didn't have enough problems, now he's got a dead body in his bathtub. At least, it was there, and now it's not. The cops aren't particularly getting called out in this weather. What is going on in that great old weird mansion? Is every one of his fellow renters crazy, or is it just the hunt for lost treasure making them act that way? Who keeps murdering people?
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