Joe Hill surpasses his father in storytelling. Despite a few plot points that I didn't feel were adequately explained, I really enjoyed this book. The story never felt like it was dragging and there are few wonderfully creepy passages that gave my jaded ear a start. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Mulgrew's narration, although I do understand why others may not like it. If you listen to the sample and are put off, spring for a print version. This story is definitely worth a credit.
Although not noted as such, this is really part of the series that began with Doughnut. However, reading Doughnut and When It's a Jar is not really necessary to the plot of this story (which is somewhat of a spin-off rather than a sequel). In many ways I enjoyed this book more than the previous 2 books. It wasn't as bogged down by the scientific theories and explanations that necessarily governed Doughnut.
If you are already a fan, you will not be disappointed. If not, I would recommend starting with Doughnut.
I selected this book on a whim and am so glad that I did. Wonderful writing & narration. A cast of characters that are unique and endearing. A main character who has a nearly magical ability to sail through life and befriend nearly everyone. I had a smile on my face the entire story and laughed out loud more than once. Simply delightful!
Interesting story, well written. Dislike the narrator, especially when he tries to do accents. There ought to be a rule that if the narrator can't pull off an accent he isn't allowed to do them. Characters can be differentiated without resorting to bad Scottish, Australian and Hispanic accents, especially when the characters are angels and have no country of origin. If bad accents don't bother you, give it a try. If they do, read the physical version.
Wonderful first book of a new series. Reminiscent of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, but with a uniquely British twist. Wonderful narration (although the actor sounds a little too old for the main character). Highly recommended.
This is a cute story. I would classify it as Young Adult. The narrator is ok, but her characterizations are a bit cartoonish, which doesn't help with the juvenile feel of the story. Might be more fun to read than to listen to. Not Martinez's best work.
Very well written, dystopian future story. The narrator nearly ruins it though. When she is reading in her own voice she is fine, but her character voices are nasal & cartoonish. Very glad that the remainder of the series has a different narrator. If you think you can stand the annoying voices, give it a go. If not, get the print edition.
Looking at the length of this audiobook you will probably not be surprised that the story is slow paced. At times I was totally frustrated by the actions of the protagonist, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Overall it was a good story, with well defined characters. The narration was very well done and the writing was technically good. I will give the 2nd book a go.
In the vein of Tom Holt and A. Lee Martinez, this was a very fun story that was nearly ruined by poor narration. Mr. Cross rushed through most of the story so quickly that many of the jokes were lost and his character voices were awful. I very much want to get the book so that I can really enjoy the work the author put into the story.
Very disappointed in this one. For a story that is predominately talk and thoughts, there is very little character development. There is little suspense and absolutely no "horror" to this story. Sadly, it's not even interesting from a psychological viewpoint, although it is desperately trying to be that.
The premise is basically what happens to a small town when all inhibitions have gone. Lots of talk about sex, obsessions, and murder but very little actual action. We are led to believe from the title that there is a sinister force behind it all but "the summer man" is absent from 99% of the story. Teenage and middle age angst abounds.
Mediocre story with mediocre narration. Save your credit for something else.
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