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  • Gun Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Reg E. Cathey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for 20 years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil.

    JunkyardMessiah says: "Perfect marriage between writer and narrator"
    "New Wave Noir"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gun Machine the most enjoyable?

    Pretty darn good, gritty, hardboiled, noir detective story with a hint of scifi. Feels like The Wire meets Se7en, with a little William Gibson on the side, a scene or two evocative of Robocop and Silence of the Lambs, and a history lesson that nods to a Neal Stephenson approach. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to more from this author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While the reader's voice was certainly well matched to the "gritty and hard boiled" feel of the novel, the voice characterizations were all too similar and inflected in such a way that I had a hard time differentiating the cast of characters. For the "movie in my head" a Denzel Washington as from Book of Eli or Man on Fire would be perfect in the lead, but the rest of the cast can't all be "the black guy from The Wire" (relax, that's a joke - the reader Reg Cathey is just that). I am just saying that all of the voices sound the same, and you have to pay very close attention to the he-saids to follow some of the dialog. Bronson Pinchot (reader for Matterhorn) on the other hand, for example, disappears into his characters, of many ethnicities and regional dialects, without even a trace of Balki. PLEASE DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU it's definitely a great story and worth a listen or read.


    Any additional comments?

    Plenty of blood and graphic violence, if that's not your bag.

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