I've listened to all the Chase Kolpath/Alex Benedict novels. I like the point of view and the character buildout. The narrator has offbeat intonation, but the wry humor of the character comes through well. Not a deep mindbender, but a fun mystery romp with unlikely heroes.
I generally like the urban fantasy genre, but this book dragged. Perhaps it was the slow, uninspired narration? Or the fact that I didn't develop any connecton with the characters...Well, I bought this in a sale, and I blew a few hours listening to it, but I won't be buying any more of the series.
The slightly darker, gruesome world here was the kicker for me - I really like this series and I've since gotten the other books. A good balance of humor, snark, action and sacrifice.
I bought the trilogy 3-pack, and enjoyed the first 2 books, but the change in narrator ruined this one. He mispronounces Kovacs' name - and narration is first person! So he misprounces his own name! The first book clearly discusses the origins and pronunciation of Kovacs - such an error is unforgivable. I wasn't able to make it past 2 hours here. Terrible shame.
I wonder how the trilogy ends, but I'll check the book out at the library.
Everything from the narrator's captivating pronounciation (I never knew how to pronounce Afganistan!) to the blossoming of the characters as their world disintegrates around them. There were indeed times I had to stop listening as my spouse came home because I was so angry at the character's situation that I was unreasonable with my own, very innocent husband.
I did have to leave off for a week or so during the darkest part of the novel. I was a little disheartened and needed a break from the soul-crushing plot, but that is the sign of an engaging story, all the same.
On the strength of the reviews, I thought this book would be much better than it was. I felt it was only an average listen. The maudlin emphasis on the lead character's missing twin, the too-obvious attempts to tie in to Gothic Victorian novels.
It was an average freshman novel, to my mind.
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