I would have gotten book two in this series anyway because I really like the story, the writing and I think MacLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators around, but I do not like the fact that it ends like the Perils of Pauline, with her tied to the railroad tracks and you have to wait until the next episode to see if the train runs over her. Well, you know it didn't but still... I don't like all the loose ends hanging that demand you get the next book.
Still an excellent story - define 5 stars all around.
but I am a hard core fan of the Nightside. I know authors want to grow, to change their craft into an entirely different direction and, personally, I hate that. I earned my bread and supported a family as an artist so really, I do understand. But the Drood novels and now this new series... sorry - I just can't move on to the next book.
This is a story that keeps you waiting behind every doorway and corner - what happens next? Can't put it down. I had the audible and the kindle on these first three as there were parts I needed to go back and read on the kindle. The 'alien' component of this story is so very alien that more and slower description is sometimes needed, so add kindle.
Wonderful narrator - Jefferson Mays - why on earth he changed the next book, Cibola Burns, to Erik Davies I just don't know. I will only get the kindle on this book. Mr. Davis narrates like "Bobbie...put...her...cup...down...on...the...table" without the slightest inflection but the characters that come in he does well. No, if no Jefferson Mays, no more audible on this series.
LOVE these books. Looking forward to the SyFy TV series.
This is the kind of book you pray for. One that grips your attention and does not let go. Corey has created an incredible future space world peopled with interesting and believable characters. Very complex story that when I finished I actually started over. Can't say too many like that. (Well except for Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim!) Jefferson Mays does a wonderful job on all the characters and has a voice like velvet. I will look for other books he has done.
Recently discovered that the SyFy channel is making a TV series from this book series.
Thank goodness there are more in the series. I'd be in withdrawal otherwise.
Being an 'agent to the starts' takes on a whole new meaning with aliens, even funny, weird and strange aliens with highly moral codes. And really stinky breaths. Told well with rich characters and a twisty story. I also had the kindle but I think the audio is a much better choice. Highly recommend.
Not enough really compelling stories out there - you know the ones, the ones you can't put down but don't want to end either. This is a good one. Keeps you guessing which way things will fall and with enough complex side stores to keep it all exciting. I will definitely go back and start with book 1 in this series - Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and his different voices are perfect for the characters. Don't be afraid to take this as the first book as enough of the backstory is suggested, but not slammed into you.
Do start with book 1 though as this is a story that progresses. I do love books that are both unpredictable and can pull you into the story seamlessly.
Think of Bond with no morals - Victor is a serious killer for hire. The stories within stories provide terrific excitement. I usually find chase scenes, fight scenes, etc boring and tend to skip over but these are nicely thought out like a well made, creative maze. You don't know how it will work but it does. Unpredictable and I LOVE unpredictable. And then you want the the next and the next and the next... I am so happy I bought the first 2 when audible was offering a good price for the first two in different series. Now I'll have to get the rest. Let me add that Rob Shapiro narrates so well. I really admire when individual characters' voices are instantly recognized. Audible, you are addictive!
These are such wonderfully complex stories about Department Q by Jussi Adler-Olsen. This is the 5th one and now that's I've finished it I am sure ready for #6.
Jussi Adler-Olsen always satisfies and Graeme Malcolm is a wonderful narrator. Does a variety of voices so well. Highly recommend, but you need to start with the first one, The Keeper of Lost Causes. I wish there were more writers like Jussi Adler-Olsen. You know the ones? When you see "new book by..." and your heart races because you KNOW it is going to be a great read.
Let's put it this way: I will buy every single Sandman Slim novel in audio AND kindle that Richard Kadrey writes. Writing is excellent, the stories wonderfully imaginative, and lines so funny and/or thought provoking you actually have to stop and re-listen and ponder. Well edited and I have fallen in love with the Extremely Talented Mr. Andrews, as narrator.
Note to Mr. Kadrey - please, NEVER use a different narrator as MacLeod Andrews is perfect. Can't say perfect about too many things in this life.
I loved it up until he goes to Paris. The whole beginnings of the story in India are so descriptive. The characters of Madame Mallory and her war with Hassan and his hilarious father are just wonderful. Then he goes to Paris. After that it feels like a life journal with 'this happened today and that happened today' and it just rambles. I am slugging it out but not sure how much more time I will devote to it. So many other good stories, eh. Some of the lengthy food descriptions (concerning the preparation organs, brains, eyes, testicles, etc) did remind me of a comedian once saying "They eat things in France that I wouldn't step on."
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