The Cuckoos Calling, The Absent Ones,
Yes, in other books in this series.
Laughed out loud many times.
Absolutely love this book and the narrator. It is funny, interesting, full of twists, cheeky, and endlessly entertaining. It is also complex enough for multiple listens. This is my favorite in the series, but I love them all. The narrator is awesome and keeps getting better.
I would and have done so. I listened it to it twice in a row.
Kind of like Jasper Fforde but more cerebral and sharp; a lot like the Johannes Cabal series; Outside of this, hard to compare because it is rather unusual.
The King of the Goblins was funny, and I loved when Sawyer performed any cockney or lower-class British character--his accent is dead-on and incredibly timed.
I laughed a lot and chuckled at some of the sly jokes. Throughout, it was funny and entertaining--you can easily miss some of the references if you aren't paying attention.
This is an extremely clever and fresh book. The elements of the narrative are too outlandish to try to explain here, but somehow, the author makes them work together. The writing is sharp and funny and tongue-in-cheek. It is sort of a meta-fairytale in that it constantly plays on its own references to traditional fairytale tropes; in one moment, a character wonders if the fairytale land makes money from a "four percent leverage on traditional narrative tropes." You may find the narration a little slow at first, but Sawyer knows exactly what he is doing. As the story unfolds, he voices additional characters perfectly and sets the pace well. One thing about this book: it requires your attention. There are so many little things going on, and if you are not listening attentively, you may miss them. I found myself rewinding it again and again just to catch small stuff. However, it is totally worth it because the dialogue and narration are so funny and, at times, quite smart and thought-provoking. This is the only book I've listened to twice in a row, in addition to the thousand rewinds in between. I recommend it if you like stories that collapse genres, make you think, and are a bit silly and unconventional. By the way, I think Tom Holt did some brilliant writing and storytelling here. I hope he writes more like this. It reminded me of Jasper Fforde with a bit more gravitas and slyness and subtlety. I teach literature and plan on teaching this in an Ethics and Values in Lit course. It brings up many philosophical and ethical issues that would get college students thinking. If you are a person who would prefer not to think of such things, you will still like the book--they are woven into the narrative so strategically that you can overlook them and just enjoy the silly goings on. Either way, I highly recommend.
This is a wonderful spy thriller. It is fast-paced, has lots of turns, and integrates interesting facts about spying. It reminds me of le Carre but is much more exciting.
My only complaint about the romance angle--it seemed incongruous with the rest of the story and slowed the action down to no positive effect.
I have not heard this narrator before, but I enjoy his reading of this book.
I disagree with the comments about the narrator's failure to live up the narrator for the previous book. The comparison is apples and oranges. Sach is not as high energy as the previous narrator, but his dead-pan reading matches perfectly with the tone of the book. Also, he does a wonderful job with the shifting accents. I am enjoying his reading of the book as much as I enjoyed that of the previous narrator.
rich, funny, well-written
All of them were very good. Bones was funny because of the American accent.
It made me laugh a lot and it moved me in some parts.
This is such a rich book, made even more enjoyable by the narrator. I plan on listening to it again just because of the writing--it is delightful and intricate.
There were many. Favorite is introduction to the Folly and exchanges between Peter and Leslie and Nightingale.
Hard to say. Many really good scenes that are funny and stand out in their own rights.
Made me crack up laughing many times.
I would have never found this series had it not been for the rave reviews of other listeners. People seemed to love it, so I gave it a go. These books are amazing! They are so funny and smart and interesting. The characters are complex and wickedly smart; you can connect to them easily. I also learned a great deal about the history of London listening to this series. This book, the first in the series, sets up a great deal of what is to come in the following books. Some things that seem hazy here get cleared up as the series moves along. But there is enough going on here to keep one riveted. This is one of the few books that I have actually listened to repeatedly because it is so nuanced and entertaining.
The narrator is outstanding and the writing is too. Highly recommend.
This is the best novel I have listened to since, well, Harry Potter. I kept stopping it and rewinding it because I didn't want it to end, and it's so well-written that listening to it again and again is a joy.
The storyline is rich and the characters are drawn up with depth and humor. Additionally, the mystery is damn good--it is really clever and unpredictable. She gives enough hints throughout for you to see where things are going, but they are hints embedded in the characters' behaviors and other minor elements of the story.
Listening to this reminded me that Rowlings is just a good craftswoman. So much of the enjoyment of this novel comes from the lingering over dialogue and characters. She makes details remarkably interesting.
I will say this: This is a novel that is probably better when listened to. I found that to be true of the Potter series as well. The narrator adds a level of depth and color to the novel that could be missed in a reading. He is awesome, by the way.
I cannot recommend this enough. Truly hope that this becomes a series.
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