Malvern, PA, United States | Member Since 2012
I was looking for paranormal smut to take my mind off of more important matters, and this was exactly what I got. The idea was great and the author could have done so much more with it, but for a quick listen it was okay. The narrator sounded like he could make a living reading porn, so he fit. If you want more plot, this is not the book for you. If you want a hint of a story to escape even serious reading with, this will do it.
This was phenomenal! The plot was continuously engaging and funny, and the narrator never missed a beat! He portrayed a 2100-year-old druid just as he was meant to be voiced - with dry humor born out of watching humanity's best and worst moments. The book was also filled with a variety of other characters from diverse backgrounds, and species, and Daniels' accents were great. The characterization was also wonderful. Atticus O'Sullivan has just the right amount of all-powerfulness that amazes you, but with enough wisdom and humility that he doesn't come off as an a-hole. So when he wins a fight through some awesome bit of magick or luck you aren't disgusted, but rather are pumping your fist and saying "Boo-yah, take that byotch!" This book is a must and I can't wait to listen to book two!
This is one of those stories where you know the idea could have gone somewhere if the author had put more effort into it. It was entertaining enough, but you have to set your expectations low. The performance was also less than adequate. The narrator tried way too hard. Every word was exaggerated in such a way that you thought the whole tale was as much of a surprise to the narrator as it was to the listener. Also when a woman is really trying to pull off a deep, male baritone and fails, it puts a damper on the entire character because you just get annoyed by what is supposed to be sexy. But as a mindless distraction, I guess it was acceptable.
Wonderful! The story line is compelling; the narration is spot on; and the pace is perfect! If you enjoy sarcasm and dark humor this is the book for you. I know I have a somewhat twisted sense of humor and I couldn't put it down. As the timer ticked down the last hour of the book, I grew concerned that I hadn't downloaded all of it. I didn't think that the author could possibly wrap everything up in that amount of time; but he did! And it was on the edge of your seat excitement until the last minute ticked by! If you have the stomach to root for a serial killer...Go for it!
Some say that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor - I think they are the ones that don't understand it. This book was sarcastic and dark; a more twisted sense of humor I doubt you would find anywhere; and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! It is not for the faint of heart, and you have to understand that the bad guy is the good guy here, and be prepared to root for our demented hero to kill his prey. This of course is not possible for everyone. So if you don't have a little twist in your own psyche, I would make sure to listen to the sample and then anticipate a further darkening by about six degrees and you have a good approximation of what you are in for. But if you do decide to give it a whirl - and I recommend that you do - I can tell you that you are in for a great listen!
The action came in waves - a great pace for an audio book because you had good places to stop. The last hour though was fast paced 'til the end! A great book and I will be looking for the rest of the series. You know that it is worth it when you have characters with odd names you have never heard before in you life, and yet at the end of the first chapter you can still list everyone you have heard about.
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