Great, great, great.
Book: What an enjoyable, easy, solid book with a fresh point of view. It doesn't take itself too seriously, either, which is great. I love the old-school punk with a crappy attitude being the protagonist. He's a true, consistent character.
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews was the perfect - PERFECT! - choice for this. I'm often neither impressed nor disappointed with narrators, but his character acting (without overdoing it) really brought it to life. Couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.
Overall: SO worth the credits. Can't wait for the next book. This is much more my style than the Dresden books, but does justice to the "modern magic" genre well.
It's a hard act to follow James Marsters, butin all fairness, John Glover does a good job. I, like many others, am hooked on JM reading the Dresden Files - no one else can represent the voice, timing and charm that James Marsters has used to bring Harry Dresden to life. I hope John Glover doesn't read these reviews and get disheartened - NO one could follow JM without incurring the wrath of the listeners.
I desperately want JM back as the reader. The released statement is that JM had an unfortunate scheduling conflict that caused him to not be able to get the audiobook recording done by release date, and so they went with a substitution.
John Glover does a fine job, and if one tries to focus on the story and not the reader, you'll all see that it's the same great writing with a competent and compelling reader.
Dan Brown has written three novels, but basically the same exact story. This one was the weakest incarnation of it, but not without merit.
After reading Angels & Demons, which I enjoyed immensely (it was my first DB novel), Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol... well, I had every character's plot path figured out 1 minute after they were introduced.
Spoiling nothing here, he's got a physically-striking lone antagonist (well-built Arab, albino, tattoed man) in every book, as well as a lovely female scientist and some sort of harsh-tempered law-enforcement character.
How about changing it up a bit, Mr. Brown?
Why did I read the third book after realizing the second was identical? Well, he does his research, and I love art history. They're still entertaining, which is why they sell.
I keep going to see M. Night Shamaylan movies, too. :)
If you've never read the other DB novels, try one of the other two first (unless you want the American History / Natl. Treasure kind of background). If you've read them and remotely enjoyed them, you'll like this too... but don't expect the trick to have changed any.
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