While not a classic of literature, it was a very fun and enjoyable romp filled with sex, religion, sexual innuendo, life's miseries, and a masturbation jokes. It's engaging and difficult to stop listening to.
I think having the author read the book was a great touch. As a Springfield fan, that was an added bonus. Whether appropriate or not, I imagined the main character, Horatio "Bobby" Cotton, as looking a lot like Rick Springfield.
The character God, or Arthur as he prefers to be called, was hilarious. Narrator Bobby Cotton was extremely relatable, but Arthur's wise cracks made him a favorite every time he took to the novel's stage.
I got online to see if anyone else found the narrator distracting. I was glad to see it wasn't just me. The narrator has a fine voice, just not for this first person story. As another reviewer mentioned, the main character, Elvis Cole, comes across whiny. I thought he was more of a quirky tough guy. He sounds like a quirky IT professional with a gun (I'm an IT professional, I know what we sound like).
I'm trying to power through this audiobook. I haven't finished it yet, but I also haven't listened in a week since it's not all that enjoyable.
The other problem, and maybe it's less of a problem when reading the book or with a different narrator, is that the character seems a little too full of himself. But it's possible that I'm hearing a whiny, yet conceited, character and if it were just a conceited character it wouldn't be so bad.
I got into this book because I love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels and I read that the two authors did a bit of a cross-over by having each others characters make cameo appearances in one of their respective novels. But so far I'm just not enjoying Elvis Cole. Maybe I'll try another novel in the series to see if that is better.
I gave it two stars. Not wretched, but certainly sub-par.
Very interesting story. The reader was well spoken and the character voices were consistent and seemed very appropriate.
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