New From International Best-selling Author Aaron Patterson....
Archer Cross is the best detective LAPD has ever had.
Or so he believes.
Fictitious Praise and Reviews for Cliché by Aaron Patterson & Nora Robb
"Cliché will be the next blockbuster movie of all time, and I will produce it, or my name isn't Mark Wahlberg!"
(Mark Wahlberg, world famous actor, and the producer of just about every show out there worth watching)
"Aaron Patterson? Never heard of her...."
©2015 Aaron Patterson and Nora Robb (P)2016 StoneHouse Audio
OMG L laugh soo hard Just about every Cliche you have heard in relation to police stories are found in this book. It was so far overboard it was hilarious !!!
The narration was well done, The characters were excellently portrayed.
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review
I had trouble getting through the filler in front. The fake reviews were fine, but I had to skip over them and don't think they should be in the beginning. The way the characters were introduced was a bit boring and confusing, but once the story got going, it got better. I did laugh a few times, I scoffed sometimes, and I gagged frequently. Some of the humor was just not well-placed in my opinion, but I know others who would disagree. I didn't like or care about any of the characters.
The writing was decent, and a lot of the humor was great. I'm pretty so-so on the book. It's definitely not bad, it's just not the funniest or most exciting audiobook I've ever listened to. I would be willing to read another book from this author and I recommend it to people who like straight-up comedy with a touch of gore. There are better heroes and villains out there, but they don't make cops nearly this entertaining.
The narrator did an awesome job. All the characters were distinguishable, the pacing was good, and the female voices were done well.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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This was truly a different kind of book one that pulls you in as you wonder just how much of a totally idiot these people really are. I did enjoy this and found humor which made me chuckle from time to time. Archer is something else leaving you wonder just how this man has stayed alive this long. In his mind he is the best because he has watched all the cop shows and knows the ins and outs that most police over look. When his boss begs him to come back to work he knows he has her where he wants her. There is no way they can find the killer without him. She cannot stand him and wants him go, one mistake she finds him back on the beat with her looking for a means to get rid of him. This would make a wonderful comedy and I could see this as a movie with no problem.
Not only is Archer the best detective he seem to think he is the best in and out of bed being able to get all the hot chicks. Once you see just what this detective looks like you know there has to be something else going on. There is no way any women would chase a man like this. The serial killer is something else as she works on getting rid of those that get in her way. The ending you will not see coming and will blow your mind.
J. Scott Bennett does a wonderful outstanding job of narration he has a wonderful strong clear voice you have no trouble listening to. His male voices are just as wonderful as his female ones. You have no trouble knowing who is talking or what their emotions are. I heard no background noise or breaks. There was no time in the audio where the voice went from high to low. You could not tell if Mr. Bennett took any breaks. He made this a fun listen as he sets the stage for the characters that run amuck. I found him to be very professional I am not sure I could have read some of this and not chuckled. For me he made this more enjoyable than if I had read the book. I can’t wait to listen to more audios by this narrator.
I thought this had a great plot with fun characters, the authors really put some thought into it as they twist and turn their way to a jaw dropping ending. If you enjoy humor with your thrill you should enjoy this. There is no doubt you will be rolling your eyes a time or two as you see these cops at their worse.
I liked the humor and satire. Most of the thriller cliches were hit with humor and with enough twists to keep it fresh and interesting
All. The narrator did an awesome job. All the characters were distinguishable, the pacing was good, and the female voices were done well
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom
What can I say about Cliche, other than it's..... well it's totally cliche, but so much fun!
Archer Cross thinks he is gods gift to law enforcement. He is the best of the best, so isn't surprised when his captain begs him to take on this serial killer case. Well, of course she would, wouldn't she!! So Archer takes the case and so begins the hunt for a killer!
So. Many. Cliches!! I mean, when a book starts out with "It was a dark and stormy night" and with fake reviews from high profile authors, you just know that it's going to be a fun read. And it was! It was so bad, it's good. It's a mark of a great author when they set out to write a bad story only for the reader to become invested in it and eager to see what happens next! It's a fun, fast paced read that kept me entertained and hooked till the end.
