In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the best-selling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life.
Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people - somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life - that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the institute - but he never planned on the president secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie's not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it's the first time he's felt right in more than 200 years.
When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie's not about to lose the only living, breathing person he's ever saved without a fight. He's ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he's willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.
Written in the same vein as best-selling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor.
©2016 Colin Gigl (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
The idea is good, and the plot was good, yet I plodded through this book without enjoyment.
I know the narration was annoying at first. I am starting to think that narrators that use the snarky sing-song voice do that in lieu of an ability to do a variety of character voices. Even when the author had a character say a short sentence in a tense situation - followed immediately by a descriptive explanation that Each.Word.Had.Been.Said.Like.This - the narrator didn't do that and I had to go back in my mind to rephrase the sentence as the author described it.
But, maybe the story could have used more likeable main characters. And more descriptions that set the scene, then reminders woven in.
The book uses interesting ideas, but had room for improvement in delivery - both in better writing and performance.
Operating in the space in and between life and death our hero lives a life of two regrets in a job he hates, yet has been perfect for over 2 centuries!
An assignment, a choice and a suicidal woman takes his life in an amazing new direction. You will enjoy listening to every single minute of twists and turns, rollicking chases and tender moments. This is a solid listen! Worth every dime!
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