©2009 Richard Castle; (P)2009 Tantor
It's not the best but it's certainly in the top ten
Since this is just a spin-off of the Castle TV show, I expected the worst: hack writing, rehashing of old plots, obvious signs of a 5 minute writing process. Instead, it was solidly written and, most interestingly, written from the viewpoint of Kate Beckett. Now you have the TV show - which is all about the male character - and the books, which are all about the woman. It's like a sexual Rashomon.
If you're a fan of the series, or of Nathan Fillion, buy this book, then read the rest of this review. If you're not, well ...
It was said long ago that Humphrey Bogart didn't play parts, he simply was Humphrey Bogart doing all those things. Nathan Fillion is the same, every part he plays is the same - it's just him there pretending to be these things and doing them like he'd do them if that was his real job. Rick Castle is Nathan Fillion if Nathan Fillion were a cop-story novelist. This book is the book Nathan Fillion would write, if he were a cop-story novelist. If the publisher had gotten Nathan Fillion/Rick Castle to read it, it would have been perfect. Read by anyone else? Complete flop. Never had a chance. Sorry.
The book itself (not talking about the narration/performance here) is, frankly, terrible. It is, unfortunately for me, not the worst thing I've put in my head in the last year, but it's in the top (bottom?) ten. Five, even.
The performance/narration? This IS the worst Audiobook I have put in my head, ever. I don't know who Johnny Heller is, I am sure he is a very nice man, fun to hang out with, probably very attractive. He can date my sister (no, scratch that, I don't have a sister. He can date my Girlfriend) so long as he never reads anything to her. Ever. I don't ever want to hear him read to me again. Ever.
So in short.... Bad book, worse narration. Fans of the show: buy it. Everyone else: Skip it.
I think it would sound better if it was Nikki doing the narration. The narrator is trying to sound like Rick Castle and he's failing. He doesn't have the inflection in his voice - it sounds monotone to me. It's probably a very good story, but I can't get through it based on the voice.
I have the Kindle version of Heat Wave and I was never able to finish reading it because it dragged on. The audio version was so much better than the actual book. I would recommend the Audible version over the reading version (first book I have ever recommended this way).
Decent story; very little depth.
Maybe. I was aware the whole time that Heller was reading. With the best narrators, I don't feel like I'm being read to.
This might actually make a better movie than book due to the lack of character development.
The whole story just wasnt very interesting. It was like reading a long version of one of the hour long Castle episodes. One episode of Castle is much more entertaining than this whole book.
Kind of boring
Maybe if they told the story without all the fluff in the book.
If you watch Castle, the characters are the same with different names.
I had to MAKE myself finish it
The narrator was so bad on every level that I cannot pin down a specific area to improve. I could not tell the pitch of the voices of main characters apart, the inflections and rhythm never changed between characters. Even the audio production was bad, with sound errors galore! I love the Nikki Heat series and Castle TV, but this audiobook was absolutely horrible.
This book is for fans of the TV series "Castle." Nathan Fillion plays fiction writer Richard Castle, who is riding along with Detective Kate Beckett for research for his next book series. It is amusing to watch the episodes (i.e., "real life") and then read the book (where most of the people in the TV series have a counterpart in the book). It can be confusing to keep track of who is "real" and who is fake -- Richard Castle is the writer in the TV episodes who is riding along with Detective Beckett. Jameson Rook is the writer in the book who is riding along with Detective Nikki Heat. If you watched Season 1 before reading this book, you'll start thinking about the details from "real life" TV episodes and comparing them to the book.
The book on its own reads like a pulp crime story, which probably would not appeal to many readers except fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The high rating is for tie-in to "Castle" and adding a unique dimension to the show -- as if Richard Castle is real and he wrote this book.
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