The premise of the story is great. The writing is good, if overwrought. The performance is superb. It's just that it goes on and on and it could have used some clever editing to move the story more smoothly.
Charley Davidson has problems. She is *the* Grim Reaper, and sees dead people. All the time. The problem is, dead people keep asking her to help with their unfinished business.
Oh, and then there is the mysterious "Big Bad," who protects her and freaks her out at the same time.
Darynda Jones is a skillful story teller, who manages to tell a compelling, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking mystery tale. On the other hand, Lorelei Hand, the narrator, does justice to all the characters and bring them to life in all their colorful glory.
I am now hooked on the series, and have downloaded Book 2.
I will start by saying that I am a big fan of Steve Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range series, and I love Katherine Kellgren's narrating style. So when I saw that this production was written by the first and performed by the second, I rejoiced.
Having said that, Dawn of the Dreadfuls turned up to be a mildly amusing book, with none of the suspense and charm of the Holmes of the Range series. It was still fun, as it's still a Hockensmith book, and Kellgren is an excellent narrator, but the story just kept going on and on with no end in sight. It was sort of cute, but it did get predictable.
Or maybe I am more into mysteries and not into zombies.
Neil Gaiman is not only an amazing writer, but he's one of the best narrators out there. Once I begin, I just cannot stop. This story takes on Norse sagas, from the point of view of a kid coming on age. His portrayal of Norse gods is both hilarious and totally human. It's Gaiman at his best. I highly recommend it.
I just fell in love with Vish Puri, the Indian Sherlock Holmes (don't call him Sherlock) and his band of ragtag operatives. And you have to love his Mummy G and his wife, who unbeknownst to him tackle their own investigations. The narrator is fantastic, and I got hooked up from the beginning. I just couldn't stop listening! Now I am dowloading Book1, and I am hoping that Book 3 becomes available soon.
It gives you an interesting insight on Indian culture, food, and family life. Although the topic of the mystery was a serious one, the way its written and narrated is hilarious. And the narrator rocks.
Everything. All of the characters sound like different characters. When Mummy G talks, it's Mummy G's voice you hear. Same with Facecream, Vish Puri and everyone else. He is very engaging.
I don't want to provide a spoiler. However, Facecream moved me. What happened to her in the past, especially when she has to show her scars.
I highly recommend these series. They are a lot of fun.
Light, fast, fun
I would. It's a light listen. Very engaging. There are some lose threads at the end, and you have to suspend disbelief. Despite all that, it was a
He really gets into the character.
This is not the deepest novel ever, but it's really entertaining and you will find that you can't turn your device off. You always want to know what happens next.
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