I have to say that Archer Cross was such a great character! He thinks he's the best detective ever and tries to emulate Horatio Cane from CSI. He even says it himself, that he is the best cop because he watches all these shows and it makes him better. He is the type of detective that could have the culprit right under his nose and be totally oblivious! Again, he is so bad, that he is good! A unlikably written character, that you can't help but like and root for.
J. Scott Bennett did such a brilliant job reading this. It sounded like he had fun doing it and enjoyed the story. He really brought Archers personality to life and I hope he reads the next installment! (There HAS to be more Archer!! He is too good not to expand ;) )
* I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this listen. About an hour in, though, I had to admit to myself that I was invested in this story. It was like a train wreck that you can't stop watching!
Archer Cross, who appears to be delusional, is the self-described 'best detective the LAPD has ever known'. So good that his Lieutenant begs him to take on a developing serial killer case. We soon discover that there is a method to Lt. Vanderling's seeming madness. Once Archer is officially assigned to the case, all hell breaks loose. Archer grew on me as the book went on. I began to like him. A little. By the end, I was rooting for him. Every aspect of this book, from the characters backgrounds to the dialogue, is a cliché. Despite that flaw (or maybe because of it) this was a really fun listen. Aaron Patterson, Nora Robb: You're experiment worked!
I will listen to anything J. Scott Bennett narrates in the future. I might even go look for other books he has narrated. Every voice he did (and there were many in this book) was unique and nuanced. When they were on the phone, it sounded like they were on the phone! Mr. Bennett really made this listen for me and is a good part of why the book was so enjoyable.
I received this audiobook free from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the humor and satire. Most of the thriller cliches were hit with humor and with enough twists to keep if fresh and interesting.
Yes, I definitely wanted to know if an how Archer would solve the case.
First time for this author, but I'd be interested in a sequel.
Would I listen this book again? yes
Would I read this author again? yes, I'd definitely be interested in a sequel and in this style for different genres - especially a romance.
Would I listen to this narrator again? yes.
four stars - I liked it
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
I know this book was not to be taken too seriously, the intro "reviews" hinted at that in case the title was not clear enough. The narrator was very good and the storyline was easy enough to follow and get engrossed in, I didn't see that ending though. I'm not sure it made sense, it didn't to me, but the download was well worth the listen.
Cliche tries to use most of the most known cliches of all procedurals and hard-boiled detective stories. Our lead character is an idiot who thinks he is the greatest detective ever, and the text even acknowledges that he’s the kind of character who can do everything wrong yet come out winning in the end. We have the boss who can’t stand her detective. She’s trying to keep her department and personal career going even though she’s only got a shoestring budget. We also have not one but two evil lady characters. The main serial killer is cartoonish, but that’s also what the authors’ intention was.
I started laughing as soon as the audio started playing. That’s a great sign with something that is marked as comedy. The narrator was spot on with the different voices of the fake accolades and reviews that start the book. I thought I’d surely be in for a great listening experience with this book.
I thought the content beyond the reviews and fake front matter would be funnier consistently throughout the book, but it wasn’t. I realize, though, that the book wasn’t trying to be a laugh out loud humor piece. This book was written badly on purpose in a serious tone to mock all the conventions of the genre. In that, I would say the authors achieved what they set out to do.
Since I did listen to this as an audiobook, I note that the narrator was capable with a voice appropriate for this type of work. The production is clean and lets the story, such as it is, shine.
For me personally this was an okay but not great book. It was a fast listen, though, and the best audience for this one might be those who already love pulpy procedurals and, like main character Archer Cross, watching TV shows like CSI Miami just so they can copy Horatio Cane’s moves.
Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
I found the overuse of cliché’s tedious in this novel. The author tried exceedingly hard to be humorous and it just fell flat with me. Somewhere beneath the layers of nonsense is a halfway decent thriller. It’s just buried…deep. This is in no way a reflection of the narrator’s work. He did a wonderful narration with the content he was provided and he can sing well too! Bravo, J. Scott Bennett!
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