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This book was not focused on Flint, the main character from the previous novels. In fact, he is a peripheral character until the last third of the book. So while this book is set in the world of the Retrieval Artist series and uses the characters we have come to know from the series, it does not have any actual work in the retrieval artist business in it. It does not deal with the "disappeareds."
That said, I still enjoyed it very much. Through the course of the series, I have come to like many of the characters and seeing them take the lead was fun. My one complaint is that I felt there was too much re-telling of previous books as if to catch up readers who had not been with the series. It just felt forced. But I still liked it. I couldn't give it an overall 5 because it does not measure up to the previous books in the series, which for me were solid 5's. But if you liked the others, you'll probably like this one-- just a little less.
If you have not read any in the series yet, DO NOT start with this one because it will give too much away!
I have over twenty Doctor Who novels in my library, and this is easily one of my favorites, even above some narrated by one of the "real" doctors. The narrator here made each character very real, I quickly cared about the new characters as well as my old friends. It had a real sense peril that pervaded the entire novel. It was genuinely creepy in spots and had that edge of your seat suspense that many of the episodes did. One of the things that really put this one over the top for me, though, was how it also had the touching moments without ever being maudlin-- again like the best of the episodes. I could easily have seen this as an episode, in fact.
I have about twenty Doctor Who novels in my library, many of which got poor reviews from other listeners for one reason or another. While they have varied in quality, I have not found them unlistenable. This one, however, is just a mess. The plot wanders around aimlessly. The characters have no direction, and they don't even seem like themselves. I kept thinking I was missing something; I even went back and re-listened to part of it trying to make it make sense. Then I thought that it might make sense if I just kept going. Finally a little over half way through, I realized I was just throwing good time after bad. It is SO bad that I am going to utilize Audible's generous refund policy and get my credit back on this one.
Absolutely positively NOT!
How could he take characters that are already fleshed out and somehow make them different and change their interactions with each other? (And I'm not talking about the imposters; I mean the "real" Amy and Rory.) If he wanted more creative freedom, he should just have started from scratch and not bought into a franchise.
Darvill is the actor who played Rory, which was one of the reasons I chose this book. I've listened to the other books he read, and his characterizations are spot on. Even here, he made characters distinct and tried his hardest, but the different characterizations of Amy and Rory and The Doctor apparently made this book harder for him to read. This book is just so bad that he didn't have much to work with. Even he couldn't get a 5 star rating here.
Incredulity that such a poorly written book ever made it past an editor!
Seriously, there are plenty of Doctor Who novels. No matter how desperate you are for a house call, stay away from this one.
A plot that relied on something other than guts and gore. Now to put this in some context, I have read every single other book, story, and novella written by Kelley Armstrong, so this very negative review is from a big fan. I know she does not shy away from violence, but in this book that was all there was. It's like there were just a few scenes between blood and guts to get from one needlessly PROLONGED scene of graphic violence to the next, like porn that tries to have a story line. I could not even finish this one.
It's hard to say because the characters were very unimportant in this book: It was all about the violence. The one bright light was Eve. If Armstrong had been able to get away from her fascination with describing eviscerations in detail to develop characters more, the re-corporalized Eve would have been great.
Just because I have read every other book in the series, I will probably get this one in used paperback so that I can skip through the probable 3/4 of the book that does not involve plot. I seems a shame to end such a fantastic series on such a low note. It's hard to believe Armstrong even wrote this one.
I would not try another book in this series by this author, but I *might* try a different series. The book was reasonably well written, just boring, boring, boring, one fight after another with little to hold my attention. I never felt like I knew the main character, so I just didn't care about him. Another review compared this to the Harry Dresden series: I did not see it. I confess that I could not finish the book, but for the over half I got through, nothing of substance happened.I would listen to something else narrated by Luke Daniels; his performance is what kept me listening as long as I did.
I'm listening to a Mad Max mystery by MJ Trow; then I'm about to try my first Jeremy Robinson novel.
His voicing of each character was very distinct, and his women's voices were well done.
Yes, Hearne obviously can write; this book just wasn't to my taste: I'm certainly not warning everyone off it. But if you're looking for fleshed out characters, you won't find them here... at least not in the first half. I suppose this book might be suffering from a 1st in series problem. I've seen some series start out with wobbly then take off. I won't be finding out about this one, though, because I just never cared at all about the main character.
