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Heat Wave | [Richard Castle]

Heat Wave

The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.
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Publisher's Summary

The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

©2009 Richard Castle; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Terry Irving Bethesda, MD 10-09-12
    Terry Irving Bethesda, MD 10-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Terry

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    "How could a soulless rip-off be this well done?"
    Where does Heat Wave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best but it's certainly in the top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-13-11
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Cheesy on the outside..."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Fairhaven, MA, USA 06-13-10
    Ryan Fairhaven, MA, USA 06-13-10
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    "Watch the TV series instead"

    The story was OK. The TV show is much better. The narrator was poor. Really dragged the book down.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lm Aurelia, IA, USA 01-29-10
    Lm Aurelia, IA, USA 01-29-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Not comparable to the show"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zada 01-23-15
    Zada 01-23-15
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    "loved it"

    the narrator could have been better. Other than that it's a good story line. I was amazed that these books existed.

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    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 12-15-14
    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Audio version better than the book"
    Was Heat Wave worth the listening time?

    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).


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    Kathryn TAYLORS, SC, United States 10-04-14
    Kathryn TAYLORS, SC, United States 10-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Mediocre"
    What did you like best about Heat Wave? What did you like least?

    Decent story; very little depth.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johnny Heller?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This might actually make a better movie than book due to the lack of character development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 08-15-14
    Brenda 08-15-14
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    "Not Very Meaty"
    Would you try another book from Richard Castle and/or Johnny Heller?

    maybe


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Kind of boring


    Could you see Heat Wave being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to MAKE myself finish it

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    Karen 07-20-14
    Karen 07-20-14
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    "Great fun for Castle fans, HORRIBLE narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    A. Yoshida 07-16-14
    A. Yoshida 07-16-14
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    "For fans of "Castle" TV series"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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