Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people.
Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected. One that will begin a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and more beer than is wise or healthy.
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This was a really interesting read. It is a little all over the place with the narrative. I love a mixed narrative, getting into many character's heads and POV. The problem here is that there are so many characters and the transitions are not always smooth. It makes things a little jumpy.
I did enjoy the story once it really began moving. The beginning is more of a slow build, which makes it a slow read. It is predictable, but not in a way that makes it unpleasant to read. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the whole group dynamic.
This book is a mix of island myth and modern reality tv, not so much a show but it has a reality show feel.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Matt Armstrong, who does a great job with all the voices. The voices of the island people are tricky, because their accents are tough to get at first. After listening for a bit your mind does get a feel for it and translation becomes easier. I really liked the tone of his voice and the energy he put into the read. His pace keeps the story moving, even when it is slow.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would be interested in reading more from this author. It wasn't a book I would rave about, but I would definitely recommend it as a good read.
Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.
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Thunder PUNCH!!! I enjoyed the set up and the quirky characters. These are areas where Drew Hayes is strong.
I've also read the 'Fred Vampire Accountant' stuff and, while I prefer those, I thought this was pretty great as well. I thought the ending was a bit weak (the guy at the end suddenly seems to have skills that were never hinted at before), but by then I was pretty well hooked. If you enjoyed 'Fred Vampire Accountant' you'll like this stuff as well.
Sadly, I just could not bring myself to finish this book.
I really enjoyed Drew Hayes's other works, but this one lacked the focus the other books did. There just wasn't enough focus or cohesion with all the moving parts and jumping perspectives. The result is a book that I just couldn't get into no matter how I tried. Every time I picked it up, my mind just wandered.
So give this one a pass.
a good summer time relaxing listen. the characters were likeable though not memorable. the plot was interesting and didn't get too convoluted. very good narration
This book had some pretty funny parts. But it wasn't particularly, clever or unique. The main problem I had with the story was that it seemed kind of childish. This childish quality would be fine, except it can't be considered a family friendly story because some of the language was too harsh and there was too much emphasis on the characters use of alcohol.
The performance highlighted each the characters' individuality. some characters had somewhat over the top voices and gave me the overall feeling that this story was a comedy which fit the story well
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This story was pretty awesome! A little bit of mystery, action, laughs, a God cat name Sprinkles (lol), Gods behaving badly, and a diverse group of people who formed an unlikely friendship that made this fun adventurous tale worthwhile.
Thunder, of course, was my favorite character even though his total valley surfer guy talk hurt my ears.lol
The narrator was fabulous. His range with the Minnesota accent, to the total surfer dude was outstanding!
...stay for the really weird and cool story.
I'm so into this guy's writing, this is my third book he has written. I found him algorithmically by searching associations with ready player one, the Martian and the off to be the wizard trilogy- all of which are amazing. so if that is your jam, you should totally read this.
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I got it and mainly got it because in my eyes drew Hayes can do no wrong. It was strange and the main characters nearly apathetic mindset was something new, but even so I enjoyed the book.
Drew takes his characters on a quest and draws you into the adventure with them.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant. Another great adventure by Drew.
I liked Mano's friendship with a hammer head shark.
You gotta love an island where the King is a cat named Sprinkles.
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