This book is different from my usual cup of tea, so I hesitated a bit before purchasing it. I was afraid it might be too formulaic to be enjoyable, but this has been one of my favorite audiobooks in some time. First, it is very atmospheric; I was immediately drawn into this world. Harwood created a main character to whom I was immediately drawn. Much of the story is told through flashbacks, but the narrative switches between the present and past so skillfully that transitions are seamless. As I listened, I always had questions that made me find just a few more minutes to listen a little more. The suspense isn't driven by violence and mayhem, but of situations with "something" just a bit off kilter, or the promise of information just around the bend. I don't want to say much about the plot because each new element of the plot reveals something that you've been wondering about. If you read the publisher's summary on the book's page, it gives you a decent enough feel for the book; just know that this story is very well crafted.
If you're considering this book, go ahead, you won't be disappointed. The writer is talented; Rosalyn Landor does her usual outstanding job; and the overall result is an experience that I am very glad I did not miss.
I enjoy sci-fi, and I like detective novels, so this novel was right up my alley. To top it off, I enjoy Robert Sawyer's writing, and this novel did not disappoint. The ideas in this book were very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but the idea of consciousness transference is really well-explored in this novel. The mystery is also interesting and the suspense kept me listening when I needed to be doing other things.
I would only recommend this book for those who are already dedicated to the series. It was more like catching up with old friends than anything else. Fforde did not let us into the book world this time, and that has always been one of my favorite parts, and Thursday was the only character who really did anything of interest.
As always Emily Gray did a spectacular job on all the characters in this series.
Most Definitely! Even though it is a weak offering in the series (not the weak-est), it would still make a terrifically fun movie!
So many genre novels just seem to be slightly different versions of each other that it is a delight when a truly different novel comes along. While I could certainly detect some influences for this series, Aaronovitch has created a world that does not feel like every other wizard/detective/urban fantasy novel that has come along in recent years. Although I like many of them, I enjoy reading something distinctive, and Midnight Riot is quite different in the characters and the way Aaronovitch has incorporated magic into his world. I especially like the main character Peter Grant. I took one star off story because a few elements seemed forced, and I felt that a few things just came out of nowhere (and not by magic). Overall, however, this book was excellent and kept me looking for excuses to listen.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was a fabulous choice to narrate this series. He made every character stand out, and performed the book more than simply reading it.
I hesitated for quite some time before taking the plunge on this novel because of comparisons to Pratchett's Discworld series, which I have never been able to find a way to care about. Apart from the existence of magic, I saw almost no similarities. It was more like a traditional British police procedural with magic and magical creatures thrown in.
My title is really how I feel: If you read the summary or looked at the cover and thought, "I might like this," then go ahead and buy it. You will NOT regret it. Now, it is just as strange as it sounds, but it is also extremely entertaining. I jumped at the opportunity to listen to this book because I enjoyed John Dies at the End (paper, audio, and movie). As always in cases like this, I feared disappointment, but Wong's second book is even stronger than John because it is more tightly plotted. While I would have been hesitant to recommend John to just anyone, this book is more traditional without losing any of the edge or insanity that made John so fun. I was also concerned that the narrator had changed, but Nick Pedehl does an outstanding job, and I really could not choose which narrator I prefer.
If you like crazy fun, comedy, random insanity, or just hate spiders, I highly recommend this book to you.
Most definitely NOT!
I ordered this book as an import from the UK before it was even available in the US because I enjoy the wit of Hugh Laurie. When I read it, I heard his self-effacing, Bertie Wooster-esque voice as the main character. I realize it was too much to hope for to have him as the narrator, but Simon Prebble was all wrong for this part. Prebble, who is one of my all time favorite narrators, is just too formal, sounded too old and too educated for this character. It didn't ruin the book, but it was definitely a different take on the character than I heard when I read the book for myself.
Well, not exactly... It was just so absurd (intentionally so) that "edge of the seat" suspense was not really realistic, but I was always curious about what was going to happen to the protagonist next.
Stiff... All Wrong
I laughed out loud several times.
Buy the print version and imagine Hugh Laurie reading it. But if you're not a reader, this is certainly better than not enjoying this book at all.
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