I expect this book will contrast greatly with the current movie "Aviator" about this strange man. It's not just his eccentricities that developed later in life that make him strange. Hughes developed neurotic tendencies early in life. He was not a very good man, but certainly a very lucky man, and a clever man at times. It became uncomfortable to listen to the meaningless, dragging out final years of his life. It didn't help that I was bed ridden with bronchitis while I was listening to it :-)
I loved the first two in this series, "Dead I Well May Be" and "Dead Yard". If you enjoy a good story of swearing, drinking, lusting, and killing, you should love this. This third book (and I'm about 75% done) is even more over the top with it's cliff hangers and close calls than the first two, which may be fitting for a swan song. Logic, realism and character depth? Hell no! But grit, blood, lust and revenge. Yeah, more of that please. Oh, and the narration fits the first person tale perfectly. Ya wee shite!
I loved this book. Started it right after I finished "Dead I Well May Be" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead" now. If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.
I loved this book, and finished it's sequel "Dead Yard" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead". If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.
I loved the combination of mobsters and hospitals. The writing is very old school noir detective style, but with modern sensibilities regarding language, drug use, etc. The audio production was great, with echo effects in a dark shark tank, nice lead in/out music. Great audio book. Fun to listen to.
This is a great romantic story of youth, the West, Mexico, love, friendship and death. The narration is perfectly suited to the story in a way that's rarely found in audio books. Anyone who's every wanted to walk away from things, into an unknown, would enjoy this remarkable story.
I rate this on par with Broken Angles. If you liked that title, I'm certain you'll like this. I still prefer the first title, Altered Carbon, for it's more traditional film-noir style dectective plot and wish the author had stuck with that rather than going into more military routes.
I'm glad I came back to this title. I left it about 25% through. I found a lot of the exposition to be tedious. The title character's religious history didn't seem relevant, even in the end. When I finished another title, I came back to this, and became very engaged. By the end of the book I was a big fan.
If books like "The Da Vinci Code" and the like have you groaning because of over-the-top coincidences, near-misses, and impossible get-a-ways, then try listening to this realistic, but exciting, mystery of a missing child, lost memories, diamond ransoms, sewer explorations, and snipers. The narration was very well done, believable and sympathetic.
I liked the characters, and the trappings of the Harlequins, but the "Big Brother is watching you" editorials kept repeating over and over again, without anything interesting to add to what we already know about modern privacy issues. Skipping past them kept me going and I enjoyed it enough, though I wouldn't pay retail for it.
Some of the dialog was of the oldest cliches. Even the title concept, a club? An ex-assassin and a few geeks holding meetings like 8 year olds? Plus. the sections in which the author editorializes about US Middle East policies, come up again and again with the same basic tune. I found myself skipping ahead 5 minutes when I got to an annoying section, and listening to the end not because I cared what happened, but because I was fascinated at what outlandish crp came next. Like looking at a highway accident.
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