These books are about the ghost of a professional car thief, Pascha, who finds himself in the morgue (in Cologne, Germany) awake (in spirit) and dead (in body). Only the coroner, Dr. Martin Gänsewein, can hear him and poor Martin thinks he is going crazy. Pascha, on the other hand, is furious that his death was murder but made to look like he was drunk and fell off a temporary walkway so he is sticking around until things are made right. It is creative and funny and each of the following books has some central plot that furthers the 'relationship' of car thief and coroner. MacLeod Andrews narrates, brilliantly as always. I find it amazing how his voices are so totally different for different books.
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."
I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.
Spellbinding tale of a man who has learned to feel through killing. He finds excitement and fulfillment in driving a stolen Mercedes into a large crowd of job-seekers at a job fair, killing many including a baby and then sets up a terrible scheme to torture the woman from whom the Mercedes was stolen. He drives an ice cream truck and daily ponders how he could poison all the ice cream at once and kill all the children who bring him their coins looking for treats. And this is only in the beginning...
I was surprised I liked this one so much. Set in Savannah, about a young girl who is twins with a witch sister - our girl is somewhat shunned by the family because she did not get any 'powers'. Everything went to the sister. Part supernatural and part love story and part general slice of life with interesting well developed characters. Outside my normal milieu of dark and twisted deceptive stories, I find I am ready for the next book - not out yet...
If you do not like dark and deviant characters and aberrant, twisted, violent plots and a well written series of characters you will love and hate - don't even think about this series. The low ratings are almost always from people who've been scarred by the first few pages. Mo Hayder is a wonderful writer and though the narrators change in different books - I really don't like that - they are solidly good.
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