I will want to listen to this story again before I move on to the next Odd novel. (Yes, I am assuming there will be another one)
I am always delighted with Koontz's use of monologue to get the exposition out. Odd has a wonderful voice as does Jolie. I'm also a fan of Ed. I hope we get to meet Jolie and Ed again soon.
He's a wonderful Odd. Young and self-depreciating and funny and sorrowful in the perfect mix. I do wish he had given us a bit more differentiation between Odd and Jolie's voices though.
I chuckled a good bit. Although there were some very emotional (horrible) bits, I didn't cry.
It would have been nice to have a little more backstory on Odd's companion. She didn't really do much in this story, but references back to previous adventures had me scratching my head. (I really should have listened to Odd Apocalypse again before attempting this story). Overall, it was a fun and satisfying listen for me.
I probably would a few years down the line, particularly if I can accumulate all of the books in the series and listen to them in order.
I didn't find this an edge of your seat kind of book, but I did choose to continue to listen when I could have opened a book or switched on the TV.
Chet, of course. There were a few times when he really did make me laugh out loud.
I don't see how this book could be made into a film without changing the entire tone of it.
This book was perfect for my escape listen mood. I've already recommended it to a few friends.
Probably nothing. It's dark in a way that I find unappealing.
I have done in the past.
I didn't find any of them likeable.
The narrator. Also, I like a little more depth and a little less lip-gloss color detail.
She is extremely nasal and her overuse of vocal fry for every single character (I could see using it on purpose for one or two characters) was so irritating, I may not be able to finish the book at all.
I would not go to a theatre to see this. It's really more in the Lifetime Movie genre anyway.
For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.
I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)
The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.
Beware the fried clam stand.
It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.
I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.
If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.
Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)
...and have done for years. This book is delightfully read and it was a lot of fun to 'read' another Scudder book after so long a lull. It was great to go back in time and fill in some gaps, although I did miss a couple of the 'regulars' who Matt hadn't met yet at the setting of this story. I'm afraid I guessed the outcome too early for it to have been as much fun as I would have liked though. It's still a great listen and I'd recommend any Lawrence Block book to anyone.
I've been a Glover admirer from before Smallville so I wasn't as put off at the change as many of JM's fans seem to be. I think Glover stepped up or into a tricky situation and delivered the goods. In many ways, their deliveries are not dissimilar so it wasn't much of a reach - although Glover gives far more articulation than most actors out there. As far as the book goes, it was fun and about what we've all come to expect from Mr. Butcher. I guessed (didn't we all?) too early on, but it didn't make the story any less fun.
Hilarious and, surprisingly, sensitive in the handling of Josh and his relationship with his dad, his friends, and the nonspiritual side of life. I'm only sorry CM isn't two people so he could turn out twice as much stuff.
As with all of Moore's books, this was a lot of fun. We see the other POVs for scenes that happen in the Bloodsucking Fiend series and find out whatever happened to... well, to some other characters from some other books. Wonderfully read by Fisher Stevens (who also does a fabulous job with Moore's "Lamb"). Highly recommended to those who have an off-kilter and slightly off-color sense of humor.
Another milestone in the journey of Coop, Mike, and Mercer. A wonderful series with a lead female character who isn't too brilliant and strong and sexy to be believable.
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